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House panel presses toward historic Trump impeachment vote

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 07:23
WASHINGTON - The House Judiciary Committee pushed deliberately toward a historic vote Thursday to approve articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, split sharply along party lines.     The daylong session was expected to end with charges being sent to the full House for action next week, before the holidays.   The committee, made up of some of the most strident Democrats and Republicans in Congress, clashed for hours in pointed and at times emotional debate, drawing on history and the Constitution to argue over the two charges.   Trump is accused, in the first article, of abusing his presidential power by asking Ukraine to invest...

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US and China near deal that would suspend planned tariffs

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 07:17
WASHINGTON - The Trump administration and China are close to finalizing a modest trade agreement that would suspend tariffs that are set to kick in Sunday, de-escalating their 17-month trade war.     "We're close to a deal,'' said Myron Brilliant, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's head of international affairs, who has been briefed by both sides.   Brilliant said the administration has agreed to suspend Trump's plans to impose tariffs on $160 billion in Chinese imports Sunday and to reduce existing tariffs, though it wasn't clear by how much.   In return, Beijing would buy more U.S. farm products, increase Americans companies' access to the Chine...

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UK exit poll suggests majority for Johnson’s Conservatives

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 07:12
LONDON - An exit poll in Britain's election projected Thursday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party would likely win a solid majority of seats in Parliament, a decisive outcome that should allow Johnson to fulfill his plan to take the U.K. out of the European Union next month.   The survey, released just after polls closed, predicted the Conservatives would get 368 of the 650 House of Commons seats and the Labour Party 191.   That would be the biggest Tory majority for several decades, and a major setback for Labour.     Based on interviews with voters leaving 144 polling stations across the country, the poll is conducted for...

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Boeing’s crew capsule declared ready for 1st space flight

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 07:07
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Boeing's Starliner crew capsule finally has a launch date for its first test flight to the International Space Station.     After an intensive review Thursday, NASA and Boeing managers agreed to a Dec. 20 liftoff.   "Hopefully, we should all be getting an early Christmas present this year," said Phil McAlister, director of NASA's commercial spaceflight development.   Just a few technical issues remain to be completed, he noted.   No one will be aboard, just a mannequin named Rosie. Three astronauts will strap in for the second test flight of a Starliner sometime next year.   SpaceX also plans to lau...

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Analysis: Johnson's Brexit gamble may have paid off big

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 07:03
Boris Johnson staked his career on Brexit. If this exit poll turns out to be anywhere near correct, he's proved his critics wrong many times over.
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S&P 500, Nasdaq at records as hopes build for a trade deal

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 07:02
The S&P 500 and Nasdaq closed at all-time highs Thursday on renewed optimism that the U.S. and China are close to reaching a deal in their costly trade war.   Financial, technology and health care stocks powered much of the rally, which gave the S&P 500 its second straight gain and erased its losses from earlier in the week.   Bond yields surged and real estate companies, utilities stocks and household goods makers fell as investors shifted money away from safe-play investments.   The market has been quick to react to headlines and remarks out of the Trump administration about the 16-month trade war, and Thursday was no different.   ...

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World's first 3D-printed neighborhood being built for families living on $3 a day

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 06:44
A giant 3D printer built two houses in an impoverished, rural part of Mexico last week, breaking ground on what will be the first 3D-printed neighborhood in the world.
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Friday weather forecast: Cloudy skies, scattered rain showers nationwide

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 06:44
MANILA, Philippines --- Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rain showers due to the northeast monsoon or "amihan," easterlies and localized thunderstorms will prevail in Metro Manila and the rest of the country, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.   The weather bureau warned of possible flash floods and landslides in rain-affected areas.   Pagasa said extreme Northern Luzon will experience strong northeast winds and rough (2.8 to 4.5 meters) coastal waters.   The rest of Luzon will have a similar wind direction but moderate to strong speed and moderate to rough (1.2 to 2.8 meters) c...

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See the live UK election results

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 06:39
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CNN Top Stories - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 06:39
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Federal judge rules American Samoans are US citizens by birth

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 06:26
A federal judge in Utah said Thursday that American Samoans are US citizens and should be issued new passports reflecting that.
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Early projections show Conservatives winning 368 seats

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 06:26
Boris Johnson seems to have won his Brexit election gamble.
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Exit poll suggests huge losses for Labour Party

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 06:17
An exit poll by British broadcasters projects a clear Conservative majority in the UK General Election. Official results will not be available for several hours.
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The pound jumps after exit poll predicts big Johnson win

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 06:15
The pound shot up after an exit poll by British broadcasters predicted that Prime Minister Boris Johnson would sweep to victory in the UK election.
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US tests missile previously banned under arms control treaty with Russia

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 05:10
The US military tested Thursday a conventional missile that was previously banned by the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty that the Trump administration exited earlier this year, citing Russian violations.
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Lawmaker's personal retort to Gaetz draws laughter

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 04:51
Rep. Hank Johnson (D) took a not-so-subtle jab at his colleague, Rep. Matt Gaetz, after Gaetz criticized Hunter Biden's past struggles with substance abuse.
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Palace vows Duterte veto after Ping finds ‘pork’

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 04:44
President Rodrigo Duterte will again veto any budgetary item that he finds unconstitutional, Malacaang said on Thursday after Sen. Panfilo Lacson questioned what he called last-minute insertions in the P4.1-trillion proposed spending plan for next year. "Provisions in the budget that run counter to the Constitution will be vetoed by the President, there is no change in that policy," presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said. Mr. Duterte vetoed provisions worth P95 billion in the 2019 budget for inconsistency with his administration's priority programs. The rejected provisions included projects inserted by the House of Representatives and that the Senate had questioned as these we...

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Stock market: P127B lost after Duterte hits water firms

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 04:42
An estimated P127 billion worth of fortune has been wiped out of the stock market over the past eight trading days after Manila Water Co. and Maynilad Water Services Inc. incurred the wrath of President Duterte over what he called onerous provisions in their contracts, which jeopardized their operations beyond 2022. Worst hit by the sell-off was businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan-led Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC), parent conglomerate of Maynilad, which lost P53 billionas stock prices tumbled 38.4 percent. The worst drop was seen in the last two days, when MPIC's shares fell 15.67 percent on Tuesday and 13 percent on Wednesday. Its share price closed at P2.69 per share on Thu...

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