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Bill passes to guarantee Sanders’ place on DC primary ballot

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 05:41

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders will appear on the Democratic primary ballot in the District of Columbia after lawmakers approved legislation clarifying that he met the filing deadline. A mix-up between the city’s Democratic Party and its elections board had left open the possibility that Sanders would be left off the primary ballot. Sanders paid […]

Yucatan archaeology races to keep up with development

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 05:30

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican archaeologists said Tuesday they are racing to keep up with development on the Yucatan peninsula as suburbs of the colonial city of Merida swallow Maya settlements. Fed by an increasing number of U.S. retirees, some Merida suburbs are expanding at a rate of 7 percent a year, especially to the […]

Judge accused of racially charged comments toward prosecutor

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 05:25

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission has charged a black circuit judge with six counts of misconduct for a series of racially charged public comments. The charges largely stem from a months-long public feud between Jefferson Circuit Judge Olu Stevens and Commonwealth Attorney Thomas Wine, who is white. The commission found that […]

Nielsen says 14.2 million watched ‘Dead’ cliffhanger

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 05:22

NEW YORK (AP) — A cliffhanger ending to its sixth season fascinated more than 14 million viewers of “The Walking Dead,” although AMC’s blockbuster hit continued to show some signs of erosion. During the final episode on Sunday, new villain Negan killed someone with a barbed wire bat he named Lucille. Viewers will have to […]

Missouri high court upholds death penalty in torture killing

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 05:21

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court upheld the death sentence Tuesday for a man who killed two women in 2006 after videotaped sexual torture, rejecting his claims that he received ineffective counsel during his trial for the murder that sent him to death row. The state’s high court unanimously rejected Richard Davis’ […]

DC lawmakers vote to ban pot smoking in private clubs

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 05:21

WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia lawmakers have voted to ban smoking pot in private clubs. Tuesday’s 7-6 vote by the D.C. Council comes two months after the council left the door open for pot clubs by creating a task force to study the issue. Possession of up to 2 ounces of pot for personal […]

Missouri high court upholds death penalty in torture killing

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 05:20

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld a death sentence of a suburban Kansas City man convicted of murdering a woman whose rape and suffocation were videotaped. The state’s high court on Tuesday unanimously rejected 51-year-old Richard Davis’ claims that his attorneys during his 2008 trial were ineffective. Davis was condemned […]

Turtle Power: Costumed fans win Yankees tickets from Oliver

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 05:17

NEW YORK (AP) — Two fans wore yellow and green Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles outfits to Yankee Stadium to answer comedian John Oliver’s call to dress like “riff-raff.” Joe Spillo and John Welch of suburban Yorktown Heights sat in the second row of the Legends Suites luxury seats behind home plate Tuesday after winning the […]

Oklahoma wildfire threatens small town,, chemical plant

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 05:13

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities in northwestern Oklahoma are evacuating roughly 100 square miles in northern Woodward County as a wildfire spreads rapidly toward the small town of Freedom. Woodward County Emergency Management director Matt Lehenbauer said around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday that the fire was burning uncontrolled about one or two hours away from Freedom, […]

Ex-coal CEO faces up to 1 year in sentencing for mine crime

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship could be sentenced up to a year in prison and fined up to $250,000 for a conviction connected to the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades. He is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in Charleston federal court. Legal experts say just as important as […]

A look at San Francisco’s paid parental leave proposal

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

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco is considering a measure that would make it the first place in the nation to require businesses to provide fully paid leaves for new parents to spend time with their child. Parental leave advocates say the issue is gaining momentum across the country much like the debate over a […]

McIlroy brings a new approach to his quest for Grand Slam

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 04:38

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Rory McIlroy stood on the 17th green, waving his arms this way and that. Then he feigned a jump shot for England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick, recreating the NCAA men’s basketball championship game from the night before. “He was explaining what happened,” Fitzpatrick said after they wrapped up their Masters practice round Tuesday. […]

9-year-old reporter defends homicide coverage after backlash

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

A 9-year-old reporter who wrote about a suspected murder in her small Pennsylvania town is defending herself after some locals lashed out about a young girl covering violent crimes. Hilde Kate Lysiak got a tip Saturday afternoon about something untoward happening on 9th street in Selinsgrove, about 150 miles northwest of Philadelphia. She went to […]

US says Syria blocks aid to besieged areas; some eat grass

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

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States accused the Syrian government on Tuesday of preventing humanitarian aid deliveries to all besieged and hard-to-reach areas of the country as required in U.N. resolutions, even as a cease-fire that was meant to allow such deliveries continues. U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power told reporters after a closed-door emergency briefing […]

Driver tries in vain to save eagle hit by his pickup near Port Orchard

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 04:19

The driver of the truck cradled the bird on the side of the highway for more than an hour — but the raptor later died at a shelter.

Woman waives hearing in deadly Oklahoma parade crash case

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 04:11

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — A woman charged with killing four people and injuring dozens of others after crashing her car into spectators at Oklahoma State University’s homecoming parade has waived her right to a preliminary hearing. That means 25-year-old Adacia Chambers will go on trial for second-degree murder charges and more than 40 counts of […]

Senator blasts administration’s fight against Islamic State

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — The influential chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee says the Obama administration’s fight against the Islamic State group is at risk of becoming a “grinding failure for our nation.” Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona says in a letter sent Tuesday to Defense Secretary Ash Carter that U.S. military commanders are […]

Panama Papers show dire need to overhaul leaky U.S. tax code

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

Americans should channel their outrage over the Panama Papers to press for an overhaul of our leaky tax code.

Judge won’t block release of Navy nuclear data in Kitsap County after records requests withdrawn

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 04:00

A federal court judge has declined to permanently block the release of Kitsap County documents about government plans to a nuclear emergency at the Navy Kitsap-Bangor base or other Navy facilities.

Officials: Gas leak may cause blackouts in California

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 03:40

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Energy officials say a natural gas well blowout last year that crippled a major energy supply for Southern California could lead to blackouts this summer. The chairman of the California Energy Commission said Tuesday that the partial shutdown of the Aliso Canyon storage field near Los Angeles could lead to short-term […]