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Tokyo Olympic torch relay to pass through Japan’s disaster-hit areas

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 15:36
The 2020 Tokyo Olympic torch relay will commence on March 26 in disaster-hit Fukushima and pass through other areas in north-east Japan devastated by the 2011 tsunami, organizers said Saturday. The Olympic flame will begin its journey around Japan at the J-Village sports training center in Fukushima that housed workers battling to remove radioactive waste after the nuclear crisis triggered by the killer tsunami. It will then cross all of Japan's 47 prefectures, traveling to 857 municipalities, and pass by many iconic landmarks over a period of 121 days. Around 98 percent of Japan's population live within one hour by car or train of the proposed route, Tokyo organizers added....

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Rafael Nadal into French Open last 16 on 10th anniversary of Soderling shock

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 15:27
Reigning champion Rafael Nadal survived a blip to continue his bid for a record-extending 12th French Open title on Friday with a four-set third-round win over David Goffin, ten years to the day since his shock 2009 exit to Robin Soderling. The 17-time Grand Slam winner bounced back after an excellent third set from Belgian 27th seed Goffin to win 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 and take his incredible Roland Garros win-loss record to 89-2 -- those two defeats coming against Soderling in the last 16 a decade ago and against Novak Djokovic in 2015. Nadal maintained his record of never having lost in the first week in Paris, although he withdrew injured before the third round in 2016. He...

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European embassies’ donations to PH NGOs must have gov’t OK — Locsin

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 15:18
MANILA, Philippines -- European embassies should first ensure that all donations to Philippine non-government organizations should be approved by the government, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy "Boy" Locsin Jr. said on Saturday.   "Over a month ago I fired off a memo to all our European embassies to tell their host governments to clear any and all donations to their NGOs in the Philippines with the Department of Foreign Affairs," Locsin said in a tweet.   https://twitter.com/teddyboylocsin/status/1134590511744872448   Locsin said if his memorandum was not followed, he will "deregister" certain host governments in the Securities and Exchange Commission (SE...

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Man builds fence around car-share vehicle at duplex

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 15:11
SEATTLE --- A Seattle man took exception to a car-share vehicle that was parked without permission at his duplex. So he built a fence around it. Dan Smith told KIRO-TV he doesn't know who parked the car2go Mercedes May 17, but it wasn't one of his tenants. He contacted Share Now, the company that operates car2go, and gave them two hours to move the vehicle. A few hours after that, he erected the barricade, preventing other customers from using it. He wants the company to pay $65 a day in storage fees, $300 for the fence and up to $500 for "harassment fees." In a written statement, Share Now suggested that might amount to extortion. Spokesman Tim Krebs told The Associated Pre...

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What we know about the shooting

CNN Top Stories - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 15:07
At least 12 are dead and four others are injured after a shooting Friday afternoon at the Virginia Beach municipal center.
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Kevin Durant still out for Game 2 of NBA Finals

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 14:59
Golden State Warriors star forward Kevin Durant will miss Sunday's second game of the NBA Finals with the strained right calf that has sidelined him for the past six games. Durant is the leading scorer in the playoffs for the Warriors, averaging 34.2 points with 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists a contest. But the Warriors were 5-0 without him until losing 118-109 to Toronto in Thursday's opening game of the best-of-seven championship series. "Kevin is not going to play Sunday," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Friday. "We've been sort of holding out hope, but I might as well just say it now. It's near impossible for him to play on Sunday." The 30-year-old superstar, Most Valuab...

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Alligator busts through kitchen window, breaks bottles of wine

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 14:56
CLEARWATER, Fla. --- Authorities say an 11-foot (3.4-meter) alligator busted through a kitchen window and broke several bottles of red wine in a Florida home before it was captured. Police tweeted that the gator was removed from Mary Wischhusen's Clearwater condominium early Friday. No one was injured. https://twitter.com/myclearwaterPD/status/1134429910972346374 Wischhusen uses a walker. She told news outlets that the moment she saw the lumbering reptile, she moved into her bedroom, closed the door and called police. She says she played computer games while waiting for help to arrive. Wischhusen says it took two trappers and 10 police officers two hours to get the alligat...

