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Squirrel triggers power outage at Vermont Statehouse

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 02:05

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Electricity to the Vermont Statehouse was cut off for a while, and the reason is a little squirrelly. Officials say a squirrel got into an electrical transformer outside the Statehouse late Thursday morning, triggering a short that caused a power outage in the building. A generator kicked on and the building […]

Infant death: Manslaughter charge dismissed against woman

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 02:05

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama judge has dismissed a reckless manslaughter charge against a woman after police said her infant daughter was fatally beaten by a boy while she and a friend were at a club. Jefferson County District Court Judge Shelly Watkins said in an order filed Thursday that probable cause doesn’t exist […]

Ruby Dee documentary offers her pearls of wisdom

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 02:04

NEW YORK (AP) — The late Ruby Dee was many things — an artist, an activist and a pioneer of stage and screen. But she was also something equally important — a grandmother. A new documentary packed with Dee’s life lessons has been created by one of her grandsons, and it offers a very personal […]

Prosecutors identify man killed in raid after Paris attacks

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 02:04

PARIS (AP) — The Paris prosecutor has identified a suicide bomber killed during a police raid on the suspected ringleader of the November attacks on the French capital. The prosecutor’s office said in a statement that the man, Chakib Akrouh, was a 25-year-old Belgian-Moroccan. It said he was identified thanks to DNA from his mother, […]

Seattle Seahawks attempting rare NFC feat Sunday at Carolina

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 01:57

The Seahawks will be looking to make a little NFC playoff history Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

Private funeral being planned for David Bowie

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 01:56

NEW YORK (AP) — David Bowie’s family said they are planning a private funeral for the late icon. His family posted a noted titled “Thank you” on Bowie’s websites as well as his social media pages on Thursday. “The family of David Bowie is currently making arrangements for a private ceremony celebrating the memory of […]

2 Marysville girls face felonies for taking joy ride in assistant principal’s BMW

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 01:55

Two Marysville teens are facing felony charges for taking their assistant principal’s BMW.

Florida asks court to deny inmate’s execution-delay request

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

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has asked the state’s high court to reject a condemned inmate’s request to delay his execution based on the U.S. Supreme Court’s finding that Florida’s procedure for imposing the death penalty is illegal. In a brief filed Thursday, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office said the U.S. Supreme Court’s finding […]

Murder-suicide possible in blast that killed Ohio family

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

NORTHFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A medical examiner in Ohio says murder-suicide is one of the possibilities being looked at in a house explosion and fire that killed a married couple and their two daughters. The Summit County medical examiner’s chief investigator said Thursday that it could take weeks to make a ruling. The state fire […]

Man runs from deputies, falls to death into cemetery

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 01:14

SAN LORENZO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a man driving in a stolen truck evaded Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies in suburban San Francisco, jumped over a fence and fell from a freeway overpass to his death into a cemetery below. San Jose TV station KNTV reports ( ) Thursday that Sgt. J.D. Nelson says deputies […]

Tribes say stronger self-governance key to future success

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 01:07

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tribes want the federal government to work with them to strengthen and modernize their ability to self-govern, saying the best solutions for Native American life comes from the tribes themselves, the president of the National Congress of American Indians said Thursday. “At every level of government, more and more leaders are seeing […]

Gov’t watchdog: many gaps in FDA’s oversight of drug safety

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 01:06

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is working hard to speed up reviews of new drugs, yet often fails to keep track of safety issues with those medicines once they reach patients, according to government investigators. A new Government Accountability Office report outlines a host of shortcomings in FDA’s system for tracking drug […]

SWAT Cat is back! Boston police team’s mascot returns home

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 01:03

BOSTON (AP) — SWAT Cat is back! The Boston Police Department’s SWAT team has been reunited with its beloved, unofficial mascot. The department posted on its website that SWAT Cat returned to the unit’s home base in the city’s Roxbury neighborhood Thursday morning. The female stray with white, black and light orange fur first started […]

Oscar snubs: Where were Idris Elba, Helen Mirren, ‘Creed’?

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 00:54

Also passed over by the academy in the nominations, announced Thursday: Michael Keaton, “Carol,” “The Hateful Eight” and “Inside Out.”

Former teacher pleads not guilty in student sex case

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 00:53

GRETNA, La. (AP) — A former Louisiana teacher embroiled in a 2014 sex scandal involving an underage student has entered a plea of not guilty through her lawyer. Multiple news outlets report that 33-year-old Shelley Dufresne, who taught at Destrehan High School, faces two counts of carnal knowledge of a juvenile. Dufresne wasn’t required to […]

Macedonia premier to step down under Western-brokered deal

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 00:48

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia’s prime minister is due to step down Friday before an early election on April 24, under the timeline of last year’s Western-brokered deal to solve a deep political crisis. Nikola Gruevski has agreed to hand over to a candidate from his conservative VMRO-DPMNE party, who will head a caretaker government. […]

Judge approves tea party group’s lawsuit against IRS

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 00:46

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge in Ohio has approved class-action status for a tea party group’s lawsuit stemming from IRS delays in approving nonprofit status for conservative groups seeking the tax-exemption classification. The NorCal Tea Party Patriots sued the IRS, along with workers and officials in Cincinnati and Washington, after it was revealed in […]

US stocks open mixed, stabilizing a day after a plunge

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 23:15

U.S. stocks moved slightly lower in early trading Thursday, extending losses following the worst market drop since September. Investors had their eye on the latest company earnings and outlooks. Consumer discretionary stocks were among the biggest decliners. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average edged down 35 points, or 0.2 percent, to 16,124 as of […]

AP EXPLAINS: Ebola is over, but could it happen again?

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 23:10

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The World Health Organization announced Thursday that the world’s biggest-ever Ebola epidemic is over after two years. Here is a closer look: ___ THE GRIM STATISTICS: At least 11,315 people died from Ebola: 4,809 deaths were reported in Liberia, while Sierra Leone recorded 3,955 deaths and at least 2,536 people perished […]

Columbia University IDs victims in Honduran bus crash

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 23:07

NEW YORK (AP) — Columbia University has identified the three women who died in a bus crash in Honduras while on a humanitarian mission to the Central American country. They were killed Wednesday when the bus crashed while taking them to the airport to fly home after a volunteer mission helping poor Hondurans. Columbia President […]