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Stemilt Growers CEO Mathison joins board of Fed’s Seattle branch

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 23:22

West Mathison, president and CEO of the Wenatchee-based fruit company, has been appointed as a board member of the Seattle branch of the Federal Reserve.

The Latest: Tentative deal reached in Phoenix bus strike

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 23:21

PHOENIX (AP) — The latest on a tentative agreement in Phoenix’s weeklong bus strike (all times local): 8:15 a.m. Officials say there is a tentative agreement between a bus drivers’ union and a transit company to end a weeklong strike that shut down bus routes in Phoenix. City and Transdev officials say drivers will return […]

Refugees banned from German pool over harassment fears

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 23:17

BERLIN (AP) — A town in western Germany has banned male refugees from a swimming pool after complaints of harassment from female bathers and staff — news that comes as a national poll Friday showed that Germans are becoming increasingly concerned about the country’s ability to integrate the huge numbers of asylum-seekers who arrived last […]

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown out due to concussion

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 23:10

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have ruled out All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown from Sunday’s AFC divisional playoff game against Denver while he recovers from a concussion. Brown left last weekend’s wild-card win over Cincinnati after taking a shot to the head from Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict. Brown has not practiced all week while […]

Sean Penn tells ’60 Minutes’ his ‘El Chapo’ mission ‘failed’

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 23:08

NEW YORK (AP) — Sean Penn says his article on Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman “failed” in its mission. Speaking to “60 Minutes,” the actor said his intention in tracking down the escaped drug kingpin and writing about him for “Rolling Stone” was to shed new light on the U.S. government’s policy in […]

US business stockpiles and sales fall in November

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 23:05

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses reduced their stockpiles in November, as sales also slipped. The decline in inventories among manufacturers and merchant wholesalers could fan worries about economic growth slowing at the end of 2015. November business inventories fell 0.2 percent, after having declined 0.1 percent in October, the Commerce Department said Friday. Sales dropped […]

Prison drone contraband trial resuming in Maryland

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 23:03

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — A trial is resuming in Maryland for a man charged with plotting to use a drone to fly contraband into a maximum-security prison. The jury trial of 25-year-old Thaddeus Shortz of Knoxville was set to resume Friday morning with more state’s evidence. A prosecutor said in his opening statement Thursday that […]

2016 Voter turnout: Millennials will have their voices heard

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 23:02

The column discussing millennials’ voting habits missed the target [“Millennials: Demand gun laws,” Opinion, Jan. 9]. Its assumption that millennials won’t turn up at the presidential election polls is inaccurate, according to a Fusion poll surveying 1,000 young people. In fact, the poll states that 77 percent of millennials are almost positive they’ll vote in […]

US business stockpiles and sales both decline 0.2 percent in November

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 23:02

WASHINGTON (AP) — US business stockpiles and sales both decline 0.2 percent in November.

Holiday sales rose 3 percent below 3.7 percent gain

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 22:30

NEW YORK (AP) — Holiday shoppers flocked online during the critical holiday shopping season, but overall sales in November and December were disappointing. Sales rose 3 percent to about $625.9 billion, according to The National Retail Federation. That’s below the forecast for a 3.7 percent gain the group had expected. The shortfall came even as […]

The Latest: Couple claims to be Tennessee Powerball winners

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 22:27

MUNFORD, Tenn. (AP) — The latest on a Tennessee couple that claims they won the Powerball (all times local): 8:20 a.m. A couple went on NBC’s “Today” show to claim they have a winning Powerball ticket that was sold in Munford, Tennessee. John and Lisa Robinson appeared in NBC’s studio on Friday and showed a […]

Lions keep coach Jim Caldwell for 3rd year, 1st with new GM

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 22:19

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions have retained coach Jim Caldwell for a third season. Lions general manager Bob Quinn announced the move Friday. It was Quinn’s call to keep or fire Caldwell during his first week on the job. Quinn says it is clear he and Caldwell have similar football philosophies, adding the team […]

US industrial production declined again in December

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 22:18

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production dropped for the third straight month in December as utilities reduced output amid unusually warm weather and energy companies cut back in the face of falling oil prices. Industrial production, which includes manufacturing, mining and utilities, contracted 0.4 percent after retreating a revised 0.9 percent the previous month, the […]

US industrial production fell for third straight month in December as warm weather hit utilities

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 22:16

WASHINGTON (AP) — US industrial production fell for third straight month in December as warm weather hit utilities.

City official has man dress up as old woman for photo op

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 22:13

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — A city official in Rhode Island who wanted to include an elderly woman in a photo op about a snow shoveling program had a middle-aged male bus driver dress up in a wig, earrings, lipstick and a dress. The driver stood next to the mayor of Cranston at a news conference […]

Wal-Mart to shutter 269 stores, 154 of them in the US

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 22:04

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is closing 269 stores, more than half of them in the U.S. and another big chunk in its challenging Brazilian market. The stores being shuttered account for a fraction of the company’s 11,000 stores worldwide and less than 1 percent of its global revenue. More than 95 percent of the […]

Nigerian leader orders investigation into kidnapped girls

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 22:03

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — President Muhammadu Buhari is ordering an investigation into Boko Haram’s mass kidnapping of the schoolgirls from Chibok and its aftermath, but signaled no progress in efforts to rescue the students abducted nearly two years ago. Buhari told parents of the missing students that he goes to bed and wakes up every […]

Man suspected of stabbing parents, setting house in Snohomish County on fire

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 22:02

A 29-year-old man allegedly stabbed his parents and set the house they were in on fire in Snohomish County.

US producer prices dipped 0.2 percent in December

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 22:01

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. producer prices fell slightly in December, reflecting a big drop in energy prices. The decline capped a year in which prices at the wholesale level fell, underscoring the continued absence of inflationary pressures. The Labor Department said Friday that its Producer Price Index, which measures inflation before it reaches consumers, dropped […]

4 tourists from Mexico die in Thai road crash

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 21:31

BANGKOK (AP) — Four tourists from Mexico on a family vacation have died in a traffic accident in Thailand. Police in Phichit province said all 10 people traveling in a van to the northern province of Sukothai on Thursday night were Mexican. Two females died at the scene when the vehicle crashed into a tree […]