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Who is Amy Coney Barrett? A closer look

CNN Top Stories - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 23:56
Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a federal appellate judge and Notre Dame law professor, is a proven conservative with a compelling personal story who has long been atop President Donald Trump's Supreme Court short list.
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Rochester mayor names first female chief in history of city's embattled police department

CNN Top Stories - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 23:42
Rochester's mayor named an interim police chief Saturday as the city deals with the aftermath of the death of Daniel Prude in police custody.
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Amy Coney Barrett, a conservative with a compelling story

CNN Top Stories - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 23:39
Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a federal appellate judge and Notre Dame law professor, is a proven conservative with a compelling personal story who has long been atop President Donald Trump's Supreme Court short list.
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Fire hits JG Summit petrochemical plant in Batangas City

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 23:22
A fire struck the plant of the JG Summit Petrochemicals Group, a Gokongwei company, in Barangay Simlong in Batangas City on Saturday night, according to the Batangas City Fire Station. It was the police that informed firefighters about the blaze, which started at around 10 p.m. One person was reported injured, according to Col. Rex Malimban, chief of the Batangas Police Provincial Office. "The initial [information] we received was that used oil was ablaze," Malimban said in a phone interview around 11 p.m. The amount of petrochemicals stocked in the facility was not immediately known, but Malimban said an initial report reaching his office said the fire had already reache...

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Senate may remove lump sums in 2021 budget due to NEP insertions – Lacson

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 23:09
MANILA, Philippines --- Questionable insertions in the National Expenditure Program may prompt the Senate to take out lump sums in the proposed 2021 national budget, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said on Saturday. According to Lacson, he heard from the appropriations committee of the House of Representatives that lawmakers did not touch the NEP. "But the NEP has all their insertions --- because the DPWH [Depatment of Public Works and Highways] put it in the addendum," Lacson said in Filipino in an interview with AM radio station DWIZ. Lacson, who has continuously sought to curb pork in the national budget, said the Senate would go over the list of lump sums containing "preventive main...

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Defensor says Hontiveros claims on overpriced PPEs are ‘baseless’

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 21:42
MANILA, Philippines---Anakalusugan Party List Representative Mike Defensor hit back at Senator Risa Hontiveros after the latter accused the Department of Budget and Management of overpricing in regard to the purchase of personal protective equipment. Defensor said that Hontiveros' claims are "baseless" and used it as a "smokescreen" to hide the same actions that the previous administration did under the presidency of Benigno Aquino III. The congressman of the Lower House even labeled Hontiveros and the previous administration as "Yellows" who are only there to shame President Rodrigo Duterte. "I think the 'Yellows' are trying to shame the Duterte administration to keep the oppositio...

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Moschino sends puppets down the runway for Milan Fashion Week

CNN Top Stories - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 21:42
The tiniest of runway shows was staged during Milan Fashion Week, and no models or guests were present.
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F1: Vettel unhurt after big crash in Sochi qualifying

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 21:40
Sebastian Vettel climbed out unhurt from his Ferrari on Saturday after crashing heavily during the second part of qualifying for Sunday's Russian Grand Prix. The session was red-flagged to a halt after the four-time champion's shunt, leaving runaway championship leader Lewis Hamilton in a perilous 15th place with just over two minutes remaining. Replays showed that the German driver, in his final season with Ferrari, clipped a kerb at Turn Four and lost control as he smacked into the barriers. On his walk back to the pits he picked up a wing of his car that had fallen off and helpfully handed it back to the team of officials clearing his stricken car from the circuit. "I ...

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What fashion designer show staged with puppets

CNN Top Stories - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 21:33
Moschino's Creative Director Jeremy Scott presented the brand's Spring-Summer 2021 collection with marionettes walking the runway.
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Thousands protest COVID-19 restrictions in central London

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 21:24
LONDON--- Thousands gathered Saturday at London's Trafalgar Square to protest lockdowns and social distancing rules imposed to slow the spread of COVID-19. London's Metropolitan Police has warned demonstrators to follow social-distancing rules. Police said before the event that officers will first engage with people and explain the social distancing rules, but they may take enforcement action if protesters still fail to comply. As the protest began, police were visible around the edges of the crowd but didn't confront protesters, most of whom weren't wearing masks. "I know there is great frustration to these regulations, but they have been designed to keep everyone safe from wh...

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Magnitude 4.4 quake shakes Surigao del Sur

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 21:22
MANILA, Philippines --- A magnitude 4.4 earthquake hit Surigao del Sur on Saturday night, state seismologists said. In a report, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the tremor jolted 75 kilometers northeast of Bayabas, Surigao del Sur at 7:33 p.m. The quake of tectonic origin had a depth of four kilometers. Aftershocks are not expected after the quake. The earthquake is an aftershock of the magnitude 5.7 tremor that hit the similar town on Sept. 21. CFC...

