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Fiat Chrysler proposes merger with French carmaker Renault

2 hours 22 sec ago
    PARIS --- Fiat Chrysler on Monday proposed a merger with France's Renault, in a deal that would create the world's third-biggest automaker and save billions needed to invest in the race to make new electric and autonomous vehicles.   Shares of both companies jumped on reports of a merger. The joint company would be 50 percent owned by Fiat Chrysler shareholders and 50 percent by Renault shareholders, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said in a statement.   The proposal indicated that Renault's existing alliance with Japan's Nissan and Mitsubishi could continue and that the companies would benefit financially from the deal through extra savings. &n...

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1 killed, 1 injured in gun attacks in Pangasinan

2 hours 2 min ago
DAGUPAN CITY - A person was killed while another was injured in separate gun attacks in Pangasinan province over the weekend, police said. Rolando Fabia, 61, was sitting inside his vulcanizing shop in Barangay Nancayasan, Urdaneta City when he was shot by a motorcycle-riding gunman on Sunday. Police said Fabia survived the attack and is being treated at a hospital. In Lingayen town, Zaldy Adaliga, 52, was shot four times at a cockpit arena on Saturday. Police said the gunman waited for Adaliga and casually left, boarding a motorcycle after the attack. Adaliga was brought to a hospital where he was declared dead on arrival....

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Tobacco tax hike bill endorsed for plenary approval

2 hours 4 min ago
  MANILA, Philippines - Senator Sonny Angara has endorsed for plenary approval a bill that seeks to increase the excise tax on tobacco products.   As chairman of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, Angara sponsored on Monday Senate Bill No. 2233, which seeks to raise the excise tax for every cigarette pack from P45 to P60 over the next four years.   The bill is aimed at reducing smoking prevalence among Filipinos and raise funding for the government's Universal Health Care (UHC) program.   "We're legislating not so much a single sweet spot, but a ladder where we hope all stakeholders involved can make a smooth transition," Angara said in his s...

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Moscow 8: The North Korean filmmakers who defied Pyongyang

2 hours 4 min ago
As the Korean War raged eight of Pyongyang's young heroes --- all members of the North's new elite, destined for a life of privilege and power --- left for Moscow to study at a prestigious film school. They never returned. Scattered to the corners of the Soviet Union after they chose asylum and exile to denounce the personality cult around the North's founder Kim Il Sung, they lived as authors and filmmakers, forever separated from friends and family. "We call the places we are born our homes," wrote one, Han Tae Yong, in a short story. "There should be a separate word for the places we die, a word that sounds as fond as the word 'home' does." Now their lives have been ma...

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House approves bill seeking to impose stiffer penalties for child abuse

2 hours 13 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- The House of Representatives on Monday unanimously approved on third and final reading a bill seeking to impose stiffer penalties for child abuse, exploitation, and discrimination. Some 164 House members voted to approve House Bill No. 9024; no one opposed or abstained. The proposed law seeks to amend several sections of Republic Act (RA) No. 7610, as amended by Republic Act No. 9231, also known as the "Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation, and Discrimination." Stiffer penalties Once the bill is enacted into law, any person who would hire, employ, use, persuade, induce or coerce a child to perform in obscene exhibitions and ...

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Boy struck by lightning in Zamboanga del Sur

2 hours 14 min ago
      ZAMBOANGA CITY---A 16-year-old boy aboard a pumpboat was hit by lightning in the waters off Barangay Quarry around 7:15 a.m. on Saturday, May 26, police here reported. Roger Harden Guillena Jr., a grade 8 student of Culabay National High School, was on his way to Tagbina town center in Zamboanga del Sur, when the incident happened, Police Brigadier General Emmanuel Licup, regional director of PRO 9, said. Ronilo Ocang, a banca operator who witnessed the incident, said he saw Guillena, a resident of Purok Quarry, Barangay Abong-Abong, fell from the banca after the lightning struck the vessel. He immediately reported the incident, prompting villagers ...

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Call me crazy but neon is making a comeback

2 hours 19 min ago
It may be an eyesore to others but it's definitely the trend which will bleed out this year. I can't explain why but I've been seeing neon a lot lately. Earlier this year, Vogue spotted how neon green is highlighting the outfits of Kendall Jenner and Ashley Graham, as well as the runways of Gucci and Marine Serre. https://www.instagram.com/p/BsGlh0Rj9nT/ Lately, the shade is popping up more and more. Consider Amber Valletta's feathery green jacket for the MET Gala. https://www.instagram.com/p/BxQDDnOhdG2/   Versace debuted an entire acid green suit for their latest collection, as seen on model Sean O'Pry. https://www.instagram.com/p/BxbqWgvif-u/ A little earl...

