Seattle Times Headlines

Eurozone inflation rate revised up to zero in March

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 17:03

LONDON (AP) — The latest bout of falling prices across the 19-country eurozone has ended— after just a single month. Revised figures from the European Union’s statistics agency show that inflation was flat in the year to March. That’s up from the initial estimate of a 0.1 percent fall and February’s 0.2 percent annual drop. […]

Ally of Ukraine’s president elected new prime minister

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 16:56

MOSCOW (AP) — The speaker of the Ukrainian parliament has been elected prime minister after a months-long political crisis. The parliament on Thursday voted 250-57 for Volodymyr Groysman, who was nominated by President Petro Poroshenko. The outgoing prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, resigned earlier this week after weeks of pressure for him to step down. He […]

Unilever sales fall 2 percent in first quarter of 2016

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 16:48

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Consumer products giant Unilever, the owner of brands including Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Lipton and Dove, says its first quarter sales dropped 2 percent to 12.5 billion euros ($14 billion) from the same period last year as it was hit hard by exchange rate fluctuations and “fragile” consumer demand. […]

Pakistani police say 6 policemen killed, 24 captured in raid

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 16:46

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say six policemen were killed and 24 were captured during a police raid on a criminal gang’s hideout in eastern Punjab province this week. Police spokeswoman Nabela Ghazanfar told reporters on Thursday that the bodies of the policemen have been retrieved and that security forces are searching for the […]

US to keep 300 troops in Philippines through end of month

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 16:44

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The United States on Thursday revealed for the first time that American ships have started conducting joint patrols with the Philippines in the South China Sea, a somewhat rare move not done with many other partners in the region. At the same time, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced at a joint […]

US discloses American ships are conducting joint patrols with Philippines in South China Sea

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 16:42

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — US discloses American ships are conducting joint patrols with Philippines in South China Sea.

So long, suckers! Inky the octopus makes an amazing escape

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 16:41

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Inky the octopus waited until it was dark and the staff had gone home from the National Aquarium of New Zealand before making his move. He squeezed and pushed his way through a tiny gap in the mesh at the top of his tank and slithered 2 meters (6.6 feet) […]

Puerto Rico faces defaults as Congress stalls on way to help

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 16:05

WASHINGTON (AP) — Puerto Rico is facing a deadline for a multimillion-dollar bond payment next month as House Republicans struggle to find a way to help the island deal with its $70 billion debt. A House committee canceled a Thursday vote on the issue as Republicans were divided on how Congress should weigh in. Gov. […]

LA museum enlists volunteers in search for bugs, plants

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 16:04

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Long before Southern California was paved over with freeways and covered with cars and millions of people, it was teeming with snakes, slugs, spiders, snails and uncounted other slimy, creepy, crawly creatures. And it still is, say scientists at the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum who are intent on building […]

China issues tit-for-tat report on US human rights situation

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 16:03

BEIJING (AP) — China has issued its annual tit-for-tat report on human rights in the United States, saying money and family connections are corrupting American politics. The report issued by the Cabinet’s State Council Information Office on Thursday also cited gun crime and excessive use of force by police. It says no substantial progress in […]

Education chief looks for more well-rounded learning

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 15:54

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s time for a return to a more well-rounded education for schoolchildren — one that spotlights the importance of science, social studies and the arts, Education Secretary John B. King Jr. says. In remarks prepared for delivery Thursday in Las Vegas, King says some schools have focused too intensely on reading and […]

What a night! Golden State wins 73, Kobe scores 60 in finale

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 15:54

The stars did not disappoint. And the most-celebrated closing night in NBA regular-season history not only lived up to expectations, it might have exceeded them with a pair of performances that will be talked about for years to come. Golden State became the first team to win 73 games in a season, Warriors guard Stephen […]

12 killed in plane crash in remote Papua New Guinea

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 15:53

SYDNEY (AP) — Twelve people, including three children, were killed after their light plane crashed in a remote part of Papua New Guinea, police said on Thursday. The fixed-wing aircraft was approaching an airport in the port town of Kiunga in the country’s west on Wednesday when it crashed into a shallow swamp, Western Provincial […]

Kasich campaign traces a tricky path to GOP prize

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 15:50

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — John Kasich won’t come close to securing enough delegates for the Republican nomination before this summer’s convention. He won’t control the powerful rules committee, either — a critical tool in securing favorable terrain in Cleveland. No matter, say his advisers, who argue that the Ohio governor can capture the nomination by […]

Obama’s power over immigration drives Supreme Court dispute

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 15:47

WASHINGTON (AP) — The raging political fight over immigration comes to the Supreme Court on Monday in a dispute that could affect millions of people who are in the United States illegally. The court is weighing the fate of Obama administration programs that could shield roughly 4 million people from deportation and grant them the […]

Rising N. Korea gas prices put pinch on traffic in capital

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 15:43

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Pyongyang drivers are feeling some pain at the pump as rising gas prices put a pinch on what has been major traffic growth over the past few years — and that might not be good news for the isolated country’s shifting domestic economy. An Associated Press review shows that after […]

AP source: Rule on offshore drilling aims to enhance safety

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 15:42

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is planning to issue a final rule designed to enhance the safety of offshore oil drilling equipment. The rule, expected to be announced Thursday, comes in response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion, which killed 11 people and dumped millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. […]

After final-night party, time to get to business in the NBA

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 15:06

Between Kobe Bryant’s last call and the Warriors’ last win, the final night of the NBA season was party time. Now, time to get down to business. Overshadowed by the delirium of a memorable night in California, the postseason field was finally set after six of the eight matchups still weren’t determined when play began. […]

Quotations in the News

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 15:03

“There is no longer any doubt that Zika causes microcephaly.” — Dr. Tom Frieden, director for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, confirming that the virus causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads and other severe brain defects. ___ “When I look at an unbelievable crowd like this I believe we’re […]

‘The Jungle Book’ swings from one stunning scene to another

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 15:00

“The Jungle Book”: A breathtaking dash through the forest featuring newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli and the voices of Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken, Idris Elba and Ben Kingsley. 3 stars out of 4.