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Lone gunman kills 2 in Cotabato’s Pikit town

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 21:18
PIKIT, COTABATO---A lone gunman killed two persons in Pikit town of Cotabato province on Saturday, police said. Captain Mautin Pangandigan, Pikit police chief, identified the victims as Haizon Lauban Wahab, 35, and his younger sister Harrieta, a nurse. Both are residents of Datu Odin Sinsuat town in Maguindanao province. Pangandigan said the victims and the suspect appeared to have agreed to meet in a place near the boundary of Gli-gli and Poblacion villages of Pikit town. When they met at around 1:40 p.m. on Saturday, the gunman shot the victims in the head and fled, Pangandigan said. Responding policemen rushed the victims to a local hospital where they were pronounced d...

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Sotto says bill giving Duterte authority to end red tape not ‘emergency powers’

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 21:04
MANILA, Philippines --- Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Saturday clarified that the bill allowing President Rodrigo Duterte to fast track government transactions does not mean the chief executive will get "emergency powers." "Well, pwedeng sabihin ng iba na parang emergency powers yun, pero hindi," Sotto said over DWIZ when sought for comment about the bill giving Duterte the authority to expedite issuance of licenses amid the national emergency. (Well, some may say it is emergency powers, but it's not.) "Technically, we are giving him authority to streamline the present system pagdating sa mga bigayan (when it comes to giving out) permits, processes, procedures, appli...

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PhilHealth to get P71-B in proposed 2021 budget, says Sotto

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 20:34
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) will receive P71 billion funds in the proposed 2021 budget, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said Saturday. In a radio interview, Sotto disclosed that he will observe the activities in PhilHealth, the state insurer agency that was faced with irregularities in its funds. "Tingnan muna natin, bigyan ninyo hanggang December, sabi ko, baka kako tumino. Makita kung ano 'yung mga masasama, yung mga masamang gawain, baka naman tumino, eh di ayos, sabi ko. Pero kung hindi, then saka natin pagusapan yung privatization," Sotto said over DWIZ in response to worries that the agency might get abolished. (Let's s...

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Yangon under strain as Myanmar coronavirus cases surge

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 20:13
Myanmar's biggest city Yangon has rapidly built new quarantine centers as it scrambles to contain the commercial hub's first significant coronavirus outbreak, with overworked medical staff fearing thousands more cases to come. The Southeast Asian nation has one of the world's most impoverished healthcare systems, but had until recently remained relatively unscathed by the pandemic. Last month there were fewer than 400 total confirmed cases nationwide and just six deaths from the disease. But rising case numbers in the country's west quickly spread elsewhere and infection numbers have doubled every week. They are expected to pass 10,000 in the coming days with a current de...

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Trump set to name Supreme Court pick as he sows fears of election chaos

CNN Top Stories - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 20:03
As President Donald Trump continues to sow doubt and uncertainty about the election, he's set to announce his third Supreme Court nominee in the Rose Garden Saturday, the capstone of the promise he made four years ago to name a long line of conservative judges who will reshape the courts for generations.
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Tawi-Tawi sibs support community, Badjao students by selling locally produced seaweed chips

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 20:00
Starting a business in the midst of a global pandemic is no easy task, especially for local communities whose livelihood has greatly been affected. Yet, two sisters in the province of Tawi-Tawi hope to change perceptions, ease the struggles of their community, and stick to the principle that "no communities and students should be left behind." Sisters Alyssa Sahali Tan, 21, and Dayang Sahali, 23, who are Tausug and from the Jama Mapun tribe of Tawi-Tawi---the southernmost island province in the Philippines and part of the Bangsamoro region in Mindanao---created a startup that aims to ease the hard lives of farmers in their community through selling organic, locally obtained and produc...

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5 common coronavirus misconceptions and the science you need to know

CNN Top Stories - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 19:58
Since the beginning of 2020, when we first started hearing about a new coronavirus, eventually dubbed SARS-CoV-2, our understanding of what it is, how it infects people, who it infects and how we can protect ourselves have all evolved as our knowledge has grown.
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What comes next is ‘bonus’ for US Open champion Thiem

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 09/26/2020 - 19:56
It took Dominic Thiem 26 attempts to win his first Grand Slam title and now with the US Open crown in his collection, he admits what follows next will be "a bonus." The 27-year-old Austrian will be hoping to make it back-to-back major triumphs at Roland Garros which gets underway on Sunday. Should world number one, and 2016 champion, Novak Djokovic, or 12-time winner Rafael Nadal unexpectedly falter, it is Thiem who is most likely to benefit. "I felt great coming here because I've achieved such a big goal. I mean, at one point whatever comes now is somehow a bonus," the world number three said on Friday. "On the other hand, I want to do the best I can in every single tour...

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