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Legarda son’s solar firm secures legislative franchise

2 hours 23 min ago
  MANILA, Philippines - Voting 16-0-1, the Senate has approved on third and final reading a bill granting a25-year legislativefranchiseto SolarPara sa Bayan (SPSB)Corporation.   Solar Para sa Bayan Corp. (SPSB) is a solar energy provider founded and owned by Leandro Leviste, son of Senator Loren Legarda.   SPSB will construct, install, establish, operate and maintain distributable power technologies and mini-grid systems throughout the Philippines to improve access to sustainable energy.   The proposed franchise of SPSB, was contained in House BillNo.8179, which wasapproved by the House ofRepresentativesin December.   SPSB is a Filipino...

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Paddy fields of dreams: the Myanmar teen making way in women’s football

2 hours 26 min ago
Myanmar U19 striker San Thaw Thaw fled from her family's paddy fields to follow her footballing dreams, inspired by her girlhood hero Wayne Rooney. One of five daughters, the 18-year-old grew up in Nyaung Tone township in Ayeyarwaddy division obsessed with football in a country that often frowns on women playing sport. Although her parents wanted her to go to university she had other ideas, with her grandfather, an ex-player, the only family member to support her ambitions. Five years ago San Thaw Thaw left the muddy rice fields to take up a place on the U14 national side in Yangon and in 2016 was spotted and recruited by former Myanmar player Than Than Htwe, now coaching Zwe Ka Pin...

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Duterte: I will resign if Paolo runs to become House Speaker

2 hours 26 min ago
  MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday that he will resign if his son,Davao City congressman-elect Paolo "Pulong" Duterte will vie to become Speaker of the House of Representatives.   "Itong si Paolo, sinabi ko sa kanya, if you run for speakership, let me know. Kasi kung tatakbo ka, magre-resign ako," Duterte said during the oath taking of several government officials at Malacaang Palace.   Duterte said he remains neutral on the issue of House speakership but admitted that some aspiring candidates approached him even before the May 13 midterm elections. (Editor: Katherine G. Adraneda)...

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Horse death toll rises at Santa Anita

2 hours 30 min ago
A third horse has died in nine days at Santa Anita Park, bringing the equine death toll at the Southern California track to 26 since December 26. Track officials confirmed that 9-year-old gelding Kochees was euthanized on Sunday, a day after suffering a leg injury in a $10,000 claiming race. Mike Willman, Santa Anita's director of publicity, confirmed that surgeons determined the animal couldn't be saved because of loss of blood flow to the injured limb. The three deaths in nine days follow nearly six weeks without a fatality at the scenic race track northeast of Los Angeles. But 26 horses have died in either racing or training since the current race meeting opened on Dec...

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Trillanes admits ‘Bikoy’ approached him last year

2 hours 31 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV disclosed on Monday that "Bikoy" approached him, though priests, last year. "Bikoy" is the hooded man in the "Ang Totoong Narcolist" videos, which linked President Rodrigo Duterte's family and allies to the illegal drug trade. Last May 6, a certain Peter Peter Joemel Advincula surfaced, claiming to be "Bikoy" and repeating his allegations in the videos. READ: 'Bikoy' surfaces at IBP office, claims his life is in danger "Una nang inilapit sa akin itong si Bikoy ng mga pari noong August last year (The priests brought Bikoy to me last year)," Trillanes said in a privilege speech. "Ayon sa kanila, ito raw si B...

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Tennis and tropical plants: New French Open court is wild

2 hours 34 min ago
PARIS --- Tennis and tropical plants: The stunning new court at the French Open is, quite literally, wild. Surrounded on all four sides by greenhouses filed with exotic plants, the Court Simonne Mathieu saw its first French Open match on Sunday, a triumph for tournament organizers who overcame strong opposition from critics who long sought to block construction in a 19th-century garden of the 5,290-seat arena. Automatic sprinklers periodically doused the lush greenery from Africa, Asia, South America and Australia as Garbine Muguruza, too busy to notice, beat Taylor Townsend of the United States 5-7, 6-2, 6-2. Muguruza, the 2016 champion, later gave a big thumbs-up to th...

