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Bidens quickly fire White House chief usher installed by Trump

CNN Top Stories - 9 hours 43 min ago
The Bidens moved quickly on Wednesday to fire White House chief usher Timothy Harleth, who was installed by the Trumps, two sources with knowledge have confirmed to CNN.
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Biden says Trump left him a 'very generous letter' before departing White House

CNN Top Stories - 9 hours 47 min ago
President Joe Biden said Wednesday that former President Donald Trump left him a "very generous letter" before departing the White House.
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Canada extends international traveller ban

Inquirer Breaking News - 9 hours 58 min ago
  OTTAWA, Canada - Canada on Wednesday announced a one-month extension of a ban on non-essential international travel into the country, stretching the restrictions until February 21. Travellers allowed into Canada despite the ban, which has been in force since March, must still quarantine for 14 days. Since the beginning of January, they have also had to test negative for Covid-19 before boarding a flight into the country. Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said in a Twitter message that these were "some of the strictest travel restrictions in the world." Ottawa and Washington, meanwhile, have a separate arrangement prohibiting non-essential travel between their tw...

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Marikina River update: First alarm up

Inquirer Breaking News - 10 hours 9 min ago
    MANILA, Philippines --- The Marikina River alert level has been downgraded to first alarm as of 7:20 a.m. on Thursday, according to the Marikina Public Information Office (PIO).Information from the Facebook page of Marikina PIO showed that the river's water level is at 15.9 meters. First alarm was initially raised for the Marikina River at 1:16 a.m. after the water level reached 15 meters. It reached second alarm after the water level reached 16 meters at 4:28 a.m. The normal water level at the Marikina River is below 15 meters. First alarm is raised in Marikina River if the water is 15 meters above sea level, and prompts residents in low-lying areas ...

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Owner of Ben and Jerry's: We'll ensure every worker in our supply chain gets a living wage

CNN Top Stories - 10 hours 10 min ago
Unilever has promised that every worker who provides it with goods and services will earn a living wage by 2030 even if it costs the company more.
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North Korea's 'dark' fishing fleet went quiet in 2020, likely pressuring the country's imperiled food supply

CNN Top Stories - 10 hours 30 min ago
The number of North Korean ships in the country's "dark fleet" fishing for squid plummeted in 2020, new data shows, depriving the impoverished country of a popular staple during a year when food supply was already dangerously low.
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Vaccine passport bill filed in Senate

Inquirer Breaking News - 10 hours 43 min ago
    MANILA, Philippines --- A bill that would authorize the health secretary to issue "vaccine passports" to Filipino citizens has been filed in the Senate. Under Senate Bill No. 1994 filed by Sen. Grace Poe, the vaccine passport will serve as proof that the holder has completed a full course of immunization against Covid-19. Poe, however, pointed out that the bill has been "future-proofed" because it authorizes the health secretary to also issue vaccine passports for other emerging or re-emerging infectious diseases should they arise in the future. "The idea of vaccine passports, alongside the rapid rollout of Covid-19 vaccination...

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Humvee recovered after being stolen from military facility

CNN Top Stories - 10 hours 47 min ago
A Humvee, valued at $120,000, was recovered early Wednesday morning after it was stolen from a military facility on last week, according to officials.
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LPA spotted off Palawan; isolated rain showers due nationwide — Pagasa

Inquirer Breaking News - 10 hours 55 min ago
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzY8F9dnzOk&feature=emb_logo     MANILA, Philippines --- A new low-pressure area (LPA) was spotted near Palawan on Thursday morning while the other LPA in Central Luzon has dissipated, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa). Pagasa, in its 4 a.m. weather update, reported that the new LPA was last located 210 kilometers south southwest of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. "Kaninang alas dos ng umaga ay may namataan tayo na panibagong LPA sa karagatan malapit sa Palawan province. Itong LPA ay nakapaloob sa ITCZ na nakakaapekto rin ngayon sa Mindanao at maging ...

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UP-DND accord does not hinder law enforcement, says IBP chief

Inquirer Breaking News - 11 hours 1 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- The agreement between the University of the Philippines and the Department of National Defense (DND) barring the unauthorized presence of police and military on campuses should not be a hindrance to law enforcement, according to Domingo Cayosa, national president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP). In a statement issued on Wednesday Cayosa, who is a UP alumnus, reminded the administration that recruitment to communist groups and other organizations opposing the government did not only happen in UP. "The U.P.-DND accord does not and should not hinder legitimate law enforcement and security operations as the agreement specifically provides that 'no...

