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US slips in global press freedom rankings

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 15:54
Journalists are battling a rising tide of hatred, violence and persecution around the world, an international watchdog has warned, as authoritarian regimes clamp down on press freedom and leading democracies including the United States slide down the global rankings.
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2 brothers fall in San Juan City drug sting

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 15:54
  MANILA, Philippines --- Two brothers, who are former drug surrenderees, were arrested in a buy-bust operation in San Juan City on Holy Wednesday, Eastern Police District (EPD) reported. Drug suspect Arnaldo Gallardo, 55; and Arnel Gallardo, 50, who were both residents of M. Salvador St. Barangay San Perfecto, were arrested after they sold P500 worth of shabu (crystal meth) to an undercover police officer during the operation. Confiscated from the suspects were nine pieces of heat sealed transparent sachets of suspected shabu. San Juan City Police Chief Col. Ariel Fulo said the arrest stemmed from confidential informations that the Gallardo brothers went back to ped...

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Blake Griffin misses another playoff game due to sore knee

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 15:52
MILWAUKEE --- Detroit Pistons' big man Blake Griffin was out of the lineup for the second game of the team's first round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks. Griffin sat out Game 1 of the series with left knee soreness. The Pistons lost the opener by 35 points. They also lost Game 2 to trail 0-2. He took part in light drills at Wednesday morning's shoot around while wearing a heavy brace on his leg. He had been listed as questionable and had been openly lobbying coach Dwane Casey to let him return to the court. Casey said before tipoff Wednesday that Griffin has good days and bad, and the knee might different at different times of the day. "He's got the situation w...

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France to hold daylong tribute to Notre Dame firefighters

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 15:45
PARIS --- It's a day of tribute to the Paris firefighters who saved Notre Dame Cathedral from collapse and rescued its treasures from encroaching flames. French President Emmanuel Macron is hosting them for a special gathering on Thursday. Later, Paris City Hall will hold a ceremony in the firefighters' honor, with a concert, two giant banners and readings from Victor Hugo's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." More than 400 firefighters took part in the nine-hour battle to save the 12th-century Notre Dame on Monday. Among those being honored Thursday is Paris fire brigade chaplain Jean-Marc Fournier, who helped salvage the crown of thorns believed to have been worn by Jesus. I...

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Giant ancient lion discovered

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 15:44
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Antetokounmpo’s 2nd half explosion leads Bucks past Pistons for 2-0 lead

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 15:37
MILWAUKEE --- Saddled with early foul trouble and faced with an aggressive defensive scheme that kept him in check for the first two quarters, Giannis Antetokounmpo set the tone immediately in the second half. Antetokounmpo scored 13 of his 26 points in Milwaukee's big third quarter and the Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons 120-99 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series. After scoring 10 points and playing only 14 minutes in the first half, Antetokounmpo scored Milwaukee's first seven points in the third quarter. "It is about will," Antetokounmpo said. "I knew they were going to put guys in the paint, crowd me. I just tried to have patience." ...

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Coffee helps Nestle brew up sales growth

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 15:28
ZURICH, Switzerland --- Swiss food giant Nestle said Thursday its sales have climbed, boosted by recent acquisitions including the right to market Starbucks coffee products in supermarkets around the world. Despite the overall climate of stagnant consumer spending in industrialized countries and a slowdown in growth in emerging markets, Nestle reported a 4.3 percent rise in sales in the first quarter of this year to 22.2 million Swiss francs ($22 billion, 19.4 billion euros). Recent acquisitions accounted for 1.2 percentage points of that increase. In recent years, the company has been under intense shareholder pressure to boost sales and profitability, and has been shaking ...

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Expect ‘Pink Moon’ on Good Friday, but don’t hope to see blush

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 15:27
MANILA, Philippines --- If Friday night's sky will be clear and dark, Filipinos would have the best view of an astronomical phenomenon called "Pink Moon." Philippine Astronomical Society (PAS) Vice President Leogiver Maosca said Thursday the term "Pink Moon" is a nickname for April's full moon and will be completely visible through the naked eye. "The term comes fromPhlox stolonifera,a pink flower common in the vicinity of Appalachian Mountains from Pennsylvania south to northern Georgia in the US," Maosca toldINQUIRER.netin an email interview. But Maosca said do not expect to see pink because while the name suggests that the moon will be in that shade, Friday's full moon's color wi...

