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For the second time in history, a bird has been brought back from extinction in the wild

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 18:55
Almost four decades after completely disappearing from the wild, a bird that had survived only in captivity now roams freely on two tropical islands.
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Bus with 53 passengers catches fire in Samar town; no one hurt

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 18:53
  SAN JORGE, Samar - A bus bound for Manila caught fire here around 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19.   Capt. Michael Ray Caete, San Jorge chief of police, said no one was hurt.   He said at 53 passengers were on board the bus when it suddenly caught fire.   The local fire bureau is still conducting an investigation to identify the cause of the blaze.   Edited by TSB  ...

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From Instagram to TikTok: How social media evolved this decade

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 18:53
Shortly after midnight Pacific time on October 6, 2010, a new app built by a small team went live on Apple's App Store. Right away, they noticed people abroad signing up for the app, called Instagram; by 6 a.m. the startup was so overwhelmed with traffic that its servers reportedly melted down.
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Teener driving motorcycle without license at high speed killed in crash with SUV

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 18:50
REINA MERCEDES, Isabela--A 16-year-old student died after a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) hit the motorcycle he was driving along the national highway here on Wednesday (Dec. 19), police said.   Capt. Frances Littaua, Isabela police spokesperson, identified the victim as John Erol Ramos, a Grade 11 student from the village of Sinippil.   Littaua said Ramos was driving at a high speed and occupied the wrong lane before crashing into the SUV driven by Richard Bigbigan, 30, a civil engineer from Gamu town.   Ramos, who had no driver's license, was thrown off his motorcycle due to the impact.   Investigators said Ramos' head hit the pavement, causin...

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Pagasa monitors two low-pressure areas

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 18:47
      MANILA, Philippines --- Two low-pressure areas (LPA) are being monitored by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa). Pagasa said Thursday that the first LPA has already entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) and is located 860 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. Its trough is currently affecting weather conditions in the northeastern parts of Mindanao, bringing light to moderate rains that may cause floods in low areas. Pagasa said there is a low chance that the LPA would develop into a tropical storm, and by the weekend, it might pass the Visayas and Mindanao area, causing lig...

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In Bacolod, acquittal of one key accused in Ampatuan massacre was fly in the ointment

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 18:46
BACOLOD CITY - The sister of one of the 57 victims of the Ampatuan massacre in 2009 expressed elation that justice had been served as journalists who also watched the verdict's announcement expressed disappointment that there was no "100 percent" conviction.   Andrea Jayme, based in Bacolod and sister of slain human rights lawyer Connie Jayme-Brizuela, said the family had long waited for the verdict "and it has given us some closure."   At least 57 people, including 32 journalists, were mowed down by gunfire in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao province on Nov. 23, 2009.   The journalists joined the convoy of then Buluan vice mayor Esmael "Toto" Mangudadatu who ...

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‘Star Wars’: 42 years of box office gold

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 18:46
It has been 42 years since George Lucas struck box office gold with "Star Wars", his intergalactic tale of good and evil, Jedi and Sith, bounty hunters and blasters. That film --- later re-titled "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" --- has launched 10 prequels, sequels and spinoffs, including "The Rise of Skywalker", out in theaters this week. Here is a breakdown of every live-action theatrical release in the "Star Wars" universe, in the order of the money they made at box offices worldwide (figures not adjusted for inflation): Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) $2.07 billion Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017) $1.33 billion Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) $1.06...

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Boeing tells PH military: Get Apache choppers, stop being ‘pushed around’ by China

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 18:41
  MANILA, Philippines--- American aircraft manufacturer Boeing, reeling from its biggest crisis over its 737 Max planes, is making a pitch for some of its most advanced military aircraft to the Philippine government.   David Brostrom, marketing and sales director for vertical lift of Boeing Indo-Pacific, said at a media roundtable on Wednesday (Dec. 18) that it was offering to the Philippine military two of its most reliable and high-tech helicopters---the Apache AH-64E and Chinook CH-47F.   The two choppers, he said, are known for their capability and interoperability advantages.   "The biggest advantage --- who would not want this?" said Bro...

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Daughter of Maguindanao massacre’s 58th victim dismayed over acquittal

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 18:39
MANILA, Philippines -- As families of the 57 victims of the Maguindanao massacre rejoice over the verdict handed down by the Quezon City regional trial court, justice for the 58th victim of the slaughter remained elusive. Ma. Reynafe Castillo, daughter of photojournalistReynaldo "Bebot" Momay, tried to hold back tears as she expressed her dismay over the decision of QC RTC Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes during an radio interview over dzMM Thursday. "Nung narinig ko yung number 57, I knew right away na hindi naisama yung kaso ng tatay ko. Sobrang nakakasama ng loob dahil sampung taon din po akong naghintay," she said. (When I heard the number 57, I knew right away that my father's cas...

