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Will Arnett files for divorce from Amy Poehler

Breaking News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:12
  LOS ANGELES— Court records show Will Arnett has filed for divorce from Amy Poehler more than 18 months after the comedians announced their separation. Arnett filed a divorce petition in Los Angeles Superior Court on April 8 citing irreconcilable differences. His filing seeks joint custody of the pair's two sons, who are ages 3 and 5. The actors announced they were separating in September 2012 after nine years of marriage. They were married in 2003 and have maintained successful careers, with Poehler starring in NBC's "Parks and Recreation" and Arnett starring in CBS' series "The Millers." The court filing was first reported Wednesday by People magazine. &nb...

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Firetruck rams California eatery; 15 injured

Breaking News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:54
MONTEREY PARK, California — Fifteen people were injured, including at least five firefighters, when two firetrucks collided in a Los Angeles suburb Wednesday, sending one careening across a sidewalk and into a restaurant.   One of the victims was in critical condition, officials said.   The crash on a busy commercial strip in Monterey Park left one truck embedded in the restaurant, with shattered glass and rubble heaped on the sidewalk. Chairs and tables were scattered inside.   "There was a loud boom and a lot of shaking. I thought it was an earthquake," said Wendy Wu, a waitress who was in a walk-in freezer when the truck plowed through the front ...

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American rapper cuts own penis, jumps off building

Breaking News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:24
  MANILA, Philippines—American rapper Andre Johnson on Thursday (Manila Time) severed his penis and jumped off an apartment building in Los Angeles, CNN reported.   According to the report, the 40-year-old rapper was seriously injured after his fall from the second floor of his apartment. The police found out that he cut his penis.   Johnson, along with his cut penis, was brought to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he was treated for medication, the report added.   The report said police authorities have yet to determine the motive of the incident. RELATED STORIES Chinese woman cuts off ex-boyfriend’s penis, kills him—report Trauma...

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Walker leads Bobcats over Bulls in OT, 91-86

Breaking News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:04
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kemba Walker scored eight of his 22 points in overtime to help the Charlotte Bobcats defeat the Chicago Bulls 91-86 Wednesday night and finish the season with eight wins in their final nine games.   Both teams awaited the outcome of later games to learn their first-round playoff opponent.   Al Jefferson added 10 points and 18 rebounds for Charlotte, and Chris Douglas-Roberts finished with 13 points after being held scoreless for the first three quarters.   Josh McRoberts made a key play in overtime, blocking D.J. Augustin's 3-point attempt. Walker grabbed the loose ball and raced the length of the court for a layup that gave the Bob...

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9 confirmed dead after ferry sinks off South Korean coast

Breaking News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:28
MOKPO— Strong currents and bad visibility hampered rescuers Thursday in the search for 287 passengers still missing more than 24 hours after their ferry flipped onto its side and filled with cold water off the southern coast of South Korea, causing fury among families waiting for word of passengers who were mostly high school students. Nine were confirmed dead, but many expect that number will rise sharply because the missing have now spent more than a day either trapped in the ferry or in the cold seawater. There were 475 people aboard and frantic parents have gathered at the high school student's school near Seoul and in Mokpo, in the south of the country, not far from where th...

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Man City slips further out of title contention

Breaking News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:20
MANCHESTER, England  — The Premier League trophy could be out of reach for Manchester City after a 2-2 home draw with last-placed Sunderland on Wednesday that capped a demoralizing four days for title chasers.   Samir Nasri's 88th-minute equalizer at Etihad Stadium will be of little consolation to City, which is now six points behind league leader Liverpool and four points behind second-place Chelsea.   Third-place City has a game in hand but the surprise result against Sunderland, coupled with Sunday's 3-2 loss at Liverpool, may be a setback too far in its bid for a second championship in three seasons.   "I think we are more mentally tired than p...

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Aquino to public: Learn to sacrifice

Breaking News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:05   MANILA, Philippines – If Jesus Christ was able to sacrifice himself, the people should also be willing to make their own sacrifices. That was the gist of President Benigno Aquino III Lenten message this year.   “Bilang Kanyang mga tagasunod, nawa'y maging handa rin tayong tumanggap ng sarili nating mga sakripisyo,” Aquino said in the message released Wednesday.   (As his followers, we should always be ready to make our own sacrifices.)   The President said the Holy Week is the time to recognize Jesus Christ’s sufferings, His triumph over temptation, and His ultimate sacrifice – offering His...

