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Seinfeld sued over sale of Porsche alleged to be fake

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 12:37
NEW YORK --- Jerry Seinfeld was sued Friday by a company claiming it bought the comedian's 1958 Porsche for $1.5 million only to discover it was a fake. Fica Frio Limited's lawsuit was filed in Manhattan federal court against a comic known for his love of vintage cars. Seinfeld mixes his affection for fancy vehicles with his love of comedy in his series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." The lawsuit said Fica Frio's representatives paid $1.54 million at a March 2016 auction in Amelia Island, Florida. The price included the 10 percent auction house commission. The lawsuit, seeking unspecified damages including the costs associated with the purchase, said they learned the ...

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Military launches air strikes in Maguindanao

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 12:35
DATU ODIN SINSUAT, MAGUINDANAO --- The military has launched air strikes Saturday against pro-Islamic State (IS) rebels in Maguindanao as they intensified efforts to crush these militants operating in Mindanao. Major Arvin Encinas, spokesperson of the Army's 6th Division, told the Inquirer two OV-10 planes dropped eight 250-pound bombs on the position of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in the marshy areas of Sultan sa Barongis town. Residents in nearby Pigcauayan town in North Cotabato said they also saw two FA-50 jets dropping bombs in Liguasan Marsh early Saturday morning. Encinas said the attacks started around 5 a.m. after ground troops positively pinpointed the l...

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4 drug suspects nabbed in Olongapo

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 12:27
OLONGAPO CITY --- Four drug suspects were arrested in separate police operations here on Friday (February 1). David Coll, 32, and Angelo Ape, 38, were immediately frisked by the police after they sold a sachet of "shabu" (crystal meth) to an undercover agent in Barangay (village) East Bajac bajac. Confiscated from them were 10 sachets filled with the illegal narcotic. In Barangay New Kalalake, police detained Joanna Gonzales, 49, and Johnny Cortez, 34, as soon as they sold a sachet of shabu to undercover policemen. They both had 25 sachets containing suspected shabu. Joanna Rose Aglibot/lzb...

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Bam Aquino: Make sure teachers who will serve in May polls are paid

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 11:56
  MANILA, Philippines -- Senator Bam Aquino on Saturday said government should make sure that teachers who will serve as board of election inspectors in the May midterm elections will be properly compensated.   According to Aquino, if the 2019 budget is reenacted, Congress could pass a supplemental budget for the honoraria of teachers who render election day duties.   He added that Congress is determined to pass the General Appropriations Act by next week.   Aquino made the statement after Commission on Elections spokesman James Jimenez earlied said that no honoraria will be given to teachers who will render election day duties if the 2019 budget ...

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Shelter worker sentenced to 19 years for sexually abusing migrant boys

CNN Top Stories - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 11:43
A former youth care worker has been sentenced to 19 years in prison for sexually abusing teenage boys at a migrant shelter in Arizona, the Justice Department said.
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Rapper 6ix9ine acknowledges gang membership, pleads guilty

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 11:40
NEW YORK --- Brooklyn rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine is cooperating with federal prosecutors after pleading guilty to nine crimes and saying he joined a violent New York City gang and helped others try to kill a rival gang member. The plea was entered last week by the 22-year-old rapper, whose legal name is Daniel Hernandez. Information about it was unsealed Friday in Manhattan federal court. Known almost as much for his tattooed, rainbow-haired look as for his music, 6ix9ine was a social media phenomenon before becoming an ascendant name in hip-hop. He has 15.5 million followers on Instagram. His album Day69: Graduation Day was among the top-sellers on iTunes following its February...

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People in the Philippines spend the most time online, global report finds

CNN Top Stories - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 11:32
A new report has revealed the world's heaviest internet users: the Philippines, where people spent an average of 10 hours and two minutes a day online in 2018.
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Lacson hits back at Bravo over national budget amendments

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 11:15
  MANILA, Philippines -- Senator Panfilo Lacson on Saturday dared COOP NATCCO Rep. Anthony Bravo to make all his amendments in the national budget public.   Lacson issued the challenge after Bravo had accused him of having secret amendments in the proposed 2019 P3.8 trillion budget.   "According to Senator [Loren] Legarda, she and Senator Lacson are in agreement that these congressional allocations are not pork. Now we are confused with Senator Lacson's sudden turnaround," Bravo said.   "Is his reversal because it was found that he also inserted secret amendments in the national budget?" Bravo added.   READ: House leader calls Lacson hy...

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Recto: Most senators have local constituencies too

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 11:07
MANILA, Philippines--- Like congressmen, senators have local constituencies to serve. Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said this amid talks of huge "pork" insertions in the 2019 national budget. The latest of which was Senator Panfilo Lacson's allegations that congressmen have P160 million "pork" each and "billions more for a few others," and P23 billion for some senators on the budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) alone. READ: Ping: Pork per House member increased to P160 million Recto admitted introducing own amendments to the budget, including P68 billion worth of "institutional" amendments that are not part of Malacanang's submission to...

