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Reinvented legacy: Nazis’ paintings fund foundation for Jews

BERLIN --- When Hilde Schramm inherited several paintings collected by her father, Hitler's chief architect and Armaments Minister Albert Speer, she was only sure of one thing: She didn't want them. Despite determining they probably hadn't been looted from Jews during World War II, she wanted their legacy to somehow benefit others. So she huddled with friends around a rickety green table at her home-office in Berlin and came up with a plan to sell them and use the proceeds to support Jewish women's creative projects in Germany. In 1994, that became the Zurueckgeben foundation, a project for which Schramm is receiving an Obermayer German Jewish History Award on Monday. The honor...Keep on reading: Reinvented legacy: Nazis’ paintings fund foundation for Jews.....»»

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Bolton’s test: Massaging Trump tweets into foreign policy

WASHINGTON --- In President Donald Trump's Washington, matters of war and peace are decided in 280-character bursts. It's up to John Bolton to massage them into a foreign policy. The mustachioed national security adviser developed a reputation as a bureaucratic bulldozer through more than three decades in and out of government. But the wrangling over Trump's decision to pull troops out of Syria demanded a new skill --- the ability to dramatically redraft the president's policy without provoking a hint of protest from the commander in chief. When Trump announced on Dec. 19 that he saw no need for U.S. troops to remain in Syria, senior U.S. officials expected the Trump-ordered wi...Keep on reading: Bolton’s test: Massaging Trump tweets into foreign policy.....»»

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US Senator Kamala Harris jumps into presidential race

WASHINGTON --- Kamala Harris, a first-term senator and former California attorney general known for her rigorous questioning of President Donald Trump's nominees, entered the Democratic presidential race on Monday. Vowing to "bring our voices together," Harris would be the first woman to hold the presidency and the second African-American if she succeeds. Harris, a daughter of immigrant parents who grew up in Oakland, California, is one of the earliest high-profile Democrats to join what is expected to be a crowded field. She made her long anticipated announcement on ABC's "Good Morning America." "I am running for president of the United States," she said. "And I'm very excited...Keep on reading: US Senator Kamala Harris jumps into presidential race.....»»

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Restaurant sign approved after concerns it was offensive

KEENE, New Hampshire --- Officials in a New Hampshire city have approved a restaurant sign that initially was removed over concerns that it sounded like a profanity. The name of the Vietnamese restaurant in a public building next to City Hall in Keene is a play on words. It calls itself by the name of a soup, which is spelled P-H-O, but is pronounced "fuh," followed by the words "Keene Great." It's scheduled to open March 1. City Manager Elizabeth Dragon said in an email the sign was approved Friday and is in compliance. She said no one had submitted written permission to put up any sign until Jan. 4. Dragon said officials decided to let the community "decide what they th...Keep on reading: Restaurant sign approved after concerns it was offensive.....»»

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Ex-chief of Sorsogon police named PNP acting spokesman

MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippine National Police (PNP) appointed on Monday the former director of the Sorsogon Police Provincial Office as its new acting spokesperson. Senior Supt. Bernard Banac, who headed the Sorsogon police in 2014, will assume the post on Tuesday, Jan. 22, according to a document released to the media on Monday. Currently, Banac is the assistant chief of the PNP Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies (Sosia). Banac will replace Chief Supt. Benigno Durana Jr. as chief of the PNP Public Information Office. Durana will then be the acting director of the PNP Directorate for Police Community Relations, also effective on Tuesday. ...Keep on reading: Ex-chief of Sorsogon police named PNP acting spokesman.....»»

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Rihanna sues own dad for exploiting her name

Rihanna is suing her own father, Ronald Fenty, for fraud and false advertising.   Reports said that Fenty and his business partners have been allegedly using Rihanna's name for a slew of business dealings through Fenty Entertainment---a talent production firm, which the pop star maintained, had nothing do with her.   According to TMZ, Fenty Entertainment attempted to book 15 shows amounting to $15 million in South America in 2017. The company had also reportedly made it appear that Rihanna was involved in its boutique hotel project.   The Barbadian star, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, has trademarked the surname and has been using it for her ...Keep on reading: Rihanna sues own dad for exploiting her name.....»»

