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They were trying to get rid of snakes. Instead, they burned down their home

CNN Top Stories - Sat, 12/04/2021 - 06:58
What started as an attempt to get rid of pesky creatures ended with an entire house going up in flames.
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K-pop sensation BTS hopes to ‘see you in Seoul’ in March

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 12/04/2021 - 06:55
    SEOUL - K-pop sensation BTS hopes to hold an in-person concert in Seoul for the first since the pandemic, Yonhap news agency reported on Friday, after the group posted a tweet promising to "see you in Seoul, MARCH 2022". The tweet included hashtags for the group's "Permission to Dance" stage performances, but provided no other details. Yonhap cited unnamed officials at the group's management company, Big Hit Music, as saying they would push to hold the event in person to give fans in South Korea a chance to see the singers. A Big Hit press release said the next city in the BTS tour will be Seoul, but the company did not immediately confirm if the event wo...

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Facebook whistleblower says transparency needed to fix social media ills

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 12/04/2021 - 06:45
    A deeper investigation into Facebook's lack of controls to prevent misinformation and abuse in languages other than English is likely to leave people "even more shocked" about the potential harms caused by the social media firm, whistleblower Frances Haugen told Reuters. Haugen, a former product manager at Meta Platforms Inc's Facebook, spoke at the Reuters Next conference on Friday. She left the company in May with thousands of internal documents which she leaked to the Wall Street Journal. That led to a series of articles in September detailing how the company knew its apps helped spread divisive content and harmed the mental health of some young users. ...

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There is a manhunt for parents of the Michigan high school shooting suspect, but two attorneys say they are not fleeing

CNN Top Stories - Sat, 12/04/2021 - 06:42
Hours after a prosecutor announced involuntary manslaughter charges against the parents of Ethan Crumbley, the 15-year-old accused of killing four fellow students at a Michigan high school, authorities said the parents are missing.
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Croatia edges out Serbia to reach Davis Cup final

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 12/04/2021 - 06:27
      MADRID - Croatia reached the Davis Cup final after Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic beat Novak Djokovic and Filip Krajinovic 7-5 6-1 in a decisive doubles clash to give the competition's twice former winners a 2-1 win over Serbia on Friday. The Croatians will clash in Sunday's showpiece with either Germany or the Russian Tennis Federation, who meet in the other semi-final on Saturday. Borna Gojo fired Croatia ahead with a 4-6 6-3 6-2 win over Dusan Lajovic in the opening rubber before Djokovic redressed the balance as he brushed aside Marin Cilic 6-4 6-2. Krajinovic's late inclusion in the crunch encounter was a surprise move by Serbia's team captai...

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See Adele before and after 'Power of Makeup' makeover

CNN Top Stories - Sat, 12/04/2021 - 06:24
British superstar Adele sat down with beauty vlogger Nikkie de Jager for a tell-all "Power of Makeup" session.
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WHO chief scientist urges people not to panic over Omicron

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 12/04/2021 - 06:15
    GENEVA - The World Health Organization's (WHO) chief scientist told the Reuters Next conference on Friday that people should not panic over the emergence of the Omicron coronavirus variant and said it was too early to say if vaccines would need to be reworked. Soumya Swaminathan told the conference that the fast-spreading variant would have to become more transmissible to out-compete the Delta variant, which accounts for 99% of current transmissions. "We need to be prepared and cautious, not panic, because we're in a different situation to a year ago," she said. Swaminathan cited data showing the number of Omicron cases is doubling daily in South Africa, ...

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Pakistan ‘Potterheads’ turn campus into Hogwarts

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 12/04/2021 - 05:52
LAHORE, Pakistan---It took more than a wave of a wand, but Pakistani university students transformed their 150-year-old campus into Hogwarts this week as they kicked off a festival celebrating the fictional young wizard Harry Potter. With its vast halls and soaring archways, Government College University in the eastern megacity of Lahore has long reminded students of the magical school created by British author J.K. Rowling, several students told Agence France-Presse (AFP). "I can't believe I'm in Hogwarts, while being in Lahore of all places," said an excited Raziah Alam, taking part in the festival. "This has been such a fun experience." 'Potterverse' Dressed in costumes...

