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Task force: Chicago police must acknowledge troubled past

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 14:34

CHICAGO (AP) — A task force Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel established to look into police practices said the department must acknowledge its racist past and overhaul the way it handles excessive force allegations, as City Council members neared a final vote on Emanuel’s hand-picked choice for chief — an African-American with 27 years on the […]

Associated Press, Guardian among top Headliner Award winners

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 13:56

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Associated Press, The Guardian US, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and Pittsburgh’s WTAE-TV have won top honors as “best of show” winners in the 82nd National Headliner Awards. For The Associated Press, Margie Mason, Robin McDowell, Martha Mendoza and Esther Htusan won first place in the newspaper […]

Shooting probe puts Israel’s military courts in spotlight

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 13:50

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s military justice system is in the spotlight as it investigates a soldier caught on tape shooting to death a subdued Palestinian attacker, a case that has polarized the nation. While the military has stressed that its courts are independent, critics say the system has a poor record of punishing errant soldiers, […]

Tuesday’s prep results

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 13:38

Jordan Cummings scored a hat trick for Emerald Ridge in the Jaguars' 9-2 SPSL victory.

Missteps in re-opening 1957 Illinois murder case numerous

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 13:28

CHICAGO (AP) — Half a century after the mysterious abduction and killing of a 7-year-old Illinois girl, authorities found a suspect — a former neighbor of the child — secured his conviction and put an end to a small town’s agony. Jack McCullough, by that time a 73-year-old retired policeman, was sentenced to life in […]

Prep school abuse case makes way into US Senate race

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 13:25

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Investigations into sexual misconduct by faculty at a renowned New Hampshire prep school have found their way into the state’s high profile Senate race between incumbent Republican Kelly Ayotte and Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, whose husband is a former principal of the school. News broke in late March that a teacher […]

Syrians begin voting for new parliament in government areas

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 13:20

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Polling stations have opened in government-held parts of Syria for the election of a new 250-member parliament. Shortly after the stations opened at 7 a.m. (0400 GMT) Wednesday people began turning up. Around 3,500 government-approved candidates are competing after more than 7,000 others dropped out. Damascus says the vote, which will […]

Texas ‘affluenza’ teen to have first hearing in adult court

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 13:18

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Texas teenager who used an “affluenza” defense following a deadly drunken-driving wreck will appear in adult court facing the prospect of more jail time. Ethan Couch is due Wednesday before a Fort Worth judge who could order more jail time as part of the conditions of his adult probation. […]

Luis Sardinas makes start for struggling Ketel Marte at shortstop

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 13:18

Marte gets break after batting just .160 (4 for 25) with no extra-base hits.

‘Spider-Man’ title revealed; Pratt, Lawrence turn on charm

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 13:17

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence aren’t lacking in charisma, but the two modern superstars enlivened Tuesday night’s proceedings at CinemaCon in unexpected ways when Pratt dropped the mic … on Lawrence’s foot. Pratt and Lawrence were at the annual gathering of theater owners to promote “Passengers,” a sci-fi fantasy from “The […]

Judge rules against couple in China’s 1st same-sex case

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 13:08

CHANGSHA, China (AP) — A judge on Wednesday ruled against a gay couple in China’s first same-sex marriage case that was seen as a landmark moment for the country’s emerging LGBT rights movement. The court in the central city of Changsha dismissed the suit brought against the local civil affairs bureau for refusing to issue […]

Verizon workers prepare to strike amid contract dispute

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 13:02

NEW YORK (AP) — About 39,000 Verizon landline and cable workers in nine eastern states and Washington, D.C., are expected to walk off the job after working without a contract since August. The workers, members of the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, plan to strike Wednesday morning. They have […]

Cosby asks court to reseal testimony about affairs, drugs

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 12:57

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawyers for Bill Cosby are urging a court to reseal the actor’s deposition testimony about extramarital affairs, Quaaludes and payments to women. Cosby doesn’t want the decade-old testimony used in the legal battles he’s fighting with women who accuse him of sexual assault or defamation. A federal appeals court in Philadelphia is […]

Mariners can’t stop slump against Texas, lose fifth consecutive game

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 12:55

Stymied by Texas starter Derek Holland and done in by a five-run third inning, the Mariners manage just four hits in an 8-0 loss to Texas.

Women-only car services fill a niche, but are they legal?

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 12:49

BOSTON (AP) — Ride-hailing companies catering exclusively to women are cropping up and raising thorny legal questions, namely: Are they discriminatory? In Massachusetts, Chariot for Women is promising to launch a service featuring female drivers picking up only women and children. Drivers will even have to say a “safe word” before a ride starts. Michael […]

Judge rules against couple in China’s 1st same-sex case

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 12:38

CHANGSHA, China (AP) — A judge has ruled against a gay couple in China’s first same-sex marriage case. The court in the city of Changsha on Wednesday threw out the suit against the local civil affairs bureau that refused to issue the couple a marriage registration certificate. The couple’s lawyer Shi Funong said he expected […]

Official says 19 passengers killed in Pakistan bus accident

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 12:32

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — A head-on collision between a passenger bus and truck killed at least 19 passengers, including women and children, in Pakistan’s eastern Punjab province on Wednesday, a rescue official said. Several people were also injured in the accident near the city of Faisalabad in Punjab province, said the official, Mohammad Naseem. “We […]

A rescue official says at least 19 people have been killed in a head-on collision between a passenger bus and a truck in Pakistan

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 12:26

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — A rescue official says at least 19 people have been killed in a head-on collision between a passenger bus and a truck in Pakistan.

Rehab costs for ‘affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch total about $200,000

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 12:19

Couch’s parents, Fred and Tonya Couch, were found to be “financially unable to pay” for the full cost of Couch’s stay, according to the documents.

Painkiller critics take aim at hospital surveys, procedures

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 12:11

WASHINGTON (AP) — Critics of how prescription painkillers are administered in the U.S. are calling on health officials to phase out hospital procedures and questionnaires used to manage pain. They say the current system inadvertently encourages the overprescribing of addictive drugs like Vicodin and OxyContin, fueling an epidemic of overdoses tied to the opioid medications. […]