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Holy fire ceremony in Jerusalem draws thousands

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 21:21

JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of Christians have gathered in Jerusalem for an ancient fire ceremony that celebrates Jesus’ resurrection. In a ritual dating back at least 1,200 years, they crowded Saturday into the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Christian tradition holds that Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected. During the annual ceremony, top Eastern […]

Kenya to burn huge pile of ivory tusks to protest poaching

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 21:15

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya is set to burn 105 tons of elephant ivory and more than 1 ton of rhino horn, believed to be the largest stockpile ever destroyed, in a dramatic statement against the trade in ivory and products from endangered species. President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to set fire to 12 pyres […]

Rant & Rave: Stop sign means you, cyclists

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 21:00

Readers rave about help with luggage at SeaTac, rant about cyclists not stopping.

Berkshire Hathaway event celebrates what makes firm special

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 20:53

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Berkshire Hathaway’s peculiarities are on display again this weekend with tens of thousands of people filling an arena to listen to Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger talk business for hours at the conglomerate’s annual meeting. The Omaha event features an adjoining 200,000-square-foot exhibit hall where Berkshire subsidiaries such as See’s Candy, […]

Jill Biden hosting USS Delaware keel-laying ceremony

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 20:38

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, will mark the beginning of construction on the future USS Delaware submarine. As the sponsor for the Delaware, a Virginia-class attack submarine, Jill Biden is hosting the keel-laying ceremony in Newport News, Virginia, on Saturday. Jill Biden’s father, Donald C. Jacobs, […]

Anti-government protesters breach Baghdad’s Green Zone

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 20:25

BAGHDAD (AP) — Dozens of protesters have climbed over the blast walls surrounding Baghdad’s highly-fortified Green Zone and could be seen storming into parliament, carrying Iraqi flags and chanting against the government. After months of protests, sit-ins and demonstrations outside Baghdad’s Green Zone — home to most ministries and foreign embassies — Saturday’s escalation marks […]

Supreme Court trying to find its way after Scalia

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 20:05

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two months, 31 arguments and 18 decisions since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, is the Supreme Court hopelessly deadlocked or coping as a party of eight? The answer varies with the issue, but arguments last week in the corruption case of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell show there are high-profile cases […]

Trump, Clinton angle for advantage in politics of gender

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 20:01

WASHINGTON (AP) — She has no stamina. She shouts. She’s got nothing going for her but being a woman. Donald Trump, after toying with gender politics off and on during the campaign, is all in on a mission to undercut Hillary Clinton’s credentials by syncing up his say-anything campaign strategy with his alpha-male persona. The […]

Sweden celebrates king’s 70th birthday

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 19:48

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden is celebrating King Carl XVI Gustaf’s 70th birthday with a service in the palace chapel attended by his family and royal visitors from Japan, Spain, the Netherlands and Denmark, among others. Outdoor pomp and celebrations for Sweden’s monarch in the past 43 years included a tightly choreographed military parade on Saturday […]

Bangladesh Hindu man hacked to death in latest such attack

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 19:25

NEW DELHI (AP) — A Hindu man was hacked to death in central Bangladesh on Saturday, police said, following a spate of similar attacks in the Muslim-majority South Asian nation. Authorities are investigating whether the killing of Nikhil Joarder was connected to a 2012 complaint against him for alleged comments he made against Prophet Muhammad, […]

Educated migrants have edge as Germany aims for integration

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 19:16

BERLIN (AP) — Wafaa Askar arrived in Germany barely a year and a half ago from her Syrian homeland, but she already speaks German fluently and counts more Germans than Syrians as friends. Orhan Sahin arrived from Turkey more than three decades ago, but still feels like a foreigner and speaks in broken German. The […]

Bangkok ferris wheel catches fire, but no injuries reported

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 18:56

BANGKOK (AP) — The ferris wheel at a newly opened dinosaur theme park in Bangkok caught fire on Saturday, but the park said no one was on it at the time, and no injuries were reported. The fire broke out following an afternoon thunderstorm in the Thai capital. “At the time of the incident, no […]

Police detain protesters at party convention in Germany

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 17:58

BERLIN (AP) — Police have detained about 400 leftists who were protesting against the national convention of the populist Alternative for Germany party in Stuttgart. German news agency dpa reported that protesters were shouting “refugees can stay, Nazis must go,” as some 2,000 party members arrived at the convention center on Saturday morning. Protesters temporarily […]

Air strikes on Aleppo amid calm in other parts of Syria

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 17:51

BEIRUT (AP) — Two Syrian opposition monitoring groups are reporting government air strikes on insurgent-held neighborhoods of the northern city of Aleppo. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported 20 separate air raids, killing at least two people and wounding others. The Local Coordination Committees said the air raids killed one person and wounded […]

AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 17:45

Highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. This week’s gallery features a bullfighter in Madrid, a procession of Orthodox Christians on Good Friday in Jerusalem, and clashes between protesters and French […]

English soccer team, 5,000-1 longshots, close in on title

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 17:19

LONDON (AP) — Bettors looking for a wager with a fancifully high payoff last fall could have gone into their local betting shop in England and risked a bit of cash on the proposition that Elvis Presley would be found alive and well. Or they could have placed their money on a true longshot: The […]

In Norway, search for 2 missing bodies after deadly crash

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 17:17

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A search continued Saturday for the two missing bodies from the crash of Airbus EC-225 helicopter off western Norway, killing all 13 people on board. Police spokesman Per Angel said they also were working on identifying the 11 victims found so far. The helicopter carrying workers from an offshore rig in […]

IS claims responsibility for Baghdad bombing that killed 21

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 16:29

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a bombing Saturday east of Baghdad, according to a statement posted on an IS-affiliated website. The attack killed at least 21 people and wounded at least 42 others, according to Iraqi police and hospital officials. The IS statement described the attack as a three-ton truck […]

Colorado woman gets 100 years for cutting baby from womb

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 15:57

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A judge sentenced a Colorado woman who cut a baby from a stranger’s womb to 100 years in prison, including the maximum penalties for attempted murder and unlawful termination of a pregnancy. Judge Maria Berkenkotter said the harshest sentences for the most serious charges were justified by the brutality of the […]

San Francisco chief releases racist texts, orders training

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 15:55

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco’s police chief said that he has ordered that all officers finish an anti-harassment class within the next month amid a racist texting scandal that has rocked the department already dogged by fatal shootings of unarmed minority suspects. Flanked by religious and minority community leaders at a San Francisco press […]