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Looking ahead with John Legend: Grammys, Gosling and a baby

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 01:05

NEW YORK (AP) — John Legend is his own worst enemy at next month’s Grammy Awards. The singer is nominated twice for best rap/sung collaboration for his Oscar-winning hit “Glory” alongside Common and “One Man Can Change the World,” a collaboration with Kanye West and Big Sean. “It’s kind of hard … I don’t know […]

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 01:02

App Store Official Charts for the week ending Jan. 17, 2016: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Mojang 2. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB Most Read StoriesSeahawks next season: same goal, and maybe a different look?Russell Wilson saves Seahawks humiliation, but not seasonPanthers 31, Seahawks 24: What national media are saying Reaction to […]

Berklee, Boston Conservatory agree to unite as single school

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 00:52

BOSTON (AP) — The Berklee College of Music and the Boston Conservatory have agreed to merge into one school focusing on music, dance and theater. The schools announced on Tuesday that their governing bodies had unanimously agreed to the deal, six months after they began exploring a merger. The neighboring schools have started an accreditation […]

6 dogs run into highway lanes following California car chase

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 00:48

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — California Highway Patrol officers chased down six dogs that jumped from a Mercedes into highway lanes following a car chase. CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos says officers pulled up behind the Mercedes, which was parked on the shoulder of State Route 91 in Orange County Monday night. The female driver took […]

Officials: Twin toddlers, grandparents killed in house fire

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 00:42

CHILLUM, Md. (AP) — Two-year-old twins and their grandparents are dead after a fire broke out in their Maryland home early Tuesday, fire officials said. At a news conference, Prince George’s County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor said the grandparents died at the scene and the twins were taken to a hospital, where they died. He […]

Parties, badges and snipers: An informal guide to Davos

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 00:36

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Davos seems made to host the world elite. The town of 10,000 people is tucked away in a picturesque Swiss ski resort that takes hours to reach by train — unless you have a helicopter or private jet. At an altitude of 1,500 meters (5,000 feet), it’s physically above much of […]

Photos of the Day: Jan. 19, 2016

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 00:16

Explore the news of the day with these images from around the world.

As wealthy Brazilians snap up Miami real estate, few benefit

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 00:06

MIAMI (AP) — Facing a teetering economy at home, wealthy Brazilians have been pouring money into what they increasingly see as the safest place to invest: South Florida real estate. So are Argentinians, Colombians, Mexicans, Venezuelans, French and Turks — almost anyone with money to shelter, a direct flight to Miami and a shaky economy […]

Gov’t report: Budget deficit to rise to $544B this year

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 00:06

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new government report estimates that this year’s budget deficit will rise to $544 billion, an increase over prior estimates that can be attributed largely to tax cuts and spending increases passed by Congress last month. The estimate from the Congressional Budget Office also sees the economy growing at a significantly slower […]

FBI: Violent crime rose in first 6 months of 2015 over 2014

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 23:52

WASHINGTON (AP) — Preliminary data released by the FBI show violent crime rose across the country in the first six months of 2015 compared to the same period the year before. The figures released Tuesday show an overall increase of 1.7 percent in the number of violent crimes reported by local law enforcement. That includes […]

Canada excluded from anti-Islamic State coalition meeting

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 23:52

TORONTO (AP) — Canada has been excluded from a meeting of defense ministers in Paris this week to discuss the fight against Islamic State militants. Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan tried to suggest it wasn’t a big deal on Tuesday, saying this isn’t the only meeting. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter didn’t mention Canada last week […]

Hawking: New technology brings new threats to human survival

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 23:47

LONDON (AP) — Physicist Stephen Hawking has warned that new technologies will likely bring about “new ways things can go wrong” for human survival. When asked how the world will end, Hawking said that increasingly, most of the threats humanity faces come from progress made in science and technology. He says they include nuclear war, […]

Chen finalizes $80 million, 5-year deal with the Marlins

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 23:47

MIAMI (AP) — Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen has finalized an $80 million, five-year contract with the Miami Marlins. The Marlins announced the agreement Tuesday and scheduled an afternoon news conference. Deal was struck last week with Chen, who can opt out after 2017 and has an option for 2021. Chen, who is expected to be the […]

Financial stocks lead an early gain on Wall Street

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 23:33

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are rising Tuesday morning after sharp sell-offs last week. Strong results from investment bank Morgan Stanley gave financial stocks a boost. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average gained 132 points, or 0.8 percent, to 16,119 as of 10:15 a.m. Eastern. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index added 14 […]

Number of complaints in Cologne attacks continues to grow

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 23:32

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors say more than 800 complaints have now been filed in connection with assaults and robberies in Cologne on New Year’s Eve that investigators have linked largely to foreigners. About 521 complaints allege some kind of sexual assault, including three rapes. The overall number of complaints has grown from 766 on […]

High court rejects new challenge to Obama health overhaul

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 23:22

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected another challenge to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. The justices on Tuesday left in place lower court rulings that dismissed a lawsuit against the national health care law. The suit argues that the law violates the provision of the Constitution that requires tax-raising bills to originate […]

Getting in on the joke, Univision buys stake in The Onion

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 23:13

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s not a joke. Spanish-language broadcaster Univision is buying a stake in the owner of The Onion, the satirical news site. Univision Communications Inc. said Tuesday that it is a minority investor. A memo from Onion Inc. CEO Mike McAvoy CEO to employees says Univision has acquired “a good chunk” of […]

High court rejects Arizona sheriff’s appeal over immigration

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 23:12

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal from an Arizona sheriff seeking to halt President Barack Obama’s plan to spare millions of people from deportation. The justices on Tuesday let stand a lower court ruling that said Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio had no legal basis to challenge the program. Arpaio claimed […]

Russell Crowe takes in Giorgio Armani fashion from front row

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 23:11

MILAN (AP) — Two human reactions to turbulent times emerged as fashion concepts during Milan Fashion Week, which wrapped up its five-day run on Tuesday: cocooning and militarization. On one end of the spectrum, designers offered men myriad forms of comfort for next fall and winter, including soft-cut jackets; enveloping cashmere, vicuna and alpaca knitwear; […]

High court rejects appeal over Picasso painting

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 23:09

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal from descendants of famed composer Felix Mendelssohn who want German officials to return a Pablo Picasso painting that was subject to forced transfer under the Nazi regime. The justices on Tuesday let stand a lower court ruling that said the German state of Bavaria was […]