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Fired Yahoo exec gets $58M for 15 months of work

Breaking News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:45
SAN FRANCISCO, United States — Yahoo's recently fired chief operating officer, Henrique de Castro, left the Internet company with a severance package of $58 million even though he lasted just 15 months on the job. The disclosure in a regulatory filing Wednesday may lead to more second-guessing about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to hire de Castro as her second-in-command in October 2012. Mayer dumped de Castro in January after concluding he wasn't executing on her plan for reviving Yahoo's lackluster ad growth. De Castro had been in charge of ad sales. "Ultimately, Henrique was not a fit and that's a very regrettable conclusion," Mayer told analysts in late January. "...

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Syria most dangerous country for journalists, PH 3rd—watchdog

Breaking News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:21
NEW YORK— Syria is the world's most dangerous country for journalists a US-based watchdog said Wednesday as it published its annual impunity index tracking unsolved killings of reporters.   The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists reported a "rising number of targeted killings" of reporters in Syria as a recent threat to journalists operating in the war-torn country.   "With unprecedented numbers of abductions and high rates of fatalities in combat and crossfire, Syria was already the world's most dangerous country for journalists," CPJ said.   Iraq remained on top of the rankings with the worst record for solving murders of journalists. ...

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20 killed as Islamic extremists rampage in Nigeria

Breaking News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:59
ABUJA, Nigeria  — Suspected Islamic militants have struck for a fourth time in three days in Nigeria, killing 20 people including a traditional ruler in attacks in the northeast, local government and security officials said Wednesday. Meanwhile, the military said all but eight of more than 100 teenage students kidnapped on Tuesday are free. The unprecedented string of attacks, which started with a massive explosion in the capital that killed at least 75 people, has many questioning the ability of Nigeria's military to contain the 5-year-old Islamic uprising. It has killed more than 1,500 people this year alone, compared to an estimated 3,600 between 2010 and 2013. "Once a...

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Drug firm Novartis to help Leyte firefighter

Breaking News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:45
MANILA, Philippines—The Swiss-based pharmaceutical transnational manufacturer of a leukemia drug has promised to help a Leyte firefighter afflicted with the cancer to get access to the expensive medication he needs.   Novartis Healthcare Philippines (NHP), the local subsidiary of Novartis, said it will work with the doctor of Dario Raagas—the afflicted firefighter who despite his deteriorating health remained on duty when Supertyphoon Yolanda struck in Tacloban City last November—and with the government and non-government agencies concerned to help him with his treatment.   The 43-year-old Raagas, diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) since age...

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Japan says visa-free entry still a plan

Breaking News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:43
MANILA, Philippines—Not so fast, don’t buy that plane ticket to Tokyo just yet.   The Japanese Embassy in Manila has clarified that the proposal to waive the visa requirement for Filipino tourists to Japan remains to be a plan, saying that such a policy would require bilateral talks between Tokyo and Manila.   Miwa Yamatoya, press officer at the Japanese Embassy, said the visa waiver would require “comprehensive consideration” between the two countries.   Japanese news agency Kyodo reported on Tuesday that the Japanese government and its ruling coalition “are making arrangements” to exempt tourists from the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietn...

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Fears grow for hundreds missing in South Korea ferry capsize

Breaking News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:40
JINDO—The frantic search for nearly 300 people, most of them schoolchildren, missing after a South Korean ferry capsized slipped into a second day Thursday, as distraught relatives maintained an agonised vigil on shore.   Six people were confirmed dead, but with every hour that passed fears mounted for the 290 still unaccounted for after the multi-storey vessel with 475 on board suddenly listed, capsized and then sank 20 kilometres (13 miles) offshore.   Naval and coastguard vessels used floodlights and flares to keep the search operation going through the night, but strong currents and low visibility hampered efforts by diving teams to access the submerged ve...

