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Greta Thunberg, German railway company in tweetstorm

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 12/17/2019 - 18:33
Climate activist Greta Thunberg and Germany's national railway company created a tweetstorm Sunday after she posted a photo of herself sitting on the floor of a train surrounded by lots of bags. The image has drawn plenty of comments online about the performance of German railways. Thunberg posted the tweet late Saturday with the comment "traveling on overcrowded trains through Germany. And I'm finally on my way home!" https://twitter.com/GretaThunberg/status/1205969006982815751?s=20 But German railway company Deutsche Bahn suggested that Thunberg may not have spent the whole time sitting on the floor. And the 16-year-old Swedish activist later sought to draw a line under...

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WATCH: Amazon rolls out Samuel L. Jackson voice option for Alexa

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 12/17/2019 - 18:32
Amazon has a new, mature-rated voice available for Alexa, first promised back in September: Samuel L. Jackson. Instead of asking your daily questions to Amazon's very G-rated Alexa, you can ask the assistant to introduce you to Samuel L. Jackson and then select to use the explicit version of the voice option. If you change your mind later and would prefer the clean iteration, you can easily do so in settings. The company recommends a few questions for users to ask the American actor's Alexa archetype to experience Sam's unique responses: "Alexa, ask Samuel L. Jackson where he is from." "Alexa, ask Sam to wake me up at 7 a.m." "Alexa, ask Sam Jackson to sing happy birthday....

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No school, no trains, no Eiffel Tower: France on strike

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 12/17/2019 - 18:29
PARIS --- Teachers, doctors, lawyers and workers at the Eiffel Tower --- people from across the French workforce walked off the job Tuesday to resist a higher retirement age, and to preserve a welfare system they fear their business-friendly president wants to dismantle. Commuters and tourists faced a 13th straight day of traffic headaches as train drivers kept up their strike against President Emmanuel Macron's overhaul of a pension system that allows them to retire as early as their 50s. Parents faced shuttered schools and students had key exams canceled as teachers joined in. Hospitals requisitioned workers to ensure key services Tuesday, as nurses, doctors and pharmacists w...

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Man arrested after calling police three times to confess

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 12/17/2019 - 18:28
A man apparently felt so bad about breaking the law that he called the police three times to confess, according to police in Georgia, United States. Lt. Tim Watkins of the Thomas County Sheriff's Office told theThomasville Times-Enterprisethat a man called at 5 a.m. Friday to say he had stolen a car in Thomasville and was about 12 miles (20 kilometers) away in the smaller town of Boston. A Boston police officer went looking for the Chevrolet Impala and 29-year-old Quent Rashed Lankford, but could find neither. Lankford called back again, and finally called a third time to say he had broken into a convenience store and was drinking beer. "He wanted to confess and turn himself...

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2019 to go down as bumper year for Disney

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 12/17/2019 - 18:24
With "The Lion King," "Frozen 2," "Aladdin" and "Toy Story," Disney was counting on nostalgia to bring in audiences in 2019. It was a gamble that has proved to be highly lucrative for the giant of Burbank, California, which has now become the first film studio to exceed $10 billion in sales in a single year. And this figure is likely to increase in the coming days with the release of the next "Star Wars." "Avengers: Endgame," "The Lion King" and "Frozen 2" are just some of the cinema blockbusters that have made 2019 a bumper year for the Californian entertainment empire. With record box-office receipts, Disney is once again the leading studio of the year. It is a success tha...

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Duterte to spend ‘simple’ Christmas with family in Davao City

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 12/17/2019 - 18:17
MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte will be having a "simple" Christmas celebration in his hometown Davao City on Christmas Day, Malacaang said Tuesday. "The President, as usual, will be spending his Christmas with his family, with his grandchildren, and children in his house in Davao City," presidential spokesperson Panelo told reporters in Malacaang. "His wish for the Filipinos is to have comfortable lives," he added. Even before becoming a President, Duterte has always celebrated the holidays with his family in Davao City by visiting young cancer patients in his hometown, a tradition he has observed since he was mayor. READ: Duterte spends 'noche buena' w...

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Own a French castle for just $55

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 12/17/2019 - 18:15
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