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'A lot of it doesn't square': Security analyst on attorneys' statement

CNN Top Stories - Sat, 12/04/2021 - 05:49
After officials said the parents of Oxford High School shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley, James and Jennifer Crumbley, are missing, attorneys for the parents said the couple left town for "their own safety" and are not fleeing.
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Pfizer, Moderna jabs give biggest booster impact, UK study finds

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 12/04/2021 - 05:48
LONDON---COVID-19 vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna that use mRNA technology provide the biggest boost to antibody levels when given 10 to 12 weeks after the second dose, a British study published on Thursday has found. The "COV-Boost" study was cited by British officials when they announced that Pfizer and Moderna were preferred for use in the country's booster campaign, but the data has only been made publicly available now. The study found that six out of the seven boosters examined enhanced immunity after initial vaccination with Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine, while all seven increased immunity when given after two doses of AstraZeneca's vaccine. "A third dose will be effe...

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Banning US oil exports would be a 'gift to OPEC and Putin,' Big Oil CEO says

CNN Top Stories - Sat, 12/04/2021 - 05:32
President Joe Biden has already launched the biggest intervention into energy markets in a decade. Big Oil is nervous he's not nearly done yet.
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Rocky growth for PH seen as pandemic lingers

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 12/04/2021 - 05:28
After withstanding a third quarter Delta variant surge and ending this year on a high note, the Philippines is facing a "challenging" year ahead, with uneven economic growth seen to prevail given the "ills that followed COVID-19 out of Pandora's box." This is according to New York-based think tank Global Source, which projected that the country's gross domestic product (GDP) would grow by 5.5 percent next year, same pace of expansion seen for this year. Its GDP forecast for next year is much lower than the consensus growth outlook of 6.8 percent. In a research note dated Dec. 2, written by Filipino economists Romeo Bernardo and Marie Christine Tang, Global Source sees the country's...

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PSEi rides on Wall Street surge following Omicron debacle

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 12/04/2021 - 05:24
The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) continued to recover lost ground on Friday, bolstered by the strong rebound in Wall Street overnight despite lingering worries over the Omicron variant. By the closing bell, the PSEi gained 0.32 percent, or 22.65 points, to 7,055.19 while the broader all-shares index rose 0.47 percent, or 17.70 points, to 3,790.20. US indices were up sharply after a selloff the previous night even as another case of Omicron was detected on Thursday. World Health Organization Regional Director for the Western Pacific Dr. Takeshi Kasa said border closures could buy time and delay the spread of the virus but countries should brace for new surges....

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Telcos score win in House OK’d bill allowing cell sites in villages

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 12/04/2021 - 05:20
The House of Representatives has approved a bill that will allow telecommunications providers and other information, communications and technology (ICT) companies to purchase or lease land in private residential villages to build cell sites and support infrastructure. Recently approved on third and final reading, House Bill 10388 seeks to mandate existing and future housing projects to set aside part of their land for ICT facilities---a win for the telecommunications sector in its long-running battle with defiant homeowners' associations. According to the proposed law, the land can come from dedicated open spaces within a village. This will amend a Marcos administration-era preside...

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Police search for parents charged in Michigan school shooting

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 12/04/2021 - 05:16
Authorities on Friday were searching for the parents of the Michigan teenager accused of murdering four students at his high school, hours after the couple was charged with involuntary manslaughter for buying their son the weapon as a Christmas gift and ignoring warning signs as late as the day of the shooting. A fugitive warrant has been issued for James and Jennifer Crumbley, who had been scheduled for arraignment on four counts of manslaughter each later on Friday, three days after authorities say their 15-year-old son, Ethan, carried out the deadliest U.S. school shooting of 2021. Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard told CNN police were searching for the Crumbleys after the...

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US, European allies sound a pessimistic note as Iran nuclear talks break in Vienna

CNN Top Stories - Sat, 12/04/2021 - 05:11
US and European officials sounded a pessimistic note Friday as the latest round of talks to revive the Iran nuclear deal concluded, saying that Tehran's maximalist demands and push to unwind previously agreed upon points are leaving them disappointed and concerned.
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Team Dasma, Air Force seal Champs League title clash

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 12/04/2021 - 05:10
Team Dasma and Go For Gold-Air Force barged into the finals Friday night with flawless records after hurdling their respective semifinals assignments that tested their worth to dispute the Philippine National Volleyball Federation Champions League men's championships. The Monarchs and the Aguilas clash in a winner-take-all championship match on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Aquamarine Recreation Center in Lipa City, Batangas. But while Go For Gold only needed to be jolted in the opening set before downing Global Remit, 26-28, 25-22, 25-18, 25-19, Team Dasma squandered a two-set lead before pulling out a 25-20, 30-28, 20-25, 21-25, 18-16 squeaker over the Manileo Spikers. That could spel...

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