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Clippers fined $50k over Doc Rivers’ Leonard-Jordan comparison

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 14:50
TORONTO --- The Los Angeles Clippers are paying a price, because Doc Rivers paid Toronto star Kawhi Leonard a compliment. The NBA fined the Clippers $50,000 on Friday for violating the league's anti-tampering rule. The league did not specifically say what comments were determined to be fine-worthy, other than saying it was in response to what Rivers --- the Clippers' coach --- said about Leonard "in a recent television appearance." Rivers appeared on an NBA Finals preview show on ESPN earlier in the week and compared Leonard to Michael Jordan. The NBA has regularly warned teams about the perils of saying anything that could be construed as lobbying for a player who is under c...

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Half-naked , injured woman found in Tagbilaran village

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 14:49
  TAGBILARAN CITY, Philippines -- A still unidentified woman was found with head wounds and half-naked in this city Saturday morning. The woman was alive and was rushed to a hospital. A group of women, who just came from a dawn rosary prayer, found the woman's body past 5 a.m. at barangay (village) Poblacion 3 Residents surmised she was raped because she had nothing on in her private parts. A pair of shorts, briefs and slippers were also found near where the woman was found. Dried leaves hid them. Witnesses said they saw wounds on the woman's head. Blood-stained stones were also found in the area where no one knew who the woman was. Police are now investi...

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Celebrities branch out with podcasts of their own

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 14:37
NEW YORK --- Topher Grace has added a lot of skills to his portfolio over the last few weeks. He learned to beatbox. He officiated a wedding with "Shazam!" star Zachary Levi, and even tried telemarketing. He's doing it all for a new role, but it has nothing to do with acting: Instead, he's trying different things in his recently launched podcast called "Minor Adventures with Topher Grace ." "It really is more fun for me than anyone else," said Grace. "Tig Notaro came on and we did livestock auctioneering," he recalled. "I was so bad at it. But, upon listening back I realized, 'It really doesn't matter if I'm good or not. In fact, it's kind of better if (the adventure) is ...

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2 ‘gun runners’ nabbed in Catanduanes

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 14:35
LEGAZPI CITY -- Police arrested on Saturday two alleged gun runners in an entrapment operation in Virac town in Catanduanes province, a police report said. Lt. Col. Venerando Ramirez, chief of the Catanduanes Police Community Relations Office, said Vince Bongat, 46, a resident of Barangay San Roque, and Joselito Valencia, 52, from Barangay Danicop, were caught selling firearms to undercover police during a sting operation around 2:30a.m.inBarangay Pajo Baguio. The police raiding team seized from the suspect an AR-15 caliber 9 mm assault rifle, Ingram M11 caliber 9 mm, two magazines for an AR-15 rifle, three magazines for Ingram, a four-inch-long knife and a cellphone. Police als...

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3 killed in Cotabato road crash

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 14:23
  KIDAPAWAN CITY, Philippines ---Three people died in a road crash on an unlit stretch of a major road in M'lang town, Cotabato province.   M'lang Vice Mayor Joselito Piol said three vehicles were involved in the accident at the village of Lika.   Piol said the fatalities---Archie Sagcelo, Saicy Dimalaluan and Trixie Morga---all suffered head injuries.   A fourth person involved in the crash---Joseph Molina---was brought to hospital for fractures, according to Piol.   The M'lang police said Molina was pushing a motorcycle along the unlit highway when another motorcycle carrying three persons---the fatalities in the crash---hit him. &...

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US' top North Korea diplomat 'doesn't know' if Kim executed official over Trump summit

CNN Top Stories - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 14:20
If North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un has executed a top official over his handling of nuclear talks in Hanoi, the US' top North Korea diplomat said he hasn't gotten word.
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PDEA says it planned to file raps vs Jacky Co even before Lacson’s exposé

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 14:20
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) clarified that they had already been planning to file charges against Jacky Co, who was linked to the shabu seized at the port of Manila, even before Sen. Panfilo Lacson named the suspect in his privilege speech.   "PDEA is scheduled to file the case against Jacky Co before the Department of Justice on May 31, 2019 as agreed upon during our case conference held last May 28, 2018 --- a day before Senator Panfilo Lacson delivered his privilege speech," PDEA said in a statement on Saturday.   The agency was referring to Lacson's identification of Zhijian Xu, alias Jacky Co, a Chinese man who was respo...

