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Transgender restroom bill revived by Tennessee House panel

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 09:33

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee House panel has revived a bill seeking to require public school students to use restrooms that match their sex at birth. The House Education Administration and Planning Committee voted 8-4 on Wednesday to reverse an earlier decision to study the bill after the Legislature adjourns for the rest of […]

Coffee-bean fumes deemed hazardous to workers’ health

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 09:22

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is conducting tests at about a dozen facilities across the country in the wake of a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation that exposed how a naturally occurring chemical endangers coffee workers.

Wedding thief sentenced to 7 years in California prison

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 09:16

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A thief who posed as a guest at California weddings and stole wallets, credit cards and cash from brides, guests and wedding workers will be honeymooning in prison. KNSD-TV ( ) says Denise Gunderson was sentenced Wednesday to seven years behind bars. She has previous felony convictions. Prosecutors say last year, […]

How Elijah Qualls lends a unique voice to the UW defense

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 09:15

If standout safety Budda Baker is the face of UW’s top-ranked defense and hard-hitting linebackers Azeem Victor and Keishawn Bierria are the heart and soul, then Elijah Qualls is the Huskies’ booming voice that never stops chattering.

R&B singer-songwriter Leon Haywood dies at 74

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 09:00

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leon Haywood, the silky smooth R&B singer-songwriter and producer whose 1975 single “I Want’a Do Something Freaky to You” was famously sampled by Dr. Dre and others, has died. He was 74. Haywood’s godson Darnell “OG Cuicide” Price says he died in his sleep Thursday in Los Angeles. Haywood’s “I Want’a […]

Prep school in abuse scandal says administrator put on leave

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 08:57

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (AP) — An elite Rhode Island boarding school embroiled in a sexual-abuse scandal said an administrator has been placed on leave over allegations concerning his conduct as a dorm parent in the 1990s. St. George’s School said in a letter sent to alumni Wednesday that associate head for external affairs Bob Weston was […]

Wisconsin’s Walker compares himself to Packers greats

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 08:56

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is feeling so good about the role he played in Ted Cruz’s victory in Wisconsin that he’s comparing himself to two of the greatest quarterbacks in Green Bay Packers’ history. Walker says Donald Trump’s decision to attack his record as governor is like someone going to Lambeau Field […]

Official: Repairs to broken sewage pipe expected overnight

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 08:55

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The public works department in Memphis had identified erosion near a sewer line before it broke and began dumping 50 million gallons of untreated wastewater into a creek and a lake per day, leading to a massive fish kill and warnings of extremely high levels of the E. coli bacteria, officials […]

Defecation on lawn leads to double stabbing in California

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 08:55

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Stockton police say two men stabbed each other in a fight that began after one of them defecated on the other’s lawn. The Stockton Record reports ( officers arrested 18-year-old Lonale Shaw for assault with a deadly weapon. Police say the fight Sunday evening began after the unidentified victim defecated on […]

How WSU coach Mike Leach and Donald Trump developed a unique friendship

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 08:53

For more than a decade, WSU football coach Mike Leach and Donald Trump have shared a unique friendship that dates to the days when Leach was building his reputation as a first-time head coach at Texas Tech, and Trump made headlines for his reality show “The Apprentice.”

New retirement-investing rules called ‘revolutionary’

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 08:50

New regulation of financial advisers and brokers handling individual retirement and 401(k) accounts is expected to encourage a shift of retirement funds into lower-cost investments while setting off one of the biggest upheavals in the financial services industry in decades.

Corporate America no longer slow to embrace gay rights

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 08:43

Corporate America’s evolution on gay rights appears to have reached a tipping point, one where so many companies have taken a stand on the issue that the risk of speaking out has been superseded by the risk of not doing so.

Sea-Tac’s security lines may shrink with new TSA training

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 08:39

Long lines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport checkpoints may get shorter and move faster once airport screening officers are allowed to again take required training courses locally.

Solving homelessness: Simply just build more low-income housing

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 07:12

For nearly 18 years, I have worked as a registered nurse with a nonprofit visiting the homeless in Seattle. I visit sick patients in The Jungle, treat wounds on the street, bring medications to clients living under the West Seattle Bridge, give flu shots in shelters, tents and cars. The vast majority of these patients do not want […]

Court: Native American church not excused from cannabis laws

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 07:12

HONOLULU (AP) — A federal court is ruling that a church for Native Americans in Hawaii should not be excused from federal marijuana laws despite the group’s claim that ingesting cannabis is part of their sacred sacrament. The Native American Church of Hawaii had asked for relief from federal marijuana laws under the U.S. Religious […]

Who’s ‘un-American’? Fingerpointing follows demise of drug company megamerger

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 07:10

The White House traded accusations of unpatriotic behavior with the CEO of a major drugmaker after unexpectedly tough new rules from the U.S. Treasury Department on corporate inversions derailed a $160 billion merger between Pfizer and Allergan meant to slash Pfizer’s taxes.

Obama congratulates Villanova after ‘exciting’ NCAA victory

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 07:03

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is congratulating the Villanova Wildcats for their victory in what he calls a “particularly exciting championship game.” Obama called head coach Jay Wright on Wednesday following his team’s victory in the NCAA Tournament championship game Monday. The White House says Obama pointed out that the victory came at the […]

Broadway actors’ secrets for staying healthy, night after night

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 07:00

Staying healthy is crucial for stage performers, especially on Broadway where eight shows a week are typical.

The Sonics, Sol, Acapulco Lips and En Canto release new albums

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 06:56

Four albums by Northwest artists come out this week, in time for Record Store Day Saturday (April 16). They include releases by the Sonics, Northwest garage rock pioneers; En Canto, Seattle’s only Brazilian forró band; rapper Sol; and Acapulco Lips, a psychedelic surf band.

Louisiana House agrees to 72-hour wait period for abortion

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 06:35

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana House has voted to triple the wait time for women seeking an abortion to 72 hours. If passed by the Senate, Louisiana would match five other states with the longest waiting periods in the country. The change to Louisiana’s abortion restrictions is supported by Democratic Gov. John Bel […]