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Thousands flee as Indonesia's Mount Semeru volcano erupts

CNN Top Stories - Sat, 12/04/2021 - 21:00
Mount Semeru, a volcano on Indonesia's East Java Province, erupted on Saturday, spewing a column of smoke and ash while displacing thousands from the area, authorities said.
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Thousands flee as Indonesia’s Mount Semeru erupts

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 12/04/2021 - 20:58
JAKARTA -- Indonesia's Mount Semeru erupted on Saturday, spewing out a tower of smoke and ash that plunged local communities into darkness and forced thousands of nearby residents to flee. There were no immediate reports of casualties, the country's disaster mitigation agency said. But rescuers moved to evacuate local residents as lava reached nearby villages and destroyed a bridge in Lumajang regency in East Java. "A number of areas went dark after being covered by volcanic ash," agency spokesman Abdul Muhari said. "We are building up some shelters in several locations in Lumajang," he added. A video released by the agency showed locals, including scores of children, ...

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PNP chief orders probe into bombing of NGCP tower in Lanao del Sur

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 12/04/2021 - 20:42
  MANILA, Philippines --- Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Dionardo Carlos ordered the Police Regional Office in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao to further investigate the bombing of a transmission tower of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP). "The investigation will establish what really transpired. We are also coordinating with NGCP and other possible witnesses of the bombing incident," Carlos said in a statement on Saturday. He added that the police force is strongly denouncing the "terroristic act." "The PNP understands that this incident will further burden the public as service interruption of power supply i...

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Escudero says PH winning vs COVID-19

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 12/04/2021 - 20:27
  MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippines is winning its fight against COVID-19, Sorsogon Governor Chiz Escudero believes. In an interview on DWIZ on Saturday, Escudero, a senatorial aspirant in the 2022 polls, was quizzed if he sees the Philippines as being victorious against COVID-19. "As of now, yes, 'wag lang tayo magka-second or third wave tulad ng nangyayari sa Europa at sa America," he answered. (As of now, yes, as long as we would not have a second wave or a third wave like that in Europe and America.) Europe has become the COVID-19 pandemic's epicenter anew after it logged surges in COVID-19 cases. According to Escudero, vaccination is one factor why t...

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Niigata skid now 12 in a row after loss to Akita

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 12/04/2021 - 20:10
MANILA, Philippines---Niigata and Kobe Paras struck a dozen straight losses after they fell to Akita, 79-62, in their East Conference meeting of the 2021-22 Japan B.League season Saturday at their home floor of City Hall Plaza Aore Nagaoka. The Albirex BB stumbled to a miserable 2-13 slate to tie Ibaraki at the bottom of the conference while the Northern Happinets claimed the sixth seed with an 8-7 record. Jordan Glynn capped off a 10-2 run with a four-point play to put Akita comfortably ahead, 30-19, midway through the second quarter. That scoring spurt turned out to be the difference in the game as Niigata never got to within striking distance. Colton Iverson finished with 21 poin...

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B.League: Minus Thirdy Ravena, undermanned San-En loses seventh straight

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 12/04/2021 - 20:00
MANILA, Philippines---San-En's misery continued as its eight-man roster suffered a devastating 104-71 loss to Mikawa in its West Conference clash in the 2021-22 Japan B.League season Saturday at its home floor of Toyohashi City Gymnasium in Aichi. Key cog Thirdy Ravena missed the game as he served the first of a two-game suspension imposed by the NeoPhoenix after the Filipino guard damaged a sponsor signboard in a loss to Toyama. San-En dropped its seventh straight game and slid to a 3-12 record for the 10th seed in the conference while the Seahorses tied Shimane in second at 10-5. The Seahorses held a narrow 41-38 lead heading into the break but waxed hot in the third quarter, wher...

