Seattle Times Headlines

Syrian government thanks Russia for help capturing key town

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 21:17

SALMA, Syria (AP) — Pictures of Syrian President Bashar Assad hang on nearly every building in the town of Salma, which government troops captured last week in one of their most significant advances since Russia intervened militarily on their side. The Syrian government offensive has given Assad a stronger hand going into peace talks planned […]

Serena’s midriff, naval ring take center stage at Aust Open

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 21:15

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams’ latest on-court fashion statement is an attempt to “push the envelope” with a nod to classic tennis style. So says Williams, the No. 1-ranked player who is baring her midriff and naval ring at this year’s Australian Open. Williams designed the bright yellow outfit that features a T-shirt top […]

APNewsBreak: UK gov’t ordered embassies to lobby for Coe

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 21:11

LONDON (AP) — The British government ordered ambassadors around the world to lobby athletics leaders to vote for Sebastian Coe in the IAAF presidential election, aiming to ensure “British interests are protected,” diplomatic messages obtained by The Associated Press reveal. After a “Dip-Tel” — a diplomatic telegram described as “sensitive” — was sent to embassies […]

Iraqi PM expresses doubts that 3 Americans were kidnapped

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 21:07

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister has expressed doubts that the three Americans who went missing from a Baghdad neighborhood last week have been kidnapped. Haider al-Abadi says no demands have been made for the three and that they were most likely taken by “criminal gangs.” Al-Abadi spoke on Friday from Davos, Switzerland, where he […]

What to Watch on Saturday at the Australian Open

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 21:06

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and Victoria Azarenka aim to continue their quests for a third Grand Slam singles title when they play their third-round matches Saturday at the Australian Open. Up-and-comers Milos Raonic, Bernard Tomic and Garbine Muguruza hope to remain in contention for their first. No. 2-seeded Murray, who won […]

Police: Women suspected of drugging men, stealing Rolexes

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 21:06

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida say they’re looking for two women suspected of drugging two men and stealing their Rolex watches after they met at a bar. Local media outlets report that the men told detectives they met the women the night of Jan. 7 at the Porterhouse Bar & Grill in Sunny […]

IS affiliate claims bomb attack in Giza, Egypt that killed 6

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 20:45

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s affiliate of the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a bomb attack in Cairo’s twin city of Giza that killed at least six people, including three policemen. The Associated Press could not independently verify the claim, which was issued via a statement circulated by the group’s sympathizers on social media […]

Aiming for downhill win record, Vonn leads Cortina training

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 20:44

CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — Lindsey Vonn led the final training session for a World Cup downhill Friday and can break the career record for wins in skiing’s signature event on Saturday. Vonn clocked 1 minutes, 37.48 seconds down the Olympia delle Tofane course for a 0.38-second lead over Verena Stuffer of Italy. Tina Weirather […]

Leopard enters Nepal suburb, injures 1 person

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 20:44

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Officials say a leopard has wandered into a suburb south of Nepal’s capital and attacked a man who was walking along a road. The man was not seriously injured in Friday’s attack. Police official Megh Bahadur Khatri said forest guards and police were quickly called to the suburb, Kirtipur, and found […]

No charges after homeless man is paid to pour coffee on head

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 20:43

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Police in New Jersey say no charges will be filed after a stranger paid a homeless man $5 to pour coffee on himself twice. Police say that’s because Ronald Leggatt consented even though he was embarrassed. The 65-year-old tells the Asbury Park Press ( ) he let a stranger videotape him […]

Germany’s Lufthansa, union agree to arbitration talks

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 20:43

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s Lufthansa and the union representing its cabin crew say they’ve agreed to arbitration in a long and bitter labor dispute that has cost the airline millions. The UFO union has staged multiple strikes to press its demands, including transition payments for its 19,000 members if they retire early. The contract dispute […]

Buttons as contemporary art, reimagined in NYC exhibition

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 20:38

NEW YORK (AP) — There’s no denying buttons are an important clothing item, but can they rise to the level of art? A new exhibition at a Manhattan gallery proves they can. In the hands of 11 artists, the everyday, mundane objects are used to create sculptures, portraits and amazing wearable art — some political, […]

Ruling communists in Laos promote VP as country’s new leader

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 20:26

BANGKOK (AP) — The ruling communist party of Laos has chosen a new leader, putting Bounnhang Vorachit in charge of the single-party country as it takes its turn as the chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The Lao state news agency KPL reported that the 10th Congress of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party […]

Portugal to pick a new president but govt calls the shots

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 20:22

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A record 10 candidates are running for president of Portugal on Sunday, but voters don’t appear to share their enthusiasm for a job that holds no executive power in Western Europe’s poorest country. An unmemorable election campaign and an apparent runaway favorite have combined to bore the electorate. “Turnout will undoubtedly […]

The Latest: State of emergency in Pennsylvania ahead of snow

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 20:21

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on the heavy snowfall expected to hit the Washington area and the Northeast. (all times local) 7:45 a.m. While some residents and businesses worry about the effect of a large storm making its way across the U.S., at least one industry is loving all the snow: ski resorts. Many resorts […]

Iraqi PM wants Turkey to pull out troops

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 20:15

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister is appealing to Turkey to pull its troops out of Iraqi territory and help better fight the Islamic State group, as both grapple with ways to thwart the extremist group that he insists is losing ground. Haider al-Abadi spoke to The Associated Press after participating in a World […]

Quoi? France wants keyboard adapted to proper grammar

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 19:44

PARIS (AP) — France’s government is putting out a call for a standardized computer keyboard to replace the multitude of AZERTY models now on the market, saying the current options make it “nearly impossible to write French correctly with a keyboard sold in France.” The French Culture Ministry noted that there are no standardized keys […]

Billy Joel pledges $1M to save LI high school for the arts

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 19:25

SYOSSET, N.Y. (AP) — Billy Joel is pledging $1 million to help save Long Island High School for the Arts from closing. A spokeswoman for the singer says he would donate the money if the Nassau County Board of Cooperative Educational Services vows to keep the school open for three years. School officials have said […]

Kerry says governmental corruption fuels extremism

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 19:09

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry took aim Friday at government corruption, saying it fuels crime, violent extremism and disillusionment with society that contributes to the global refugee crisis. He also said the Obama administration will seek a major boost in funding for refugee support this year and press for at […]

UEFA members gather to hear FIFA candidate Infantino

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 19:07

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA presidential candidate Gianni Infantino will share his manifesto with UEFA member federations on Friday. UEFA summoned the leaders of its 54 national bodies to discuss the five-candidate FIFA election to succeed Sepp Blatter on Feb. 26. Officials arriving at Geneva airport said UEFA sent no agenda for the meeting at its […]