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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 […]

Pasco firm expands recall of frozen veggies linked to listeria

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 01:12

Seven people have been hospitalized in three states with listeria poisoning that may be linked to frozen vegetables processed at a Pasco plant. Two of the people have died, though their deaths were not caused by the infection, health officials said.

Guantanamo workforce to include SC National Guard unit

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 01:11

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Military police from South Carolina are on tap to join U.S. forces operating the prison for terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. National Guard spokeswoman Col. Cindi King said Tuesday that about 100 soldiers with the 131st Military Police Co. in Beaufort (BYOO-fort) have been told to prepare […]

Ohio man accused of killing 3 women told police of his rage

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 01:10

CLEVELAND (AP) — A recording shows an Ohio man accused of killing three women and hiding their bodies in garbage bags told police during an interrogation that he strangled two of them during fits of rage. Prosecutors played the conversation with 38-year-old Michael Madison as his Cleveland jury trial nears the end of testimony. Madison […]

Judge refuses to toss lawsuit over fatal beating by New Orleans police

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 01:08

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge is refusing to dismiss a decade-old lawsuit’s claims against the city of New Orleans over a 48-year-old handyman’s fatal beating by police. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s ruling Monday allows Raymond Robair’s relatives to proceed with their claims that the city and former police superintendent Eddie Compass are […]

Department says it lacked access probing inmate’s death

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 00:59

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — State officials say they were unable to complete a thorough investigation into the death of a mentally ill Virginia inmate because they didn’t have enough authority to access certain records and interview key employees. Virginia’s inspector general issued a report last month calling for changes in the handling of mentally ill […]

UN rights experts criticize Chinese law on foreign NGOs

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 00:58

BERLIN (AP) — U.N. human rights experts have called on China to repeal a law tightening controls over foreign non-governmental organizations by subjecting them to close police supervision. The U.N. experts said in a statement released in Geneva on Tuesday that they fear the law “can be wielded as tools to intimidate, and even suppress, […]

Yearbook prank lands high school student felony charge

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 00:54

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona high school student is facing a felony charge after police say he exposed himself in a football team picture that ended up in the school yearbook. Mesa police say 19-year-old Hunter Osborn was arrested after they were alerted to the picture over the weekend. A police document says the […]

Dozens have escaped from Western State since 2013, review finds

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 00:49

After a high-profile incident last month, officials insisted that escapes were rare. An Associated Press review found otherwise: 185 instances of patients escaping or walking away since 2013.

German comedian bashes Merkel’s response to his Erdogan poem

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 00:37

BERLIN (AP) — A German comedian has sharply criticized Chancellor Angela Merkel for “serving me up for tea” to the Turkish president in a heated dispute over a poem he read on German TV. The poem about Recep Tayyip Erdogan caused a diplomatic stir between the two countries last month and the Turkish president personally […]

Seahawks GM John Schneider: Seattle wants to take all of Marshawn Lynch’s cap hit this year

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 00:21

Seahawks general manager John Schneider said in an interview on KJR-AM 950 Tuesday that the team wants to take all of Marshawn Lynch's $5 million salary cap hit this year, meaning a move to take him off the roster will happen by June 1.

FBI: Girl believed kidnapped by stranger on Navajo Nation

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 00:20

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are searching by air and ground Tuesday for an 11-year-old girl believed abducted by a stranger on the Navajo Nation in northwestern New Mexico. A man kidnapped Ashlynn Mike on Monday afternoon, and the FBI believes the girl did not know him, spokesman Frank Fisher said. An Amber Alert said […]

Israeli sentenced to life over killing of Palestinian teen

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 00:19

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Jerusalem court has handed a life sentence to the main attacker in the killing of a Palestinian teenager in 2014 whose death helped spark a chain of events that led to that year’s Gaza war. The court sentenced Yosef Haim Ben David, 30, on Tuesday to life plus 20 years. The […]