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Spotify is launching a standalone app specially made for kids

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 11/02/2019 - 16:30
Designed to offer families a range of kid-friendly audio content all in a single safe place, Spotify Kids is a standalone app currently being tested in Ireland. Today Spotify announced a new, standalone app designed specifically for children and families: Spotify Kids. As the original Spotify application was created with adult users in mind, neither the interface nor the content is kid-friendly to use. The company's Chief Premium Business Officer Alex Norstrm described this new app as a "playground of sound for kids" aged three and older. The content, which features music and stories for the whole family, has been hand-selected by a team of Spotify editors, to ensure that th...

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4 drug suspects slain in Bulacan drug busts

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 11/02/2019 - 16:27
CAMP GEN. ALEJO SANTOS, Bulacan ---- Four drug suspects were killed in a clash with the police during sting operations conducted on Halloween (Oct. 31) and on All Saints Day (Nov. 1). Glenn Paglinawan and Ricky Librado were shot dead after they fired on undercover policemen to whom they sold illegal drugs at 11:30 p.m. on Friday in Sitio Apple Country, Barangay Bitungol in Norzagaray town, according to Police Col. Chito Bersaluna, Bulacan police director. Earlier on Thursday, Archie Villegas and a suspect identified only as "Erick" engaged the police in a 1:20 a.m. gunbattle and were killed as they tried to escape in Sitio Pakulis, Barangay Gaya-gaya in San Jose Del Monte City. Car...

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No arrests after California Halloween shooting kills 5

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 11/02/2019 - 16:26
ORINDA, California --- A woman who rented a San Francisco Bay Area home where five people were killed in a Halloween party shooting lied to the owner, saying she only wanted to keep family members away from the smoke of a wildfire, according to police and a person with knowledge of the transaction. Witnesses described hearing gunfire and seeing chaos erupt as some 100 terrified partygoers fled the home Thursday night in Orinda, a quiet and wealthy suburb about 15 miles (24 kilometers) from San Francisco that has seen only two previous killings this century, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. No arrests had been made and there was no immediate word on a motive for the attack....

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Woman found dead with python around neck in US snake house

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 11/02/2019 - 16:23
A 36-year-old woman has been found dead with a python wrapped around her neck in a home in the midwestern U.S. state of Indiana which housed around 140 snakes, police said. The body of Laura Hurst was discovered on Wednesday in the house in Oxford, Sergeant Kim Riley, a state police spokesman, said in a statement. Hurst, of Battle Ground, Indiana, had an eight-foot (2.4-meter) reticulated python wrapped around her neck. Medics attempted to revive her but their efforts were unsuccessful. "She appears to have been strangled by the snake," Riley told the Lafayette Journal & Courier newspaper. "We do not know that for a fact until after the autopsy." The home with the ...

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14 hurt, 35 houses razed in Tacloban City fire

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 11/02/2019 - 16:20
TACLOBAN CITY ---- Fourteen people were hurt in a fire that gobbled 35 houses in one of the city's urban poor areas here on Saturday. Most of those hurt suffered lacerations and minor burns while scampering to save their belongings when the fire broke out at 11:10 a.m. at the seawall area in Barangay 37. One of them was Aldren Ocado, 25, who suffered first-degree burns and was treated by medical staff from the City Health Office. Rosanna Galangue, 45, said she was cleaning their house when she heard screams that fire hit their village. "I immediately grabbed my daughter Riza Mae and ran outside the house," she said. Olive Solayao said she was preparing to visit their d...

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Rogue elephant named after Bin Laden kills five Indian villagers

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 11/02/2019 - 16:17
Forest officials in northeast India on Friday conducted a major operation to contain a rogue elephant that killed five villagers earlier this week. The male elephant, dubbed "Laden" by locals after the late Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, killed the people on Tuesday night in Assam state, villager Rajen Rabha told AFP by phone. "But that was not all. In the past Laden has also attacked our villages and killed people and destroyed our paddy fields," the resident of Goalpara district said. The animal was alone, he added, saying that forest officials were using domesticated elephants to observe it from a safe distance, as well as drones, seen in photographs released by the Assa...

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Zubiri: Proposed 2020 nat’l budget to be prioritized when 18th Congress resumes

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 11/02/2019 - 16:06
        MANILA, Philippines -- The P4.1 trillion national budget for 2020 will be prioritized when the 18th Congress resumes its first regular session, Senate Majority Leader Miguel Zubiri said Saturday. "The Senate Finance Committee will definitely be busy conducting marathon hearings on the proposed P4.1 trillion National Government budget for next year. Congress is set to resume session after a one-month recess to tackle the 2020 Budget and other priority measures," Zubiri said in a statement. The 18th Congress is currently on break but will resume on Monday (Nov. 4) next week. Zubiri said the Senate wanted to ensure that the 2020 proposed Gene...

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What does quid pro quo even mean?

CNN Top Stories - Sat, 11/02/2019 - 15:54
In this weekend edition of The Point, Chris Cillizza and CNN Legal Analyst Michael Zeldin talk about President Donald Trump's new favorite phrase, "quid pro quo," and what it really means in the context of the Ukraine saga.
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Small screen holds big appeal for Hollywood A-listers

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 11/02/2019 - 15:52
From Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep to Reese Witherspoon and Michael Douglas, Hollywood movie stars are being lured to television by higher production values, wider opportunities... and massive paydays. Once the vastly poorer cousin of film, the small screen has enjoyed a stunning renaissance as members of the binge-watching generation swap trips to the multiplex for nights on the couch streaming the latest "premium" hit show. Hollywood's top A-listers are increasingly making the same switch. Michael Mann, the acclaimed director of films "Heat" and "The Last of the Mohicans," said the quality of TV in the U.S. has now overtaken that of movies in many cases---something that w...

