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‘Revenant’ leads Oscar noms with 12, only white actors again

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 21:52

The strong showing for “The Revenant,” including a best actor nod for Leonardo DiCaprio, follows its win at the Golden Globes.

Cologne prosecutors offer reward over New Year’s Eve attacks

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 21:03

BERLIN (AP) — Prosecutors in Cologne said Thursday they are offering a reward of 10,000 euros ($10,920) for information leading to the arrest or identification of those who committed sexual assaults and robberies during New Year’s. A spokesman for Cologne prosecutors said they have so far received 652 criminal complaints from that night, when groups […]

Iran says it has removed core of reactor, key to nuke deal

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 20:56

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian state TV says nuclear experts have finished removing the core of the country’s only nuclear heavy water reactor as part of Tehran’s obligations under its nuclear deal with world powers. The spokesman of Iran’s atomic department, Behrouz Kamalvandi, announced the completion of the work on the Arak reactor on Thursday, […]

Best Buy reports weak holiday shopping results, outlook

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 20:54

NEW YORK (AP) — Best Buy reported a drop in sales during the holiday season and the company now expects a wider drop in fourth-quarter revenue, partly on weak mobile phone and personal device sales. Domestic same-store-sales, a key measure of a retailer’s health, fell 1.2 percent in the nine-week period ended in Jan. 2 […]

Subtropical Storm Alex strengthens in the Atlantic

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 20:54

MIAMI (AP) — Subtropical Storm Alex is expected to get stronger far out over the Atlantic and is threatening the Azores. The storm’s maximum sustained winds Thursday morning increased to near 70 mph (110 kph). Alex is forecast to move through the Azores with storm-force winds Thursday night and Friday. Alex is centered about 560 […]

New accident strikes Myanmar’s jade-mining region

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 20:53

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — There has been a fatal landslide near a jade mine in northern Myanmar, the fourth accident of its type in less than two months. The Information Ministry said a mining company employee in Hpakant was killed Tuesday night when a 300-foot (91-meter) -high mountain of earth and mine waste collapsed on […]

Western Europe Jewish migration to Israel hits all-time high

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 20:52

JERUSALEM (AP) — A leading nonprofit group says Jewish immigration to Israel from western Europe has reached an all-time high, spawned by a rise in anti-Semitic attacks. The Jewish Agency said Thursday that 9,880 western European Jews immigrated to Israel in 2015 — the highest number ever. The vast majority, close to 8,000, came from […]

Vikings kicker to meet empathetic letter-writing 1st-graders

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 20:43

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh plans to visit the first-graders who sent him letters and drawings of support after he was lambasted by fans for missing a field goal that could have given his team a win in Sunday’s playoff game. Teacher Judie Offerdahl at Northpoint Elementary in Blaine used Walsh’s […]

Polish prime minster: No risk of EU sanctions against Poland

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 20:41

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s prime minister said Thursday she doesn’t believe the European Union will impose sanctions on the country over its new laws that have been criticized as running counter to the bloc’s principle of the rule of law. In what came as a surprise to Polish leaders, the EU on Wednesday decided […]

FIFA imposes transfer ban on Real Madrid and Atletico

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 20:35

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA banned Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid on Thursday from signing players in next two transfer windows for breaching rules relating to signing players under the age of 18. The Spanish clubs can still sign players in the current transfer window but will be banned from making additions to their squads until […]

European Central Bank divided over China risks

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 20:35

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Policymakers at the European Central Bank disagreed at their last meeting over how big a threat turmoil in China and other emerging markets posed to Europe’s modest economic recovery. The written summary of the Dec. 3 meeting released Thursday also shows members of the 25-member governing council took different views on […]

Heart, Joan Jett, Cheap Trick join forces for tour

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 20:09

NEW YORK (AP) — Three Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are joining forces for an all-star tour this summer. Live Nation announced Thursday that Heart, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Cheap Trick are part of the “Three For All Tour.” It kicks off July 14 in Clarkston, Michigan. Tickets for the general public […]

Bank of England keeps interest rates steady

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 20:04

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England has voted to keep its key interest rate at a record low of 0.5 percent as weak inflation keeps the pressure off policymakers to start raising borrowing costs. Policymakers voted 8-1 to keep rates steady at their January policy meeting, particularly since inflation remains at 0.1 percent, well […]

Bowie views top daily record on Vevo, beating Adele

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 20:02

LOS ANGELES (AP) — David Bowie fans found a new way to be passing time after the pop star’s death: setting a single-day record for video views on Vevo. The music video service owned by Universal and Sony says views of Bowie videos hit 51 million Monday, the day after he died at age 69. […]

Gambia lifts order that female staff must cover hair at work

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 19:58

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Gambia’s government says it has lifted a recent directive stating that all female staff with the government must cover their hair during office hours. Gambian President Yahya Jammeh had issued the memo urging female staff to use head ties and wrap their hair. The order sparked resistance from opposition leaders, activists […]

The Latest: France issues wanted noticed for Diack’s son

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 19:56

MUNICH (AP) — The Latest from the IAAF investigation (all times local): ___ 12:50 p.m. France has issued an international wanted notice via Interpol for Papa Massata Diack, the son of former IAAF President Lamine Diack, saying he is wanted for corruption and money laundering. Most Read StoriesVerizon gave this guy Sir Mix-A-Lot’s old phone […]

Ahead of Davos, climate change tops list of economic risks

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 19:51

LONDON (AP) — The World Economic Forum, which organizes the annual gathering of political and business leaders in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, says a failure to deal with and prepare for climate change is the potentially most costly risk facing the global economy over the next ten years. The WEF says Thursday that […]

FIFA judges explain 7-year ban for 2018-2022 bid inspector

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 19:44

ZURICH (AP) — The 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid inspector was banned from soccer for seeking several favors for family members, the FIFA ethics committee has said six months after imposing a seven-year sanction. Harold Mayne-Nicholls of Chile “repeatedly asked for personal favors related to the hosting and training of his relatives (a son, […]

India, Pakistan reschedule high-level peace talks

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 19:38

NEW DELHI (AP) — India has rescheduled high-level peace talks with Pakistan while it evaluates action taken by Islamabad against Pakistan-based insurgents it blames for an attack on an Indian air force base. Top diplomats were scheduled to meet in the Pakistani capital on Friday to set out a roadmap for dialogue on settling the […]

Lower pay for poor is widening US income gap, study finds

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 19:13

WASHINGTON (AP) — The income gap afflicting major U.S. cities goes beyond the problem of rising paychecks for those at the top: Pay has plummeted for those at the bottom. Many of the poorest households still earn just a fraction of what they made before the Great Recession began in late 2007. Even as the […]