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Finding cause of California oil spill could take months

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 22:07
The National Weather Service says gusty winds are whipping up waves as high as 4 feet early Friday off Santa Barbara County. Several days of calm seas had helped crews.

South Korean court frees Korean Air ‘nut rage’ executive

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 21:42
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court on Friday suspended the prison term of a former Korean Air executive whose onboard “nut rage” tantrum delayed a flight last year, immediately ending her incarceration. The Seoul High Court said Cho Hyun-ah, who is the daughter of the airline’s chairman, did not violate the aviation […]

US consumer prices up a slight 0.1 percent in April

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 21:30
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices were up slightly in April for the third straight month, suggesting that an improving economy could be setting the stage for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates later this year. Consumer prices edged up 0.1 percent from the previous month, when prices rose a modest 0.2 percent, the […]

British band Wire still carries a charge

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 21:30
British band Wire may be a “band’s band” — meaning musicians, but not many others, like the music — but is still going strong, into a fifth decade. The band plays Neumos on Wednesday, May 27.

UK bomb maker sentenced to life for killing US soldier

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 21:24
A British man was sentenced Friday to life in prison for making a roadside bomb that killed a U.S. soldier in Iraq in 2007.

Ireland votes on gay marriage; Catholic leaders opposed

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 21:24
Ireland's voters were deciding Friday whether to legalize gay marriage in this once-staunchly Catholic land in what the government's equality minister called "a referendum like no other."

Resident says 19 Shiites killed in Saudi suicide attack

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 21:18
A suicide bomber targeted a mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia as worshippers were commemorating the 7th century birth of a revered Shiite figure on Friday, an activist and witnesses in the area said.

No indictment for Texas City officer in fatal shooting

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 21:18
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A Southeast Texas police officer will not face charges in the 2014 fatal shooting of an armed man during a fight outside a bar. A Galveston County grand jury on Thursday declined to indict Texas City Officer Christopher Ham. Authorities say Ham fatally shot Carlton Smith Jr. on Dec. 26 outside […]

Drought-ridden California faces decision on new water cuts

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 21:13
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Farmers along the river delta at the heart of California agriculture expected to get an answer Friday on their surprise offer to give up a quarter of their water this year in exchange for being spared deeper mandatory cutbacks as California responds to the worsening drought. Regulators with the state Water […]

Iraqi official pleads for help after Ramadi’s “big disaster”

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 21:10
SOUTHERN SHUNE, Jordan (AP) — Iraq’s deputy prime minister is appealing for greater international help in fighting the Islamic State group, saying its recent takeover of the key city of Ramadi was a “big disaster” and that the country’s own forces could not adequately fight back. Saleh al-Mutlaq, speaking to AP at a regional conference […]

IS captures Iraqi town, purges opponents in Syria’s Palmyra

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 21:09
BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State militants have seized another town in Iraq’s western Anbar province less than a week after capturing the provincial capital, a tribal leader said Friday, while in neighboring Syria the group’s fighters killed dozens of pro-government forces in the ancient town of Palmyra. Islamic State fighters combed Palmyra, detaining and killing […]

Eiffel Tower closed amid anger about pickpockets

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 21:07
PARIS (AP) — The Eiffel Tower closed to the public Friday as workers protested a rise in aggressive pickpockets around the Paris landmark that attracts thousands of visitors daily. The walkout came a day after Paris authorities said crime against tourists in the French capital had dropped this year thanks to reinforced police presence and […]

State hires conflict specialist to deal with wolf issues

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 21:06
Washington state has hired a wildlife-conflict specialist to help reduce tensions caused by the state's growing population of wolves.

Guinea reports 27 new Ebola cases after previous lull

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 21:04
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Authorities in the country where the Ebola epidemic began are concerned about a new outbreak of cases just as officials hoped the crisis was coming under control. Guinea has recorded 27 new cases within a week, compared to seven in the previous week, according to the World Health Organization. Health officials […]

Grand jury indicts 6 officers in death of Freddie Gray

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 21:02
BALTIMORE (AP) — A grand jury’s decision to indict all six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, who died of injuries suffered in police custody, allows the state’s attorney to press ahead with the most serious charges despite criticism she was part of an “overzealous prosecution.” The indictments announced Thursday were similar to […]

Bellingham waterfront pollution cleanup to begin this summer

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 21:01
A $35 million environmental cleanup effort of a polluted Bellingham waterfront site could begin as early as July.

A stellar team: Pinchas Zukerman and Angela Cheng

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 21:01
Pinchas Zukerman, legendary player of violin and viola and conductor of musicians around the globe, returns to Benaroya Hall next week. Zukerman, who just wrapped up nearly three weeks of touring in Asia, is logging more than 100 concerts this season; is it any wonder he’s only in town for one night? Performing with Zukerman […]

Let’s go to the Gorge! Sasquatch! opens Friday

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 21:01
Sasquatch! 2015 boasts one of the best lineups in recent history with Sleater-Kinney, The Decemberists, Odesza and Kendrick Lamar.

May 22 TV Picks: ‘A Concert for Veterans & the Military Family’

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 20:07
Also airing on Friday, May 22, 2015: “The Messengers” on The CW and “Mysteries at the Museum” on Travel.

Students at private colleges may lose financial aid under proposed state budget

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 20:03
A compromise state budget proposal would cut financial aid for private-college students, although not as much as originally proposed.