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Activists try to calm fears over transgender bathroom access

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 22:57

Stung by setbacks related to their access to public restrooms, transgender Americans are taking steps to play a more prominent and vocal role in a nationwide campaign to curtail discrimination against them. Two such initiatives are being launched this week — evidence of how transgender rights has supplanted same-sex marriage as the most volatile, high-profile […]

Israel eases Gaza restrictions with expanded fishing zone

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 22:45

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Fishermen in Gaza are now sailing further from the coastal territory after Israel expanded the fishing zone. COGAT, the Israeli defense body that handles civilian issues with the Palestinians, announced the new easing of restrictions on its Arabic Facebook page. About 60 boats raced to the new zone after […]

Feds may seek racketeering suit for clergy abuse in diocese

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 22:42

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A federal prosecutor may file a racketeering lawsuit against a Roman Catholic diocese where a state grand jury found two former bishops helped cover up the sexual abuse of hundreds of children by more than 50 clergy over a 40-year period. The ongoing investigation of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese grew out of the […]

3 stranded in river rescued after dam floodgates were opened

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 22:35

LISBON, Maine (AP) — Authorities in Maine had to open floodgates to a dam to rescue three fishermen who became stranded on a rock by rapidly rising water. WCSH6-TV reports ( that they were fishing Saturday near Worumbo Falls, which is susceptible to rapid water level changes because of the nearby hydro dam. Lisbon fire […]

Woman collapses and dies inside Starbucks in Maine

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 22:25

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Police say a woman has collapsed and died inside a Starbucks in Maine. Portland police say they responded to the coffee shop late Saturday afternoon after receiving a call that a woman had collapsed inside. The Portland Press Herald reports ( that first responders were unable to revive the 48-year-old woman. […]

A lone palm and a lot of trouble on the 4th hole at Augusta

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 22:02

In the 79 years the Masters has been played, only one player has made a hole-in-one on the long and deceptively difficult par-3 fourth hole. The golf ball remains in a special place. “I gave the ball to my mother,” Jeff Sluman said. “She still has it in her grave.” The first par 3 at […]

Wide awake over sleep-aids debate

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 22:00

People’s Pharmacy on sleep solutions, constipation as a side effect of Vicodin and a pricey cancer drug.

Husband needs support during bar exam? Not too much to ask

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 22:00

She’s tired of managing her husband’s anxiety over bar exam results. He compares her feelings to what he felt when she was pregnant. Too far-fetched a comparison? Maybe not, Carolyn Hax says.

Missouri veteran who escaped Nazi prison camp gets medal

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 21:49

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Edwin Shifrin’s family knew he successfully escaped from a Nazi prison camp during World War II, but it wasn’t until one of his children started digging into his wartime past that they learned the details of the clever escape. Shifrin, 93, seldom discussed his time at war, but he received […]

Control of state courts becomes a top political battleground

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 21:38

ATLANTA (AP) — Much attention is being paid to the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy, but equally partisan battles are being waged for control of state courts around the nation. In states where voters elect Supreme Court judges, millions of dollars are being spent to reshape the courts for years to come. Judicial watchdogs say spending […]

Amtrak lead engine derails after crash near Philadelphia

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 21:33

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say an Amtrak train struck a piece of construction equipment just south of Philadelphia, and some injuries are being reported. Service on the Northeast Corridor between New York and Philadelphia has been suspended. Amtrak said Train 89 was heading from New York to Savannah, Georgia, when it struck a backhoe […]

APNewsBreak: Move to OK commercial drone flights over people

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 21:28

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government-sponsored committee is recommending standards that could clear the way for commercial drone flights over populated areas and help speed the introduction of package delivery drones and other uses not yet possible, The Associated Press has learned. The Federal Aviation Administration currently prohibits most commercial drone flights over populated areas, especially […]

When it comes to nutrition, green is the gold standard

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 21:00

Green leafy vegetables such as spinach, romaine and mustard greens have been identified as some of the top foods for the health of our brains.

‘Agnostic’: looking for meaning between belief and reason

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 21:00

“Agnostic: A Spirited Manifesto,” a collection of eight provocative essays by Seattle author Lesley Hazleton, explores the gray area between devout belief in God and atheism. Hazleton discusses her book Tuesday, April 5, at Town Hall Seattle.

‘Interior Darkness’: powerful new collection by Peter Straub

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 21:00

“Interior Darkness,” a new story collection by horror fiction master Peter Straub, showcases the depth and range of the author of “Ghost Story.”

The embattled heart and home of Julia Ward Howe

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 21:00

Elaine Showalter’s “The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe” is a beautifully crafted biography of the author of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” whose proper image masked a life of conflict and determination.

Footloose and fancy free in a game of spying and sabotage

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 21:00

In Seattle-area author Randy Henderson’s “Bigfootloose and Finn Fancy Free,” characters play a high-stakes game of interdimensional intrigue and even some matchmaking.

‘Private Paris’ is a national best-seller

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 21:00

“When Breath Becomes Air” tops the Publishers Weekly nonfiction list.

‘The Immortal Irishman’ tops NW nonfiction best-sellers

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 21:00

“All the Light We Cannot See” is a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association fiction best-seller.

More than a statistic: My connection to Anne Frank

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 04/03/2016 - 21:00

“Anne Frank, A History for Today,” about the Dutch teenager whose diary has become a symbol of Holocaust tragedy and of hope, has special meaning for writer and college student Nicole Einbinder.