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Monopoly maker Hasbro to cut plastic use in toy packaging

Inquirer Breaking News - 36 min 7 sec ago
NEW YORK - Hasbro is giving plastic packaging the boot.   The toy maker said Tuesday that all its packaging for new products will be mostly plastic free by the end of 2022.     It plans to stop using plastic bags, elastic bands and the shrink wrap that's usually found around Monopoly, Scrabble and other board games.   But Hasbro's toys, such as Mr. Potato Head, will still be made with plastic.   The company said it is testing materials to replace it, but said it's challenging to find an alternative that's still safe for kids and keeps toys looking the same as the plastic ones.   Hasbro, however, said it has a program that...

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LA Opera names lawyer to lead Placido Domingo investigation

Inquirer Breaking News - 40 min 7 sec ago
SAN FRANCISCO - Los Angeles Opera said Tuesday it will immediately open a 'thorough and independent investigation' into allegations of sexual harassment against the opera star Placido Domingo, the company's general director.     In a brief statement Tuesday, the opera company said it has hired Debra Wong Yang from the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher to lead the investigation.   Yang is a former U.S. attorney and Los Angeles County Superior Court judge who is chair of her firm's Crisis Management Practice Group, according to the firm's website. She has been involved in several high-profile cases and was hired by USC in 2017 to investigate the cond...

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Italian premier resigns, blames deputy for political crisis

Inquirer Breaking News - 45 min 9 sec ago
ROME - Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte resigned Tuesday, blaming the collapse of his 14-month-old populist government on his rebellious, anti-migrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who triggered a political crisis to try to force early elections.     Addressing the Senate, Conte blasted Salvini for setting in motion a "dizzying spiral of political and financial instability" by essentially pulling the plug on the government. Salvini's right-wing League party sought a no-confidence vote against Conte earlier this month, a stunningly bold move for the government's junior coalition partner.   Conte, a lawyer with no political experience who was tapped to b...

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Earth’s future is being written in fast-melting Greenland

Inquirer Breaking News - 50 min 56 sec ago
HELHEIM GLACIER, Greenland - This is where Earth's refrigerator door is left open, where glaciers dwindle and seas begin to rise.   New York University air and ocean scientist David Holland, who is tracking what's happening in Greenland from both above and below, calls it "the end of the planet."   He is referring to geography more than the future. Yet in many ways this place is where the planet's warmer and watery future is being written.   It is so warm here, just inside the Arctic Circle, that on an August day, coats are left on the ground and Holland and colleagues work on the watery melting ice without gloves.   In one of the closest t...

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Pit bulls maul and kill 9-year-old girl

CNN Top Stories - 53 min 45 sec ago
A 9-year-old girl was mauled to death by dogs on Monday while playing in a Detroit neighborhood, police said.
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Shark bites woman twice while she is swimming in Hawaii bay

Inquirer Breaking News - 57 min 39 sec ago
HONOLULU - A woman was taken to a hospital Tuesday in serious condition after being bitten twice by a shark while swimming in Hawaii, authorities said.   The shark, believed to be a 6-foot (1.8-meter) black tip reef shark, bit one of the woman's legs and her torso while she was swimming in Kealakekua (kay-ah-lah-kay-koo-ah) Bay on the Big Island's western side, said Hawaii Fire Department Battalion Chief William Bergin. She was about 50 yards (46 meters) from shore, he said.   Bergin said he didn't know if the woman, 26, was a tourist or Hawaii resident. Officials didn't provide her name.   "The shark is still in the area, so we're trying to get people ou...

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Quezon town vice mayor shot dead

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 8 min ago
LUCENA CITY -- A lone gunman shot and killed the incumbent vice mayor of San Andres, Quezon inside the town official's residence Tuesday night.   Vice Mayor Sergio "Popoy" Emprese, 60, was in the living room of his residence in Calmar Homes Subdivision in Barangay Ibabang Dupay when he was shot in the head at around 8:40 p.m., Lt. Colonel Reydante Ariza, Lucena City police chief, said in a spot report.     The gunman fled immediately after the attack.   Emprese was brought to hospital where he expired while being revived.   Further investigation and pursuit operations against the gunman are ongoing.   Emprese, also served...

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Fourth 'Matrix' film confirmed

CNN Top Stories - 1 hour 22 min ago
Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will again reenter "The Matrix," starring in a third sequel to the 1999 science fiction film that's expected to begin production next year.
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Deleted Twitter account may signal provocative change in China's targeting of US

CNN Top Stories - 1 hour 44 min ago
Twitter recently took down a covert network of nearly 1,000 accounts it says are tied to the Chinese government. Many, but not all, of the accounts attacked pro-Democracy protesters in Hong Kong.
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Trump mocks congresswoman for crying over decision not to visit grandmother

CNN Top Stories - 2 hours 2 min ago
President Donald Trump on Tuesday mocked Rep. Rashida Tlaib's grief over her decision not to visit her grandmother in the West Bank after initially being barred by Israel, claiming the Democratic congresswoman "grandstanded" when she shed tears Monday.
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Security, antisubversion laws to curb terrorism, crimes

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 8 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Philippine National Police chief, Gen. Oscar Albayalde, on Tuesday advised the public to look at the proposed amendments to the Human Security Act of 2007 in a positive light. "These laws are meant to address criminality, terrorism. This is not to address political rivalry," he said at a press briefing in Camp Crame. The proposed amendments to the Human Security Act include extending the wiretapping period of suspected criminal acts from 30 days to 90 days, and the period of allowable detention from 36 hours to as long as 60 days. Interior Secretary Eduardo Ao has expressed support for the proposed changes, saying the law has safeguards against abuse. ...

