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Last Build Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:04:27 -0800


Navy ship collisions prompt rare criminal charges

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:04:19 -0800

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy’s decision to charge five officers with negligent homicide for their involvement in two fatal ship crashes marks a rare legal move that, if proven, could send them to jail for up to three years. U.S. Navy officials and other experts struggled Wednesday to identify other naval accidents in recent history […]

As Pullman mourns, police work to determine motive of Tyler Hilinski’s death

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:04:01 -0800

A makeshift memorial for Hilinski has sprouted near Martin Stadium, and police have begun interviewing friends and people who knew him to try to determine why the 21-year-old quarterback took his own life.

Democrats roll out voting rights agenda

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:03:03 -0800

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democratic legislators are pushing for a package of bills to make it easier for Virginians to vote, including proposals to let people register on Election Day and to cast an absentee ballot for any reason. Del. Debra Rodman of Henrico County has introduced a bill to would repeal the deadline for […]

California officials concerned about possible ICE sweeps

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:02:45 -0800

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s attorney general says he is concerned about open-ended immigration sweeps as he says the Trump administration should be concentrating on deporting dangerous felons. Attorney General Xavier Becerra (HAH-vee-air Bah-sehr’-ah) said Wednesday that it’s the federal government’s responsibility to protect the nation’s borders. But he says the goal should be public […]

Michigan Senate spent $269K on sex harassment complaints

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:01:44 -0800

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate spent $269,000 to investigate and settle sexual harassment complaints against one or more senators more than a decade ago. The figure was provided to The Associated Press Wednesday in response to a public-records request. A spokeswoman says the accused senator or senators are no longer lawmakers, and the […]

New high-speed train kills bicyclist, 4th death so far

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:00:35 -0800

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A fourth victim has died in Florida after being struck by a new high-speed train. Boynton Beach police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater Police said Wednesday the train struck a bicyclist. He is confirmed dead. No other details were released. Just days earlier as the new Brightline train was offering preview runs […]

Science Says: That Michigan meteor could have been meatier

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:00:14 -0800

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fireball that streaked through the Michigan sky put on quite a show but as far as potentially killer space rocks, it was merely a flash in the pan. There are much bigger asteroids careening through our solar system. Scientists who watch for them hope they spot them in time to get […]

Reader’s Lens | Supermoon, jumbo ferry

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:00:00 -0800

Seattle Times reader Jim Bartley’s photo of the New Year’s full moon rising over Seattle and the Cascades, with a ferry in the foreground.

‘Forever My Girl’ sticks to Southern romance formula

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:00:00 -0800

Movie review: For an audience seeking fluffy, escapist, country-music-tinged romance, the film should hit a sweet spot. Rating: 2.5 stars out of 4.

More sexual abuse charges filed after raid at compound

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:55:26 -0800

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man from an upstart group with beliefs in polygamy and doomsday has been charged with sodomy on a child and other counts. Prosecutors filed the charges Wednesday against 34-year-old Samuel Shaffer, one of two men accused of sexually abusing girls they considered wives. He was also charged with […]

Spy agencies’ ombudsman: ‘I blew the whistle’

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:52:09 -0800

WASHINGTON (AP) — The man who protects the rights of whistleblowers at U.S. spy agencies disclosed for the first time on Wednesday why he was suspended and escorted out of his offices in late November. Dan Meyer, director of the Intelligence Community Whistleblowing and Source Protection program, told The Associated Press that he was put […]

Former Baruch basketball coach pleads guilty to embezzlement

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:51:19 -0800

NEW YORK (AP) — A former City University of New York Baruch College basketball coach and athletic department official has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $700,000 from the Manhattan school. New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott announced the guilty plea by 43-year-old Machli Joseph, of Elizabeth, New Jersey on Wednesday. Leahy Scott […]

Report supports help for minorities in medical pot business

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:49:47 -0800

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland report has found “a strong basis in evidence” that supports helping businesses owned by women and minorities in the types of industries that are relevant to the state’s fledgling medical marijuana industry. Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration released the report Wednesday. The report was conducted by Jon Wainwright, an economist […]

Milwaukee ends contracts with company after racist displays

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:49:28 -0800

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee officials are terminating two contracts with a construction company whose employees were photographed displaying a Ku Klux Klan sticker and openly brandishing firearms in a majority black neighborhood. The Milwaukee Common Council passed a resolution Wednesday that ends the contracts worth $80,000 with Wisconsin-based American Sewer Services. The company is not […]

Football’s divisional round viewership down 16 percent

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:45:27 -0800

NEW YORK (AP) — Television viewership for the NFL’s divisional round playoff games was down 16 percent compared to last year, offering ammunition to critics of the football league, but there are a couple of compelling explanations. The weekend’s four games averaged 30.43 million viewers, off from 36.22 million the year before, the Nielsen company […]

Court: Transit agency cleared in platform preachers’ arrests

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:44:15 -0800

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of New Jersey Transit in a dispute over the arrest of two men who were preaching on a train platform in 2012. Don Karns and Robert Parker sued the transit agency after they were arrested at the Princeton Junction station for not having […]

Biggest storm of winter could bring 2 feet of snow to Sierra

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:42:15 -0800

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The biggest storm so far this winter is headed for the Sierra Nevada, with up to 2 feet (0.6 meters) of snow possible in the mountains by early Friday and winds potentially gusting in excess of 100 mph (161 kph) over the ridgetops. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm […]

Suspect in terror-related case claims ‘combatant immunity’

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:41:17 -0800

CHICAGO (AP) — A former California college student accused of attempting to provide material support to terrorists in Syria has invoked a rarely used argument in asking a federal judge in Chicago to dismiss the case on grounds he qualifies for immunity commonly bestowed on soldiers. Lawyers for the 24-year-old Iraqi refugee, Aws Mohammed Younis […]

Soda tax: Impact on cancer patient

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:39:05 -0800

I hope Seattle City Council members and Mayor Jenny Durkan will read this letter and think about a person they love with all their heart. My partner of 24 years has incurable cancer, and we need to balance his electrolytes. Unfortunately, with the new soda tax the city added even more stress to a single-income, […]

Offshore drilling: Is Northwest expendable?

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:36:23 -0800

After opening the entire coastline of the U.S. to offshore oil drilling, the Trump administration backpedals and gives Florida a reprieve because it is so dependent on tourism. This seems to suggest that it expects oil spills. Does that mean in the Pacific Northwest, the salmon, bottom fish, seabirds and marine mammals, not to mention […]