Seattle Times Headlines

Tesla Motors 1Q net loss widens on Model X woes

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 04:36

DETROIT (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors lost $282.3 million in the first quarter as it struggled to ramp up production of its newest vehicle, the Model X SUV. The loss, of $2.13 per share, far exceeded Wall Street’s forecasts. Analysts polled by FactSet expected a loss of 87 cents per share. Tesla delivered […]

Microsoft ups Google, Box rivalry with new sharing software

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 04:35

Microsoft is releasing a new SharePoint, introducing phone apps designed to fix the product’s lack of mobile integration, and updating the OneDrive file-sharing apps.

Blues’ Upshall, Hitchcock keep nervous eye on Canadian fire

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 04:32

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Blues forward Scottie Upshall has numerous family members who live in Fort McMurray, Alberta, including a brother and his fiancé, plus aunts, uncles and nieces. Playing Game 3 against the Dallas Stars in the second round of the playoffs was a welcome diversion from thoughts about the devastation wrought […]

Man denies role in 1991 slaying of 5-year-old New Jersey boy

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 04:31

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A man who has been mentioned as an alternate suspect at a woman’s New Jersey trial over the killing of her 5-year-old son has denied any role in the boy’s 1991 death. Bernard McShane took the stand Wednesday in the murder trial of Michelle Lodzinski. She was living in Port […]

Whole Foods sees key sales figure decline again

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 04:29

NEW YORK (AP) — Whole Foods says sales declined 3 percent at established locations during its fiscal second quarter as it prepares to launch an offshoot chain intended to expand its customer. It marks the third straight quarterly decline for the Austin, Texas-based company, which is facing intensifying competition from traditional grocers and big box […]

4 reasons why Aeropostale has lost its cool with shoppers

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 04:25

NEW YORK (AP) — Aeropostale Inc., once a popular mall destination for teens, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, becoming the latest victim in the fast-changing retail landscape. Aeropostale joins the ranks of teen retailers looking to reorganize under bankruptcy protection or have been forced to close over the past two years, including Wet […]

US government: North Carolina LGBT law violates civil rights

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 04:21

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department says a North Carolina law that limits protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws. The Obama Administration agency on Wednesday put North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on notice that that state officials must confirm by Monday that they will not comply with or implement the […]

US Justice Department says North Carolina’s law limiting protections for LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 04:18

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — US Justice Department says North Carolina’s law limiting protections for LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws.

Oscar De La Hoya hits Trump where it hurts, says he cheats

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 04:16

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Of all the things Donald Trump has been called on the campaign trail, this one might sting the most: golf cheat. Oscar De La Hoya says that’s what he saw on the links when Trump joined up with his group at Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles two years ago. […]

Beyonce statement calls for equality in North Carolina

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 04:09

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Beyonce is supporting efforts to overturn a North Carolina law limiting legal protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The entertainment icon did not directly speak out against House Bill 2 on her website Wednesday, but she did display a photo of a person wearing a T-shirt displaying the slogan […]

Utah school district pays $10K for ‘drunk goggles’ injury

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 03:35

FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) — Court documents show that a Utah school district paid more than $10,000 for a student’s medical expenses after she was injured while wearing so-called drunk goggles in a 2014 exercise. The Standard-Examiner reports ( that the parents of then-13-year-old Kylie Nielsen sued the Davis School District and former teacher Rick Smith […]

Robot stitches tissue by itself, a step to more automated OR

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 03:35

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have created a robot that stitched up tissue in living animals without a real doctor pulling the strings. Today many hospitals offer robot-assisted surgery, where surgeons control the machines by hand. But much like engineers are designing self-driving cars, the hope is to create autonomous surgical robots that could perform certain […]

Toll bills often mailed to wrong address, state audit finds

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 03:32

A new state audit confirms many drivers’ complaints about Washington’s toll system: It is rife with mistaken data and uncollectable bills, and quality control hasn’t been the top priority.

Mariners minor league report: A pair of lefty relievers get promotions

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 03:28

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.

Change is in the works for Humana ACA exchange participation

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 03:20

Humana became the latest health insurer to serve notice that it might leave some Affordable Care Act exchanges next year, creating more uncertainty for customers ahead of this fall’s enrollment window and presidential campaign, during which the law is sure to remain a hot debate topic. The insurer, which is being acquired by rival Aetna, […]

Massachusetts paid $687,000 to dead pensioners

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 03:13

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has paid out more than $687,000 to deceased pensioners. That’s according to an audit released Wednesday that also found the agency had underpaid pensioners whose designated beneficiaries had died by more than $271,000. State Auditor Suzanne Bump says the Massachusetts State Retirement Board made payments to 105 deceased pensioners during the […]

Tesla losing two top production execs ahead of key car launch

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 03:11

Two top manufacturing executives are leaving Tesla Motors, including the global head of production, at a time when the electric-car company is about to release its most important car: the mass-production Model 3.

Boston traffic reporter comes out as a woman

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 03:08

BOSTON (AP) — The familiar voice coming over the radios of tens of thousands of Boston area drivers on the way to work Wednesday was the same. But the name had changed. WBZ-AM traffic reporter Scott Eck signed off as Kristen Eck for the first time, another step in a decades-long struggle with her gender […]

State tolls got you fuming? We’re learning from our mistakes

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 03:05

A state audit criticized Washington’s toll recovery, highlighting the fact that WSDOT does not currently use a collection agency to recover remaining unpaid tolls from drivers.

Philadelphia police kill unarmed driver fleeing traffic stop

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 03:00

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia’s police commissioner says he’s “not making any judgments” pending an investigation into the shooting death of an unarmed driver by an officer during a traffic stop. Commissioner Richard Ross says the driver tried to flee early Wednesday in the city’s Overbrook neighborhood and the officer “didn’t feel like he could escape” […]