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  • Pistorius sentencing: What it means
    PRETORIA, South Africa --- How much prison time will Oscar Pistorius ultimately serve for killing his girlfriend? And will the double-amputee Olympian ever run competitively again on the carbon-fiber blades that made him one of the world's most recognizable athletes? Here's what Pistorius' five-year jail sentence for culpable homicide in Reeva Steenkamp's shooting death means: ___ HOW MANY YEARS IN PRISON? Judge Thokozile Masipa sentenced Pistorius to five years in prison for negligently killing Steenkamp by shooting her through a closed toilet door in his home. But the specific law cited by the judge when she announced Pistorius' sentence in a packed Pretoria courtroom a...

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  • Wyoming latest US state to legalize gay marriage
    CHEYENNE, Wyoming --- Same-sex marriage has arrived in Wyoming, the conservative western mountain state where the 1998 beating death of a gay student helped spark the movement that has culminated in a broad expansion of gay rights around America.   Gay couples began to apply for marriage licenses Tuesday, shortly after the state began to recognize same-sex unions, albeit far more quietly than in other places where bans were recently struck down.   More than 30 states, including Alaska and Arizona, now recognize same-sex unions in changes triggered by a U.S. Supreme Court decision Oct. 6 that refused to hear appeals from states that wanted to defend gay marriage ...

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  • Abad urges accountants to lobby high court on DAP
    MANILA, Philippines--Saying the Supreme Court ruling on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) could cripple the bureaucracy, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad Jr. asked the Association of Government Accountants of the Philippines Inc. (Agap) on Tuesday in Baguio City to lobby the Supreme Court into amending its July 1 decision that declared unconstitutional parts of the government's stimulus scheme.   In Quezon City, a citizens' coalition asked the House of Representatives to thumb down the draft law setting the 2015 budget on the grounds that it would "legalize the unconstitutional," including the DAP.   The Pera Ibalik sa Tao (Piso) coalition, during its l...

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  • Terrorism blamed in slaying of Canadian soldier in Quebec
    SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, Quebec --- A young convert to Islam who killed a Canadian soldier in a hit-and-run had been on the radar of federal investigators, who feared he had jihadist ambitions and had seized his passport, authorities said Tuesday. The suspect was shot dead by police after a chase in the Quebec city of Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu. A second soldier suffered minor injuries inMonday'sattack. Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said the attack "clearly linked to terrorist ideology." Quebec Police spokesman Guy Lapointe said the act was deliberate and that one of the two soldiers was in uniform. Lapointe said there were no other suspects at this time. An official w...

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  • Airbus offers long-range version of A321neo, targets Boeing 757
    Airbus Group NV said on Tuesday that it has begun offering airlines a long-range version of its A321neo jetliner, aimed at replacing Boeing Co's 757 jetliner, a long-range single-aisle jet that is no longer in production.
  • Lotto ‘winner’ tells tale of woe to legislators
    MANILA, Philippines--A half-burned piece of thermal paper carefully pressed in between the pages of a thick Bible is the only proof Antonio Failon Mendoza has that he won P12,391,600 in picking the winning combination for the nationwide lotto draw on Oct. 2.   "Pera na, naplantsa pa (Sure money gone too soon)" was how Marikina Rep. Romero Quimbo summed up the tale of Mendoza, a jobless man who went to seek the help of the House of Representatives in reversing his rags-to-riches-to-rags-again story.   Mendoza, of Calaca town, Batangas province, on Tuesday presented what remained of his ticket he bought in a lotto outlet in his hometown to members of the House committ...

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  • Ballet PH wows audience at Northern California leg of US tour
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Ballet Philippines held the Northern California leg of its six-city tour before an audience awed by its breathtaking performance on Sunday, October 12, at the California Theatre in San Jose.   The much-awaited tour marks the first time in 15 years that the Company has visited the United States. EntitledMaster Pieces, Celebrating 45 Years of Dance,the tour celebrates the ballet company's 45th anniversary and coincides with Filipino American History Month.   Ballet Philippines is the resident company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The 25-member US tour contingent is headed by Margie Moran-Floirendo, president, and Paul Alexander Mo...

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  • Fil-Am bookshop to fete new edition of Bulosan masterpiece
    RANCHO PALOS VERDES, California -- Carlos Bulosan's book, America Is in the Heart: A Personal History, will be the center of the Filipino American History Month celebration on Saturday, October 25. The event will also present a documentary film on Sonoma, California's Filipino history.   The celebration is sponsored by Philippine Expressions Bookshop will be held atSearch to Involve Filipino Americans (SIPA) from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at 3200 West Temple St., Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles. It is free and open to the public.   The 2014republication of America Is in the Heart comes with a new Introduction by Marilyn C. Alquizola and Lane Ryo Hirabayashi,who will...

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  • Asians get paid less in Silicon Valley tech jobs
      Now better represented in work force but paid less Some blame H-1B temporary worker status   LOS ANGELES -- Silicon Valley's tech companies publicly released reports of the gender and racial make up of their workforces, showing disturbing wage gaps among their relatively diverse employees.   Asian Americans are well represented among the tech ranks, making up 34 percent of Google's employees, 41 percent of Facebook and 57 percent at Yahoo.   The problem, researchers have discovered, no longer lies in employee representation, but in wage inequality.   Researchers at the American Institute for Economic Research found that Asian...

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  • Fast-track LRT-2 deal post-award process, gov’t urged
    MANILA, Philippines--The government was urged to fast-track the post-awarding process for the contract to operate and maintain Light Rail Transit Line 2, as the original timeline placed the turnover during the term of the next administration.   This, according to an interested party, would expose the winning bidder to possible political risks.   Noel Kintanar, executive vice president of Ayala Corp. subsidiary AC Infrastructure, was referring to the turnover of the LRT-2 railway within the second half of 2016, beyond the term of President Aquino, who will step down in the middle of that year.   The indicative schedule for the government's second railw...

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