Seattle Times Headlines

South Carolina, 6 months after floods: ‘Rough road ahead’

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 02:43

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In a flood, nature can steal everything: lives and homes, delicate Christmas ornaments, a favorite flannel shirt, a special fishing hole. The historic rains and floods that battered South Carolina in October claimed 19 lives, destroyed more than $1 billion dollars in homes and property, and left thousands struggling to recoup. […]

Governor seeks to restore right to sue over discrimination, but won’t challenge bathroom rule

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 02:40

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Governor seeks to restore right to sue over discrimination, but won’t challenge bathroom rule.

Correction: Canal Break-Settlement story

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 02:39

FERNLEY, Nev. (AP) — FERNLEY, Nev. (AP) — In a story April 10 about a class-action settlement for flood victims in Fernley, Nevada, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of people awarded in the lawsuit. The total number of flood victims in the settlement is 1,200, not 200. A corrected version of the story […]

Panel considers fast-tracking Chicago mayor’s police chief

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 01:56

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago City Council panel is set to consider whether Mayor Rahm Emanuel should be allowed to appoint a longtime member of the police department as its next chief rather than choose from among three recommended finalists. Some aldermen are expressing concern that the move expected Tuesday by the Committee on Public […]

Syria talks to resume amid disputes, escalating violence

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 01:56

BEIRUT (AP) — Indirect peace talks between Syria’s warring parties are scheduled to resume in Geneva on Wednesday, the third round this year. There are two main groups at the negotiations in Switzerland, in addition to others that were invited by the United Nations as advisers. The U.N. envoy for Syria says the talks this […]

Texas ‘affluenza’ teen to have first hearing in adult court

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 01:52

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Texas teenager who used an “affluenza” defense following a deadly drunken-driving wreck will appear in adult court facing the prospect of more jail time. Ethan Couch will appear Wednesday before a Fort Worth judge who could order more jail time as part of the conditions of his adult probation. […]

New steps to help those with disabilities with student loans

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 01:50

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is taking steps to help people with disabilities who are struggling to repay their student loans. The Education Department has streamlined the process for applying for an existing federal loan forgiveness program for people who are permanently disabled. Letters will be sent next week to about 387,000 people the […]

Businessman pleads guilty in CPS kickbacks case

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 01:48

CHICAGO (AP) — A defendant in a Chicago Public Schools kickbacks case has changed his plea to guilty. Thomas Vranas pleaded guilty Tuesday at a hearing in federal court in Chicago to one count of conspiracy to commit federal program bribery. He faces a maximum five years in prison. He and co-defendant Solomon were accused […]

Mel Brooks records telephone endorsement in NY Senate race

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 01:45

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Mel Brooks is offering a ringing endorsement for his great-nephew, who’s running for a seat in New York’s state Senate. The entertainer tells voters in an automated telephone call: “Yes, it really is Mel Brooks.” The call urges voters to support Democrat Todd Kaminsky in next Tuesday’s special election for the […]

Pentagon: Dozen militants killed in US airstrikes in Somalia

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 01:42

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Pentagon spokesman says the U.S. conducted airstrikes Monday and Tuesday in Somalia that killed an estimated 12 militants affiliated with the al-Shabab Islamic extremist group. The spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, said the targeted militants posed an imminent threat to U.S. personnel who were assisting Somali government forces north of the […]

UW’s Talia Walton one of 12 players invited to attend Thursday’s WNBA draft

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 01:42

After her breakthrough in the NCAA tournament, Washington senior Talia Walton has seen her WNBA prospects rise.

Arizona lawmaker drops ban on journalists who refuse checks

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 01:41

PHOENIX (AP) — The speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives allowed journalists who refused to submit to extensive background checks back on to the floor of the chamber Tuesday amid pressure from lawmakers and the public over the sudden shift in decades-old policy. The announcement came five days after Republican House Speaker David Gowan […]

CP-NS merger: the runaway train we dodged

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 01:39

A tie-up between two giant railroads would have set off a ripple of more deals, more jobs cut, worse service.

NYC mayor, Hillary Clinton taking heat over comedy skit

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 00:50

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have come under fire over a comedy skit that some people feel was racially insensitive. Clinton, just days before the crucial New York primary, was a surprise guest during the mayor’s performance at the annual Inner Circle show […]

Flint’s latest conundrum? People aren’t using enough water

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 00:43

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A water expert who helped expose the lead problem in Flint says residents aren’t using enough water — and that’s slowing efforts to rid the system of the toxic contamination. The conundrum is that people have grown accustomed to using bottled water, are showering less and are leery of drinking even […]

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, receivers, others working out in Southern California

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 00:42

Some of the Seahawks, including quarterback Russell Wilson and receivers, are working out in Los Angeles this week in preparation of the beginning of the team's official off-season program on Monday.

Surgery begins to separate infant conjoined twins in Texas

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 00:40

The 10-month-old sisters are conjoined below the waist and share a colon and bladders. Doctors are optimistic about the operation, which could last 12 to 18 hours.

Report: US didn’t find trouble at Corinthian Colleges before it failed

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 00:37

WASHINGTON (AP) — A report by the Center for American Progress says federal education officials failed to detect trouble at one of the country’s largest for-profit colleges in the years before it collapsed. The report, titled “Looking in All the Wrong Places,” is based on 6,000 pages of audits provided by colleges and reviews done […]

Daniel Radcliffe to star onstage in ‘Privacy’ in New York

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 00:34

NEW YORK (AP) — Daniel Radcliffe will return to a New York stage in James Graham’s play “Privacy,” inspired by the revelations by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. The Public Theater said Tuesday the former “Harry Potter” star will appear in the 2014 play that “explores how governments and corporations collect and use […]

Police probe shooting involving officers on freeway ramp

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 00:28

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a traffic stop involving police that ended in gunshots on an interstate ramp outside Atlanta. Conyers police tell WAGA-TV that the shooting happened on Interstate 20 in the Lithonia area, just east of Atlanta. They say an officer and a deputy involved were not seriously injured in the […]