Seattle Times Headlines

2 female suicide bombers attack Cameroon mosque, killing 10

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 17:34

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — The governor of the Far North region of Cameroon says two female suicide bombers have attacked a mosque, leaving at least 10 dead and about a dozen wounded. Midjiyawa Bakari said Wednesday the attack happened in the town of Kolofata on Cameroon’s border with Nigeria. Bakari said the bombers are believed […]

Vietnam court sentences Canadian to 4 years over child abuse

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 17:33

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A Vietnamese court sentenced a Canadian man to four years in jail Wednesday after finding him guilty of sexually abusing four homeless teenage boys. An official of the court in Hanoi said Vadim Scott Benderman arrived in Vietnam in 2014 and taught English at a foreign language training center and played […]

After State of Union, Obama heads to Nebraska, Louisiana

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 17:05

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is hitting the road after his final State of the Union address. Obama was visiting Omaha, Nebraska, on Wednesday, and following with an appearance Thursday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He’s expected at both stops to tout progress under his leadership and goals for his final year in office. The […]

Clinton gets nod from former Attorney General Eric Holder

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 16:58

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — As she works to maintain an advantage among African-American voters in her quest for the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton has secured an endorsement from the nation’s first black attorney general. The Clinton campaign announced Eric Holder’s support in a statement to the Associated Press. Holder, who served as President Barack […]

Sanders ad burst coincides with upward movement in polls

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 16:55

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders has been putting up major advertising cash to seize momentum heading into the Democratic presidential primaries — outspending his rival Hillary Clinton just as voters are beginning to pay attention to the race. In the past three weeks, Sanders’ campaign has spent about $4.7 million on ads to Clinton’s $3.7 […]

South Africa moves jailed Czech because of escape concerns

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 16:53

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A Czech criminal who once boasted that he had a James Bond lifestyle is being held at South Africa’s most secure prison because of concerns that he might try to escape. Radovan Krejcir, who awaits sentencing after being convicted of attempted murder and kidnapping, was transferred late last year from a jail […]

Obama summons Americans to compromise and change

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 16:36

WASHINGTON (AP) — With Americans soon to begin choosing his successor, President Barack Obama is casting his seven divisive years as a time of positive change, implicitly asking voters to replace him with a Democrat who would continue his hard-won policies on health care, climate change and Iran. Addressing a hostile Republican-led Congress and a […]

China turmoil batters faith in Beijing’s management skills

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 16:34

BEIJING (AP) — Stock market and currency turmoil has battered Chinese leaders’ reputation as shrewd economic managers and fed doubts about their willingness to push through more wrenching reforms. In the stock market, a “circuit breaker” to suspend trading in the event of wide price swings backfired and fueled steeper falls. It was withdrawn after […]

Analysis: Obama in campaign form in final State of the Union

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 16:30

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama opened his State of the Union speech saying he’d keep it short, in what must have seemed music to the ears of some in the chamber antsy to get to Iowa to campaign for president. At times, Obama looked like he was one of them, eager to challenge biting […]

Israeli military: Airstrike targets Gaza militants, 1 killed

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 16:27

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Israeli military says it has carried out an airstrike against a group of Gaza militants placing explosives along the border. The Palestinian Health Ministry says a 31-year-old man was killed in Wednesday’s strike and three others were wounded. The attack marked a rare flare-up along the Gaza border, […]

Jessica Mendoza joins ‘Sunday Night Baseball’ full-time

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 16:00

Jessica Mendoza wonders what she’d be doing during the upcoming Major League Baseball season if not for some events out of her control. The retired softball star was scheduled to call two Monday night MLB games late in 2015 for ESPN and hoped to get a regular gig this year, but figured she might need […]

Rant & Rave: Discovery Park isn’t dog off-leash park

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 16:00

Readers rave about keys retrieved by park workers, rant about dogs running loose at Discovery Park

David Bowie’s ‘China Girl’ says music video changed her life

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 15:51

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — In 1983, New Zealander Geeling Ching was 23 years old and waiting tables at a Sydney cafe when she was chosen to play the lead role in David Bowie’s “China Girl.” She says the music video and the brief romance with Bowie that followed in the 1980s were like a […]

Syrian artist, war refugee draws portraits of Paris victims

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 15:45

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — When Syrian war refugee Lina Mahameed saw TV reports of the recent Paris attacks, she recognized her own story reflected in the brutality. The 41-year old artist is now drawing portraits of some of the 130 people killed in the Nov. 13 attacks in the French capital, for which the extremist […]

China arrests rights lawyers 6 months after taking them away

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 15:41

BEIJING (AP) — Several Chinese rights lawyers, including a woman who represented women’s rights advocates, have been formally arrested, about six months after they were taken away. Li Yuhan, a lawyer for Wang Yu, said Wednesday that Wang’s mother had received formal arrest notices for both Wang and her husband, Bao Longjun, although the charges […]

Asia shares rise on improved China exports

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 15:31

TOKYO (AP) — Shares rose Wednesday in Asia after China reported improved exports in December, though a rally in Shanghai shares was short-lived. Investors also were cheered by gains on Wall Street that snapped a losing streak, including an eight-day slump for the Nasdaq composite. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 stock index jumped 2.9 percent […]

Report: Turkey detains 3 Russians in raid aimed at ISIS

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 15:30

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s state-run news agency says police in the Mediterranean city of Antalya have detained three Russian nationals in a raid on suspected Islamic State militants. The Anadolu Agency said anti-terrorism police conducted the raids on Wednesday, a day after an IS suicide bomber detonated a bomb in Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet district, […]

Report on 2015 California refinery blast to be unveiled

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 15:23

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — A blast at a California refinery could have been much worse if debris from the explosion had pierced a nearby tank holding tens of thousands of pounds of a toxic acid, according to an independent federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents. Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board are […]

Nevadans long for lotto, the bit of gambling they can’t have

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 15:22

NIPTON, Calif. (AP) — Waiting in the longest line ever outside what officials call the busiest lottery store in the nation, 74-year-old William Burke had three hours to think about what he’ll do if he wins a multi-state Powerball jackpot estimated at $1.5 billion. “I’d certainly take care of my family,” the Nevada resident said […]

Football’s over. It’s time for hoops

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 15:20

It’s basketball’s turn to be the focal point of college athletics. No more fields of 100 yards. It’s now courts of 94 feet. The only thing basketball and football have in common is a 3-point field goal. The 2015-16 season has been underway for two months and if you’ve been paying attention elsewhere, here’s a […]