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Man dies in crash while taking pregnant wife to hospital

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 04:06

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado man driving his pregnant wife to the hospital to deliver their third child crashed and died after apparently suffering some kind of medical problem. The Colorado State Patrol says 37-year-old Tony Schmucker died after his Nissan Pathfinder went off the road and down an embankment west of Fort […]

Utah officer was paying off cancer bills when he was killed

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 04:03

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Officials say the veteran Utah police officer who was working overtime to pay for his cancer treatments was shot to death by a fugitive who went missing from a drug rehab center for parolees last month. Unified police officer Douglas Scott Barney had been on the force 18 years when […]

Study questions link between teen pot smoking and IQ decline

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 04:03

NEW YORK (AP) — A new analysis is challenging the idea that smoking marijuana during adolescence can lead to declines in intelligence. Instead, the new study says, pot smoking may be merely a symptom of something else that’s really responsible for a brainpower effect seen in some previous research. It’s not clear what that other […]

Finalists for the National Book Critics Circle award announed

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 04:00

The National Book Critics Circle has announced  30 finalists for prizes in six catagories, awarded to outstanding books published in 2016.  They include Helen Macdonald’s memoir of grief and falconry, “H is for Hawk,” “Dietrich and Riefenstahl,” a dual biography of film star Marlene Dietrich and Nazi filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, and “Dreamland,” Sam Quinones’ nonfiction […]

Family of Idaho pastor detained in Iran to reunite with him

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 04:00

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The family of an Idaho pastor who was freed after being held in an Iranian prison is planning to reunite with him on the East Coast. Saeed Abedini, who has been detained in Iran since 2012, was among four Americans freed over the weekend as part of a prisoner swap. A […]

Trump looks to appeal to evangelicals at Liberty University

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 03:57

LYNCHBURG, Virginia (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump worked to appeal to evangelical voters as he delivered the convocation address at Virginia’s Liberty University. Trump vowed Monday to protect Christianity if he’s elected president and quoted a biblical verse in his speech. But Trump also drew chuckles from students when he introduced the verse […]

Report: High school dismissed warning signs before shooting

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 03:53

DENVER (AP) — Administrators at a suburban Denver high school dismissed increasingly obvious warning signs that a troubled student was a threat before he killed a classmate and himself two years ago, a report released Monday shows. Arapahoe High School staff poorly gauged the rising threat Karl Pierson, 18, posed months before he stormed the […]

Nigeria: Minister alleges $9 billion stolen from economy

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 03:39

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Fifty-five people, including former governors, Cabinet ministers and government workers, stole $9 billion dollars from Nigeria’s treasury, the information minister claimed Monday. Lai Mohammed made the allegations as he kicked off a “national sensitization campaign,” appealing to Nigerians to join the fight against corruption that is crippling what should be a […]

Tusk, Duda not Poles apart on EU probe of law changes

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 02:59

BRUSSELS (AP) — EU President Donald Tusk on Monday added a new twist to the simmering dispute over changes to key Polish laws, criticizing the European Commission for opening a probe into whether the changes meet the bloc’s standards on rule of law. Tusk, a former Polish prime minister, made the comments after a meeting […]

AP EXPLAINS: What Congress can do about Puerto Rico’s debt

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 02:57

WASHINGTON (AP) — Puerto Rico’s $72 billion public debt crisis has forced congressional leaders to pay attention to a U.S. territory that’s usually on the sidelines of American politics. The island has been mired in economic stagnation for nearly a decade. The governor now says Puerto Rico’s debt is unpayable and needs restructuring. The White […]

Vatican commits to slavery-proofing its own supply chains

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 02:51

ROME (AP) — The Vatican has announced plans to ensure its supply chains don’t use slave labor. Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican’s top finance official, unveiled the new policy at a forum where representatives of around 400 global supermarket chains and consumer goods companies announced their commitment to eradicating forced labor from their supply chains. […]

Frigid air slows efforts to euthanize turkeys in Indiana

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 02:48

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Frigid temperatures are hampering efforts to euthanize turkeys at several southwestern Indiana farms where a strain of bird flu was found. Indiana State Board of Animal Health spokeswoman Denise Derrer says low temperatures have frozen the hoses that carry a foam used to suffocate the flocks. State and federal workers are instead […]

If this was Marshawn Lynch’s last game as a Seahawk, what will his legacy be?

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 02:47

Marshawn Lynch earned his nickname of Beast Mode with bone-crushing runs that twice propelled the Seahawks run-first offense to the Super Bowl, but off the field he became just as well known.

The Latest: Life rafts found in search for missing Marines

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 02:45

HONOLULU (AP) — The latest on the crash of two Marine helicopters off Hawaii (all times local): 8:30 a.m Authorities searching for 12 Marines missing after two helicopters crashed off Hawaii have found some life rafts that were carried aboard the aircraft. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Sara Mooers says she believes three life rafts […]

Eagles hire Pederson as new coach

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 02:39

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Eagles have hired Doug Pederson to be their coach. Pederson was Kansas City’s offensive coordinator the past three seasons. Pederson accepted the offer to become Philadelphia’s coach last week. The team had to wait for the Chiefs to be eliminated from the playoffs before making it official. Pederson started nine games […]

Oklahoma back on top of AP poll for first time in 26 years

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 02:38

Oklahoma is No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 for the first time since the final two weeks of the 1989-90 season. The Sooners took the top spot in style, getting all 65 first-place votes from the national media panel. They are the first unanimous No. 1 since Kentucky did it for 12 polls […]

Pedestrian struck, killed in Renton

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 02:38

The man was killed when a car struck him near Liberty Park in Renton.

Oklahoma a unanimous No. 1 in AP Top 25 hoops poll

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 02:34

Oklahoma didn’t just move to the top of The Associated Press Top 25, the Sooners are a unanimous No. 1. Coming off a week with two 2-point wins, the Sooners (15-1) received all 65 first-place votes from the national media panel on Monday. It is Oklahoma’s first time at No. 1 since the final two […]

Airbus and Uber team up to test helicopter service

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 02:01

The service will be tested at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, which starts Jan. 21, Airbus Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders told a technology conference.

Who’s defending Bill Cosby? A look at his criminal team

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 02:00

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby is deploying a two-prong legal strategy to fight sexual-assault charges in suburban Philadelphia. Local criminal lawyer Brian McMonagle will press for the case to be thrown out when the 78-year-old Cosby returns to court Feb. 2. But lawyer-turned-legal analyst Monique Pressley is expected to defend Cosby on TV. Experts say […]