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Entrance to national parks in US is free this Easter weekend

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 15:26
Just in time for the spring thaw, national parks across the United States are waiving their entrance fees this weekend as part of National Park Week. From April 20 to 28, parks across the country will be hosting special programs and events like conservation activities, wildlife encounters and junior ranger programs for kids. On Easter weekend --- specifically Saturday, April 20 --- entrance to all national parks will be free. The campaign will also reach social media, with the launch of special National Park Service Facebook frames and Rangeremoji. To find a special event near you, visit the National Park Service website.CE/JB RELATED STORIES: Art in the P...

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Telecoms regulator chief wants to block China Mobile from US

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 15:18
  SAN FRANCISCO -- The chairman of the top US telecoms regulator on Wednesday announced his opposition to allowing China Mobile to operate in the United States, citing risks to American national security. The statement from Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai could mark the beginning of the end for the Chinese telecoms giant's eight-year effort to crack the US market.   https://twitter.com/FCC/status/1118590250706710532 China Mobile -- the world's largest mobile operator with nearly 930 million customers as of February -- first filed an application for permission to operate in the United States in 2011. Composed of Democrats and Republicans, th...

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Japan emperor pays last homage at Shinto shrine before abdication

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 15:15
TOKYO --- Japanese Emperor Akihito made his last pilgrimage to the country's holiest Shinto shrine on Thursday, as people lined the route to catch a glimpse of the 85-year-old ahead of his abdication this month. Akihito and his wife Michiko's last trip as emperor and empress to the Ise Jingu shrine in central Japan is part of a series of abdication ceremonies ahead of his retirement on April 30, to make way for his son Crown Prince Naruhito. Cheering well-wishers waved national flags as the royal couple's motorcade headed to the shrine, dedicated to sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami - the emperor's mythical ancestor. "I'm touched. I'm very happy to have seen them," a beaming woman told ...

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Celtics rally past Pacers to pull ahead 2-0 in first round series

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 15:12
BOSTON --- A poor third quarter did the Indiana Pacers in during Game 1 of their first-round series with the Boston Celtics. In Game 2, Boston seized on a fourth-quarter collapse by Indiana. Kyrie Irving scored 37 points and Boston rallied late in the fourth quarter to beat Indiana 99-91 Wednesday night and take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Coming out of a timeout and with a chance for Indiana to tie, the Pacers' Wesley Matthews threw an inbounds pass into the bench on the other side of the court with 12.1 seconds left. On the ensuing play, the Celtics' Al Horford passed to Jayson Tatum, who was fouled on a two-handed dunk. He completed the three-point play to mak...

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Pinterest prices IPO at $19 to begin trading Thursday

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 15:09
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Pinterest on Wednesday announced it would price its initial public offering at $19 a share to begin trading on Wall Street the following day. The online bulletin board popular among women is offering 75 million shares on the New York Stock Exchange with 11.25 million extra if required, raising between $1.4 and $1.6 billion, and will trade under the symbol "PINS."   https://twitter.com/NYSE/status/1118669100635574272 At $19, the introductory price is above the range $15-$17 that was predicted and which valued the company at $11 billion. It comes in the wake of a lackluster market debut for ride-sharing platform Lyft, which began...

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Samsung to inspect Galaxy Fold phones after reviewer complaints

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 15:02
    SEOUL -- Samsung announced Thursday it will inspect units of its highly anticipated folding smartphone after some reviewers reported screen damage.   https://twitter.com/SamsungMobile/status/1117850072807399425 A handful of US-based reporters were given the flagship Galaxy Fold phones, priced at $1,980, ahead of the model's official release next week, and they reported screen issues within days of using the devices. "The screen on my Galaxy Fold review unit is completely broken and unusable just two days in," Bloomberg's Mark Gunman tweeted. And Dieter Bohn of The Verge said: "Something happened to my Galaxy Fold screen and caused a bulge... It...

