Seattle Times Headlines

University: Paying $17,570 for dining hall table was mistake

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 22:44

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — The University of New Hampshire now acknowledges that spending $17,000 on a custom-made chef’s table with LED lights for the campus dining hall was a mistake. Initially, university officials thought the light-up table would allow the dining staff to interact with students and demonstrate healthy cooking techniques. But word soon got […]

US stocks skid on weak health care results; Europe slumps

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 22:30

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are slipping Friday morning, while markets in Europe and Asia take hefty losses. Health care companies are falling after some weak first-quarter reports and technology companies continue to trade lower after a late plunge a day earlier. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 104 points, or 0.6 […]

Police criticize BYU investigations into sex assault victims

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 22:25

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Several Utah police officials are joining in calls to change Brigham Young University’s practice of investigating students who have reported being sexually assaulted for violations of the school’s strict code of behavior. Provo’s police chief said Thursday that he’s pleased the Mormon-owned school based in his city is considering changing […]

US consumer sentiment slips in April

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 22:24

WASHINGTON (AP) — American consumers were a bit more downbeat in April. The University of Michigan said Friday that its index of consumer sentiment slid to 89 in April from 91 in March. It is the lowest reading since September and the fourth straight drop. The index stood at 95.9 a year ago. Consumers’ assessment […]

Sister-in-law flips over conflict with son’s birthday

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 22:00

Advice columnist Carolyn Hax: Her losing her mind over her own mistake does not obligate you to scramble to accommodate her shifting expectations.

Survivals of the US airstrike on the hospital want justice

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 21:59

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Survivors and the families of those killed in a U.S. airstrike on a hospital run by the medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in the Afghan city of Kunduz are dismayed that those responsible will not face criminal charges. Zabihullah Neyazi, a nurse who lost his left arm and eye and […]

Transgender supporters rally in Renton to oppose ballot measure

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 21:55

Initiative 1515, which would restrict bathroom access for transgender people, isn’t on the November ballot yet. But the opposition is in place.

Cops: 1 of 2 boys found badly beaten at Ohio motel has died

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 21:55

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio say one of two young brothers found badly beaten at a motel has died. The police chief in the city of Middletown confirmed the 5-year-old’s death to the Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News ( ) on Friday. Police allege adults beat the boys over a 22-hour span and injured them so […]

Grading the Seahawks’ draft: Pick of Germain Ifedi gets a mixed reaction

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 21:54

Seattle's move to trade down and get an pick was universally praised, but some observers have mixed thoughts on the selection of OL Germain Ifedi.

Couple accused of taking 2 kids on robbery spree, car chase

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 21:52

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Two South Florida parents are accused of taking their two young children along on shoplifting trip that ended in a police chase. A Coral Spring police report says 36-year-old Undrea Leon Byrd and 29-year-old Ashley Marie Foreman were arrested Tuesday on strong arm robbery, child neglect and other charges. The […]

Prominent Russian novelist attacked

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 21:48

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin’s spokesman has denounced nationalist demonstrators who threw green liquid on a prominent Russian novelist. The Thursday attack occurred outside a central Moscow theater where the Memorial civil rights organization was holding an awards ceremony for winners of a high-school history contest. A group of about 20 nationalist demonstrators was outside, […]

Ole Miss to investigate Tunsil’s comments on receiving cash

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 21:48

Mississippi says it will investigate former offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil’s comments that he accepted money from a member of the football staff while playing at the school. The university said in a statement Friday it is “aware of the reports from the NFL Draft regarding Laremy Tunsil and potential NCAA violations during his time at […]

FAA: Smoke in jet cabin, cockpit leads to emergency landing

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 21:42

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal safety investigators say a regional jet made an emergency landing in Philadelphia after smoke was reported in the cabin and the cockpit. Passengers evacuated on slides. Airport spokeswoman Mary Flannery says the Piedmont Airlines flight had originated in Richmond, Virginia. She said no injuries were reported. It was one of two […]

Natural gas explosion in Pennsylvania leaves at least 1 hurt

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 21:38

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Crews are responding to a natural gas explosion in Pennsylvania where at least one injury has been reported. John Poister of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says a well fire was reported at around 8:30 a.m. Friday in Salem Township, about 30 miles east of Pittsburgh. He says the total […]

Finnish report highlights Russian threat of NATO membership

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 20:57

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland could expect “harsh” reactions from Russia if it decided to join NATO, but would be better off doing so together with neighboring Sweden, an expert panel told the Finnish government on Friday. In Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned of a “military-technical” response if its “neutral neighbors” became members of […]

Cambodia: 5 rights activists helped hide politician’s affair

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 20:57

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian authorities have arrested five human rights workers on accusations they helped cover up a woman’s affair with the deputy leader of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party. The action is the latest in a series by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government putting legal pressure on its critics and political […]

Russia’s nuclear nightmare flows down radioactive river

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 20:38

MUSLYUMOVO, Russia (AP) — At first glance, Gilani Dambaev looks like a healthy 60-year-old man and the river flowing past his rural family home appears pristine. But Dambaev is riddled with diseases that his doctors link to a lifetime’s exposure to excessive radiation, and the Geiger counter beeps loudly as a reporter strolls down to […]

US employment costs up modest 0.6 percent in first quarter

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 20:34

WASHINGTON (AP) — Employment costs paid to U.S. civilian workers rose at a slightly faster pace in the first three months of the year compared to the previous quarter, as wages and salaries gained steam. The Labor Department says overall compensation was up 0.6 percent in the first quarter compared to a 0.5 percent rise […]

Go back to Africa: Mother says teacher made remark to son

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 20:33

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — The Beaufort County School District is investigating after a black woman complained that a white teacher told her son he should go back to Africa. Nicole Whitmore tells The Island Packet of Hilton Head ( ) her 14-year-old son was sitting with other students during the Pledge of Allegiance […]

US consumer spending inches up in March

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 20:33

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers boosted their spending by a tiny amount in March as purchases of nondurable goods such as clothing offset a big fall in spending on autos and other long-lasting items. Spending edged up 0.1 percent last month after a 0.2 percent rise in February, the Commerce Department reported Friday. Incomes rose […]