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Jay Z to bring Made in America music fest to LA

Breaking News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:38
LOS ANGELES — The Budweiser Made in America music festival is coming to Los Angeles, but who is performing and how the city will manage the two-day concert are still mysteries.   Jay Z and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti held a news conference Wednesday to announce the music festival, which is planned for Labor Day weekend and will be held simultaneously with one in Philadelphia. They did not announce the lineup of performers or address residents' concerns about the venue — a park in downtown Los Angeles that is crossed by several streets and partially surrounded by residential buildings.   The Made in America festival could draw 50,000 concertgoers, Garcett...

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Robot sub makes first complete search for plane

Breaking News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:35
PERTH— A robotic submarine has completed its first full 16-hour mission scanning the floor of the Indian Ocean for wreckage of the missing Malaysian airliner after two previous missions were cut short by technical problems and deep water, authorities said on Thursday. The Bluefin 21 had covered 90 square kilometers (35 square miles) of the silt-covered sea bed off the west Australian coast in its first three missions, the search coordination center said on Thursday. While data collected by the sub from its latest mission, which ended overnight, was still being analyzed, nothing of note had yet been discovered, the center said. A total of 12 planes and 11 ships were to join wh...

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uFly fires flight simulator who appeared on CNN

Breaking News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:33
TORONTO—A Canadian flight simulator business fired an instructor who figured prominently in CNN's coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, saying he showed up late to his regular job and "shamed Canadians" by dressing like a teenager. uFly company owner Claudio Teixeira said he fired Mitchell Casado on Wednesday in part for refusing to dress professionally and making Canadians "look very bad all over the world." Casado's relaxed style of jeans and plaid shirts attracted wide attention during CNN's constant coverage of the search for the missing flight. CNN's Martin Savidge and Casado logged many hours reporting from the fake cockpit located at the company's office in...

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DPWH allots P1.2 trillion for PH roads

Breaking News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:54
MANILA, Philippines—In the last two years of the administration, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will “prioritize rehabilitation over preventive maintenance” in the preservation of the country’s road network, which is valued at P1.2 trillion.   In a report, the DPWH also said it would continue “improving the smoothness of national highways through improved construction processes, tighter supervision and quality assurance during the roads’ construction stage.”   Other agency priorities in 2015 and 2016 include the following: Pavement of the remaining gravel and rough roads nationwide; replacing all timber and bailey bridges with c...

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Experts say video doesn’t show Earhart wreckage

Breaking News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:49
CHEYENNE, United States — Experts retained by an aircraft preservation group say underwater video shot in the South Pacific shows no evidence of the wreckage of the missing plane piloted by aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart. Wyoming resident Timothy Mellon, son of the late philanthropist Paul Mellon, is pushing a federal lawsuit against the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery of Delaware and its executive director, Richard E. Gillespie. Mellon claims the group found the wreckage of Earhart's plane in 2010 but kept the discovery a secret so it could solicit money from him to continue the search. Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic...

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UN warns banana fungus spreading from Southeast Asia

Breaking News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 04:00
UNITED NATIONS  — The United Nation's Food and Agriculture organization is warning banana growers that a fungal disease is spreading through crops from Asia to Africa and the Middle East.   The U.N. agency says the disease called Fusarium Wilt TR4 has the potential to spread to Latin American banana crops.   Bananas are the world's eight most important crop and the fourth most important food crop in poor nations, the U.N. says.   There is no treatment for the fungal disease and its spores can remain in the soil for decades, so the Food and Agriculture Organization says it is focusing on preventing it from spreading.   The agency says it h...

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‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’

Breaking News - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 03:30
The Philippines remains a fragile democracy despite the Aquino administration’s gains that have not been enough to make up for “nearly a decade of regression” during the previous administration.   A new report by Bertelsmann Foundation, a German think tank, said true progress in the Philippines would be out of reach unless the improbable was achieved: Dismantling of oligarchies that control both politics and business.   “Since the election of Benigno Aquino III as president in May 2010, the overall development of democracy in the Philippines has regained momentum,” the group’s 2014 Bertelsmann Transformation Index (BTI) 2014 report read.   ...

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