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The Latest: Ohio lawmaker invited Kim Davis to speech

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 07:19

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The latest on controversial Kentucky clerk Kim Davis’ invitation to the president’s final State of the Union: ___ 5:30 p.m. Congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio invited embattled Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis to the president’s State of the Union address. Most Read StoriesDick Spady, co-founder and namesake of Dick’s Drive-In, dies […]

Sheriff: Amish man confessed to poisoning wife in Missouri

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 07:09

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a Kentucky man who served as a minister in his Amish church has confessed to poisoning his wife in 2006 while living in rural Missouri. Thirty-nine-year-old Samuel Borntreger, of Summer Shade, Kentucky, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Anna Yoder Borntreger. Court records […]

Business Highlights

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 07:05

___ As oil plunges, energy companies cut jobs, postpone projects LONDON (AP) — The world’s biggest oil companies are slashing jobs and backing off major investments as the price of crude falls to new lows — and there may be more pain to come. Companies like BP, which said Tuesday it is cutting 4,000 jobs, […]

‘Once in a lifetime,’ UW student says of White House trip with SPD chief

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 06:57

University of Washington student DeAndre Coulter spent a whirlwind day Tuesday visiting the White House and the U.S. attorney general. He was in D.C. with Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole, who was invited to sit in the first lady’s box during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address.

Mariners acquire right-hander Joe Wieland from the Dodgers for a minor league infielder

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 06:53

The Mariners made a small trade on Tuesday, acquiring right-handed pitcher Joe Wieland from the Dodgers in exchange for minor league infielder Erick Mejia.

Aeropostale cutting jobs as teen retailer’s sales slump

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 06:53

NEW YORK (AP) — Teen retailer Aeropostale says it’s cutting costs and jobs amid a yearslong sales slump. The New York company said Tuesday it expects to cut expenses by $35 million to $40 million a year starting in fiscal 2016 and will slash its corporate staff by 13 percent, or 100 jobs, by the […]

Freeway shooting suspect gives conflicting accounts on gun

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 06:52

PHOENIX (AP) — A man charged in some of the metro Phoenix freeway shootings last summer gave conflicting accounts about when he pawned a handgun that investigators say was used in some of the attacks, according to a recently released transcript of his police interview. Leslie Merritt Jr. told police Sept. 18 that he could […]

Canadian pilot dies after falling into Antarctic crevasse

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 06:41

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A veteran Canadian helicopter pilot died at an Australian Antarctic base a day after he landed his chopper on an ice shelf, stepped out of the aircraft and plunged into a crevasse, officials said Tuesday. David Wood, 62, was working on a fuel-loading operation on the remote ice shelf Monday when […]

A new type of dog flu is suspected at Kent kennel

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 06:30

A new dog flu that has sickened at least 2,000 pets in 25 states may have emerged in Washington after a suspected outbreak at a Kent kennel, health officials said Tuesday.

House approves bill to block stream-protection rule for coal

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 06:25

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House has approved a bill blocking new Obama administration regulations designed to reduce the environmental impact of coal mining on the nation’s streams. The White House has vowed to veto the bill, saying the proposed rules would protect about 6,500 miles of streams nationwide while ensuring that mountains damaged by […]

US official: Clapper’s online personal accounts hacked

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 06:22

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just months after reports that someone was hacking CIA Director John Brennan’s personal email, a U.S. intelligence official is confirming that online personal accounts linked to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper also have been hacked. DNI spokesman Brian Hale said Tuesday that Clapper’s office is aware of the hacking and has […]

UN makes $7 billion humanitarian appeal for Syrian crisis

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 06:17

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations is making a $7.7 billion humanitarian funding appeal to help more than 22 million people affected by Syria’s civil war, now in its sixth year. The U.N. says the funds are needed for an estimated 4.7 million Syrian refugees expected to be living in neighboring countries by the […]

House approves bill to sanction North Korea after nuke test

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 06:16

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats in the House joined to overwhelmingly approve legislation that aims to punish North Korea for conducting its latest nuclear test. Lawmakers voted 418-2 Tuesday to approve the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act. The bill proposes to deny Pyongyang the hard currency it needs for developing miniaturized nuclear warheads and […]

Methodist pension board bars investment in 5 Israeli banks

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 05:58

NEW YORK (AP) — The pension fund for the United Methodist Church has blocked five Israeli banks from its investment portfolio in what it describes as a broad review meant to weed out companies that profit from abuse of human rights. The fund, called the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits, excluded Bank Hapoalim, […]

Lululemon and Burlington rise, Alcoa and GameStop slide

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 05:55

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq stock market: NYSE Alcoa Inc., down 72 cents to $7.28 The aluminum maker’s stock fell to its lowest price in almost six years after it reported a fourth-quarter loss and said revenue continued to […]

New Louisiana governor starting Medicaid expansion plan

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 05:53

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — On his first full day in office, Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards is reversing course from his Republican predecessor and starting the process to expand Louisiana’s Medicaid program. Edwards signed the executive order Tuesday, ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit to Baton Rouge, where he’ll champion his federal health care […]

Twitter totes up favorite lines from State of Unions past

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 05:49

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on President Barack Obama’s last State of the Union address. All times EST: 4:30 p.m. Twitter is using the occasion of President Barack Obama’s last State of the Union address to tote up some of his most-tweeted lines from previous addresses. His greatest hits include 2009’s “We will rebuild, we […]

Researchers: Small Colorado glacier could melt in 20 years

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 05:46

DENVER (AP) — DENVER — A small glacier in the mountains west of Boulder, Colorado, could disappear in about 20 years because of regional climate warming and drought, and similar thawing could be underway elsewhere in Colorado’s high country, researchers said Tuesday. A severe drought and high temperatures in the early 2000s caused a rapid […]

CSX 4Q profit declines 5 percent but beats forecasts

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 05:42

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — CSX Corp. says its fourth-quarter profit declined 5 percent as coal demand remained weak and total volume slipped 6 percent. The results raise questions about the health of the overall economy because the Jacksonville, Florida-based railroad hauled less of most categories of freight in the quarter. “With negative global and industrial […]

Murdoch and Hall’s engagement recalls other curious pairings

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 05:36

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Many greeted the news of Rupert Murdoch’s engagement to Jerry Hall with a resounding “Huh?” The 84-year-old media mogul and the 59-year-old actress announced their betrothal Tuesday with a classified ad in the London Times, a newspaper owned by Murdoch’s News Corp. This will be his Murdoch’s fourth marriage. Hall had […]