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New lava flow seen on Mayon volcano after 2 days of quiet

Breaking News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 18:04
LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines -- A new lava flow was seen in Mayon Volcano Sunday, breaking two days of almost no perceptible activity.   Eduardo Laguerta, resident volcanologist of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), said the lava flow was estimated to be 100 meters long cascading at the southeast side of the volcano.   "If the flow will continue, it would go through Boga and Buyuan (gullies), both part of the southeast quadrant of the volcano," Laguerta said.   Aside from the lava flow, a crater glow was also recorded early on Sunday, he added.   According to Laguerta, they would consider raising the alert level...

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Gov prays, hopes nothing bad happened to missing wife

Breaking News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 17:52
NAGA CITY, Philippines --The wife of the Camarines Norte governor and her friend have been missing since they failed to return home Friday, Oct. 17, and the vehicle they rode in was found abandoned Saturday by the police in Napolidan, Lupi, Camarines Sur. Camarines Norte Gov. Edgardo "Egay" Tallado confirmed Sunday that his wife, Josie, 43, and her friend Darlene Francisco failed to return to their home in Labo, Camarines Norte, after they left Friday afternoon aboard a black Toyota Fortuner. Tallado said police have launched a round-the-clock search for his wife and Francisco and he could only pray and hope that nothing bad happened to them. Tallado said his wife and her friend...

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Pacquiao’s Kia knocks out Blackwater in PBA opener

Breaking News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 17:49
BOCAUE, Bulacan, Philippines --- Manny Pacquiao made his PBA debut and Kia didn't let its playing-coach down. Kia Motors went on a scoring binge in the third quarter to beat fellow newcomer Blackwater Sports, 80-66, in the opener of the 40th Season of the PBA before a record crowd at the Philippine Arena here. LA Revilla, who had a career-game with 23 points, led a blistering third quarter run where the Sorento outscored the Elite, 38-17, that turned a nine-point deficit to a 63-51 lead that they never relinquished. "I'm just overwhelmed by the moment and thankful that we won," said Revilla. "I just played the game, we played the game. We trusted the system, trusted coach." ...

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Report: South Korean manager commits suicide to apologize for concert tragedy

Breaking News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 17:13
  SEOUL - A South Korean official who committed suicide after a pop concert accident left 16 people dead, had posted a Twitter message apologizing for the tragedy, just minutes before he was found dead.   "I have done my best to live a good life, but was faced with an accident that I never thought would happen. I am sorry for my colleagues and the ones who died in the accident,'' the Korea Herald quoted the 37-year-old man as saying in his tweet.   "I extend my apologies. I hope you will take my word of truth," said the official who was identified only by his surname Oh.   The man, who was married with two children, also apologized to his fami...

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No safety personnel for S.Korea pop concert—police

Breaking News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 17:03
  SEOUL, South Korea - South Korean police said Sunday no safety personnel were deployed at an outdoor pop concert where a ventilation grate collapsed, killing 16 people and injuring nine others. "From the beginning, there were no safety personnel for the concert," a police spokesman told reporters, according to Yonhap news agency, after about 20 people were questioned over the incident Friday in the city of Seongnam south of Seoul. Those questioned included officials of a local Internet news provider which financed and organized the concert attended by more than 700 people, Yonhap said. A local government official in charge of safety committed suicide Saturday by ju...

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Wife of Camarines Norte governor, aide reported missing

Breaking News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 16:16
MANILA, PhilippinesThe wife of Camarines Norte governor Edgardo "Egay" A. Tallado and her aide were reported missing since October 17, a radio report said Sunday.   Police Officer 1 Michael Lubiano from Vinzons Municipal Police was quoted in the radio report stating that Josie Tallado and her aide, identified as Darlene Francisco, were scheduled to arrive in Barangay (village) 3, Vinzons town last Friday but failed to show up.   Tallado and Francisco rode a black Toyota Fortuner with license plate PRI 744, which was found abandoned on Maharlika Highway in Napolidan village, Lupi town in neighboring province Camarines Sur at 7:45 p.m. Friday.   In a ph...