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Tottenham stuns Man City to reach Champions League semis

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 15:00
MANCHESTER, England--- More than two minutes into stoppage time, Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling slid across the field and puffed his chest to the crowd, roaring in elation. Tottenham players collapsed to the turf, some flat on their backs, forlorn and heartbroken. From the brink of Champions League elimination, Manchester City was celebrating its passage to the semifinals. Not for long. As City manager Pep Guardiola was leaping on the touchline, Turkish referee Cneyt akir was receiving updates in his ear from the video assistant referee checking replays. The stadium soon became hushed until the big screen flashed: "No goal. VAR. Offside." Guardiola threw his h...

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Fast food resto apologizes for serving chlorine-laced milk tea to customer

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 14:59
A McDonald's restaurant in China has issued an apology after a customer was served bubble milk tea with chlorine. The incident happened at Fuzhou Changle International airport in Fujian, as per the Strait Metropolis Daily via South China Morning Post on April 16. The customer, a woman identified only as Huang, was brought to the hospital last April 12. She apparently suffered from vomiting, a sore throat, stomach ache and a damaged digestive tract. "She just had one sip and found it tasted bad," Huang's husband, Tang, was quoted as saying. "But she already swallowed some of it." He added that the milk tea reeked when Huang removed the lid, smelling strongly of disinfectant. "I a...

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Louis Tomlinson breaks silence following sister’s death

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 14:53
MANILA, Philippines --- Singer-songwriter Louis Tomlinson on Wednesday broke his silence about the passing of his sister Flicit. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bqhfn7hgPWB/ "Just wanted to thank everyone for their lovely words over the past couple of weeks," Tomlinson wrote in a tweet. https://twitter.com/Louis_Tomlinson/status/1118527224804777984 The 27-year-old singer also hinted at an upcoming song. "Back in the studio today to vocal something I wrote a few months ago. Sending you all loads of love x," his said. Tomlinson's tweet came a month after her sister Flicit reportedly collapsed due to a suspected heart attack at her apartment in London. Flicit, a fashion design...

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Researchers discover ancient giant ‘lion’ in Kenya

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 14:48
PARIS --- A giant lion with enormous fangs that roamed the Kenyan savannah more than 20 million years ago was one of the largest ever meat-eating mammals, researchers said Thursday. A team unearthed the lower jaw, teeth, and other bones of a new species, Simbakubwa kutokaafrika -- Swahili for "big African lion". They calculated it would have weighed up to 1,500 kilograms and could have preyed upon the elephant-like creatures that lived there at the time. "Based on its massive teeth, Simbakubwa was a specialized hyper-carnivore that was significantly larger than the modern lion and possibly larger than a polar bear," said Matthew Borths, from Duke University, who co-led the resea...

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Travelers continue to flock to ports on Maundy Thursday

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 14:47
MANILA, Philippines --- People who wish to spend their Holy Week holidays in their provinces continued to flock to ports across the country early morning of Maundy Thursday.   The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has monitored a total of 29,910 outbound passengers in ports nationwide from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. on April 18.   The number is still higher than the passengers recorded at the same period on Tuesday, which was at 24,664.   Majority of the passengers were recorded at Southern Tagalog provinces at 10,545, followed by Central Visayas with 7,363 passengers.   Moreover, 3,285 passengers were recorded in Northern Mindanao ports while Eastern Visaya...

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Teen strikes again with ‘RKO’ wrestling move—this time on plastic alligator

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 14:45
The 18-year-old teen who tried to do an "RKO" finishing wrestling move at his school principal was arrested again, this time for doing the same stunt to an "alligator." Gianny Sosa-Hernandez was arrested on Monday, April 15, after he wrestled with a plastic alligator display at a local mall in Kendall, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA, WPLG Local 10 reported. The report said Sosa-Hernandez wrestled with the inanimate alligator last March, which was worth $3,690 (around P190,600) and which got damaged due to the incident. Sosa-Hernandez had the video posted last April 4 on his Instagram page.Police were only made aware of what happened weeks later. The teen then appeared in...

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