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Some howl over Alibaba’s place in anti-counterfeiting group

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 19:38

SHANGHAI (AP) — The prospect of sitting in a Hyatt Regency ballroom in Florida and listening to Jack Ma, founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, deliver the keynote for the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition’s conference this month did not sit well with Michael Kors’ general counsel. In fact, Ma’s imminent speech — and the IACC’s April […]

Opera: offstage drama rivets Romania, costs minister his job

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 19:31

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A compelling drama at Romania’s national opera has been drawing huge audiences for weeks. But it’s not a production of “The Marriage of Figaro” or “The Barber of Seville” that’s grabbing the limelight, it’s an offstage dispute between two international ballet stars and Romanian musicians that has already cost a government […]

Candlelight vigil planned for slain Georgia college student

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 19:29

ATLANTA (AP) — A candlelight vigil is planned to remember a Georgia college freshman who was stabbed to death at Fort Valley State University as he tried to help three female students. School officials say the freshman class plans the vigil for 19-year-old Donnell Phelps at 7 p.m. Thursday on the campus, about 30 miles […]

Woody Allen says he’s made wife Soon-Yi Previn’s life better

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 19:28

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Woody Allen says in a revealing interview that he has made wife Soon-Yi Previn’s life better and the controversy that surrounded the couple in the 1990s hasn’t traumatized him. Allen tells The Hollywood Reporter in an interview posted online Wednesday that the 45-year-old Previn had a difficult upbringing in South Korea […]

Woman battling breast cancer wins second big lottery prize

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 19:19

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Officials with the North Carolina Education Lottery say a woman battling breast cancer is celebrating her second big lottery win this year. A statement from the lottery says Gina Short of Mecklenburg County won the top prize of $250,000 in the All or Nothing game on April 29. Short said she […]

Actor Danny Glover to get award at Adirondack historic site

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 19:13

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Actor Danny Glover will receive a human rights award at a historic site in the Adirondacks honoring abolitionist John Brown. The first Spirit of John Brown Freedom Awards will be presented Saturday at the John Brown Farm State Historic Site near Lake Placid. Organizers said Glover is expected to attend. […]

Disney CEO meets Chinese president ahead of park opening

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 19:12

BEIJING (AP) — The head of entertainment giant Disney had a rare official meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday, a month before the opening of its $5.5 billion theme park in the country’s financial hub of Shanghai. Xi told Disney CEO and Chairman Robert A. Iger that it was important for the world’s […]

Turkey eyes visa-free travel to Europe but hurdles remain

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 19:05

ISTANBUL (AP) — Visa-free travel to Europe may be finally within Turkey’s grasp, but the remaining benchmarks it must meet by June are not easy hurdles to clear. Turkish leaders have explicitly warned the European Union that they will stop cooperating on the migrant crisis if the visa requirement isn’t lifted. The European Commission on […]

Merck beats 1Q profit forecasts

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 19:04

KENILWORTH, N.J. (AP) — Merck & Co. (MRK) on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings of $1.13 billion. The Kenilworth, New Jersey-based company said it had profit of 40 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 89 cents per share. The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed […]

Coast Guard investigates boat shooting report off Key West

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 19:00

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating a report that someone on a fishing boat fired multiple shots in the direction of a 20-foot pleasure boat while its passengers were diving southwest of Key West. Coast Guard officials said in a news release that the report was received Wednesday morning from […]

Philadelphia cop injured in ambush awarded ‘Man of the Year’

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 18:38

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia police officer wounded during an ambush while he was sitting in his patrol car in January has received a “Man of the Year” award in New York City. WCAU-TV reports ( ) Officer Jesse Hartnett was honored for his heroic actions Wednesday night during the yearly National Police Defense Foundation […]

Uncertainty over vote on EU membership weighs on UK economy

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 18:36

LONDON (AP) — A key indicator shows that the U.K. economy slowed in April and is close to stagnating amid fears of the looming referendum on whether Britain should remain in the European Union. The Markit/CIPS purchasing managers’ index for the services sector — a gauge of business activity — dropped more than expected to […]

Lawyer: Canadian to leave Nepal after work visa revoked

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 18:33

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A lawyer says a Canadian man will leave Nepal on Thursday after a court failed to hear his appeal for the revocation of his work visa over critical social media posts. Dipendra Jha said the Supreme Court did not have time to hear the appeal Thursday and their turn would likely […]

Sri Lanka suspends 2 lawmakers over fistfight in parliament

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 18:26

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s Parliament has suspended two lawmakers for one week for getting into a fistfight that left several lawmakers injured earlier this week. Parliament passed a motion Thursday to impose a one-week suspension on ruling coalition lawmaker Palitha Thewarapperuma and opposition lawmaker Prasanna Ranaweera. Tuesday’s altercation inside Parliament arose after […]

Kenya: Woman found alive after 6 days in collapsed building

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 18:21

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan official says a woman has been found alive after six days in a collapsed building and rescuers are working to free her. Pius Masai, the head of the National Disaster Management Unit, said Thursday rescuers are creating room to release the woman who is speaking to medics waiting to […]

Former Lakers coach Byron Scott ‘shocked’ over firing

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 18:18

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott says he thought he had more time to right the ship before the team fired him last week. Scott tells ESPN he was “surprised” and “shocked” by the move even though he led the Lakers to the two worst seasons in their history, […]

10 Things to Know for Today

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 18:10

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. ISLAMIC STATE GROUP WAGING SCORCHED EARTH CAMPAIGN Two months after the liberation of Ramadi, the AP learns that the city remains too devastated and full of explosive booby traps for former residents to return. 2. NORTH KOREA’S […]

Corruption allegations hound Binay in Philippine election

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 17:56

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — In a poor Southeast Asian country with a soft spot for the underdog, Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay has tried to turn online jokes about his dark complexion and small stature to his advantage by portraying himself in campaign ads as an everyman who understands the struggles of the underclass. But […]

Police: Escaped inmate spotted at New Jersey CVS

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 17:38

BARNEGAT TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Police in New Jersey say security footage has captured images of an inmate walking into a pharmacy a day after vanishing from a state prison. In a Facebook post, the Barnegat Police Department identifies the man in the images taken Wednesday morning as 38-year-old Arthur Buckel. Corrections officials say the […]

Iraq’s PM replaces military commander over Green Zone breach

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 17:27

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi replaced the commander of a military division tasked with protecting the heavily fortified Green Zone Thursday after hundreds of angry anti-government protesters broke into the parliament building last week. On Saturday hundreds of protesters, mainly followers of Iraq’s influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, knocked down concrete blast […]