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Ban on drones over Pennsylvania lands gets preliminary OK

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 06:05

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Game Commission has given preliminary approval to banning drones over 1.5 million acres of state game lands after reports of the unmanned craft near bald eagles’ nests and drones interfering with migrating waterfowl. The commission’s unanimous decision Tuesday is scheduled for consideration for a final vote in July. Officials […]

Cost of 3 stealthy destroyers grows by $450 million

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 06:03

BATH, Maine (AP) — The price tag for the most expensive destroyer built for the U.S. Navy is still growing. Updated figures from the Congressional Research Service indicate the cost of three ships in the Zumwalt class has grown 3.7 percent, or $450 million, from the previous fiscal year. That lifts the total for the […]

Reader’s Lens | Flower power

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 06:01

Seattle Times reader Shun Takano’s dramatic macro-lens view of a flower in his yard.

SC senator’s bill would bar transgender choice of bathrooms

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 05:59

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina senator wants to bar local governments from requiring businesses to let transgender people use the bathroom of their choice, saying he’s taking a “stand for decency and common sense.” The bill introduced Wednesday by Sen. Lee Bright would also require multistall bathrooms on public property to be designated […]

MedStar says 2007, 2010 software flaws were not part of hack

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 05:58

WASHINGTON (AP) — MedStar Health Inc. said Wednesday that hackers who seriously disrupted its operations and held some data hostage did not exploit software vulnerabilities that were the subjects of warnings in 2007 and 2010 to break into its corporate network. The hospital chain released a new statement after The Associated Press reported Tuesday that […]

Verizon dips another toe into online-video programming

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 05:53

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Could the next “House of Cards” be coming to your phone? That’s what Verizon hopes now that it’s paid more than $100 million for a piece of the online-video studio AwesomenessTV. It’s the latest attempt by a maturing, mainstream corporation to find growth in non-traditional video programming that can reach younger […]

NFL says 2017 compensatory draft picks can be traded now

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 05:49

According to ESPN's Field Yates, NFL team were informed on Wednesday they can immediately trade compensatory draft picks for 2017 and future seasons.

Ivanka Trump-brand scarves recalled because of ‘burn risk’

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 05:48

Ivanka Trump-brand scarves are being recalled because they are too flammable and pose a “burn risk” to consumers. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday that no injuries have been reported. The recall involves about 20,000 rayon scarves, sold from October 2014 through January 2016 in department stores and online. They cost from $12 […]

Montana invites PayPal after firm spurns North Carolina

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 05:07

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana officials sought to capitalize on North Carolina’s loss and announced Wednesday that they would be courting PayPal to open an operations center. In a letter, Gov. Steve Bullock and U.S. Sen. Jon Tester commended the online payment company for its decision to drop plans to invest $2.3 million in a […]

Montana invites PayPal after firm spurns North Carolina

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 05:07

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana officials sought to capitalize on North Carolina’s loss and announced Wednesday that they would be courting PayPal to open an operations center. In a letter, Gov. Steve Bullock and U.S. Sen. Jon Tester commended the online payment company for its decision to drop plans to invest $2.3 million in a […]

How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Wednesday

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 05:04

U.S. stocks broke a two-day losing streak Wednesday as investors bought up biotech drugmakers and other health care companies. Energy companies also jumped as the price of oil surged five percent. On Wednesday: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 112.73 points, or 0.6 percent, to 17,716.05. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index climbed 21.49 points, […]

How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Wednesday

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 05:04

U.S. stocks broke a two-day losing streak Wednesday as investors bought up biotech drugmakers and other health care companies. Energy companies also jumped as the price of oil surged five percent. On Wednesday: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 112.73 points, or 0.6 percent, to 17,716.05. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index climbed 21.49 points, […]

Judge nixes singer Kesha’s sexual abuse claims vs. producer

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 04:51

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge has thrown out pop star Kesha’s hate-crime and human-rights claims that producer Dr. Luke drugged, sexually abused and emotionally tormented her. State Supreme Court Justice Shirley Werner Kornreich ruled Wednesday that those claims by the platinum-selling singer can’t go forward because the alleged rape and abuse happened […]

Attorney: NY school ignored abuse by special ed teacher

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

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — The parents of five middle school-aged children with autism or Down syndrome are pursuing a lawsuit against a suburban New York school district, claiming it did nothing after becoming aware that their children were restrained and otherwise abused by a special education teacher. Attorney Gerard Misk, who represents the parents, said […]

Experts expect corporate tax inversions to survive new rules

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

President Obama scored a victory this week when Pfizer scrapped a $160-billion overseas deal that would have kept a chunk of the drugmaker’s profits beyond the U.S. tax man’s reach. But recent, aggressive federal actions that discouraged Pfizer Inc.’s combination with another drugmaker, Allergan PLC, won’t stop all so-called inversions, or deals that end with […]

Warriors need 4-0 finish to set record with 73 wins

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 04:31

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The margin of error is gone. If the Golden State Warriors want to break Chicago’s single-season wins record of 72, they must win their final four games starting with Thursday night’s showdown at home against San Antonio. The bigger priority down the stretch is securing the top seed in the Western […]

Harvick weary of coming up short again in Cup race at Texas

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 04:29

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Harvick is leading the Sprint Cup standings and appears on his way to another run at a NASCAR championship. He also could be laying the groundwork for another maddening season in which he dominates on the track until it’s time to collect the hardware. Harvick finished second a frustrating 13 […]

Lynnwood man faces prison for beating ex-wife, setting her on fire

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 04:28

Prosecutors said the man attacked his ex-wife so he wouldn’t have to pay her child support or part of his pension.

Inside the ropes: Toledo bags himself a week of Masters fun

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 04:19

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Esteban Toledo is hardly the first pro golfer willing to do just about anything to get inside the ropes at the Masters. What sets him apart is what he was willing to do once he got there. The 53-year-old from Mexico, who never qualified during any of his 21 years playing […]

Alaska volcano settles down after late March eruption

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 04:18

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A remote Alaska volcano has settled down more than a week after it sent an ash cloud 37,000 feet into the sky. Officials at the Alaska Volcano Observatory in Anchorage say in a Wednesday release that eruptive activity at Pavlof Volcano has ended, and they downgraded its alert level to advisory […]