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Melania Trump enjoys nature-themed Japan cultural experience

2 hours 37 min ago
    TOKYO --- First Lady Melania Trump had a nature-oriented Japanese cultural experience Monday at Akasaka Palace, where she learned that bamboo trunks can create music and serve as flower vases as well.   Mrs. Trump and Japanese first lady Akie Abe were entertained by tunes from a "shakuhachi" bamboo flute, played by flutist Yosuke Irie, with a set of bamboo trunks standing upright like a screen behind him.   The bamboo installation then turned into a set of vases as flower artist Kumiko Kato built a sculpture out of it, decorating the vases with curved oak branches, maple leaves, blue hydrangea flowers and other plants, while the flutist playe...

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A year after semifinal run, Cecchinato loses in 1st round

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PARIS --- Marco Cecchinato's achievements at Grand Slam tournaments still start and end with his stunning run to the semifinals of last year's French Open, which included an upset win over Novak Djokovic. The Italian clay-courter wasted a two sets-to-none lead in a 2-6, 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 loss to French wild card Nicolas Mahut in the opening round at Roland Garros on Sunday. "I haven't really digested the match yet but it's never nice to lose when you're up two sets to none --- and even more so after last year's semifinal," Cecchinato said. Cecchinato has now lost in the opening round of eight of the nine majors he has entered --- with his performance in Paris a year ago...

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Cashier who walks 6 miles to work given a car by dealer

2 hours 44 min ago
A cashier from Louisiana, United States has been given a car by a local car dealer after her story of walking 6 miles to work circulated online. Anita Singleton of Slidell works as a Walmart cashier and walks 6 miles to work a few times a week when she cannot get a ride. Singleton was seen walking alone around 5 a.m. of May 20 by Slidell police officer Brad Peck, who asked her where she was headed to. "I asked her where she was headed to which she replied, 'work.' I said, 'Walmart?' 'Yes sir,' she replied. I said which one, thinking it's gotta be the neighborhood Walmart, it's the closest one to where we were. She said Northshore Boulevard. I said, 'mam, that's a really long walk, ju...

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Not giving up: House approves refiled coco levy fund bill

2 hours 48 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- The House of Representatives is not giving up on the coco levy fund bill as the chamber passed it on third and final reading Monday, more than three months after President Rodrigo Duterte vetoed the measure.   The chamber approved House Bill No. 9197, which seeks to create a P10 billion "jumpstart fund" for the exclusive use of coconut farmers and the coconut industry, with 159 votes in favor, five against, and zero abstention. The proposed law was approved on second reading last May 22.   According to the bill, the coco levy trust fund would be governed by a committee under the Office of the President and composed of the Department of Agricu...

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Pangilinan lauds signing of Sagip Saka Act into law

2 hours 55 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Senator Francis Pangilinan on Monday lauded the signing of the Sagip Saka Act into law that will institutionalize an enterprise program for fishermen and farmers.   Pangilinan, who serves as the principal author and sponsor of the Republic Act 11321 or the Sagip Saka Act, said farmers and fisherfolk will benefit the most from the law especially amid the issues of exportation and low prices in the global market.   "Ang pagsasabatas ng Sagip Saka ay tagumpay ng mga magsasaka at mangingisda, ang mahigit 10 milyong Pilipinong nagpapakain sa atin," Pangilinan said in a statement.   "Ngayon, higit kailanman, napaka-kritikal nitong batas...

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Arkansas newspaper gambles on free iPads as the future

2 hours 59 min ago
HOPE, Arkansas --- Over a lunch of hamburger steaks, mashed potatoes and green beans, Walter Hussman delivered his pitch to the dozen or so attendees of the Hope, Arkansas, Rotary Club meeting. He promised that if they keep paying their current rate of $36 a month for subscription to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper, even though it will no longer be printed daily or delivered to their door, they'll get a free iPad to view a digital version. The daily digital replica of the state's largest newspaper will be accessed with an easy-to-use app they can download on the tablet that the newspaper is distributing to subscribers. Hussman, the newspaper's publisher, said Wednesday ...

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Australian cardinal won’t fight sentence if he loses appeal

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    SYDNEY - An Australian court spokesman says disgraced Catholic cardinal George Pell will not fight for a reduced jail sentence if he fails in his appeal of his conviction for molesting two choirboys in the 1990s.     The 77-year-old Pell --- the most senior Catholic convicted of sex abuse --- was sentenced in a Melbourne court in March to six years in prison.     He must serve at least three years and eight months of the term.     Pell will appeal his conviction next month. His lawyers have filed an application arguing it should be overturned on three grounds.     But Andre Awadalla, a spo...

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