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NPC has no endorsement for 2022 polls yet —Escudero

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 12/04/2021 - 19:45
  MANILA, Philippines --- The Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) has not endorsed any aspirants yet for the 2022 elections despite having aspiring vice president Senate President Vicente Sotto III in the party, Sorsogon Governor Chiz Escudero said on Saturday. Escudero, a senatorial aspirant running under NPC, said that the party usually announces its endorsement by March or April before the upcoming polls. "Wala pang ganu'ng pasya ang NPC. Nakausap ko lang sila mga one month ago, 'yung ilang opisyal ng NPC, wala pa silang pormal at opisyal na desisyon kung sino ang susuportahan," he said in an interview on DWIZ. (The NPC has no decision on that yet. I talked to so...

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Exclusive video shows arrest of Crumbley parents

CNN Top Stories - Sat, 12/04/2021 - 19:26
Police arrested James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of the suspect in the Oxford High School shooting Ethan Crumbley, on manslaughter charges.
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Gambians vote with marbles in key test for stability

CNN Top Stories - Sat, 12/04/2021 - 19:21
Polls opened in Gambia on Saturday with voters using a unique voting system, marbles dropped in each candidate's ballot drum, in a tightly fought presidential election that will test stability and democratic progress.
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Body of alleged NPA fighter discovered in Zamboanga del Norte town

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 12/04/2021 - 19:04
  DAPITAN CITY ------ Army troopers discovered the body of a dead woman said to be a New People's Army (NPA) guerrilla in the hinterlands of Sergio Osmea town in Zamboanga del Norte on Saturday (Dec. 4). According to Lieutenant Adrian Resueno of the Army's 97th Infantry Battalion (97IB), the government forces saw the dead body in Barangay Macalibre and a former rebel identified the woman as an NPA fighter although no identity was given. Resueno said government troopers extracted the dead body on Saturday and brought it to Sergio Osmea town where it was subjected to autopsy. Resueno added the dead woman had several bullet wounds on her body. In the last three days,...

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PH to have generally fair Sunday weather — Pagasa

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 12/04/2021 - 18:54
  MANILA, Philippines --- The country will have generally fair Sunday weather, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said. Based on Pagasa's public weather forecast on Thursday, the northeast monsoon, or "amihan," will prevail over Luzon. The Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Aurora, and northern Quezon including the Polillo Islands will have cloudy skies with light rain due to the northeast monsoon. The weather system will likewise bring fair weather conditions or partly cloudy to cloudy skies with chances of isolated light rain over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon. Fairweather conditions or ...

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Oita Miyoshi drops 4th straight game despite Bryan Bagunas’ 26 points

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 12/04/2021 - 18:41
MANILA, Philippines---Oita Miyoshi and Bryan Bagunas failed to break out of their slump as they faltered late in their upset bid against Suntory, 20-25, 27-25, 27-25, 18-25, 12-15, in the 2021-22 Japan V.League season Saturday at Kumamoto Prefectural Gymnasium. The Weisse Adler have now dropped four straight matches while staying in the ninth seed in the ladder with a 2-11 record while the Sunbirds are in third with a 9-4 card. Bagunas fired off a team-high 26 points while Kota Yamada and Emerson Rodriguez added 19 and 13 points, respectively. Alain J. de Armas had 28 points to lead the Sunbirds while Kosuke Hata and Shikun Peng added 16 and 14 points, respectively. Oita Miyoshi an...

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Militants kill at least 31 in central Mali, say local authorities

CNN Top Stories - Sat, 12/04/2021 - 18:27
Militants killed at least 31 people in central Mali on Friday when they fired on a bus ferrying people to a local market, local authorities said -- the latest deadly attack in a region racked by violent insurgency.
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Ex-E.B. Magalona Mayor David Lacson dies

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 12/04/2021 - 18:17
BACOLOD CITY -- Former E.B. Magalona Mayor David Lacson of Negros Occidental passed away on Friday evening, Dec. 3, 2021. His cousin, former board member Patrick Lacson, said the 46-year-old former mayor died at the Riverside Medical Center in Bacolod City. "He was a kind hearted, principled man. He loved his family, the people of EB Magalona, and Negros," Patrick said. "I'm happy that there is nothing but love between us, not even politics was able to destroy," he added. Former Negros Occidental board member Enrique Miguel Lacson said the former mayor was admitted at the hospital on Wednesday due to pneumonia. David was survived by his wife, Risa, and children Moki, D...

