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Tugade: Aeronautics board supports new airline plan for Bacolod

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 10:33
BACOLOD --- In the interest of more competition and better passenger options, theCivil Aeronautics Board (CAB) fully supports the intention of Philippines AirAsia to enter the Bacolod market, said Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade.   This was relayed to Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia and businessman Eduardo Alunan on Friday by Finance Secretary Carlos "Sonny" Dominguez III and Rep. Mikee Romero (1-Pacman Party-List), a major shareholder and vice chairman of Philippines AirAsia.   Leonardia said Romero told him that AirAsia expected to serve the Bacolodroute in about a month, after complying with procedures of the CAB.   Alunan, who has been at the fo...

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Colorado becomes the latest state to ban gay conversion therapy for youth

CNN Top Stories - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 10:33
Colorado is the latest state to move to ban gay conversion therapy for minors, aligning Colorado's policies with the consensus among leading medical and mental health professional organizations.
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SpaceX says 60 Starlink satellites will grow harder to see

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 10:25
  WASHINGTON -- SpaceX said Friday that the first 60 satellites in its "Starlink" constellation, which is intended to provide internet from space, will be less and less visible from Earth as they reach their final orbit. Elon Musk's company created a must-see event for space enthusiasts when it launched all 60 satellites simultaneously on May 23 -- a series of bright lights ascending through the night sky. Over the past week, several observers have photographed and filmed the line of satellites, which pass over in just a few minutes. But astronomers fear the constellation of broadband-beaming satellites, which could one day grow to as many as 12,000, could ruin scien...

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Ava DuVernay says watch ‘When They See Us’ at your own pace

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 10:17
LOS ANGELES --- Netflix is made for bingeing, but filmmaker Ava DuVernay thinks that audiences should watch her Central Park Five miniseries "When They See Us " at their own pace. The four-part series explores the true story of five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were coerced into confessing to a rape they didn't commit in 1989 and follows them over the course of 25 years. It's currently available to Netflix subscribers. DuVernay said the viewing experience will be different for everyone. "I think it really is going to depend on where you are politically and culturally," she said in an interview last month. "For some people this is all going to be new, like, 'Wai...

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5 drug pushers nabbed in Quezon drug busts

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 10:13
  LUCENA CITY, Philippines -- Authorities arrested five alleged notorious drug pushers and seized about P226,000 worth of "shabu" (crystal meth) in a series of buy-bust operations in Lucena City and Tayabas City in Quezon province on Friday, police said Saturday.   Anti-illegal drugs operatives arrested Angelo Eubanas, 39, after he sold shabu to an undercover police officer who posed as the buyer inside a subdivision in Barangay (village) Gulang-Gulang in Lucena City around 1:15 p.m., Colonel Ramil Montilla, Quezon police chief, said in a report Saturday.   Eubanas, said police, yielded four plastic sachets containing shabu weighing 14.7 grams.   ...

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Antonio Banderas grateful for a later-in-life Cannes award

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 09:58
MIAMI --- Antonio Banderas waited 40 years to receive one of the most prestigious awards an actor can obtain: the best actor award at the Cannes Film Festival. And he says he prefers it that way. "When awards come at an early age, they make you make many mistakes, but I haven't made any mistakes," said Banderas, 58, in an interview this week with The Associated Press in Miami. Banderas, whose credits in Hollywood include "The Mask of Zorro", was honored for his role as Salvador Mallo in Pedro Almodvar's latest drama, "Pain and Glory." It is their eighth film together, but the first in which Banderas portrays a version of his friend-director. In "Pain and Glory," Mallo is a f...

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Harrowing photo shows shock of Virginia Beach shooting

CNN Top Stories - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 09:52
Alyssa Andrews, a witness at the shooting in Virginia Beach, describes to CNN's John Berman a difficult moment from the mass shooting she captured in a photo.
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NASA plans to send equipment to Moon from 2020

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 09:50
  WASHINGTON -- For the first time since the 1970s, the United States is planning to send equipment to the surface of the Moon in 2020 and 2021, in anticipation of a crewed lunar mission in 2024, NASA said Friday. The U.S. space agency has chosen American firms Astrobotic, Intuitive Machines and Orbit Beyond to send instruments and other scientific equipment to the Moon as part of the Artemis program. The administration of President Donald Trump has accelerated the timetable for putting humans back on the Moon with 2024 the new target date -- moved up by four years. Each company has developed lunar landers of different sizes and shapes: one is tall, and the other two are...

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Trump's Mexico tariff plan overlooks the root causes of migration

CNN Top Stories - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 09:44
Last week, at a migrant shelter in Reynosa, Mexico, I met families from Ukraine, Eritrea, Cuba and Venezuela seeking asylum in the US. I was traveling the US-Mexico border, working on a global migration project with photographer John Stanmeyer for National Geographic.
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Kenny Rogers admitted to hospital, treated for dehydration

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 09:41
NASHVILLE, Tenn. --- Entertainer Kenny Rogers has been admitted to a Georgia hospital for dehydration, according to his official Twitter account. https://twitter.com/_KennyRogers/status/1134445952738181120 A statement posted Friday said he would remain there for physical therapy to "get his strength back" before being discharged. The statement said the 80-year-old singer and actor appreciated the well wishes from fans and wanted to assure everyone that "he plans on sticking around through the years to come." The statement comes after speculations that he was gravely ill. The husky-voiced balladeer retired from touring in 2017 after a 60-year career spanning jazz, folk, countr...

