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Officials name top suspects in Iraq abductions of Americans

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 17:27

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi police commander and a Western security official in Baghdad have named two powerful Shiite militias as top suspects in the abduction of three Americans last weekend in a southern neighborhood of the Iraqi capital. They say one of the two militias — Asaib Ahl al-Haq and Saraya al-Salam — were […]

Panthers QB Newton confident, thriving in 5th season at helm

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 17:26

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — In the waning moments of a strange 35-35 game against the New York Giants, as things seemed to be collapsing all around him and tempers were flaring after every whistle, Cam Newton stood calmly on the sideline, his hands tucked firmly inside his shoulder pads near his neck as he nodded […]

China publicizes landing drills near Taiwan after elections

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 17:24

BEIJING (AP) — China has publicized recent live-fire landing exercises along the coast opposite Taiwan, days after the island elected an independence-leaning president. Chinese state broadcaster CCTV’s military channel said Thursday the drills were held recently by the 31st army based in Xiamen, near the Taiwanese-held island of Kinmen. It says they involved long-range rockets, […]

From Appalachians to Philly, people get ready for heavy snow

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 17:22

WASHINGTON (AP) — With heavy snowfall predicted by the weekend from the Appalachians to Philadelphia and maybe farther north, people throughout the region readied themselves for blocked roads, power outages and canceled flights. The National Weather Service said in a statement Wednesday that 12 to 16 inches of snow could come down between Friday night […]

Japan economy minister denies report he accepted bribes

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 17:19

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s economy minister has been accused in a popular magazine of accepting bribes, but he has denied any wrongdoing and promised an investigation. The Weekly Bunshun magazine reported Thursday that Economy and Fiscal Minister Akira Amari and his aides allegedly accepted 12 million yen ($103,000) in cash and hospitality from a construction […]

The Latest: Diplomacy mixes with economy at Davos gathering

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 17:18

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The latest developments from the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, where world leaders and top executives are gathered this week. All times local. 10:00 a.m. The annual elite economic gathering in the Swiss Alps resort of Davos is about global diplomacy, too. War and diplomatic tensions from the […]

Philly hoops celebrates 60 years of Big 5

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 17:08

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Temple coach Fran Dunphy was distracted just enough by yet another round of cheers that reverberated around the Palestra that he wanted to leave his team during a timeout and recognize some former greats himself. “I wanted to get out and applaud and look at everybody out there,” Dunphy said. The Philly […]

Ex-drug buster, Chinese suspect, nabbed in Manila drug raid

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 16:37

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Officials say a former anti-narcotics officer and a Chinese national have been arrested in a drug bust in the Philippine capital that yielded $6.7 million worth of high-grade crystal methamphetamine. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and police officials said they confiscated 64 kilograms (141 pounds) of crystal meth during a raid Thursday […]

Thai authorities arrest 4 students opposed to military rule

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 16:26

BANGKOK (AP) — Authorities in Thailand have arrested members of a student group opposed to military rule, including one snatched off the street and bundled into a vehicle that took him away. Four members of the New Democracy Movement were taken to military court on Thursday to be charged with violating an order banning groups […]

Last run for current SAT this week; new one debuts in March

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 16:25

WASHINGTON (AP) — The current version of the SAT college entrance exam has its final run this weekend, when hundreds of thousands of students nationwide will sit, squirm or stress through the nearly four-hour reading, writing and math test. A new revamped version debuts in March. Sixteen-year-old Alex Cohen, a junior at the Miami Country […]

Ugandan rebel appearing before judges at pretrial hearing

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 16:24

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A commander in fugitive warlord Joseph Kony’s brutal Ugandan rebel militia is facing a crucial hearing at the International Criminal Court to assess whether evidence against him is strong enough to merit making him stand trial. Prosecutors allege that Dominic Ongwen is a senior commander in the Lord’s Resistance Army, […]

US to announce plan for new visa rules for some Europeans

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 16:24

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration will announce as early as Thursday its plan to introduce new visa requirements for European travelers who are dual nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria, or who have visited any of these countries in the last five years. U.S. officials and congressional aides involved in discussions say the […]

Palin’s re-emergence underscores GOP split

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 16:21

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — If the Republican Party is on the verge of an implosion, Sarah Palin may have been the one who lit the fuse. Palin’s complicated relationship with GOP leaders over the past eight years is a microcosm of the party’s broader struggles with its most restive members. What started with an […]

Russian ruble continues falling, hits new record low

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 16:19

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian ruble has hit another historic low against the dollar as oil prices continue to slide due to a surplus of crude oil on world markets. The ruble traded at 84.8 to the dollar in Moscow after trading the market opened Thursday, trumping yesterday’s record-breaking low of 80.1 to the dollar. […]

Victoria Azarenka introduces “dabbing” Down Under

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 16:16

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Victoria Azarenka is introducing tennis fans Down Under to “the dab.” The what? “The dab. D-a-b,” Azarenka said, and then spelled, when asked about the distinctive victory salute she has displayed after winning her first two matches at the Australian Open. It entails leaning into a bended elbow, as if sneezing, […]

Sanders health plan would be more generous than Medicare

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 16:15

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says his plan for a government-run health care system from cradle to grave is like Medicare for all. But with full coverage for long-term care, most dental care included, no deductibles and zero copays, the Sanders plan is considerably more generous. Think of it as Medicare on […]

AP FACT CHECK: Ted Cruz misstates science of climate change

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 16:11

NORTH CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — Answering a question this week about climate change during a campaign stop in New Hampshire, Ted Cruz was worlds apart from the scientific consensus that sees a world that is warming because of human activity. Some of the GOP presidential candidate’s claims and how they compare with the facts: CRUZ: […]

Rights group condemns attack on Afghan TV employees

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 15:19

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An international rights group has condemned a Taliban attack on a bus carrying employees of Afghanistan’s biggest media company, saying the suicide bombing that killed seven was an attack on freedom of speech. Human Rights Watch said in a statement Thursday the bombing that targeted Tolo TV employees was an “atrocity […]

UW’s Lorenzo Romar after 95-83 win over Colorado

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 15:04

Huskies had their 22-point lead in the second half cut to seven in the final minutes, but hang on to improve to 13-5 and remain on top of the Pac-12 at 5-1.

UCLA uses 2nd-half runto subdue Oregon State

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 15:03

Isaac Hamilton scored 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting as UCLA beat Oregon State 82-73 on Wednesday night.