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Old bridge collapses in La Carlota, Negros Occ.; 1 injured

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 12/04/2021 - 18:16
BACOLOD CITY, Philippines---A worker was injured when a steel bridge being demolished in La Carlota City, Negros Occidental, collapsed at about 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3. Jomer Savilla, 39, of Valenzuela, Metro Manila, sustained head and leg injuries. The bridge, which connects barangays Nagasi and Cubay in La Carlota City, has not been used for about 20 years and was being demolished by a contractor of the Department of Public Works and Highways, said Mayor Rex Jalando-on. "The old bridge was being demolished so it would not pose a danger," he said. /ra...

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Marck Espejo, FC Tokyo stop two-game slide with upset win over Sakai

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 12/04/2021 - 18:13
MANILA, Philippines---FC Tokyo and Marck Espejo put a stop to their two-match skid after an upset of Sakai in four sets, 25-17, 25-20, 15-25, 25-19, in the 2021-22 Japan V.League season Saturday at Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Ground Gymnasium in Tokyo. Jonas Kvalen fired 23 points to lead FC Tokyo to a 4-9 record while Yuma Nagatomo added 16 points. Espejo also finished in double figures with 10 points for Tokyo. Vernon Evans led the Blazers with 18 points while Yuki Higuchi added 13 points as they dropped just third game for a 10-3 record and shared the first seed with the Toray Arrows. FC Tokyo and Sakai will once again face each other on Sunday at the same venue. REL...

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Guevarra says NBI probe on Bree Jonson case stalled

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 12/04/2021 - 18:12
MANILA, Philippines --- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)'s probe on the death of artist Bree Jonson has been stalled, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Saturday. "[T]he NBI investigation has been stalled. [O]ur agents have a pending application for a search warrant to secure forensic evidence (the judge is on extended leave)," Guevarra said in a statement. "[T]hey are also waiting for the PNP (Philippine National Police) response to their requests for clarification on the PNP's DNA report," he added. In November, a La Union court dismissed the drug case against Julian Ongpin, scion of businessman Roberto Ongpin. He earlier appealed to the Department of ...

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Jaja Santiago, Saitama Ageo Medics stretch streak to three games

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 12/04/2021 - 18:05
MANILA, Philippines---Saitama and Jaja Santiago extended their winning streak to three matches as they took down Hitachi in four sets, 25-18, 18-25, 25-18, 25-23, in the 2021-22 Japan V.League season Saturday at Adastria Mito Arena in Ibaraki. The Ageo Medics improved to 8-5, tying Hisamitsu in fifth place while the Rivale slid to the inverse of 5-8 at eighth. Mami Uchiseto led Saitama with 21 points while Yuka Sato wasn't far behind at 19 points with Santiago pitching in seven points. Miwako Nagauchi had 17 points for the Rivale while Ruriko Uesaka had 14 points. Saitama and Hitachi will have their second straight meeting against each other Sunday at the same venue. RELATED STO...

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Black job applicant suing over hair discrimination, but the company claims misunderstanding

CNN Top Stories - Sat, 12/04/2021 - 18:01
A Black job applicant suing an employer over hair discrimination is demanding an apology and policy change -- but the company said it was a misunderstanding.
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NBI starts autopsy on Nuezca remains, no official report yet — DOJ

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 12/04/2021 - 17:58
    MANILA, Philippines --- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has performed an autopsy on Jonel Nuezca, the former policeman who was convicted of murdering a mother and son in Tarlac. "[T]he NBI has conducted the autopsy but has not submitted an official report. [T]his may take a few more days," Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra reported in a statement on Saturday. On November 30, 6:30 p.m., Nuezca's cellmates transported him to the New Bilibid Prison hospital after he collapsed while walking outside his dormitory. Bureau of Corrections spokesperson Gabriel Chaclag said that Nuezca was declared dead at 6:44 p.m. with the cause still unknown. He a...

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