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NY man faces case that tests limits of criminal blame

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 01:22

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A New York man is about to go on trial in vehicular homicide case that tests the limits of criminal consequences. He wasn’t behind the wheel when a police officer was struck and killed — he was leaning against the guardrail. Prosecutors say James Ryan was charged because his drunken driving […]

UK lawmakers debate banning Donald Trump from Britain

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 01:21

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers argued Monday over whether Donald Trump should be excluded from the U.K. for his anti-Muslim remarks, with one legislator cautioning that a ban would give the Republican presidential hopeful a “halo of victimhood.” Parliament took up the topic after half a million people signed a petition call for Trump to […]

Get a grip on inequality, leaders urged in run-up to Davos

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 01:17

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The world’s political and business elite are being urged to do more than pay lip service to growing inequalities around the world as they head off for this week’s World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos. Two reports published Monday, from Oxfam and public relations firm Edelman, warned […]

‘American Pie’ singer arrested on domestic violence charge

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 00:52

CAMDEN, Maine (AP) — A jail supervisor says “American Pie” singer Don McLean has been arrested on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge in Maine. Cpl. Brad Woll says McLean was arrested and posted $10,000 bail early Monday at the Knox County Jail. The 70-year-old singer-songwriter lives in Camden, Maine. A message left for the police […]

Rome court acquits ex-Vatican accountant of corruption

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 00:39

ROME (AP) — A lawyer for an Italian monsignor who was fired from his Vatican accountant’s job says a Rome court has acquitted his client of corruption. Prosecutors alleged Monsignor Nunzio Scarano was involved in a purported plot to use a private plane to try to smuggle 20 million euros (about $22 million) from Switzerland […]

The Latest: King rally out of Confederate flag’s shadow

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 00:39

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The latest on rallies, marches and speeches honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (all times local): 11:35 a.m. About 1,000 people have gathered under chilly and sunny skies at South Carolina’s Statehouse to remember slain civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. For the past 17 years, civil […]

Bush calls for overhaul of nation’s education system

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 00:36

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush rolled out a broad education reform plan Monday that would shift power and money to states and local school districts — and away from the federal government. The former Florida governor also wants to revamp how high school graduates and their parents finance college and other […]

The five best quotes from “Downton Abbey” Season 6, Episode 3

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 00:33

Now, this episode is more like it: a wedding, a delightful return of the Prodigal Son-in-Law, a hint that perhaps Anna’s incompetent cervix (!) might be competent, a potentially promising blackmail situation between Spratt and Denker, a seemingly endless supply of lovely cloche hats, a look at 1920s desktop publishing (yes, literally, it’s a desktop) […]

As Iowa looms, GOP wonders: does Trump have fans, or voters?

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 00:30

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It’s the No. 1 question headed into the primary season: Does Donald Trump merely have fans, or does the national front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination have voters who will mobilize come caucus day? The definitive answer won’t arrive until first-to-vote Iowa heads to the polls on Feb. 1, […]

Dee Gordon signs $50 million, 5-year deal with Miami Marlins

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 00:29

MIAMI (AP) — NL batting champion Dee Gordon has signed a five-year contract with the Miami Marlins. An agreement was reached last week on the deal for $50 million, which also includes a $14 million club option for 2021. The Marlins announced the signing Monday and scheduled an afternoon news conference. Gordon led the NL […]

Swedish doctor charged for locking woman in bunker

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 00:21

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish doctor has been charged with rape and kidnapping after he confessed to drugging a woman with sedative-laced strawberries and locking her up in a soundproof bunker where he had intended to keep her for years, prosecutors said Monday. The 38-year-old man’s defense lawyer described the case as an elaborate plot […]

James, Anthony top 30 finalists for Olympic basketball team

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 00:18

LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony are a step closer to a fourth Olympics, and Stephen Curry is in position for his first. The NBA stars were among 30 players selected Monday as finalists for the U.S. basketball team that will attempt in Rio de Janeiro to win a third straight gold medal. The final 12-player […]

Study: Man-made heat put in oceans has doubled since 1997

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 00:02

WASHINGTON (AP) — The amount of man-made heat energy absorbed by the seas has doubled since 1997, a study released Monday showed. Scientists have long known that more than 90 percent of the heat energy from man-made global warming goes into the world’s oceans instead of the ground. And they’ve seen ocean heat content rise […]

Live coverage: MLK high-school basketball tournaments at Garfield, ShoWare Center, Bellevue College

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 00:01

The Seattle Times covers Monday's MLK Day high-school basketball tournaments live from Seattle's Garfield High School, Renton's ShoWare Center and Bellevue College.

Dispute over Maldives ex-president’s medical travel resolved

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 00:00

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Maldives government minister says the country’s imprisoned former president will travel to Britain for surgery after a dispute over conditions imposed by the government was resolved. Mohamed Nasheed was to depart Monday night for surgery on his spine, a day after he said the government had asked a family […]

Authorities: Homeland Security agent shoots would-be robber

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 01/18/2016 - 23:46

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say an off-duty Homeland Security agent shot and critically wounded a man who tried to rob him near his home in Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said on its website Monday that agent Donald Wells shot the man late Sunday. The sheriff’s Assistant Chief Scott Dingee says the man had […]

Putin hosts Qatar’s ruler for Syria-focused talks

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 01/18/2016 - 23:45

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian’s president is hosting the ruler of Qatar for talks set to focus on the Syrian crisis. Vladimir Putin welcomed Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani at the start of Monday’s talks in the Kremlin by hailing Qatar’s role in regional affairs. He voiced hope that they would be able to “search […]

Islamic State seizes new areas from troops in eastern Syria

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 01/18/2016 - 23:42

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants launched a fresh offensive Monday, taking advantage of a sandstorm that sharply reduced visibility in eastern Syria and capturing new areas from government forces near the city of Deir el-Zour, opposition activists said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the militants captured areas just north of the […]

Wyoming officials back various schemes in bid to rescue coal

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 01/18/2016 - 23:38

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Public enemy No. 1 for climate change and no longer the fossil fuel utilities prefer to burn to generate electricity, coal has few allies these days. But one state is still fighting to save the industry: Wyoming. From a proposal to burn the stuff underground to hosting a contest to find […]

Man held in slaying of Ohio officer has lengthy record

Seattle Times Headlines - Mon, 01/18/2016 - 23:38

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (AP) — The latest in the investigation into the death of an Ohio police officer, whose body was found behind the Danville Municipal Building (all times local): 10:30 a.m. Court records show the suspect the fatal shooting of an Ohio police officer has a lengthy criminal record and in one case tried […]