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President ‘not worried’ POGOs near military camps are spy hubs

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 9 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte was not worried over the presence of Philippine offshore gaming operation (POGO) hubs near military camps amid concerns that these might be used for spying activities, presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said. "The President said, with respect to proximity, any foreign national group here need not be near military camps in order to get intelligence. Because considering that they're hi-tech, even if you're 1,000 miles away, they can spy on us if they want," Panelo said. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana earlier expressed concern over the proposed POGO hubs, citing national security. While the concern raised by Lorenzana was...

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Dengue hits Chinese workers in Bataan

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 10 min ago
MARIVELES, Bataan, Philippines --- More than 100 Chinese workers in a coal-fired power plant here have been afflicted with the dengue virus, a health official said. According to Dr. Rosanna Buccahan, Bataan provincial health officer, the Chinese were employees of GNPower Ltd., which operates the 600-megawatt power plant in the coastal village of Alas-asin here. She said 94 of the Chinese workers contracted the virus at their barracks inside the plant from May to July. The remaining 24 cases were recorded this month and most of them were taken to Pampanga Medical Specialist Hospital in Guagua town, Pampanga province, she said. About 400 Chinese, mostly construction workers, h...

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Blast rocks Maguindanao; bombing foiled in Kudarat

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 10 min ago
COTABATO CITY, Maguindanao, Philippines --- An explosion believed to be the handiwork of Islamic State-linked Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) rocked a remote village in Maguindanao province on Monday night, hours after the military and police stopped the bombing of a government checkpoint along the national highway in nearby Sultan Kudarat province. Lt. Col. Roberto Breboneria, spokesperson for the Army's 6th Infantry Division, said no one was hurt in the explosion at Barangay Kiteb, about 20 kilometers away from the town center of Datu Anggal Midtimbang in Maguindanao, around 7 p.m. on Monday. Breboneria said another bomb, which was supposedly intended for investigators...

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DENR eyes land status change as farms expand in Cordillera

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 12 min ago
BAGUIO CITY, Benguet, Philippines --- Communities and farmlands now occupy 300,000 hectares of Cordillera forests, indicating that 16 percent of the region's forest reservations need to be reclassified as agriculture lands that can be titled, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Only 15 percent (282,543 ha) of the region's 1.8 million-ha area is alienable and disposable because the forestry code prohibits lands with 18-percent slopes from being inhabited and developed. "We need to improve [Cordillera] land tenure because these areas have been occupied for many years but are still classified as forestlands," said Ralph Pablo, DENR director in ...

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Regions Briefs: Aug. 21, 2019

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 12 min ago
Village exec dead, priest wounded in Laguna shooting   SAN PEDRO CITY, Laguna, Philippines --- A village councilor died while a priest was wounded in a gun attack in San Pablo City in Laguna province on Monday night, police said.   Lt. Col. Eliseo Bernales, San Pablo City police chief, said Richard Galit, a council member of Barangay 3-D, died while undergoing surgery in a hospital in San Pablo.   Police said Galit, 36, appeared to be the primary target of the attack.   Galit was driving his Toyota Fortuner on Shatelig Avenue when gunmen on a motorcycle shot him when he slowed down at an intersection.   Catholic priest Mil Larano, wh...

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US formally approves $8 billion fighter jet sale to Taiwan

CNN Top Stories - 2 hours 26 min ago
The Trump administration has formally approved a major $8 billion arms sale to Taiwan involving 66 new F-16C/D fighter jets, the State Department announced Tuesday, a move that comes amid heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing over a range of issues, including trade and Hong Kong.
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Martha Stewart goes to SM, falls in love with Kultura

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 34 min ago
Lifestyle icon, award-winning TV host and bestselling author Martha Stewart visited last Monday some famous Manila landmarks, including SM Mall of Asia. And she fell in love with Kultura, SM's specialty boutique of Filipino handicrafts and products. Stewart is in town this week for a leadership talk organized by ABS-CBN News Channel, held yesterday at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. According to Steven Tan, chief operating officer of SM Supermalls, Stewart expressed her admiration for Filipino craftsmanship on seeing the Kultura merchandise. "You can see the pride of the people who made them," Tan quoted Stewart. Stewart was supposed to stay for only an hour but stayed f...

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Red Lions make it seven straight

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 37 min ago
It lacked the tense atmosphere that usually packs coliseums each time both teams played over the last two seasons---for a reason. San Beda still has an enviable roster that makes it a title favorite while Lyceum is still finding its identity with the graduation of its enigmatic star. The Red Lions cruised to an 88-73 victory over the Pirates, stretching their unbeaten start to seven games Tuesday night in the 95th NCAA men's basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre. "It was a total team effort," said San Beda mentor Boyet Fernandez. San Beda has actually won its last 21 matches, counting from last season. Among those wins were victories over the Pirates, the only g...

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