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Judge considering whether to release Conn before trial

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 05:45

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are portraying a flamboyant Kentucky lawyer as a flight risk who should stay locked up while awaiting trial on charges of fraudulently obtaining more than $600 million in federal disability payments for clients. Eric C. Conn’s attorney countered that he always has returned home to eastern Kentucky after traveling […]

Mexico’s diplomatic shuffle in US reflects new strategy

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 05:42

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A senior Mexican official said Thursday that a diplomatic shuffle in the United States reflects a new strategy to respond to false portrayals of Mexico that have spread during the U.S. presidential campaign. “They are simply changes to put in place a new strategy in the environment we are living,” Mexican […]

Tyler Summitt admits inappropriate relationship, resigns

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 05:37

Tyler Summitt resigned from his job as Louisiana Tech women’s basketball coach on Thursday and acknowledged having an inappropriate relationship. “I am profoundly disappointed in myself for engaging in a relationship that has negatively affected the people I love, respect and care about the most,” Summitt said in a statement issued through Louisiana Tech. “My […]

Business Highlights

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 05:35

___ EU threatens to sanction tax havens like Panama BERLIN (AP) — The European Union has threatened to sanction countries like Panama if they continue to refuse to cooperate fully to fight money laundering and tax evasion, after a leak of data showed the tiny country remains a key destination for people who want to […]

Police: Kansas boy found with octopus in throat improves

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 05:33

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 2-year-old boy hospitalized after a small octopus became wedged in this throat showed signs of improvement Thursday as the investigation pressed on, Wichita police said. The boy, who was brought in to the hospital on Tuesday night, has been upgraded to good condition, is in “a very delicate situation” and […]

Gap’s shares plummet after sales continue to slide

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 05:33

NEW YORK (AP) — Gap Inc.’s shares are falling nearly 9 percent in after-hours trading Thursday, after the clothing retailer announced March results that show its continued sales funk. It also warned that it was entering into April with higher levels of inventory, which it said could hurt profit margins. The ailing retailer, based in […]

Costco, Goldman Sachs and Verizon fall, Wynn Resorts climbs

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 05:28

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq stock market: NYSE Verizon Communications Inc., down $1.52 to $52 Telecommunications companies lagged the market for the second day in a row. Most Read Stories6 things Costco shoppers need to know before new credit […]

School officer pleads not guilty to slapping, kicking teen

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 04:50

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore school police officer caught on video slapping and kicking a teen at a school while another officer stood by has pleaded not guilty. News media outlets report that Anthony Spence and fellow school police officer Saverna Bias both entered the plea on Thursday to the misdemeanor charges of assault and […]

Pennsylvania governor bars LGBT discrimination in contracts

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 04:45

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s Democratic governor is barring state contractors and grant recipients from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Gov. Tom Wolf signed the executive order Thursday. He says he can’t wait any longer for Republican lawmakers to move on legislation that would ban such discrimination in employment, housing and public […]

Detroit school board names Gov. Snyder in federal lawsuit

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 04:43

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit school board has named Gov. Rick Snyder in a federal lawsuit that in part blames the district’s deep financial troubles on Michigan’s emergency manager law. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Detroit and seeks class-action status on behalf of about 58,000 students enrolled since 2011. Also named […]

Man says he didn’t get recall notice before air bag death

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 04:37

HOUSTON (AP) — The brother of a Texas teenager killed when an exploding Takata air bag sent a shard of metal into her neck says he never received a recall notice about his 2002 Honda Civic. Huma Hanif died when she rear-ended a vehicle and the air bag deployed while driving her brother’s car last […]

2 men trampled by bull on the loose in Texas; animal killed

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 04:34

ALVARADO, Texas (AP) — Police in Texas have shot and killed a bull that ran loose across Interstate 35 before trampling two people at an auto parts business. Alvarado (al-var-AY’-doh) police on Thursday said officers shot the bull because it posed a deadly threat. Authorities didn’t say who owns the bull or how it got […]

UNC president: Campuses must follow transgender law

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 04:28

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system will follow the state’s new law about transgender people by requiring all bathrooms to be designated for use by people based on their biological sex, the system president wrote in a memo to chancellors. President Margaret Spellings said in the memo […]

UK’s Cameron says he did profit from dad’s offshore holdings

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 04:28

LONDON (AP) — After days of headlines about his family’s financial affairs, British Prime Minister David Cameron acknowledged Thursday that he profited from shares in an offshore firm set up by his father. Cameron told ITV news that he and his wife, Samantha, sold shares worth 31,500 pounds (currently $44,300) in an offshore fund named […]

Cruz’s ‘New York values’ jab comes back to haunt him

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 04:27

NEW YORK (AP) — Ted Cruz’s attempt to upset native son Donald Trump in the Empire State primary has so far turned on three words: “New York values.” Cruz’s use of that phrase as a putdown in a GOP debate in January has hung around his neck like an anchor, particularly in New York City, […]

Workers removing graffiti from exterior of historic mission

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 04:27

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Vandals spray-painted on the walls of an 18th century Catholic mission, desecrating what it is regarded as a significant architectural remnant from the Southwest’s Spanish colonial era. The vandalism at the San Xavier Mission south of Tucson was discovered in the morning and comes as the church is undergoing multimillion-dollar, yearslong […]

‘Ribbon of colors’ brings joy in Tulip Town

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 04:24

There was a time when the DeGoede family simply grew flowers — tulips, daffodils and irises. But they saw that people would park on the road shoulders to view their ribbons of color. So, co-owner Jeannette DeGoede thought, why not have parking and let people come to the fields? Back then, nearly four decades ago, […]

Give him a 10: Big debacle for Big Easy at start of Masters

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 03:51

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Ernie Els was 2 feet from a par to start the Masters. Twenty-four measly inches. Then, the unimaginable happened. One miss. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. Most Read Stories6 things Costco shoppers need to know before new credit cards arriveStunning photos capture workers who built Space […]

U.S. gymnast and Rio 2016 medal hopeful Simone Biles to debut new floor routine in Everett at Pacific Rim Championships

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 03:48

Simone Biles, who won a third-consecutive all-around World championship in Scotland last fall, has already been named to the national team and will be competing in her first Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in September.

Google to test self-driving cars in Phoenix area

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 03:41

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — Google is bringing its self-driving vehicles to Phoenix to see how the SUVs perform in Arizona’s sweltering summer. Four of Google’s self-driving vehicles are being driven around Phoenix this week, mapping portions of the metro area ahead of letting the cars loose. Google officials say they will begin having the cars […]