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Seattle School Board to vote on offering even more students free transit passes

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 21:02

The Seattle School Board will vote Wednesday on expanding its free ORCA card program.

AP Interview: Iran’s top diplomat decries US ‘coercion’

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

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister is decrying new U.S. sanctions over Iran’s ballistic missile testing, calling them an example of an American “addiction to coercion.” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, speaking Wednesday to The Associated Press, called the ballistic program legitimate self-defense and said the prospect of restoring bilateral diplomatic relations is “far […]

UK unemployment falls to lowest level since 2005

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

LONDON (AP) — Unemployment in the U.K. has fallen to its lowest level since October 2005, buoying Britain’s Conservative government as it imposes its austerity-led agenda. The Office of National Statistics said Wednesday the unemployment rate dropped in the three months ending in November 2015 from 5.8 percent to 5.1 percent compared to a year […]

WWII veteran from upstate NY receives overdue medals

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 20:44

FONDA, N.Y. (AP) — A World War II veteran from upstate New York who fought in some of the fiercest battles in Europe has been awarded long overdue military decorations for his combat service. Congressman Chris Gibson of New York presented the Bronze Star, Combat Infantryman Badge and other medals to 92-year-old Thomas Williams of […]

Deep freeze across Balkans makes migrant journeys harder

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 20:30

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Subfreezing temperatures and snow have settled over Central Europe, adding to the difficulties of migrants heading to Western Europe but not weakening their determination to continue their journeys. Liene Veide, a spokeswoman for the United Nations refugee agency, said that some 2,000 migrants continue to cross from Macedonia into Serbia daily, […]

Deputies: Man dies after dispute over touching truck

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 20:22

TITUSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in central Florida say a man died after a dispute over whether he touched another man’s pickup truck. Brevard County Sheriff’s spokesman Maj. Tod Goodyear tells the Orlando Sentinel ( that 67-year-old German Heredia was walking with his granddaughters and their dogs Jan. 5 when Warren Buchanan walked up and […]

APNewsBreak: Adele, Kendrick Lamar to perform at Grammys

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

NEW YORK (AP) — Hello, it’s Adele, and she’s performing at next month’s Grammy Awards. The Recording Academy told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the British singer, leading nominee Kendrick Lamar, the Weeknd and Little Big Town will perform at the Feb. 15 show. Adele returned to music in top form with “25,” her […]

Jamie-Lynn Sigler of ‘Sopranos’ battling multiple sclerosis

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

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jamie-Lynn Sigler has been battling multiple sclerosis for the past 15 years. “The Sopranos” actress tells People magazine she was diagnosed with the degenerative disease when she was 19 years old, ahead of the show’s fourth season. Sigler says she wasn’t emotionally prepared to reveal her condition to the public until […]

Bond reduced for 3 of 4 suspects in alleged trooper assault

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 19:55

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Bond has been reduced for three of the four suspects in the alleged assault of a South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper. Twenty-two-year-old Jonathan Melendez, 26-year-old Desiree Sukert and 23-year-old Chase Sukert all have pleaded not guilty to being accessories in the alleged Oct. 24 assault of Trooper Zachary Bader during […]

Zimbabwe: Rangers in shootout with elephant poachers

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 19:43

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s wildlife authorities say rangers recovered 22 elephant tusks after a shootout with nearly a dozen suspected poachers. National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokeswoman Caroline Washaya-Moyo said Wednesday that Zimbabwean rangers exchanged gunfire with Zambian poachers in the Zambezi National Park near the border of the two countries. Washaya-Moyo said […]

French PM says 6 attackers at Burkina hotel, 3 on loose

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 19:38

PARIS (AP) — France’s prime minister says that a total of six people carried out the deadly attacks on the cafe and Splendid Hotel in Burkina Faso’s capital — and three are still on the loose. A total of 30 people were killed in last Friday’s attacks on targets in Ougadougou frequented by Westerners. Burkina […]

Kennedy airport in NYC using face recognition technology

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 19:32

NEW YORK (AP) — John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City has started using new face recognition technology. The biometric readers match a person’s face to their passport. Customs agents unveiled the biometric technology on Tuesday. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske tells WCBS-TV that the technology was implemented to help reduce […]

Anxiety in the air as Davos World Economic Forum kicks off

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 19:30

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — A prevailing sense of anxiety was in the air in the Swiss ski resort of Davos as the World Economic Forum kicked off Wednesday with delegates fretting about the turbulence in financial markets, slowdown in China and plunging oil prices. As global stock markets suffered another day of hefty losses and […]

Judge to hear motion to force officer testimony in Gray case

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 19:28

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore judge will hear motions Wednesday from prosecutors who want to force an officer whose trial ended in mistrial late last year to testify against four other officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray. Prosecutors are asking Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams to force William Porter to testify against four […]

Music streamer Deezer raises 100M euros after abandoned IPO

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 19:12

LOS ANGELES (AP) — France-based music streaming service Deezer says it has raised 100 million euros ($109 million) from its two largest shareholders to fuel its expansion after abandoning plans for an initial public offering of stock last year. The funds from Access Industries and French telecoms giant Orange will help pay for marketing in […]

EU orders Belgium to recover $230 million from Duferco steel

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 19:04

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is ordering Belgium to recoup $230 million from the Duferco steel group because of illegal state aid that distorted competition. Wednesday’s ruling was the second case in short succession in which the EU competition office went after Belgium after it ordered the government to recover some $760 million in […]

Dubai police: Exposed wiring likely sparked NYE tower fire

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 18:55

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai police say a New Year’s Eve fire at a luxury hotel in the Mideast commercial hub was likely caused by exposed wiring. Police made the announcement at a news conference Wednesday. Police officials showed photographs taken after the fire showing exposed, unconnected wiring between at least two apartments […]

10 Things to Know for Today

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 18:55

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. OLDEST CHRISTIAN MONASTERY IN IRAQ RAZED Satellite photos obtained by The AP reveal yet another victim, this one stood for 1400 years, of the Islamic State group’s relentless destruction of heritage sites it considers heretical. 2. 20 […]

Singapore deports 26 Bangladeshis as suspected militants

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 18:54

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore on Wednesday said it had arrested and deported 26 Bangladeshi construction workers for forming a religious study group that spread the ideology of al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group. The workers were arrested in November and detained without trial under the city-state’s rigorous Internal Security Act, the Ministry of Home Affairs […]

Greek seamen, farmers, protest planned pension reforms

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 18:53

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek ferry crews have launched a two-day strike while hundreds of farmers are preparing to block highways to protest unpopular draft pension reforms that will further cut incomes in the austerity-weary country. Unions representing practically all sectors of economic activity — including private and public sector workers, lawyers, doctors, farmers and […]