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US acting defense chief calls out China over South China Sea

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 09:37
SINGAPORE --- U.S. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Saturday denounced China's efforts to steal technology from other nations and militarize man-made outposts in the South China Sea as a "toolkit of coercion," saying Beijing's bad behavior must end. In his first major speech on the international stage, Shanahan mixed sharp criticism of China and warnings of North Korea's "extraordinary" threat with vows that the U.S. will remain strongly committed to the Indo-Pacific region and is ready to invest billions of dollars in securing its stability. While he didn't specifically name China in early parts of his speech, he made clear who his target was, making pointed refere...

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Saudi warns of oil supply threat as allies rally against Iran

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 09:32
    MECCA, Saudi Arabia -- Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Saturday warned that "terrorist" attacks in the Gulf region could imperil global oil supplies, as he sought to galvanize support among Islamic countries against arch-rival Iran. The king was speaking at a meeting of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the third and final Tehran-focused summit in the holy city of Mecca, marked by the notable absence of Iran and Turkey's leaders. The world's top oil exporter has ratcheted up tensions with Iran after sabotage attacks damaged four vessels, two of them Saudi oil tankers, off the UAE and twin Yemeni rebel drone attacks shut down a key Saudi ...

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Elton John objects to ‘Rocketman’ scene deletions in Russia

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 09:27
LOS ANGELES --- Elton John and the filmmakers of his biopic "Rocketman" on Friday sharply criticized a Russian distributor's decision to censor scenes from the new movie. A joint statement by John and the filmmakers said they were unaware that scenes featuring gay sex and drug use would be removed from the film at a screening in Moscow on Thursday. Reports say five minutes of scenes were cut from the film. "That the local distributor has edited out certain scenes, denying the audience the opportunity to see the film as it was intended is a sad reflection of the divided world we still live in and how it can still be so cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people," the sta...

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Singapore says global rules could change with China’s rise

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 09:21
SINGAPORE --- Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that countries including the United States need to be willing to change international rules in response to a stronger China. Speaking at an annual security conference in Singapore, Lee said Friday that China must in turn play a greater role in supporting trade frameworks and upholding peace and stability in the region and beyond. "Countries have to accept that China will continue to grow and strengthen, and that it is neither possible nor wise for them to prevent this from happening," he said. "China will have its own legitimate interests and ambitions, including to develop indigenously advanced technologies like in...

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Bill Cosby drops defamation claims against 7 accusers

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 09:16
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. --- Bill Cosby has dropped his countersuit against seven women who accused him of sexually assaulting them. Court papers filed Friday show the four-year defamation case in Massachusetts is now over. Cosby's insurer had settled with the women last month for an undisclosed sum. The 81-year-old comedian objected to the settlement and vowed to pursue his counterclaims. Spokesman Andrew Wyatt said Friday that Cosby dropped the case "to focus on other matters." Cosby is serving a three- to 10-year sentence in Pennsylvania for drugging and molesting a different woman in 2004. The women involved in the defamation case include Tamara Green, Barbara Bowman and Th...

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Huawei retaliation? China draws up list of ‘unreliables’

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 09:06
                                    In an ominous but vague warning, China said Friday that it was drawing up a list of "unreliable" foreign companies, organizations and individuals for targeting in what could signal retaliation for U.S. sanctions on the Chinese tech powerhouse Huawei.   "We think it may be the beginning of Beijing's attempt to roll out a retaliatory framework," said Paul Triolo of the global risk assessment firm Eurasia Group. "That could include a number of other elements, such as restrictions on rare earth shipm...

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Cardi B makes court appearance on fight at strip club

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 09:02
NEW YORK --- Cardi B made a court appearance Friday in a case stemming from a fight at a New York strip club. The Grammy-winning rapper --- in a pink pantsuit and long, sparkling pink fingernails --- appeared somber and did not speak during the hearing. Cardi B faces misdemeanor reckless endangerment and assault charges in connection with the melee at a Queens strip club last fall. Police say the rapper, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, and her entourage were at the club when she argued with a bartender. They say a fight broke out in which chairs, bottles and hookah pipes were thrown, slightly injuring the woman and another employee. Her lawyer has said that she didn...

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Prosecutor releases Jussie Smollett files, offers recusal explanation

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 06/01/2019 - 08:45
CHICAGO --- Chicago's top prosecutor has released more than 2,000 pages of documents in Jussie Smollett's case and explained she recused herself from an investigation into the "Empire" actor's claim he'd been the target of a racist, anti-gay attack solely because of false rumors she was related to him. Friday's statement from Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx comes two months after her office suddenly dropped all charges against Smollett accusing him of staging the January attack on himself. The move was widely criticized. Foxx says rumors circulated as suspicions grew about Smollett's account of an attack that she was related to Smollett's family, so she recused herself to...

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