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Kevin Spacey lawyer says accuser deleted ‘exculpatory’ messages

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 14:20
BOSTON --- The man who accused Kevin Spacey of groping him at a bar in 2016 deleted text messages that would support Spacey's claims of innocence, the actor's lawyer said in court documents filed Friday. Defense attorney Alan Jackson is urging the court to order prosecutors to hand over a "complete and unaltered" forensic copy of the accuser's cellphone. He is also accusing prosecutors of trying to conceal that they had been in possession of the man's cellphone since November 2017. "Newly produced evidence confirms" that the accuser "deleted exculpatory text messages and provided falsified screenshots of his conversation from the night in question to law enforcement," Jackson w...

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3 held for illegal firearms in Oriental Mindoro, Palawan

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 14:15
CITY OF CALAPAN --- A tricycle driver and two security guards were arrested on Saturday for illegal possession of firearms in Palawan and Oriental Mindoro. Arrested was Aljen Rivadavia, 42, at 5:45 a.m. in Sitio (sub-village) Sampaguita, Barangay Bagsok, Socorro town, Oriental Mindoro, according to Lt. Col. Socrates Faltado, Mimaropa police information officer. Armed with a search warrant issued by Judge Harry Jiminola of the Regional Trial Court Branch 41 in Pinamalayan town dated May 28, police arrested Rivadavia and confiscated a 12-gauge shotgun and 11 rounds of live ammunition from him. In Barangay Pasadea, El Nido, Palawan, police arrested two security guards for firing th...

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Abe reassures Japan’s support for ‘Build, Build, Build,’ Mindanao peace process 

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 14:11
  TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo has reaffirmed to President Rodrigo Duterte Japan's commitment to support the Philippines' peace process in Mindanao and its multi-trillion infrastructure program.   "The government of Japan will continue our strong support for projects actively being promoted by the President such as the peace process in Mindanao and infrastructure development," Abe said in a joint press statement at his office here.   Abe said "Mindanao peace process entered into a new stage with the establishment of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority last February.   "In the initial stage, I believe the priority lies in the strength...

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LOOK: Matteo Guidicelli starts Scout Ranger training with buzz cut

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 14:00
Matteo Guidicelli began his Scout Ranger training with a shaved head. The actor posted a picture of his new look on Friday, May 31, on Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/p/ByIXdd9J8og In an earlier post that day, he said, "This is it! I'm about to undergo a 30-day scout ranger training, officially starting now!" "It's said to be one of the most grueling programs in the Armed Forces." During the rigid training program, Guidicelli will not have outside communication, he told members of the press during a Viva Records interview on Tuesday, May 28. Guidicelli joined the Army Reserve Command (Arescom) in April and was promoted to Army 2nd lieutenant on May 20. He said in an Instagr...

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2 arrested in Malabon drug bust, P600K shabu seized

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 13:59
  MANILA, Philippines --- Police arrested two suspected drug pushers and seized some P680,000 worth of suspected "shabu" (crystal meth) in a bust in Malabon City on Saturday.   Malabon Station Drug Enforcement Team agents arrested Marlon Solano, 32, and Matthew Von Erick Soriano, 24, along Teacher Village cornerPla-pla St. in Barangay Longos at 3 a.m.   Seized from the suspects were 23 pieces of heat sealed transparent plastic sachets containing the suspected "shabu" and the P1,000 cash used in the bust.   Complaints for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 are now being readied for filing against the suspects who are now...

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Prosecutor shifts Smollett recusal reasons, releases files

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 13:53
CHICAGO --- Chicago's top prosecutor again shifted her explanation for why she recused herself from an investigation into Jussie Smollett's claim that he'd been the target of a hate crime, saying she stepped aside because of false rumors she was related to the "Empire" actor. Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx offered the new public explanation in a statement issued along with the release of 2,000 pages of documents in the case, which also refer to the rumors arising as suspicions grew that Smollett, who is black and gay, staged the attack against himself. Her statement and the documents, which included internal office communications, illustrate how Fox and her office at tim...

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