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Pier 1 recalls 276,000 outdoor swing chairs due to fall risk

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 01:35

NEW YORK (AP) — Pier 1 is recalling about 276,000 outdoor swing chairs and stands after reports from customers that they fell off them and were hurt. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday there were more than 100 reports of the chair either tipping over or falling from its stand. There were 27 […]

The Latest: Prosecutor cites drug deal gone bad in shooting

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 01:35

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a man accused in a 2014 gunfight on Bourbon Street (all times local): 11:30 a.m. A prosecutor hopes to convince jurors that a 2014 gunfight that left a visitor to New Orleans dead and nine other bystanders wounded resulted from “a drug deal gone bad […]

Kiffin misses bus, hitches ride with Saban after title game

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

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin caught a ride with his boss after missing the team bus following the national championship game. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban says he gave Kiffin a lift back to the hotel in the early hours Tuesday morning. Saban could relate. He said he often misses the […]

Steelers hope Roethlisberger, Brown can play against Broncos

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 01:28

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers are hoping injured stars Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown will play Sunday against Denver in the divisional round of the playoffs. Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Roethlisberger has “a chance” after injuring his right shoulder in the third quarter of last weekend’s 18-16 win over Cincinnati in the […]

New York police arrest 4 teens in gang rape at playground

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 00:51

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police have arrested four teenagers in the gang rape of an 18-year-old woman at a Brooklyn playground. Police say all were being held as adults on charges of rape, forcible compulsion, criminal sex act and sexual abuse. They identified the suspects as 14-year-old Denzel Murray, 15-year-olds Shaquell Cooper […]

Eastbound I-90 to be closed for hours after tanker rollover, diesel spill

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 00:43

Eastbound I-90 is closed at North Bend after a “considerable amount” of fuel leaked from tipped tanker Tuesday morning.

Greece receives offer from China’s Cosco for Piraeus port

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 00:37

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s privatization fund says China’s Cosco Group is the only bidder for a majority stake in the port of Piraeus, which is the debt-mired country’s biggest. Cosco already has a concession to operate two of three container terminals at Piraeus, the port of Athens. The privatization fund said Tuesday it has […]

Powerball jackpot increases again to $1.5B on strong sales

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 00:36

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The world’s largest lottery jackpot has grown to $1.5 billion because of continuing strong Powerball ticket sales. Lottery officials increased their estimate of the huge jackpot for the second day in a row Tuesday because of immense interest in the prize. The record-breaking Powerball jackpot could grow yet more before […]

NY files: Caretakers, not agency, probe most disabled deaths

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 00:34

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The agency responsible for protecting those with special needs declined to investigate most of the nearly 1,400 deaths of developmentally disabled people in state care in the past two years, leaving the majority of investigations to the caretaker facilities themselves, according to newly released records. An advocate who sought the documents’ […]

Lottery officials say the Powerball jackpot $1.5 billion

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 00:33

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lottery officials say the estimated Powerball jackpot has risen to $1.5 billion.

Texas ‘affluenza’ teen’s mom released from jail

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 00:33

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The mother of a fugitive teenager known for using an “affluenza” defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck was released from a Texas jail on Tuesday, a day after a judge sharply reduced her $1 million bond for allegedly helping her son flee to Mexico. Tonya Couch was released from the […]

NYC woman accused of holding 2 South Korean kids as slaves

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 00:24

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a New York City woman kept two South Korean children as slaves in her home for six years. District Attorney Richard Brown says Queens resident Sook Yeong Park took the sister and brother into her home in 2010 and cut off contact with their parents. The children are now […]

The Cure, Major Lazer, A$AP Rocky top Sasquatch! Music Festival lineup

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 00:21

Tickets for the four-day festival, which runs from May 27-30 at the Gorge Amphitheatre, will go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday on the Sasquatch! website.

Senate panel approves Dr. Robert Califf as FDA commissioner

Seattle Times Headlines - Wed, 01/13/2016 - 00:19

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel has voted to approve Dr. Robert Califf to be commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, but the nomination may face trouble on the Senate floor. Califf is the No. 2 official at the agency, which regulates consumer products from medications to seafood to e-cigarettes. He was a prominent […]

Fatal fall at University of Portland leads to $13M lawsuit

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 23:56

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The family of a worker who died from a fall has filed a $13 million lawsuit against the University of Portland, alleging its faulty equipment caused the accident. According to the suit, Thomas Smith was working at the university arena in 2014 when the lift he was using to reach speakers […]

Philippines welcomes court ruling allowing US defense pact

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 23:38

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Philippines’ top diplomat is welcoming a court decision that removes an obstacle to implementing a defense pact with the U.S. Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario says the Philippines will proceed with full implementation of the enhanced defense cooperation agreement, which was signed in 2014. It allows American forces, warships and planes […]

Florence autopsy: US woman was strangled, maybe with rope

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 23:36

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — An Italian prosecutor says an autopsy has determined that an American woman, whose naked body was found last week in her Florence apartment, was strangled with an object such as a rope. Prosecutor Giuseppe Creazzo cautions more time is needed to establish the time of death for Ashley Olsen, a 35-year-old […]

Turkmen banks halt hard currency sales as economy struggles

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 23:28

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — Banks in the natural gas-rich Central Asian nation of Turkmenistan have halted hard currency sales as the economy shows signs of struggling amid falling global energy prices. Employees at banks in the capital, Ashgabat, told customers Tuesday that the ban on the sale of U.S. dollars and other hard currencies would […]

Kim Davis to attend president’s final State of Union Address

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 23:28

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who spent five days in jail for defying federal court orders and refusing to license same-sex marriage, will have a seat at the president’s final State of the Union. Davis’ lawyer, Mat Staver, announced Tuesday that both he and Davis will be in the audience “to […]

Sea turtles brought south from New England for treatment

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 23:27

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Cold weather in New England has meant more patients for sea turtle hospitals in the South. The South Carolina Aquarium said five loggerhead sea turtles stunned by the cold were flown south Monday from the New England Aquarium in Massachusetts. Three of the turtles are being treated at the South Carolina […]