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Report: Dejounte Murray and Marquese Chriss receive invite to NBA draft combine

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 03:19

Former Washington Husky star freshmen Dejounte Murray and Marquese Chriss expected to be among 70 hopefuls participating at next week's NBA draft combine in Chicago.

Woman wounded in Wisconsin interstate shooting dies

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 03:18

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Federal authorities say an Illinois woman has died after being shot during an apparently random drive-by shooting along a Wisconsin interstate while she was traveling with her husband and children. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency released a statement Tuesday saying 44-year-old Tracy Czaczkowski has died, two days after she was shot. […]

Tampa Bay Times purchases main competitor, the Tampa Tribune

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 03:18

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s largest newspaper, The Tampa Bay Times, says it has purchased its main competitor, the Tampa Tribune, ending a decades-long newspaper rivalry. In a statement released Tuesday, Times chairman and CEO Paul Tash said he intends to create one financially secure, locally owned daily newspaper in the Tampa Bay region. […]

Filipino militants threaten 3 hostages after beheading 1

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 03:17

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Muslim militants have threatened to kill three more hostages in their jungle base in the southern Philippines more than a week after beheading a Canadian man after they failed to get a huge ransom demand by a deadline. In a video circulated Tuesday by the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi […]

Officials: Candles possible cause of NYC church fire

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 03:17

NEW YORK (AP) — Fire department officials say the cause of a blaze that destroyed a historic New York City church is under investigation but it could have been candles. The Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava (SAH’-vah) burned on Sunday, the same day Orthodox Christians around the world celebrated Easter. Fire officials said Tuesday […]

Ex-49er Stubblefield denies sexually assaulting woman

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 03:17

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A former San Francisco 49er defensive lineman charged with raping a “developmentally delayed” woman denied the charges Tuesday, saying the episode was a consensual encounter with a mentally competent woman who asked for money and a job afterward. Dana Stubblefield is accused of raping the woman in his home in […]

Florida’s largest newspaper, The Tampa Bay Times, says it has purchased its main competitor, the Tampa Tribune

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 03:15

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s largest newspaper, The Tampa Bay Times, says it has purchased its main competitor, the Tampa Tribune.

AP NewsAlert

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 03:12

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — DEA: Illinois woman has died after being shot in drive-by shooting along Wisconsin interstate.

‘Blues Brothers’ cartoon show tuning up for a television gig

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 03:10

NEW YORK (AP) — “The Blues Brothers” could be coming to TV as a prime-time animated comedy series. Bento Box Entertainment Tuesday announced the project, co-created by executive producers Dan Aykroyd, former “Saturday Night Live” writer Anne Beatts and Judy Belushi, widow of Blues Brothers co-founder John Belushi. The series will be based on the […]

UN chief names choices for top UN environments posts

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 02:23

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Norway’s former environment and development minister Erik Solheim to head the U.N. environment agency and announced his choice of Mexican ambassador Patricia Espinosa Cantellano for the U.N.’s top climate change post. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced Solheim’s appointment Tuesday and Ban’s intention to appoint Espinosa as […]

Regulators increase proposed penalty against Ride the Ducks for deadly crash

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 02:21

State regulators have approved a new settlement agreement Ride the Ducks Seattle, increasing the penalty to $308,000 after saying a previous amount was inadequate.

Rio city council commission formed to probe Olympic projects

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 02:14

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro’s city council has set up a commission to investigate whether the city’s Olympic projects were tarnished by corruption. The five-member commission is expected to request contracts and other documents related to the stadiums, highways and other projects built for the Aug. 5-21 games. The councilman behind the […]

Sheriff: 1 of 2 survivors of Georgia crash still critical

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 02:14

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A University of Georgia student who survived a crash that killed four of her friends remains in critical condition, a Georgia sheriff said. Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry met with Agnes Kim’s family Monday night at Athens Regional Medical Center, where he got an update on her condition, the sheriff said […]

College may remove name of law school founder with KKK ties

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 02:09

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — University of Tulsa trustees are deciding whether to rename the law school because of one founder’s ties to the Ku Klux Klan. Sharon Bell tells The Associated Press that she and other trustees at the private university will discuss whether to remove John Rogers’ name from the law school building during […]

David Attenborough at 90: still an eager student of nature

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 02:09

LOS ANGELES (AP) — David Attenborough, who turns 90 on Sunday, isn’t resting on his laurels or any other element of the natural world he’s explored so fully. The man behind acclaimed documentaries including “Life on Earth” and “The Life of Birds” is giving insects their TV close-up in Smithsonian Channel’s three-part “Micro Monsters with […]

Body pulled from river was woman who abandoned baby in NY

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 02:02

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A woman who was charged with abandoning her baby in a Manhattan subway station in 2014 has been found dead in the Mississippi River in St. Louis. Authorities aren’t sure why 22-year-old Frankea Dabbs was in St. Louis, where she had no known connection. Her body was found in the river […]

MetLife fined $20M for variable annuities switches

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 01:59

WASHINGTON (AP) — MetLife has been fined $20 million by Wall Street’s policing body for misleading customers in switching them from variable annuities contracts into more expensive ones. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority said Tuesday the decision was its largest fine related to variable annuities, popular yet complex investments that have grabbed the attention of […]

Immigrant family detention center granted child-care license

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 01:57

HOUSTON (AP) — One of the nation’s largest detention centers for families caught crossing the southern U.S. border has received a temporary residential child care license, amid discussions over whether the federal government will keep using such facilities. Texas Department of Family and Protective Services spokesman Patrick Crimmins said Tuesday the agency granted the six-month […]

US ends Ford pickup probe without seeking recall

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 01:55

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators have closed an investigation into power brake assist failures in Ford F-150 pickup trucks without seeking a recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says an analysis of complaints and testing showed that even in worst-case situations, the trucks can be stopped with a moderate increase in brake pedal […]

‘Happy Together’ copyright dispute in NY top court

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 01:14

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s highest court has agreed to rule on a case pitting the owner of The Turtles’ 1960 hit “Happy Together” against Sirius XM Radio. The issue is whether the copyright owners of recordings made before 1972 have a common law right to make radio stations and others pay for their […]