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Why Japan will hack its own citizens

CNN Top Stories - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 10:59
Children playing in a middle school gym in Indonesia; a man getting ready for bed in a Moscow apartment; an Australian family coming and going from their garage; and a woman feeding her cat in Japan.
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American found dead inside isolation room of BI detention facility

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 10:48
  MANILA, Philippines -- An American national was found dead on Thursday morning inside an isolation room of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) Detention Center inside Camp Bagong Diwa, Tagug City.   A report released by the Taguig City Police on Saturday, said 55-year-old William Mark St Cyr was found dead at about 7:35 a.m.   Police said Loreto Abacia, a food server of the facility was about to serve St. Cyr his breakfast at about 7:15 a.m. when he found the American naked and kneeling face down on his bed.   Police said Abacia did not mins St. Cyr and left the isolation room to continue serving the other detainees their breakfasts.   At ...

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US pulling out of the INF treaty rewards Putin, hurts NATO

CNN Top Stories - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 10:43
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Friday the United States will suspend participation in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty -- an agreement the US signed with Russia in 1987 that helped slow the arms race. In his announcement, Pompeo said Russia had violated the treaty for years "without remorse," adding, "It is our duty to respond appropriately." But instead of working with our allies to craft a comprehensive plan to hold Russia accountable and pressure it back into compliance, the Trump administration has offered Russia an easy way out.
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Tricycle driver dead, wife critically hurt in Isabela collision

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 10:41
SAN MATEO, Isabela --- A 50-year-old tricycle driver was killed in a four-vehicle collision that seriously injured his wife at the national highway in Barangay (village) Daramuangan Sur on Friday night (February 1). The tricycle driven by Benjamin Senoja, 50, was struck and then dragged through the road by the trailer bed of a truck, which also slammed a passenger jeepney and a Navarra sports utility vehicle, said Senior Police Inspector Frances Littaua, Isabela police spokesperson. Senoja was killed in the collision, which injured his 50-year-old wife, Marilyn, who is being treated at a hospital. Truck driver Rodelio Ventura, 53, surrendered to authorities. Villamor Visaya Jr./...

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2 dead in Laguna buy-bust, drugs worth P47k seized

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 10:29
SAN PEDRO CITY --- Two suspected illegal drug pushers were killed in separate anti-drug operations in Laguna province. In Bian City, Alex Gayoba, a resident of Barangay (village) Canlalay, died in a shootout with the police in Barangay dela Paz around 3 a.m. Saturday. Laguna police chief Sr. Supt. Elezar Matta, in a text message, said Gayoba was a known drug dealer in the community and was included in the police's watch list. Gayoba allegedly sold a sachet of suspected "shabu" (crystal meth) to an undercover policeman. Police later found 19 sachets more in his sling bag recovered from the scene. Police said the suspect carried about seven grams of suspected shabu worth abo...

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Ex-Blackwater chief linked to Xinjiang 'training center'

CNN Top Stories - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 10:23
A company that counts former Blackwater CEO Erik Prince among its investors said it plans to build a "training center" in China's far western region of Xinjiang, an area where the Chinese government is accused of carrying out a wide-ranging security clampdown targeting Muslim minority groups.
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Beijing leans on its expats to gain access to anything and everything at US universities and companies, experts say

CNN Top Stories - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 10:22
In August 2015, an electrical engineering student in Chicago sent an email to a Chinese national titled "Midterm test questions."
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Subic man nabbed for election gun ban violation

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 10:21
SUBIC, Zambales - A man, carrying loaded weapons, was arrested at a Commission on Elections (Comelec) checkpoint on Friday night (Feb. 1) along the national highway of Barangay (village) Mangan-vaca here. Diosdado Cervantes, 36, welder, and a resident of Sitio Baltao, Barangay Calapandayan, was driving a motorcycle while concealing a caliber .45 handgun with 9-mm firearm, both with magazines filled with live ammunition. The police did not say whether Cervantes had tried to explain why he was heavily armed as he roamed the streets. He faces charges for violating gun laws and the Omnibus Election Code of the Philippines. Joanna Rose Aglibot/lzb...

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3 drug pushers fall in Lucena buy-bust

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 10:17
LUCENA CITY -- Police arrested three suspected drug pushers in a buy-bust operation here Friday, police said. Anti-illegal drugs operatives arrested Jonald Gozo, Ray-Ann de la Cruz and his younger brother Dante de la Cruz Jr. after the three sold "shabu" (crystal meth) to a police officer who acted as poseur-buyer in a transaction in Capitol Homesite Subdivision in Barangay (village) Cotta around 6:30 p.m., Supt. Reydante Ariza, Lucena police chief, said in a report. Authorities confiscated from the suspects three sachets of shabu weighing less than one gram, drug paraphernalia and the marked money. Police tagged Ray-Ann, once convicted on drug charges, as the leader of the grou...

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