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Trump thinks his former teaching pro will do well at Masters

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 05:30

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — An invitation to the Masters might be only the second-best offer Jim Herman got this week. Less than 24 hours after winning the Shell Open, Donald J. Trump joked that Herman, a former assistant golf pro at one of his resorts, might be considered for a cabinet-level post in a new […]

Business Highlights

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 05:25

___ Data trove on offshore accounts sparks probes, questions FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A massive leak of 11.5 million documents from a Panama-based law firm offers a glimpse into the shadowy world in which the rich and powerful stash their wealth — and raises sharp questions about the use of shell companies that hide the […]

Yakima makes progress on turning around blighted, old oil sites

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

Yakima city officials say the joint effort to clean up several Tiger Oil Corp. sites shows how municipalities can help bring new economic activity to blighted and vacant properties.

Disney heir apparent Tom Staggs is leaving the company

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

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tom Staggs, the presumed front-runner to replace Bob Iger as CEO of The Walt Disney Co., is leaving the company next month. The surprise announcement Monday means the company will have to look further for Iger’s successor after he steps down about two years from now. Staggs, a 26-year veteran of […]

Watchdog group calls TV ratings flawed, demands overhaul

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 05:16

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The TV content ratings system consistently fails to protect children from adult fare and must be overhauled, a watchdog group said Monday. A Parents Television Council study released Monday faulted the 20-year-old system over how shows are rated, who rates them and an alleged lack of transparency. Young viewers routinely are […]

Nationals star Bryce Harper homers on opening day — again

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 05:10

ATLANTA (AP) — Bryce Harper is making a habit of hitting home runs on opening day. The reigning NL Most Valuable Player homered in his first at-bat of the season, connecting for the Washington Nationals on Monday in the first inning at Atlanta. The 23-year-old Harper already has four career homers on opening day. He […]

Ex-beauty queen asks high court to allow suit against police

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 05:08

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former Miss Utah’s lawsuit against police who wrongly arrested her on bogus allegations that she stole from a skin-care company shouldn’t be derailed on a technicality, her lawyer argued before the Utah Supreme Court on Monday. Tossing out the case over a court fee would set an unfair precedent […]

Man gets 13 years in prison in drugs and NY dirty bomb case

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 05:03

NEW YORK (AP) — A Colombian man has been sentenced in New York to 13 years in prison for his role in efforts to transport drugs and help a terror group build a dirty bomb to attack Americans. Jhon Jairo Cruz Trejos (wahn HEHR’-oh krooz TRAY’-ohs) was sentenced Monday in Manhattan federal court. Judge Naomi […]

Cubans on opening day MLB rosters rise to 23

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 05:00

NEW YORK (AP) — Twenty-three Cubans were on opening day major league rosters following a series of high-profile defections, an increase of five over last year and the most since the commissioner’s office began releasing data in 1995. Major League Baseball said Monday that 238 of 864 players on opening day rosters, disabled lists and […]

Bond actor calls for more funding for UN anti-mine agency

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 05:00

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — British actor Daniel Craig on Monday called for more funding for the U.N. agency that defuses mines and other unexploded ordnance, saying the work it does increases the chances of survival for people and aid workers in conflict zones around the world. Craig, who has played agent 007 in four James […]

Alaska Air buys Virgin America, aims to become best out West

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

NEW YORK (AP) — Virgin America has loyal passengers who love the airline’s cool vibe even if its size and schedule are too limited to meet all their travel needs. But it appears to be going away. Alaska Airlines’ parent company announced Monday that it will pay $2.6 billion to buy the Richard Branson-inspired, California-based […]

Judge denies millions in restitution in ex-coal CEO case

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 04:28

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge has ruled that an ex-energy company CEO does not have to pay $28 million in restitution related to a mine explosion in 2010 that killed 29 men. In her order issued Monday, Judge Irene Berger said ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship doesn’t have to pay Alpha Natural Resources for […]

1 killed, several hurt in Illinois car-train crash

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 04:28

SKOKIE, Ill. (AP) — Police say one person was killed and several were injured when a train struck a car at a suburban Chicago railway crossing. Skokie police released a statement Monday saying firefighters extricated two people from the mangled car following the late-morning accident. Chicago Transit Authority spokesman Jeff Tolman says investigators believe the […]

Missouri GOP combs past for Planned Parenthood censure rules

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 04:27

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Republicans are looking back more than a century for guidance as they consider holding a Planned Parenthood official in contempt of the Senate. A Senate panel is scheduled to consider proposals Tuesday that would summon regional Planned Parenthood CEO Mary Kogut to the Senate to explain why she has […]

Records reveal scope of wait times in Arizona primary

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 04:26

PHOENIX (AP) — Five polling places in metro Phoenix still had voters in line after midnight during Arizona’s botched presidential primary two weeks ago, including one location where the final ballot was cast at nearly 1 a.m., according to county records. The Associated Press obtained a document from the Maricopa County Record’s Office that shows […]

Schumer wants investigation into gun that looks like a phone

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 04:18

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer on Monday called on the federal Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to investigate before a gun that looks like an iPhone comes to market. The New York Democrat said the gun, being promoted online by a company calling itself Ideal […]

Ex-fugitive pleads guilty in 1996 NY country club stabbing

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 04:18

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A former fugitive has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 1996 stabbing death of a fellow caddy at a suburban New York country club. Defendant Gifton “Michael” Cousins was located in October in Kingston, Jamaica, and returned to New York. Acting Westchester County District Attorney James A. McCarty says Cousins […]

Capitol Hill Buzz: Joining immigration fight against Obama

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 04:16

WASHINGTON (AP) — Forty-three Republican senators on Monday joined the legal challenge to President Barack Obama’s actions on immigration, arguing that the president overstepped his constitutional authority in unilaterally expanding programs for immigrants. The White House has countered that Obama had no choice after comprehensive legislation that passed the Senate in 2013 stalled in the […]

Rolling Stones plan to release new album this year

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 04:15

LONDON (AP) — The Rolling Stones are planning to release a new album, possibly this year, guitarist Ronnie Wood said Monday. The British rockers last released a studio album in 2005, but Wood said they have been in the studio and recorded some new material and some blues covers. “We went in to cut some […]

Wayward sea lion snarls traffic in California

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 04:13

SAUSALITO, Calif. (AP) — A wayward sea lion snarled Monday morning traffic on a San Francisco Bay Area freeway before it was caught and taken to a marine center for a check-up. San Jose, California, TV station KNTV reports ( a Sonoma County freeway was completely blocked at 10 a.m. as the sea lion tried […]