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Video appears to show some kidnapped Chibok girls alive

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 19:56

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A schoolmate cries with joy at the sight of a Boko Haram video appearing to show some of Nigeria’s kidnapped Chibok girls — friends she hasn’t seen since they were abducted by the Islamic extremists two years ago. CNN broadcast the video, as well as the news network’s own footage of […]

‘Person of interest’ arrested; Florida priest still missing

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 19:51

MIAMI (AP) — Authorities say a man who’s a “person of interest” in the disappearance of a 71-year-old Catholic priest from St. Augustine, Florida, has been arrested in Aiken, South Carolina. Law enforcement agencies in South Carolina and Florida say 28-year-old Steven James Murray was taken into custody late Wednesday while driving a car belonging […]

More UMass student protesters arrested during second sit-in

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 19:44

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — University of Massachusetts officials say police arrested 19 student protesters who were among those occupying an administrative building on the school’s Amherst campus. More than 250 demonstrators from the UMass Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign staged a sit-in at the Whitmore Administration Building for the second straight night on Wednesday. The protesters […]

Iraqi forces rely on air power in battling IS for key town

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 19:40

HIT, Iraq (AP) — Iraq’s counterterrorism forces are increasingly relying on air power in their battle to take full control of a key town in the sprawling western Anbar desert from Islamic State militants. Gen. Abdel Ghani al-Asadi, who leads the elite troops, says his men control most of Hit but that IS fighters are […]

McDonald’s stores targeted by protests for $15 an hour

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 19:37

NEW YORK (AP) — Protesters calling for pay of $15 an hour and a union will be at McDonald’s restaurants around the country and overseas Thursday as part of an ongoing push targeting the world’s biggest hamburger chain. The “Fight for $15” campaign says low-wage workers including airport workers, adjunct professors and home care workers […]

Florida man claims stand-your-ground in road rage death

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 19:35

PORT ORANGE, Fla. (AP) — A central Florida man is seeking to have a murder charge against him dropped based on the state’s stand-your-ground law. The Daytona Beach News-Journal ( ) reports 63-year-old Robert Gelles faces second-degree murder in the Sept. 13 shooting of 44-year-old Joseph Bailey after a collision at a Port Orange intersection. […]

Hamilton faces big challenge at Chinese GP after penalty

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 19:34

SHANGHAI (AP) — Reigning Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton will have to make up considerable ground in the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday if he’s going to capture his third straight race in Shanghai and close the gap with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in the drivers’ standings. Hamilton received a five-place grid penalty in Shanghai […]

Philadelphia nun goes on trial on drunken driving charge

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 19:34

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A Philadelphia nun facing drunken driving charges says she had a sedative and doesn’t remember crashing her car into a southern New Jersey building. Sister Kimberly Miller testified Wednesday at her trial in Washington Township she had a glass of wine and an Ambien before bed but woke up in […]

Amid EU vote uncertainty, Bank of England keeps rates steady

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 19:04

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England has voted to keep interest rates on hold amid concerns about whether Britain will leave the European Union. The June 23 referendum has added uncertainty to an already weakening economic outlook, prompting some economists to downgrade their growth forecasts. The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday warned that an […]

South Africa: Court clears way for assassin prison release

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 19:01

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African court has cleared the way for the release of a Polish immigrant jailed for killing a prominent anti-apartheid leader. Janusz Walus had been sentenced to life for the 1993 assassination of Chris Hani, leader of the military wing of the African National Congress, now the country’s ruling party. He […]

Lawyer of Indonesia cleric says his jail conditions inhumane

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 19:00

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A lawyer for the spiritual leader of the militants who carried out the 2002 Bali bombings is urging Indonesian authorities to end his “inhumane” treatment in prison. The radical Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir has been confined to a tiny isolation cell in the wake of the Jan. 14 suicide bombings […]

Ferrante, Pamuk up for Man Booker International Prize

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 18:46

LONDON (AP) — Elusive Italian author Elena Ferrante and Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk are among six finalists for the Man Booker International Prize for fiction. Ferrante’s Neapolitan tale “The Story of the Lost Child” and Pamuk’s Istanbul-set “A Strangeness in My Mind” are on a shortlist, announced Thursday, that includes books from Asia, Africa […]

Last surviving space shuttle external tank on way to L.A.

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 18:37

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — NASA’s only remaining space shuttle external fuel tank is headed to California where it will land as part of a permanent display with the retired space shuttle Endeavor. The tank, ET-94, was built for the space shuttle program but never used in flight. The 15-story, 32 ½ ton external tank left […]

News conference amid reports Trump aide won’t be prosecuted

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 18:36

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida prosecutor’s office plans to hold a news conference amid reports that presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign manager won’t be prosecuted over a videotaped altercation with a female reporter. A spokesman for Palm Beach County state attorney Dave Aronberg told The New York Times there will be a news […]

EU approves security plan to track airline passenger info

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 18:30

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers on Thursday approved a scheme to share airline passenger information that can be used to track foreign fighters heading to and from conflict areas like Syria and Iraq. They endorsed the Passenger Name Record law in a series of votes at its legislature in Strasbourg, France, ending years of […]

Sean Penn’s ‘The Last Face’ competing at Cannes festival

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 18:21

PARIS (AP) — A Sean Penn film about aid workers in Africa and movies about interracial marriage and cannibal fashion models are among the selections for this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The 20 films from 28 countries announced Thursday will compete for prestigious Palme d’Or at the May 11-22 festival on the French Riviera, which […]

EU approves data protection reform, boosting privacy

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 18:20

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has approved new data protection rules to strengthen online privacy, streamline legislation between the 28 member states and boost police and security cooperation. The rules will for the first time create a strong data protection law for Europe’s 500 million citizens, replacing an outdated patchwork of national rules that […]

UK Labour chief Corbyn argues for ‘in’ vote in EU referendum

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 18:06

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn, says Britain should stay in the European Union, arguing that “a vote to remain in is in the best interests of the people of this country.” Corbyn comes from the socialist left-wing of the Labour Party and has long been seen as a lukewarm supporter of the […]

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 17:56

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday: 1. WHERE THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN IS HEADED The entire presidential field descends on America’s largest city. Donald Trump hopes New York marks an end to the worst period of his candidacy, while Democrats prepare to debate in Brooklyn. […]

Suspect in Smith shooting described as ‘mild-mannered’ guy

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 17:49

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The man accused of gunning down former Saints defensive end Will Smith is a soft-spoken, respectful team leader who always calls older women “ma’am,” his pastor and his high school coach said. As Smith’s family, friends and fans come to grips with the local favorite’s death, those in Cardell Hayes’ sphere […]