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How covenants make us

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 07:41

When you think about it, there are four big forces coursing through modern societies. Global migration is leading to demographic diversity. Economic globalization is creating wider opportunity but also inequality. The Internet is giving people more choices over what to buy and pay attention to. A culture of autonomy valorizes individual choice and self-determination. All […]

Green sea turtles reclassified from endangered to threatened

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 07:35

MIAMI (AP) — Federal officials say successful conservation efforts are responsible for green sea turtles of Florida and the Pacific coast of Mexico being reclassified from endangered to threatened. NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the status change Tuesday. As a threatened species, the green sea turtles will remain under the […]

UN official: States should take ‘strong’ action on sex abuse

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 07:33

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A top U.N. official on Tuesday stepped up pressure on all 193 member states to impose the “strongest” disciplinary and criminal sanctions against peacekeepers found guilty of sexual abuse, less than a month after the Security Council approved its first-ever resolution on the escalating problem. Undersecretary-General Atul Khare said during a […]

Nicklaus: Tiger isn’t done just yet

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 07:32

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Jack Nicklaus says he thinks Tiger Woods will win again. After seeing him a few weeks ago, Nicklaus is surprised Woods isn’t playing the Masters this week. Woods is missing the Masters for the second time in three years as he recovers from two surgeries on his back last year. He […]

Father to be tried in death of daughter shot by constable

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 07:31

ENOLA, Pa. (AP) — The father of a 12-year-old Pennsylvania girl accidentally shot by a constable serving eviction papers has been ordered to stand trial in her death. A judge on Tuesday upheld charges including criminal homicide and aggravated assault against 58-year-old Donald Meyer in the Jan. 11 death of Ciara Meyer. Authorities said Meyer […]

Governor vetoes bill permitting use of Bible in schooling

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 07:31

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. C. L. “Butch” Otter on Tuesday vetoed legislation that would have expressly permitted the use of the Bible in public school instruction, calling the measure unconstitutional. In the veto’s accompanying letter Otter said he respected the Bible, but the measure would result in costly litigation for Idaho’s public schools. […]

Russia, China are greatest cyberthreats, but Iran is growing

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 07:30

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy admiral in charge of the military’s Cyber Command says Russia and China present the greatest cyber security threat to the U.S., but Iran is trying to increase and spend more on its capabilities. Adm. Michael Rogers tells the Senate Armed Services Committee that while the U.S. has more overall military […]

Netflix is coming for your kids (and your money)

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 07:27

The big-business battle for kids’ distracted attention spans has never been more competitive — or lucrative — and Netflix has aggressively angled to use its data-driven insights to make programs kids don’t want to turn off.

Nevada high court hears Las Vegas Sands judge-bias arguments

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 07:18

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Famed attorney Alan Dershowitz told the Nevada Supreme Court that judges shouldn’t talk about cases, and a judge handling a lawsuit involving casino mogul Sheldon Adelson should be forced to step aside for doing so. A lawyer for a fired former Macau casino executive countered Tuesday that the Harvard University professor’s […]

Body found in creek on University of Texas campus

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

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A woman’s body has been found in a creek on the campus of University of Texas in Austin in what authorities describe as a possible homicide. UT President Greg Fenves says the body was discovered Tuesday in Waller Creek behind the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center. Fenves didn’t release the name of the […]

Exit poll: Wisconsin GOP voters excited, scared about Trump

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 06:43

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wisconsin GOP primary voters say a potential Donald Trump presidency inspires both more excitement— and more fear— than his remaining Republican rivals. That’s according to early results of exit polls conducted Tuesday for The Associated Press and television networks by Edison Research. On the Democratic side, voters are more excited about Vermont […]

Wildfire flares again in Oklahoma, threatens town

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 06:42

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma authorities on Tuesday urged residents of the small town of Freedom to evacuate as a wildfire flared in the same area of northwestern Oklahoma near the border with Kansas where blazes last month scorched hundreds of square miles. Woods County Emergency Management Director Steve Foster said sheriff’s deputies were encouraging […]

Princeton University names dean for diversity and inclusion

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

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — Princeton University has hired a dean for diversity and inclusion. The Ivy League university in Princeton, New Jersey, announced Tuesday that LaTanya Buck would fill the newly created position and start her job in August. Buck is the founding director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in St. Louis. The […]

San Francisco public defender calls for probe of police

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

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco’s public defender has called on the state’s Attorney General to investigate the city’s police department after several officers were discovered exchanging racist text messages. Public defender Jeff Adachi asked the Attorney General on Tuesday to open a civil rights investigation to determine if the San Francisco Police Department’s policies […]

Man pleads guilty to posing as agent for Comic Con VIP pass

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 06:31

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man facing criminal charges for posing as a federal agent to get into a $10,000-a-head VIP room at Comic Con in Salt Lake City agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors Tuesday. Jonathon M. Wall, 30, pleaded guilty to impersonating a federal officer at the September 2015 pop-culture […]

Wal-Mart pledges commitment to cage free eggs by 2025

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 06:25

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is pledging to sell only cage-free eggs by 2025. The nation’s largest food retailer is joining a growing list of retailers and food makers, from McDonald’s to General Mills, which have made the switch. Wal-Mart said it will require egg suppliers to be certified and fully compliant with […]

Fleeing driver charged with murder in pedestrian’s death in Auburn

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 06:24

A felon who mistakenly thought an Auburn police officer was pulling him over has been charged with second-degree murder, accused of trying to elude officers when he lost control of his SUV and fatally struck a woman walking on a sidewalk outside the Muckleshoot Casino last month.

From ‘Family Guy’ to Sinatra: Seth MacFarlane to perform jazz with Seattle Symphony

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 06:24

Producer, actor and singer Seth MacFarlane, known by many as the creator of “Family Guy,” “American Dad” and the “Ted” movies, is in town to perform with the Seattle Symphony on Friday night.

California lawmaker wants to allow supervised heroin use

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 06:10

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A lawmaker wants to allow California addicts to use heroin, crack and other drugs at supervised facilities to cut down on overdoses, joining several U.S. cities considering establishing the nation’s first legal drug-injection sites. The proposal introduced Tuesday comes as San Francisco, Seattle, New York City and Ithaca, New York, weigh […]

First lady hopes successors will continue her garden

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 05:45

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama is hoping future presidents will continue the project she calls “my baby,” the vegetable garden on the White House South Lawn. She presided over the final planting on Tuesday and says the garden has exceeded expectations. Mrs. Obama says the garden has sparked conversation about what people eat and has […]