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Analysis: How Trump could destroy the GOP, in 1 easy step

CNN Top Stories - 11 hours 8 min ago
Moments before Donald Trump boarded Air Force One for the final time on Wednesday morning, he offered this cryptic message to his supporters:
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Public health policy experts seek deeper probe into Bloomberg donation to FDA

Inquirer Breaking News - 11 hours 17 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- National public health policy experts are calling for a deeper investigation into the receipt of funds by the Philippines Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from the anti-tobacco Bloomberg foundation to determine whether it violated both Philippine and United States laws. Dr. Joel L. Nitzkin, a US physician who was cross-trained in public administration, cited the need to shed light on the filing of a resolution by two Filipino lawmakers last month calling for a congressional probe on the Philippines FDA's acceptance of foreign funding from Bloomberg in possible breach of the Constitution and several laws. Prof. David John Nutt of Imperial College of London,...

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Wall Street closes at record highs as Netflix jumps, Biden inaugurated

Inquirer Breaking News - 11 hours 26 min ago
      U.S. stocks closed at record highs on Wednesday as Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th U.S. president, while solid results from Netflix sparked a rally in shares of "stay-at-home" beneficiaries. Shares of the world's largest streaming service Netflix surged 16.85% after the company said it would no longer need to borrow billions of dollars to finance its TV shows and movies. The rest of the FAANG group, due to report results in the coming weeks, jumped with Google parent Alphabet Inc rising 5.36%. The NYSE FANG+TM index gained 4.77%. "It's a tech outperformance day which is pretty rare over the past two or three months as the cyclical rotation ha...

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NBA postpones another game, announces 11 new players test positive

Inquirer Breaking News - 11 hours 37 min ago
    LOS ANGELES - Memphis' NBA game at the Portland Trail Blazers scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed with the Grizzles depleted by coronavirus contact tracing, the league said. The 16th such postponement of the season came on the day the league announced that of 502 players tested for Covid-19 since January 13, 11 new players had returned a confirmed positive test. The league's coronavirus protocols require anyone who tests positive, or who is identified as coming in close contact with an infected person, must isolate or quarantine. Contact tracing left the Grizzlies without the league-required eight players available for their scheduled game at Portl...

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Biden says Trump wrote him ‘very generous letter’

Inquirer Breaking News - 11 hours 54 min ago
    WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden said Wednesday that outgoing president Donald Trump had left him a "very generous" letter in the Oval Office, in keeping with tradition. "The president wrote a very generous letter," Biden told reporters at the White House. "Because it's private, I will not talk about it until I talk to him," he said.     It was unclear until Wednesday whether Trump would maintain the tradition of outgoing presidents leaving notes for their successors, after he opted to skip Biden's inauguration and never formally congratulated him on his election win. gsg...

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Sotto says Galvez assured him there was no overpricing in PH vaccine deals

Inquirer Breaking News - 11 hours 55 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., who oversees the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines, assured senators that there would be "no room for overpricing" in the government's vaccine deals with pharmaceutical firms, Senate President Vicente Sotto III told reporters Wednesday following a meeting with Galvez. "Secretary Galvez assures us through the agreements that there will be no room for overpricing by any person, entity or group as all payments will go directly to the pharma companies from the lending institution who will also set in place proper safeguards," Sotto said. Aside from Sotto and Galvez, Senators Panfilo Lacson and Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa, as well as cont...

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Sandiganbayan denies again bid of Gigi Reyes for temporary release

Inquirer Breaking News - 11 hours 57 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- The Sandiganbayan has denied again the bid of Jessica Lucila "Gigi" Reyes, who was the chief of staff of former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, to be released temporarily in line with the dangers posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. In its 15-page resolution dated Monday, the Sandiganbayan's Third Division clarified that the prisoners who were released to avoid outbreaks inside detention facilities --- which Reyes mentioned --- were actually serving short sentences and not grave charges like plunder, which she is facing. Reyes repeatedly reasoned out in her motions that she should be allowed temporary freedom despite plunder being a non-bailable case in c...

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Rep Clyburn reveals what Bush said about Trump and Biden at inauguration

CNN Top Stories - 12 hours 32 sec ago
Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) says George W. Bush told him that Joe Biden was the only candidate that could have beaten former President Donald Trump.
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Biden looks to galvanize COVID-19 fight, vaccinations as he takes office

Inquirer Breaking News - 12 hours 9 min ago
      WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden will attempt to jump-start the federal government's response to the coronavirus pandemic with a string of immediate executive orders on Wednesday after his inauguration to lead a country reeling from its worst public health crisis in more than a century. Biden takes office a day after the United States marked 400,000 deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic broke out last March while vaccination programs have lagged far behind the target of 20 million Americans inoculated by the end of 2020. "We're entering what may be the toughest and deadliest period of the virus and must set aside politics and finally face this pa...

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An inauguration like no other: Notable moments of a momentous day

CNN Top Stories - 12 hours 11 min ago
President Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday looked a bit different from past ceremonies ushering in a new administration.
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