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Kansas Supreme Court to consider right to abortion

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:47

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court has agreed to consider a groundbreaking ruling that determined the conservative state’s constitution protects abortion rights independently from the U.S. Constitution. The appeal came after the Kansas Court of Appeals refused to implement the state’s first-in-the-nation ban on a common second-trimester abortion method. Critics fear that if […]

Zika testing backlog leaves many anxious for answers

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:46

Dozens of travelers in Washington state and thousands more across the nation at risk for Zika virus infection have waited weeks for test results because of a federal backlog. That includes pregnant women whose fetuses may face devastating birth defects.

Cuban Americans protest exclusion from Carnival Cuban cruise

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:42

MIAMI (AP) — Some Cuban Americans are complaining that Carnival Corporation is unfairly excluding them from sailing with the company when the cruise line heads to Cuba for the first time in decades. The Adonia will leave Miami and head to Havana on May 1 and will travel every two weeks with additional stops in […]

Texas utility worker accused of attacking family’s dogs

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:38

The entire incident was captured on surveillance footage that the owner posted on Facebook, where it has been shared more than 18,200 times.

Cuban Americans protest from Carnival’s Cuban cruises

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:38

MIAMI (AP) — Some Cuban Americans are complaining that Carnival Corporation is unfairly excluding them from sailing with the company when the cruise line heads to Cuba for the first time in decades. The Adonia will leave Miami and head to Havana on May 1 and will travel every two weeks with stops in Cienfuegos […]

LA Police Commission: Homeless man’s shooting unjustified

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:35

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A police officer who shot and killed an unarmed homeless man near the Venice boardwalk last year violated departmental policy, the Police Commission ruled Tuesday. The civilian panel concluded that Officer Clifford Proctor wasn’t justified in shooting Brendon Glenn twice in the back as Glenn, 29, was on the ground last […]

Federal court hears appeal of Minnesota sex offender ruling

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:31

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The lengthy legal debate over a Minnesota program that keeps sex offenders confined indefinitely after they complete their prison sentences shifted south Tuesday as state officials urged a federal appeals court nearly 500 miles away to overturn a judge’s ruling that the program is unconstitutional. Solicitor General Alan Gilbert told a […]

NFL denies Josh Gordon’s reinstatement application

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:15

The NFL has denied suspended Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon’s application for reinstatement. A league spokesman confirmed Tuesday that the application was denied and that Gordon can apply again at a future date. The decision puts Gordon’s participation for the 2016 season in doubt. He was suspended for all of 2015 for testing positive for […]

Take the leap for Spring Fair fun in Puyallup

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:15

Washington State Fair Spring Fair, April 14-17, Puyallup.

Mariners minor league report: Class A Bakersfield wins on a walk-off squeeze bunt in the 11th inning

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 05:59

Here is today's Mariners' minor league round-up, which offers the team's official minor league report from Kelly Munro that features, notes, stats and box scores. There are also game results on all of the organization’s minor league affiliates that were in action. Class AAA Tacoma picked up a win behind the pitching of Donn Roach

California weighs changing rape statute after Cosby claims

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 05:49

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California bill prompted in part by prosecutors’ difficulty in pursuing sexual assault charges against Bill Cosby cleared its first legislative hurdle Tuesday, when it passed a committee that previously had rejected efforts to allow prosecutions for crimes that victims say happened long ago. The bill would eliminate the state’s 10-year […]

Nagbe has sprained ankle from de Jong, return uncertain

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 05:47

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe has a sprained left ankle and won’t play in Portland’s game against Dallas Wednesday night, becoming the latest player to miss time because of a Nigel de Jong challenge. Coach Caleb Porter confirmed Nagbe’s injury following practice Tuesday. Nagbe also is likely to miss Saturday’s game against […]

Business Highlights

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 05:47

___ Finance officials facing a chronically weak global economy WASHINGTON (AP) — World finance officials who meet in Washington this week confront a bleak picture: Eight years after the financial crisis erupted, the global economy remains fragile and at risk of another recession. The IMF on Tuesday downgraded its outlook for growth for most regions […]

Plastics dominate debris washing up on state’s coastal beaches

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 05:47

Some of the plastic debris found on Washington shores comes from close by, some from much farther away, including flotsam from the 2011 tsunami that struck Japan.

Ready for the record, Warriors go after 73 wins in finale

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 05:45

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry never figured the Chicago Bulls’ 72-win mark could be matched or eclipsed. Twenty years later, the reigning MVP and his defending champion Golden State Warriors are on the brink of doing just that and making yet more history this season. “I knew what it was but you never really […]

Developers: New Orleans can revive flood-damaged theme park

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 05:42

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Developers want to bring life back to a rusting and ghostly theme park on the edge of the swamps outside New Orleans more than 10 years after it was abandoned when Hurricane Katrina left it underwater. On Tuesday, two groups of developers again urged the city to help them revive the […]

Jury: Firefighter fraudulently collected disability pension

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 05:33

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A former firefighter accused of collecting a state disability pension while working as a martial arts instructor and participating in competitive mixed martial arts has been convicted of theft by deception. Camden resident Shane Streater, who’s 41, faces up to 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced next month. The verdict […]

Demand for the new Tesla is wild, but limited to tech fans

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 05:26

DETROIT (AP) — Demand for Tesla’s new Model 3 has been eye-popping, with consumers pre-ordering about $13.7 billion worth of the electric sedans nearly two years before they go on sale. Yet experts aren’t yet ready to proclaim it’s a tipping point with mainstream America moving from burning gasoline to charging batteries. The reason? Most […]

Obama’s comments on Clinton email raises concerns of bias

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 05:24

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he believes his former secretary of state did not intentionally endanger national security in her handling of classified information. But he also says he’s not trying to influence his administration’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server. The White House on Tuesday was under pressure to reconcile those […]

Senate GOP to subpoena EPA chief in Colorado mine spill

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans are vowing to issue a subpoena to force the head of the Environmental Protection Agency to appear at a field hearing next week in Phoenix about a toxic wastewater spill that fouled rivers in three Western states and on lands belonging to two Native American tribes. Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso […]