Seattle Times Headlines

Despite global outcry, tackling tax havens is a tough task

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 00:31

LONDON (AP) — There’s one part of the British Empire on which the sun still does not set: its tax havens. Britain’s former world dominance has left it with a string of tiny territories scattered around the globe, and many of them have become hubs for hiding money. Despite growing political pressure, shutting down these […]

Paris unveils $1 billion revamp of metro, shopping complex

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 00:30

PARIS (AP) — Amid great fanfare, Paris’ Mayor Anne Hidalgo has unveiled the long-awaited $1 billion revamp of the city’s dilapidated main shopping and metro complex, often the first port of call for tourists visiting the City of Light. The near-decade-long project came about after pressure from local Parisians who viewed the rusty 1970s structure […]

$350,000 spent to get rats out of Snohomish High School cafeteria

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 00:21

School officials say the building is expected to reopen after being closed almost a month to remove the rats, discovered after a worker reported a strange odor coming from the kitchen.

Canadian worker flies Mexican flag on Trump building

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 00:17

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A Mexican-born construction worker says he hung his native country’s flag high above Vancouver to remind Donald Trump that his compatriots built a 63-storey tower that carries the billionaire’s name. Diego Reyna has drawn the attention of international media after hanging a Mexican flag atop the Trump International Hotel and […]

APNewsBreak: Drysdale widow sells awards over objections

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 23:37

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kelly Drysdale remembers seeing her dad’s Cy Young Award in her house growing up. Now she’s heartbroken that Don Drysdale’s widow is selling memorabilia from his years as a star pitcher for the Dodgers. Ann Meyers Drysdale, the Hall of Fame basketball player who was married to the Hall of Fame […]

ICC dismisses case against Kenya’s deputy president

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 23:35

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court terminated the case against Kenya’s deputy president and ended his trial Tuesday, saying there is insufficient evidence he was involved in deadly violence that erupted after his country’s 2007 presidential elections. The presiding judge said the reason for the lack of evidence was possibly “witness interference […]

Gray case prosecutors seek to compel 2nd officer to testify

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 23:32

BALTIMORE (AP) — Prosecutors in Baltimore want to compel a second police officer charged in the Freddie Gray case to testify against a fellow officer. Media outlets report that a motion seeks to compel Officer Garrett Miller to testify at Officer Edward Nero’s trial. Both were involved in Gray’s arrest and have pleaded not guilty […]

Rider crashes Uber car amid cop chase as real driver awakens

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 23:23

COLESVILLE, N.Y. — Authorities say an Uber passenger who took the wheel while the driver slept later crashed the car while trying to elude police. State police say 20-year-old New York City resident Juan Carlos hired the car in Philadelphia to take him 200 miles to central New York. Police say the driver asked Carlos […]

Obama to address new rules to deter ‘tax inversions’

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 23:21

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will speak from the White House about new rules aimed at deterring “tax inversions.” The White House says Obama will speak at 12:15 p.m. in the Brady Press Briefing Room. His remarks come a day after the Treasury Department announced a package of steps designed to make inversions less […]

Appeals court: Judge can’t nix deal to settle Iran charges

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 23:17

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court says a judge overstepped his authority in rejecting a deal to settle criminal charges against a Dutch aerospace company accused of illegally selling aircraft parts to Iran. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled Tuesday that prosecutors were within their authority when they reached […]

State: Sewage leak causing major fish kill in Tennessee lake

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 23:05

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — State officials say a sewage leak has caused a major fish kill in a lake near the Mississippi River in west Tennessee. Kelly Brockman, a spokeswoman with the Tennessee’s Department of Environment and Conservation, said Tuesday that the number of fish killed in McKellar Lake in Memphis is in the thousands. […]

Ford to build small-car factory in Mexico, adding 2,800 jobs

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 23:02

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. plans to build a new $1.6 billion auto assembly plant in Mexico, creating about 2,800 jobs and shifting small-car production from the U.S. at a time when moving jobs south of the border has become a major issue in the U.S. presidential campaign. The company announced the plant in […]

Stanwood Eagles Fishing Derby’s top fish weighed 18 pounds

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 22:58

The Stanwood Eagles Blackmouth Fishing Derby on Camano Island was held on Sunday, and 59 anglers managed to land 29 hatchery chinook. The chinook weighed-in ranged from 4 pounds, 4 ounces all the way up to the winning hatchery chinook of 18 pounds caught by Glenn Helton Jr. who took home $1,327.50. Second was Mike John […]

Strangers pitch in after prom dresses stolen from charity

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 22:56

AMESBURY, Mass. (AP) — The founder of a Massachusetts charity that gives prom dresses to girls who can’t afford them says roughly 15 of them were stolen last week, but strangers have been pitching in to replace them. Tammi’s Closet founder Betty Vitale tells The Daily News of Newburyport ( ) that someone entered the […]

Bill to make Bible Tennessee’s state book heads to governor

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 22:38

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Having already made a .50-caliber sniper gun the official state rifle, Tennessee lawmakers voted Monday to make the Holy Bible the state’s official book. The state Senate gave final approval Monday on a 19-8 vote despite arguments the measure conflicts with a provision in the Tennessee Constitution that “no preference shall […]

Afghan Taliban appoint Mullah Omar relatives to senior jobs

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 22:34

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — A senior figure in the Afghan Taliban says a brother and son of their late founder, the one-eyed Mullah Mohammad Omar, have been appointed to leadership positions in the insurgency. Mullah Gul Rahman Saleem said on Tuesday that Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, Mullah Omar’s son, has been named to lead the Taliban […]

US hiring reaches 9-year high; job openings slip

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 22:34

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. hiring jumped to a nine-year high in February, a sign of robust business demand for new workers, while the number of open positions slipped. The Labor Department says 5.4 million people found jobs, a 5.8 percent jump from January and the most since November 2006. More Americans also quit their jobs. […]

Bangladesh opposition leader, ex-PM Zia gets bail in 5 cases

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 22:32

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia secured bail in a sedition case and four graft cases after she appeared in five separate courts in Bangladesh’s capital. Zia and the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party she leads say the cases are politically motivated and are meant to harass her. Authorities have rejected the allegations, […]

Global military spending nearly $1.7T amid Mideast conflicts

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 22:24

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Global military spending rose in 2015 to nearly $1.7 trillion, the first increase in several years, driven by conflicts including the battle against the Islamic State group, the Saudi-led war in Yemen and fears about Iran, a report released Tuesday shows. The study by the Stockholm International Peace Research […]

NFL picks Twitter to stream Thursday night games

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 22:23

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has picked Twitter to stream its Thursday night games. When the league negotiated its latest deal for Thursdays, it decided to sell the streaming rights separately for an “over the top” broadcast. This past season, it partnered with Yahoo to stream a game from London that took place on […]