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Satellite firm stops Hezbollah TV broadcasts in Lebanon

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 19:48

BEIRUT (AP) — A regional satellite provider cut the broadcast for Hezbollah’s TV station in its native Lebanon Wednesday, deepening the Mediterranean country’s isolation from the Arab world. Al-Manar, the official station of the militant Lebanese group Hezbollah, briefly went off air after its carrier, Egypt’s NileSat, dropped the channel. Technicians scrambled to reprogram satellite […]

Peace, love and understanding? Not always at the Rock Hall

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 19:37

NEW YORK (AP) — All you need is love. Love’s often in short supply at the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, however. For all the good vibes of a career’s crowning achievement, the event can be a display case for long-running feuds, petty jealousies and business disputes. Paul Simon once jokingly suggested […]

Norway: 2 arrested in connection with 2009 Munch art heist

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 19:35

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norwegian police say they have arrested two men in connection with the 2009 theft of a valuable work by Edvard Munch from an Oslo art dealer. Police spokeswoman Unni Groendal said the men are suspected of handling stolen goods and face a pre-trial detention hearing later Wednesday. She said the men […]

World Bank warns of rise in poverty in Russia, cuts forecast

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 19:20

MOSCOW (AP) — The World Bank has cut its growth forecasts for the Russian economy, predicting it will contract 1.9 percent this year due to low oil prices and international sanctions, and warns of a rise in poverty. The prediction is significantly worse than the World Bank’s last estimate of a 0.7 percent contraction, made […]

Wisconsin village ends longstanding ban on alcohol sales

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 19:16

EPHRAIM, Wis. (AP) — Voters have lifted a longstanding ban on alcohol sales in a small northeastern Wisconsin village. WLUK-TV reports ( ) that voters in Ephraim (EE’-frum) on Tuesday approved referendums allowing the sale of beer and wine. The village of about 300 people has been dry since Norwegian Moravians founded it in 1853. […]

Cease-fire holding around Nagorno-Karabakh

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 19:05

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry says its forces have observed a cease-fire around Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan said Wednesday the cease-fire was agreed in Moscow by top military officers of Armenia and Azerbaijan. The cease-fire, declared at midday Tuesday, followed three days of intense battles involving heavy artillery and rockets. The […]

Allergan, Pfizer call off proposed $160B merger

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 18:59

The biggest U.S.-based drugmaker, Pfizer Inc., will stay put thanks to aggressive new Treasury Department rules that succeeded in blocking Pfizer from acquiring rival Allergan and moving to Ireland — at least on paper — to reduce its tax bill. As analysts and investors had expected, the two companies called off the record $160 billion […]

Under intense pressure from US over “insidious” tax loopholes, Pfizer and Allergan call off record $160 billion merger

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 18:51

NEW YORK (AP) — Under intense pressure from US over “insidious” tax loopholes, Pfizer and Allergan call off record $160 billion merger.

Janet Jackson delays tour; planning family, ordered to rest

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 18:35

NEW YORK (AP) — Janet Jackson is delaying her “Unbreakable” tour, saying Wednesday that she and her husband are planning their family and that she is under doctor’s orders to rest. The 49-year-old singer announced in a clip on her Twitter account Wednesday morning that there has been a “sudden change” to the second leg […]

Man accused of assault at Trump rally scheduled for court

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 18:34

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The white Donald Trump supporter accused of punching a black man being escorted from a rally by sheriff’s deputies is scheduled to appear in court in North Carolina. Officials say 78-year-old John Franklin McGraw of Linden is supposed to appear in a Cumberland County courtroom Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. McGraw […]

10 Things to Know for Today

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 18:26

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHO HAD MOST TO LOSE IN LATEST PRIMARY Donald Trump emerges from Wisconsin as a damaged Republican front-runner following a crushing loss to rival Ted Cruz. 2. PRESIDENT WARMING UP TO BEING ‘CRITICIZER IN CHIEF’ Most Read […]

Stricter rules unveiled for brokers giving retirement advice

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 18:17

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is unveiling rules that will require that brokers who recommend investments for retirement savers meet the stricter standard that now applies to investment advisers: They must act as “fiduciaries” — trustees legally obligated to put their clients’ best interests above all. The action, in rules issued Wednesday by the […]

Lupita Nyong’o still basking in glow of 2014 Oscar win

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 18:03

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lupita Nyong’o’s career has moved well along since her Academy Award two years ago, yet she’s still basking in the glow of her Oscar win. “I never expected to win in the first place, so I didn’t have any expectations as to what life would look like after that, but I’m […]

Rare Sumatran rhinoceros, captured on Borneo, dies

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 17:46

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A rare Sumatran rhinoceros has died just a month after being captured by Indonesian conservation experts on Borneo where only of a few of the animals survive. Nyoman Iswarayoga, a spokesman for World Wildlife Fund Indonesia, says Wednesday that the female rhino, named Najaq, had a severe infection from wounds believed […]

Prince Harry introduces UK’s squad for 2016 Invictus Games

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 17:41

LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry has unveiled Britain’s team of Invictus Games athletes ahead of the 2016 Paralympics-style event. Harry posed with most of the 110 athletes Wednesday at Buckingham Palace. The games for veterans and serving men and women will be held in Florida next month. Harry has been a driving force behind the […]

Nigerian military opens camp to rehabilitate Boko Haram

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 17:40

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s military has opened a camp to rehabilitate Boko Haram fighters who have surrendered and are repentant, according to a statement Wednesday that urged other fighters to abandon the Islamic insurgency that has claimed 20,000 lives in six years. The military also said it has rescued 11,595 civilian hostages in attacks […]

Montana governor looking for new Colstrip owners

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 17:37

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s governor is looking for a new ownership structure for one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the West to stave off its partial closure. Gov. Steve Bullock said Tuesday he’s forming a working group to explore an ownership change for three of the four units at the 2,100-megawatt Colstrip […]

Polls open in Dutch referendum on EU-Ukraine trade deal

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 17:33

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch voted Wednesday in a referendum on a far-reaching free trade deal meant to foster closer ties between Ukraine and the European Union that has run into opposition in the Netherlands where many see it as evidence of unwanted EU expansionism. The non-binding vote in the Netherlands exposes deep […]

Actress Helen Mirren to present ‘Jewish Nobel’ in Jerusalem

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 17:27

JERUSALEM (AP) — Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren has agreed to host the award ceremony of Israel’s Genesis Prize in Jerusalem. Organizers of the award, known as “the Jewish Nobel,” announced the selection of Mirren on Wednesday. The $1 million prize is being awarded to Israeli-American violinist Itzhak Perlman for his accomplishments as a musician, teacher […]

LeVar Burton: ‘It was time’ to remake ‘Roots’

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 17:27

PARIS (AP) — LeVar Burton was initially skeptical of remaking “Roots,” the groundbreaking miniseries that launched his career in 1977. But Burton, who played a young Kunta Kinte, overcame those concerns after seeing the educational value in helping the new generation of Americans better relate to the plight of slaves and African-American history, particularly after […]