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Rising Soon: Arca South, A ‘City in Sync’

Breaking News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 14:16 MANILA, Philippines -- It might be difficult to picture now how the country's former "bagsakan," otherwise known as the Food Terminal Inc. (FTI) complex, will transform into a business district similar to that of Makati's Central Business District (CBD) and Taguig's Bonifacio Global City (BGC). But in the next five years when Ayala Land's (ALI) 74-hectare development in the area reaches its first phase of completion, this part of the capital will not only become "a city in sync," but it will also turn into a gateway connecting key cities in the metro as well as growth centers in the North and South.   Named Arca South, the signature ALI devel...

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US envoy to attend commemoration of Leyte landing as transgender slay case hovers

Breaking News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 12:50
MANILA, Philippines -- President Benigno Aquino III and US Ambassador Philip Goldberg will both attend the anniversary celebration of an important World War II event on Monday but is unclear if they will discuss the murder of a Filipino transgender, allegedly perpetrated by a US Marine. "Ang okasyon po ay 'yung 70thanniversary ng Leyte Landing. Wala po tayong impormasyon hinggil sa inyong tinatanong," Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. told a reporter asking about the possibility over state-run Radyo ng Bayan. (The occassion is the 70th anniversary of the Leyte Landing. We don't have information pertaining to your question.) Coloma said Goldberg was among the ambas...

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Unbeaten Walters KOs Donaire for title

Breaking News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 11:16
LOS ANGELES, United States - Undefeated Jamaican Nicholas Walters knocked out Filipino star Nonito Donaire with one second remaining in the sixth round Saturday to win the World Boxing Association featherweight title. Walters landed a powerful overhand right to the left temple that sent the champion crumpling to the canvas and referee Raul Caiz counted out Donaire at 2:59 of the sixth round. "I invited him in and then I caught him with that powerful shot," Walters said. "It was tough work. He's a super world champion. He caught me (with) a few shots early." Donaire, who had never been knocked down in his career, was sent to the canvas for the first time in the third round be...

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Pemberton may or may not appear at preliminary probe – US embassy

Breaking News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 10:44
MANILA, Philippines -- Despite a subpoena filed against him, Private 1st Class Joseph Scott Pemberton may decide not to appear before the court on Tuesday, depending on the advise of his lawyer, the United States Embassy in Manila said Sunday. "Whether the suspect will appear on Tuesday is a decision that he will make in consultation with his Philippine legal counsel, in accordance with Philippine law," the embassy said in a statement. Pemberton is facing murder charges for the death of Filipino transgender Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude. Witnesses identified the US Marine as the person who accompanied Laude to a lodge in Olongapo City where the victim was found dead. The prelimin...

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Tasmanian devil death investigated at US zoo

Breaking News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 10:09
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico --- Authorities are looking into the death of a Tasmanian devil found in a pool of blood at a New Mexico zoo with its skull fractured. Investigators suspect it was killed.   The animal was one of four provided to the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo last year by the Healesville Sanctuary as part of an effort to start a breeding program for the endangered species, the Albuquerque Journal reported. The devils' population on the island of Tasmania south of the Australian mainland has been decimated by a form of cancer.   The animal was discovered dead in his outdoor enclosure on Wednesday, the newspaper reported. Investigators suspect the animal w...

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Down the toilet bowl

Cebu Headlines - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 10:04

WHEN you lose your way, try Googling your way out. After a week of listening to television reports about the death of Jeffrey Laude, I went online to clear up my confusion. It was not just the event and the circus that immediately pitched tent. The way it was reported and the manner I was filtering the story made me doubt if I understood myself at all.

How could the killing of a 26-year-old Olangapo resident shake my world?

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Cautious optimism over Nigeria’s kidnapped girls

Breaking News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 10:03
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria --- There's no dancing in the streets, but people in the hometown of more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls are cautiously optimistic about news of a cease-fire with the Islamic extremists who abducted their daughters six months ago.   "We don't know how true it is until we prove it," Bana Lawan, chairman of the Chibok Local Government Area, said Saturday. "We will know the negotiations were successful when we see the girls physically. And then we will know it is true. And then we will celebrate."   Community leader Pogu Bitrus said "people rejoiced, but with caution" after the military announced the cease-fire with the Islamic extremist...