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Latest ‘Star Wars’ gets worst reviews in decades

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 18:37
"The Rise of Skywalker" was meant to provide a satisfying conclusion to nine "Star Wars" films but for many critics, its aim was as wide of the mark as a stormtrooper in a blaster battle. Director J.J. Abrams's return to the space saga has been slammed as unoriginal and slavishly pandering to the franchise's rabid core fanbase. It has a score of 59% from around 200 critics on movies website Rotten Tomatoes --- the worst of any live-action "Star Wars" episode since the panned prequel "The Phantom Menace" two decades ago. The Los Angeles Times called it "an epic failure of nerve" with a "succession of cheap 'gotcha!' twists." "In its anxiety not to offend, it comes off more...

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‘Legends of the Hidden Temple’ to be revived for adult contestants

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 18:37
If one of your childhood dreams was to be a brawny and brainy contestant in "Legends of the Hidden Temple", wait no more. The adventure show set in a Mayan temple will be rebooted in 2020, mobile video platform Quibi announced Monday, Dec. 16. The streaming service will launch in April next year. https://twitter.com/Quibi/status/1206590303228059650 Olmec, the talking giant stone face, will be part of the show. Challenges familiar to millennial viewers like the Moat Crossing and the Temple Run will be included too, E! News reported on Monday. There is a "grown-up" twist: the game show will take place in a jungle instead of a studio. Expect grander prizes and more difficult challeng...

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Group seeks stop to close encounters of tourists with whale sharks in Bohol town

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 18:32
  LILA, Bohol -- Environmental advocates here have called on authorities to stop the practice of feeding whale sharks and also a stop to using the marine creatures as a major tourist attraction at the village of Taug, Lila town.   The Free The Whale Sharks Coalition-Bohol (FWSCB), composed of multisectoral groups, civil society organizations and concerned citizens, said the practice doesn't only diminish the whale sharks' ability to hunt for food, but it also puts them at risk of getting hurt.   A photograph of a tourist riding a whale shark, locally known as balilan, had recently gone viral on Facebook.   Another video caught some men feeding...

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Woman tries to set boyfriend on fire for not celebrating her new job

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 18:24
A woman, who was said to be under the influence of alcohol, allegedly tried to set her boyfriend on fire for not celebrating her new job with her in Arizona, United States. The suspect is facing aggravated assault and criminal damage charges, as per NBC-affiliate KPNX on Dec. 17. Kathy Elizabeth Jones was arrested on Dec. 11, after she supposedly sprinkled lighter fluid on her boyfriend and then threw a lit match at him, Fox-owned KSAZ-TV reported last Saturday, Dec. 14. The man, who was also Jones' roommate, locked the suspect out of their home until the police responded. According to the police, Jones also caused damage to the door frame after her futile attempts to open it. J...

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Appeals court orders release from jail of mayor convicted of gun ban violation

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 18:20
ILOILO CITY---Convicted Mayor John Lloyd Pacete of Bugasong town, Antique province was released from jail on Thursday (Dec. 19) on orders of the Court of Appeals (CA).   The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Western Visayas said Pacete can assume office upon his release.   Pacete, who has been detained at the district jail in the capital town of San Jose since April 26, was released in the morning, according to Eduardo Fortaleza, one of his legal counsels.   The appellate court had ordered Pacete's temporary release after it granted his petition for bail pending the resolution of his appeal on his conviction for election gun ban violat...

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Bank of England press conferences were leaked to traders seconds before broadcast

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 18:17
UK regulators are looking into the unauthorized use of audio feeds from Bank of England press conferences that could have given traders access to market-sensitive remarks by policymakers seconds before the rest of the world.
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CHR all praises for QC judge who convicted Maguindanao massacre accused

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 18:16
  MANILA, Philippines -- The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) was all praises for Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes, after her decision to convict the key accused in the Maguindanao massacre.   In a statement Thursday, CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia said the court deserves commendation for deciding on the case based on the merits and evidence presented.   "CHR welcomes the guilty verdict against some members of the Ampatuan clan involved in the brutal death of 58 persons, including 32 journalists, in Maguindanao," De Guia said.   "We equally laud the efforts of the court, with Judge Jocelyn Soli...

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Dashcam shows terrifying close call with jackknifing truck

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 18:13
A truck driver recounts the moment he narrowly missed hitting another semitruck on an icy interstate in Wyoming. CNN affiliate KSTU's Lauren Steinbrecher reports.
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Gordon: GCTA law not applicable to Maguindanao massacre convicts

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 18:07
    MANILA, Philippines --- Those sentenced to reclusion perpetua (up to 40 years of imprisonment) for their role in the gruesome Maguindanao massacre would not be able to use the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law to get their way out of prison.   Senator Richard Gordon pointed this out Thursday after the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 handed down its historic verdict on the decade-long case.   As chair of the Senate justice committee, Gordon had led a marathon of hearings into the alleged wrongful releases of inmates through the GCTA law.   "The GCTA law is very clear that prisoners convicted of heinous crimes ...

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62-yr-old ex-cop gunned down at village where he lived

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 18:00
TUGUEGARAO CITY-A 62-year-old former police officer was shot dead by motorcycle-riding assailants here on Wednesday (Dec. 18), police said.   Investigators identified the victim as retired Col. Cesar Domingo, a resident of Barangay Caritan.   Domingo was driving his red SUV when the gunmen shot and killed him along Campos Street at the same village where the former police officer lived.   The gunmen fled while police started an investigation.   Edited by TSB...

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