Seattle Times Headlines

Assad’s battlefield gains cast cloud on upcoming Syria talks

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 14:02

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian peace talks due next week are looking increasingly moot as a string of recent battlefield victories by government troops have bolstered President Bashar Assad’s hand and plunged the rebels into disarray. The government’s advances add to the obstacles that have scuttled chances of halting — at least anytime soon — the […]

Chinese shares buoyed but rest of Asia flat on China growth

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 13:58

TOKYO (AP) — Chinese shares were buoyed but the rest of Asian stock markets were largely flat Tuesday after China’s quarterly economic growth met expectations, calming some of the investor jitters in the region. KEEPING SCORE: China’s Shanghai Composite was up 2.5 percent at 2,985.24 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 1.4 percent to 19,507.55. […]

Iowa State men beat No. 1 Oklahoma

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 13:51

Georges Niang scored 22 points, Monte Morris added 20 and No. 19 Iowa State beat top-ranked Oklahoma 82-77, its first victory over a No. 1 team since toppling Wilt Chamberlain’s Kansas Jayhawks in 1957.

Children of Australians abducted in Africa plea to captors

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 13:51

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The family of an Australian doctor and his wife abducted in Burkina Faso urged the kidnappers on Tuesday to release the couple so that they can continue their life-saving charity work in the West African country. Surgeon Ken Elliott and his wife Jocelyn, aged their 80s, disappeared from their home on […]

Unity Hoop Showcase: Garfield boys roll, West Seattle girls beat Rainier Beach

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 13:48

Rivalry games so often boil down to a single play at the end. Then there are nights like Monday at Garfield. The Bulldogs were so focused that a good Quakers squad had trouble getting out of the backcourt for most of the first half of an eventual 94-42 Metro League rout.

Ex-girlfriend calls 911, warns police before officer’s death

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 13:34

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A woman whose ex-boyfriend is in custody suspected of killing a police officer called 911 before the officer’s death to warn police in an Ohio village that they were in danger, according to the dispatch call. The body of Danville Officer Thomas Cottrell was found behind the village’s municipal building late […]

Deep in Colombian jungle, peace looms at rebel hideout

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 13:05

IN THE MOUNTAINS OF NORTHWEST COLOMBIA (AP) — The rebel leader known as Juan Pablo carries with him a new telescopic assault rifle and a heavy heart. As a commander of the 36th Front of the FARC, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, one of the most active units in a half-century of bloodshed, the […]

Colombia’s half-century conflict at a glance

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 13:03

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A glance at Colombia’s half-century guerrilla conflict: HOW IT STARTED The 1948 assassination of populist firebrand Jorge Eliecer Gaitan led to a political bloodletting known as “La Violencia,” or “The Violence.” Tens of thousands died, and peasant groups joined with communists to arm themselves. A 1964 military attack on their main […]

Utility: California gas leak to be stopped ahead of schedule

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 12:59

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A utility company says it expects to stop a huge natural gas leak in Southern California ahead of schedule — by the end of February or sooner. A statement released Monday by SoCalGas also says the company has abandoned efforts to trap and burn the gas that has been leaking for […]

Everett Silvertips defeat Saskatoon in overtime

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 12:58

Connor Dewar scored 1:29 into overtime to help the Everett Silvertips to a 2-1 victory over the Saskatoon Blades on Monday before 3,763 at Xfinity Arena.

State lawmaker asks teens about their virginity

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 12:49

Walking into a meeting with state Rep. Mary Dye, a group of high school students visiting Olympia with Planned Parenthood didn’t expect to be asked if they were virgins.

Roger Federer: It’s time to name players suspected of match-fixing

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 12:48

Roger Federer has heard enough speculation about match-fixing in tennis. If players are suspected of corruption, he wants names.

Canceled wedding reception a gift to homeless

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 12:42

The hall had been rented and everything paid for, so a canceled wedding gave a gathering of homeless families a special night at a fancy venue in Sodo.

Wealth inequality rising fast, Oxfam says

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 12:35

Tax havens could be fueling the growing gap between the rich and the poor, according to one study. Another report suggests that a divide also exists between the social-oriented rich, those will to help others, and the self-oriented rich.

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says he expects QB Carson Palmer to be less conservative

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 12:19

About that hyper-conservative approach the Arizona Cardinals took in the first half against the Green Bay Packers: You won’t see that again. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians promised as much Monday,

UW to demolish 2 old dorms, build 5 new ones

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 12:14

The University of Washington is preparing to rework student housing on the north end of campus, replacing two old dorms with five new ones.

Girls basketball: Lynnwood, Mikayla Pivec come out firing in big win over Beamer

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 12:02

It won’t affect any league standings or path to the postseason, but coach Everett Edwards made sure Lynnwood took its game with Beamer seriously. And it showed early, as the Royals bolted to a 40-19 halftime lead and coasted to a 62-38 victory in the King Showcase showdown.

Mariners’ scout Ken Madeja receives ‘Legends in Scouting’ award

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 12:00

Ken Madeja, a special assistant to general manager Jerry Dipoto and longtime Mariners' scout, was recently honored by his peers with a "Legends in Scouting" award.

AP Source: Tigers reach 6-year deal with Justin Upton

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 11:56

DETROIT (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deal says the Detroit Tigers have agreed to a $132.75 million, six-year contract with free-agent outfielder Justin Upton. The person spoke Monday night on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced. The deal is pending a physical, and Upton can opt out after […]