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Slain journalist Foley ‘tried to see the good’

Breaking News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 10:00
ROCHESTER, New Hampshire --- James Foley was a compassionate and capable journalist who tried to see the good in people, friends said Saturday at a memorial for the New Hampshire man beheaded by Islamic State group extremists.   Hundreds of people filled Our Lady of the Rosary Church on Saturday in Rochester during a Mass to celebrate his life on what would have been his 41st birthday. Afterward, friends and family paid poignant tribute to Foley.   "There seemed to be two absolutes in Jim's life --- his faith and his family --- both of which gave him an incredible foundation," said longtime friend Jeremy Osgood. "It was a wealth of strength and courage for Jim i...

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First US Ebola victim remembered for compassion

Breaking News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 09:55
SALISBURY, North Carolina --- Thomas Eric Duncan was remembered Saturday as a big-hearted and compassionate man whose virtues may have led to his infection with Ebola in his native Liberia and subsequent death as the first victim of the disease in the United States.   Family and friends gathered at a small Southern Baptist church with a primarily Liberian flock near where Duncan's mother and other family members live.   Duncan's neighbors in Liberia believe he was infected by helping a pregnant woman who later died from Ebola. It was unclear if he knew about her diagnosis before traveling to the United States. Duncan denied helping his Ebola-sickened neighbor, b...

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Bishops revise document on gays, expect approval

Breaking News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 09:07
VATICAN CITY--- Catholic bishops predicted widespread approval in a vote Saturday evening of a revised document laying out the church's position on gays, sex, marriage and divorce, saying the report was a "balanced" reflection of church teaching and pastoral needs.   The final report of the two-week meeting of bishops was rewritten to incorporate amendments to a draft released earlier in the week which had shown an unprecedented openness toward gays and Catholics who live together without being married.   Conservatives had harshly criticized the draft and proposed extensive revisions to restate church doctrine, which holds that gay sex is "intrinsically disorder...

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Fire exposes illegal Chinese factories in Italy

Breaking News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 08:27
PRATO, Italy--- The first thing the firefighters saw was the arm sticking out of the barred window on the second floor of the factory. Flames reached through the partially collapsed roof and a high column of smoke darkened the winter sky. This fire had been burning for some time.   The fire station is two minutes from the Teresa Moda garment factory, on the edge of the main industrial zone of Prato, a town outside Florence. The zone was developed for Italian textile manufacturers in the 1980s but now is predominantly Chinese.   The first squad arrived around 7 a.m. Priority No. 1 was the arm in the window. A firefighter raced up a ladder, cut through the bars an...

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Power out, trees fall as hurricane crosses Bermuda

Breaking News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 08:11
HAMILTON, Bermuda --- Hurricane Gonzalo crushed trees, flattened power lines and damaged Bermuda's main hospital during an hours-long battering, but the tiny, wealthy British territory suffered no deaths.   The storm's center crossed over Bermuda Friday night and its winds and heavy surf continued to whip at the island Saturday morning as Gonzalo quickly moved northward over the Atlantic on a track that could take it just off the shore of Newfoundland in Canada.   "This was a dangerous hurricane, but Bermuda today is dealing with property damage, blocked roads and a loss of electricity, all things that can be replaced and restored," said Premier Michael Dunkley....

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Record breaker: A three-timing two-timer

Breaking News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 08:00
Feisty ex claims Handsome Playboy fooled around with Combative Starlet during their time together. Turns out, HP is a three-timer. While he was involved with CS, he was spotted having a cozy date with Lovely Lass. In short, while HP was cheating with CS, he was also cheating on her! Clearly, it was not just a friendly date because HP and LL were playing with a cute dog that they treated like a baby. LL was cooing to the pet as if it was human and referring to HP as the creature's "Papa." HP's controversial personal life has gone to the dogs. Unlimited campaign To ensure the success of Gorgeous Crush, Vociferous Celeb instructed poor minions to keep texting 24-7 t...

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Junked plane at Naia finds home in Aussie museum

Breaking News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 05:43
MANILA, Philippines---An iconic Lockheed Super Constellation airplane that had been abandoned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) has found a new home in an Australian museum.   In a press release, the Qantas Founders Museum said its purchase of the plane should lead to increased visits to the museum and Australia's Outback Queensland region.   "To ensure the sustainability of the museum, it is important Qantas Founders Museum continues to expand and change its displays to create continued interest and attract new visitors," Tony Martin, chief executive officer of the museum, said in a statement.   Qantas Founders Museum is located in Lon...

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