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Zac Posen, red carpet favorite, shuts down fashion label

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 11/02/2019 - 15:36
NEW YORK --- Designer Zac Posen is shutting down his namesake label. Posen has been a red carpet favorite for close to two decades, known for glamorous, body-hugging gowns, often with long trains or big, flamboyant ruffles, for stars like Katie Holmes and Rihanna. An announcement from the label's owners, House of Z and Z Spoke, noted late Friday that the company could no longer continue operations. It had been in a sale process. Posen, 39, was considered a wunderkind of New York fashion when he launched his label in 2001. He also serves as creative director for the Brooks Brothers women's collection. "The management team ... worked extremely hard to navigate the increasin...

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Davis, James power Lakers past Mavs in OT

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 11/02/2019 - 15:31
DALLAS --- LeBron James faced the crowd and sidestepped his way up the floor after a punctuating 3-pointer in overtime made possible by Danny Green's buzzer-beating 3 in regulation. The Lakers star took an extra peek toward the national TV crew at center court, perhaps to gauge the entertainment value of the first matchup of the 15-time All-Star alongside Anthony Davis against Dallas' young European pair of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. The extra period was anticlimactic --- but didn't really take away from the second half that preceded it. Davis started overtime with back-to-back dunks after Green's corner 3, and the Lakers beat the Mavericks 119-110 on Friday night a...

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Grammys to honor Dr. Dre for trailblazing production work

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 11/02/2019 - 15:19
Dr. Dre, who has produced hits for Eminem, Tupac, Snoop Dogg and more, will be honored by the Recording Academy for his trailblazing production work. The Recording Academy announced Friday that its Producers & Engineers Wing will pay tribute to the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer on Jan. 22 at Village Studios in Los Angeles. The event takes place four days before the 2020 Grammys. Dre has won six Grammys, three of which he took home as a producer or engineer. Born in Compton, he broke out on the music scene as a co-founding member of N.W.A., producing some of the group's groundbreaking 1988 debut album, "Straight Outta Compton." He went on to produce his own hits and multipl...

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Gordon asks Phivolcs to give significant data on Mindanao quakes

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 11/02/2019 - 15:18
MANILA, Philippines -- Senator Richard Gordon sought significant data from thePhilippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) concerning the recent wave of tremors that hit Mindanao areas, this is in order to inform the public on the state of affected places. In a letter addressed to Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum on Saturday, Gordon, head of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), said the earthquakes prompted his agency a "cause to inform and prepare the public on the actual current situation as their safety is of utmost importance." Specifically, Gordon appealed to the government agency to send them "updated seismic status of Mindanao; current fault reading and other...

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Ewan McGregor hated having to lie about reprising role as Obi-Wan

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 11/02/2019 - 15:14
LOS ANGELES --- Ewan McGregor felt somewhat tortured for the last few years because while he was signed up to reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi, he couldn't publicly talk about it. McGregor added that while he understood the silence was a necessary evil, "I'm not really brought up that way. I'd much rather be honest with people. "But the studios are, and the franchises are, understandably secretive," he said. "And they want to keep everything a secret till they want it released." McGregor spoke about his struggle at Tuesday's premiere of his thriller "Doctor Sleep", which is being released in the United States next Friday. McGregor made his debut as a young Obi-Wan in "S...

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Taylor Swift to receive artist of the decade award at AMAs

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 11/02/2019 - 15:06
LOS ANGELES --- Superstar singer Taylor Swift will receive the artist of the decade award at the American Music Awards next month. Dick Clark Productions announced Wednesday that Swift will be honored during an ABC live telecast on Nov. 24 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. At the show, she has a chance to break Michael Jackson's record for most wins. Swift has won 23 AMAs and has five nominations this year; Jackson holds the record for most wins with 24 trophies. Swift has won more awards at this show than anyone else during this decade. To celebrate her career, Swift is also expected to hit the stage to perform some of her biggest hits. Swift, Post Malone, Ariana ...

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Davao farmer’s cacao beans win int’l award in Paris

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 11/02/2019 - 14:56
Farmer Jose Saguban of Auro Chocolate was among 20 winners recognized at the International Cocoa Awards in Paris, France, on Oct. 30. The International Cocoa Awards (ICA) is a prestigious global competition that recognizes the work of cocoa producers and the diversity of flavors around the world. Out of the 50 high-quality cocoa samples that enter the Cocoa of Excellence Programme, 20 receive the said award. Auro works with local farming communities in Davao. One of its farming partners is Saguban, fondly known as Mang Jose, who traveled to Paris to receive the award. Auro announced the win on its social media pages, crediting Saguban as part of its success. "When we found ou...

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Cops nab 2 teenage gang members tagged in QC robberies

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 11/02/2019 - 14:42
  MANILA, Philippines -- Two members of teenage gang "Young Trouble Makers" tagged in the robbery incidents in Quezon City were arrested on Friday, Quezon City Police District (QCPD) announced on Saturday. Tracker teams of QCPD-Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit and Quezon City police station-6 arrested two 17-year-olds during All Saints' Day at Bulacan Street, Barangay Payatas and at AFP Road in Barangay Holy Spirit. Police said an orange tricycle with markings "Babe 27," was suspected as the get-away vehicle used by minors during the robbery. It was identical to what was shown in the closed-circuit television footage. QCPD chief Col. Ronnie Montejo said the teen...

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