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2014 Sundance Film Festival shorts: 2 programs kick off

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 08:16
Two programs of short films from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival — one program animated, the other live-action — are a mostly successful batch of high achievement. Rating: three stars out of four.

‘Whiplash’ is an acting tour de force, and all that jazz

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 08:16
The jazz-based film “Whiplash” stars Miles Teller as a student drummer and J.K. Simmons as his malevolent teacher. 3 stars out of 4.

‘Art and Craft’: Portrait of an art forger

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 08:16
A review of the documentary “Art and Craft,” which delves into the strange history of Mark Landis, one of the most prolific art forgers in the country. Rating: 2.5 stars out of four.

‘Citizenfour’: a gripping look at Edward Snowden, surveillance

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 08:16
A review of “Citizenfour,” an absorbing and thrilling documentary on how Edward Snowden, a former contractor with the National Security Agency, leaked documents on the agency’s top-secret surveillance programs. Rating: four stars out of four.

Small Iraqi peshmerga force enters Syrian town

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 08:12
A vanguard force of Iraqi peshmerga troops entered the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani from Turkey on Thursday, part of a larger group of 150 fighters that the Kurds hope will turn back an offensive by militants of the Islamic State group.

A Headless Ranger? Mystery at Colonial burial site

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 07:10
Sleepy Hollow has the legend of the Headless Horseman. Does a community 150 miles farther up the Hudson River have a Headless Ranger buried in an unmarked cemetery from the 18th century?

SPD searching for bank robber in Wedgewood area

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 06:01
Seattle police are searching a Northeast neighborhood for a suspect in a bank robbery.

Macklemore honored by ACLU for same-sex marriage activism

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 05:01
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlVBg7_08n0

Sweden recognizes Palestinian state; Israel upset

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 05:01
Sweden on Thursday became the biggest Western European country to recognize a Palestinian state, prompting a strong protest from Israel, which swiftly withdrew its ambassador from Stockholm.

X-ray shows sick tortoise swallowed turtle pendant

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 05:00
The source of a sick tortoise's discomfort became clear after a south Florida veterinarian took an X-ray: The animal had swallowed a turtle pendant.

Prosecutor: Grand jury tweet in Brown case hacked

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 03:55
A tweet earlier this month suggesting insider information on the grand jury investigating the Ferguson police officer who shot Michael Brown was the result of someone hacking a woman's Twitter account, St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch said Thursday.

Fearing Ebola? Doctors say get a flu shot

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 03:55
Fever? Headache? Muscle aches? Forget about Ebola -- chances are astronomically higher that you have the flu or some other common bug.

Anti-violence activists charged in vicious attack

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 03:52
Two "Stop the Violence" organizers allegedly beat one of their colleagues so severely that he vomited blood and was left unconscious in critical condition.

Ebola: Danger in Sierra Leone, progress in Liberia

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 03:52
Liberia is making some progress in containing the Ebola outbreak while the crisis in Sierra Leone is going to get worse, the top anti-Ebola officials in the two countries said.

UConn unanimous No. 1, Oregon State ranked in AP preseason Top 25 poll

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 03:48
The preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll was released Thursday. NCAA defending champion UConn was the unanimous No. 1 overall selection. It's the 10th time that UConn has been the top team in the preseason. Six of those years they went on to win the title, including last season.

Wal-Mart tests matching prices with online rivals

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 03:47
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is considering matching online prices from competitors such as Amazon.com, raising the stakes for the holiday shopping season.

Quarantines rarely used, effectiveness questioned

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 03:08
The Spanish flu pandemic a century ago prompted the last large-scale quarantines in this country. Now the Ebola outbreak is raising new questions about whether ordering quarantines is an effective way to fight deadly disease in the U.S.

Video: Watch a replay of LiveWire early learning panel

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 03:05
Did you miss The Seattle Times' first LiveWire event? On Oct. 15, a panel of scientists and public officials gathered at Microsoft for a panel discussion about early learning and the brain research behind it.

No masks, no monkey business, just great music: Flaco Jimenez, Los Texmaniacs | Concert preview

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 03:04
Never mind Halloween. Friday, Oct. 31, Town Hall's Global Rhythms series hosts an act that requires no masks or monkey business, when the great Tex-Mex accordion master Flaco Jimenez joins San Antonio conjunto Los Texmaniacs in a concert of traditional as well as rocked up Tejano fare that should be

‘Before I Go to Sleep’: Promising premise fades away

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 02:10
A review of “Before I Go to Sleep,” starring Nicole Kidman as an amnesiac who must relearn her identity each morning. Rating: Two stars out of four.