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Rudy Giuliani joining law firm Greenberg Traurig

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:12

NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is joining international law firm Greenberg Traurig as chair of its cybersecurity and crisis-management practice. Giuliani is leaving Houston law firm Bracewell & Giuliani, which will rename itself Bracewell. In 2005, Giuliani helped open a New York office for the firm. Greenberg Traurig said Tuesday […]

APNewsbreak: Livestrong CEO resigns after less than 1 year

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:11

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The chief executive and president of the Livestrong cancer foundation, which has struggled with sharp declines in donations and revenue since founder Lance Armstrong’s performance-enhancing drug use scandal, resigned Tuesday after less than one year on the job to focus on her family. Chandini Portteus was brought in to help rebuild […]

NY man indicted on weapons, ammo charges in traffic stop

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:10

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A New York man accused of posing as a federal air marshal after being pulled over with an assault weapon, ammunition and body armor in his car has been charged with weapons possession and other crimes. Investigators say Mark Vicars produced a fake shield and credential when he was stopped on […]

Foreign holdings of US Treasury debt rose in November

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:08

WASHINGTON (AP) — Foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury securities increased in November to the highest point since June, led by a gain from China. The Treasury Department says total holdings of U.S. government bonds by foreigners rose 1.3 percent to $6.13 trillion after having fallen 1 percent in October. It was the highest level since […]

Christie’s veto leaves New Jersey’s smoking age at 19

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:08

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie decided not to act Tuesday on a bill that would have boosted New Jersey’s smoking age to 21, keeping the age to buy tobacco products at 19. The bill, which passed the Democrat-led Legislature amid a surge in lobbying from the tobacco industry, would have fined retailers up […]

Calls for boycott over diversity throw Oscars into turmoil

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:08

NEW YORK (AP) — Growing calls for a boycott of the Academy Awards over the lack of diversity among this year’s Oscar nominees are forcing stars to choose sides and threatening to throw the movie industry’s biggest night of the year into turmoil. The backlash over the second straight year of all-white acting nominees is […]

Deal to keep Central Park’s horses would banish pedicabs

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:08

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s pedicab drivers are upset over a proposal to ban the bike taxis from much of Central Park. Angry pedicab drivers rallied at City Hall on Tuesday to protest a plan announced over the weekend by Mayor Bill de Blasio. The proposal is part of a broader deal to […]

In besieged Syrian city, hungry residents sell gold for food

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:07

BEIRUT (AP) — In Syria’s eastern city of Deir el-Zour, supplies are running so short that desperate residents are selling their gold, valuables and even their homes for food or an exit permit allowing them to escape a siege by both government troops and Islamic State militants. The extremists have blockaded government-held areas of the […]

Attacks on oil installations is costing Nigeria $2.4M a day

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:05

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A Cabinet minister says multiple attacks on strategic oil and gas installations is costing Nigeria $2.4 million a day and the military warns it will hold community leaders responsible for the “economic sabotage.” Power Minister Babatunde Fashola on Tuesday specified the cost of the attacks, which began Friday in the southern […]

Microsoft plans to donate $1B in cloud services to nonprofits

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 05:00

The aim is to make many of Microsoft’s next-generation Web tools available to nonprofits. The effort also will extend existing donations to academic projects and Internet connectivity initiatives.

Details about 12 Marines missing in Hawaii helicopter crash

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 04:17

HONOLULU (AP) — A dozen Marines are missing after two helicopters crashed off Hawaii last week. Here are their stories: ___ SGT. WILLIAM TURNER, 25, FLORALA, ALABAMA Friends and acquaintances say Turner grew up in the country along the Alabama-Florida line. Most Read StoriesSeahawks next season: same goal, and maybe a different look?After groom gets […]

McDonald’s brings chocolate-covered french fries to Japan

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 04:13

McDonald’s Japan said it will start selling “McChoco Potatoes” — fries with a drizzle of white and milk chocolate — Jan. 26.

Infantino seeks regional World Cup if elected FIFA president

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 04:13

LONDON (AP) — The World Cup could be spread across entire regions, emulating the continent-wide 2020 European Championship, if Gianni Infantino wins the FIFA presidential election next month. The UEFA secretary general used his manifesto, which was published on Tuesday, to say FIFA should not limit the tournament to be being held in one or […]

Seahawks position breakdown: Hawks in good hands with Russell Wilson, but backup spot is uncertain

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 04:12

We start our daily position-group breakdown at quarterback, where there is stability at the top but uncertainty elsewhere.

Former Eagle Don Felder mourns death of Glenn Frey

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 04:12

NEW YORK (AP) — Don Felder was still hoping he and Glenn Frey would speak again. The former Eagles guitarist, estranged from Frey and the other band members since he was forced out of the band in 2001, told The Associated Press that he felt “unbelievable sorrow” when he learned of Frey’s death. “He was […]

‘Law & Order’ director pleads guilty to child porn charges

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 04:10

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A television director with credits on “Law & Order” and other shows has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges in New York. Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore says 51-year-old Jason “Jace” Alexander pleaded guilty Tuesday to promoting a sexual performance by a child and possessing an obscene performance by […]

Take 2: ‘Bandwagon mama’ after Seahawks’ loss – ‘I wanted to hug them all’

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 04:05

Over the past year I’ve written three Take 2 essays for The Seattle Times as “Bandwagon Mama.” Bandwagon because I started out as a fair-weather fan who only started paying attention to the Seahawks when they started winning, and mama because I have three terrific kids. After the loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, […]

Tunisia clashes over jobs lead to curfew in western city

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 04:05

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia has declared a curfew in the western city after clashes between police and more than 1,000 young protesters demonstrating for jobs. The interior ministry says the clashes in Kasserine on Tuesday left 20 protesters injured as well as three police. Tensions have risen in Kasserine since Sunday when an unemployed […]

Yemeni defendant pleads guilty to US terror charge

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 04:01

NEW YORK (AP) — A Yemeni man has pleaded guilty to U.S. charges that he joined al-Qaida to attack American forces overseas. Ali Alvi al-Hamidi entered the plea on Tuesday in federal court in Brooklyn. The 31-year-old al-Hamidi was detained in Saudi Arabia before being brought to the U.S. a year ago to face conspiracy […]

The Latest: All 4 life rafts from helicopter crash found

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 03:59

HONOLULU (AP) — The latest on the crash of two Marine helicopters off Hawaii (all times local): 10 a.m. The Coast Guard has found the last life raft from two helicopters carrying 12 Marines that crashed off Hawaii last week. There’s still no sign of the Marines as searchers comb the waves Tuesday. Marine Capt. […]