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Washington State Ferries gain more riders

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 01:16

Ferry ridership is up for the third year in a row, which officials attribute to a rebounding economy and lower gas prices.

Sundance fest promises films on race, sexuality, violence

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 00:40

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — The culmination of the Sundance Institute’s year-round work developing fresh perspectives in drama and documentary films is taking over Park City, Utah, for the next 11 days. Among themes filmmakers are exploring this year: Sexuality, identity, race and gun violence. Both a showcase and marketplace for independent film, the Sundance […]

Nespresso sues Israeli coffee company over Clooney lookalike

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 00:39

JERUSALEM (AP) — A George Clooney doppelganger is brewing up tensions between two coffee companies in Israel. Nespresso is suing the Israeli Espresso Club for using an actor with a striking resemblance to the Hollywood star in one of its ads. Clooney is the face of Nespresso. The ad shows the Clooney lookalike being schooled […]

Migrants, refugees still flow to Greek islands’ shores

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 00:38

CHIOS, Greece (AP) — Half buried in the fine yellow sand of one of this Greek island’s most popular beaches lies one of the few signs of the drama that has played out over the past year: The remains of two torn and deflated dinghies by the water’s edge. Far from the spotlight, local residents, […]

Key findings from British report into former agent’s killing

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 00:37

LONDON (AP) — Judge Robert Owen’s report into the killing of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko was published in Britain Thursday. Here are some of the key findings from the report: THE POISONING — Litvinenko, a former security agent turned Kremlin critic, died on Nov. 23, 2006, from a heart attack resulting from a ingesting […]

Army secretary nominee worried about cuts to Army’s size

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 00:35

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration’s nominee to be the Army’s top civilian official said Thursday he is worried about plans to reduce the Army’s size to about 450,000 active-duty troops. Eric Fanning told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday that improving the Army’s state of readiness is challenging because of the threat posed […]

Crocodile takes morning dip in Florida Keys swimming pool

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 00:35

ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) — A crocodile apparently decided a morning dip in a Florida Keys swimming pool was just the thing. Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin says an Islamorada homeowner called about 7:30 a.m. Thursday to report the croc in his pool. A photo provided by the sheriff’s office shows the large reptile […]

New ads of club for Hartford elite take aim at stuffy image

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 00:33

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Hartford Club, a social hub for the Connecticut city’s upper crust that counts Mark Twain among past members, is launching its first modern advertising campaign to as it tries to overcome damage from the recession and a stuffy public image. With its Georgian Revival architecture and elaborate chandeliers, the club […]

Rules to protect smaller waterways survive

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 00:32

WASHINGTON (AP) — New federal rules to protect smaller streams, tributaries and wetlands have survived the latest Republican effort to block them. Congress last week sent President Barack Obama a “resolution of disapproval” that would scrap the rules, a measure he promptly vetoed. On Thursday, the Senate voted 52-40, falling short of the three-fifths threshold […]

Tunisian officer killed as unrest over joblessness spreads

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 00:29

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A Tunisian police officer died in clashes with young protesters who had overturned his car during one of a series of demonstrations against mass unemployment, as unrest triggered by the death of an unsuccessful job-seeker spread to at least 11 cities around the country. Tensions have risen in the Kasserine region […]

Kosovo Serb politician gets 9 years in prison for war crimes

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 00:24

MITROVICA, Kosovo (AP) — An international court on Thursday sentenced a leading Kosovo Serb politician to nine years in prison for war crimes against ethnic Albanian civilians — a ruling that could heighten tensions in the Balkan region and prompted Belgrade to start reconsidering its EU-mediated reconciliation talks with Pristina. Judges of the European Union’s […]

Man in Hungary gets 3 years’ probation for Holocaust denial

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 23:41

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Budapest court has sentenced a Hungarian man to three years’ probation because he publicly denied that the Holocaust happened. The case stems from a June 2012 speech in which Ferenc Oroshazi read excerpts from “Fatelessness,” a book by Hungarian Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize-winning author Imre Kertesz, and said they […]

‘More than a tweak’: Tigers introduce Justin Upton

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 23:40

DETROIT (AP) — Al Avila says it was around Christmas that the Detroit Tigers’ offseason changed. Owner Mike Ilitch was concerned about the team’s ability to score runs. “We had the company party here. He starts mentioning to me about, he’s worried about our offense — and that never stopped,” said Avila, Detroit’s general manager. […]

More wet, heavy snow in Cascades, rain drenching Seattle

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 23:31

Snow has raised avalanche danger throughout the mountains, leading to pass closures. Meanwhile, Seattle is getting soaked, but things could clear up this weekend.

US stocks open slightly higher as crude oil price stabilizes

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 23:27

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are moving higher Thursday, led by gains in energy companies as the prices of crude oil and natural gas recover from steep plunges the day before. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average added 112 points, or 0.7 percent, to 15,878 as of 10:15 a.m. Eastern time. The Standard […]

Teen Oklahoma family slaying suspect seeks juvenile status

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 23:25

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — One of two Oklahoma brothers accused in the stabbing deaths of their parents and three siblings is challenging the constitutionality of a state law that says he must be charged as an adult. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals will hear oral arguments on Thursday in the case of 17-year-old Michael […]

Burundi’s economy on the brink as violent unrest persists

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 23:25

ABUGARAMA, Burundi (AP) — At an intersection in this small farmers’ town nestled in the misty mountains surrounding the Burundi capital, traders jostle to sell vegetables to passing motorists. Bujumbura is only 25 miles (40 kilometers) away and yet so far, deemed unsafe to travel to by many here because of the frequent sounds of […]

Will Smith joins wife in not attending the Academy Awards

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 23:20

NEW YORK (AP) — Will Smith says he will not attend the Academy Awards next month, joining his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and others in protest against two straight years of all-white acting nominees. Smith said Thursday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that he and Pinkett Smith have discussed it and feel “we’re uncomfortable to […]

Democratic Senate group backs Ross in North Carolina primary

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 23:12

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — U.S. Senate candidate Deborah Ross has received the backing of the Washington-based group led by Democratic senators who want her to replace Republican incumbent Richard Burr of North Carolina next year. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced Thursday it was endorsing Ross. She and three other Democrats are in the March […]

Detroit schools in session after teacher sick-out shutdown

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 23:07

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit public school district says all schools are in session a day after a massive sick-out by teachers closed most schools. School district spokeswoman Michelle Zdrodowski sent an update about Thursday’s classes in an email to The Associated Press. The Detroit Public Schools district filed a lawsuit Wednesday to try to […]