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Janine on Nora’s conspicuous absence at Lotlot’s wedding

It would have been nice if she was at the wedding," said actress Janine Gutierrez of her grandmother, Nora Aunor, who was conspicuously absent when her mom, Lotlot de Leon, tied the knot with her longtime partner, Fadi El Soury, in December.   Janine confirmed that invitation was sent to the Superstar, "but we didn't expect her to attend. Of course, she was invited because she is Mama's mother. I really don't know what happened. Maybe she was busy since she has an ongoing teleserye. We understand," Janine said.   "What's more important is that Mama's whole family was there," said the young actress. Lotlot is the adopted daughter of Nora and actor Christopher de ...Keep on reading: Janine on Nora’s conspicuous absence at Lotlot’s wedding.....»»

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Regine Velasquez in her sister’s eyes

So much has been written about Regine Velasquez. For a change, I am featuring Reg's younger sister, Diane, who's also her road manager, so we can see a different side of the life story of Asia's Songbird.   I often bump into Diane during show biz events. She's as lovable as Reg. At first, she was hesitant to be featured because she's the shy type. I'm thankful that she granted me an interview. Diane is privy to Reg's life since she's with her superstar sister every single day. For sure, Regine diehards wish they could trade places with Diane.   Reg is busy revving up for her V-day concert with Vice Ganda, "The Songbird and The Songhorse," on Feb. 14, 15 and 16 a...Keep on reading: Regine Velasquez in her sister’s eyes.....»»

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Senate OKs probe of people linked to P11-B ‘shabu’ shipment

MANILA, Philippines --- The Senate adopted on Monday the recommendation of a Senate panel to conduct a lifestyle check and further investigate personalities tagged in the controversial P11-billion crystal meth shipment that was unearthed in August 2018. READ:PDEA chief now says magnetic lifters contained P11B 'shabu' READ:PDEA to file raps against those involved in P11B smuggled 'shabu' In his sponsorship speech on Committee Report No. 544, Sen. Richard Gordon, blue ribbon committee chair, noted that despite previous investigations into the illegal shabu shipments into the country, "big amount of drugs still kept coming in our country through the use of the same modus operan...Keep on reading: Senate OKs probe of people linked to P11-B ‘shabu’ shipment.....»»

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Frigid air, high winds make travel risky in US East Coast

Bitter cold and gusty winds swept across the eastern U.S. Monday with falling temperatures replacing the weekend's falling snow. The National Weather Service had forecast that temperatures would be more than 20 degrees below normal across the Northeast, with wind gusts up to 30 mph and wind chills approaching minus 40F (-4C) in northern New York and Vermont. Atop the Northeast's highest mountain, the temperature fell to minus 23 degrees Monday morning and was expected to drop even more later in the day, said Adam Gill, a meteorologist with the Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire. Though wind gusts of 30 to 40 mph were not particularly high for a location that once ...Keep on reading: Frigid air, high winds make travel risky in US East Coast.....»»

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Chinese Stock Market: Top 5 Stocks To Watch

Here is a list of the 5 best Chinese stocks in the Chinese stock market: Alibaba (BABA) Sina (SINA) NetEase (NTES) Yum China (YUMC) Baozun (BZUN) Alibaba, Sina, NetEase, and Baozun are internet stocks while Yum China is a fast-food corporation. All of these companies have experienced tremendous growth, and they offer investors unique opportunities for quality investments in China, so let's examine each one. Alibaba (BABA) Alibaba is a Chinese corporation that focuses on the internet and technology. It provides a wide variety of services and solutions for online and mobile commerce. It operates in four segments: cloud computing, innovation initiatives, core commerce,...Keep on reading: Chinese Stock Market: Top 5 Stocks To Watch.....»»

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Difference Between FHA Loan vs. Conventional Loan?

A home purchase is likely the largest purchase you will ever make. Even if you get a good deal on a smaller home, you will still be spending thousands of dollars on it. Most people cannot afford to purchase a home outright with cash. Usually, a mortgage loan is required. There are different types of loans, and not all of them will suit every home buyer. Let's look at two of these loans, FHA Loan and Conventional Loan, and the differences between them. FHA Loans FHA loans are federally insured, backed by the Federal Housing Administration. This takes the burden of risk off of private lenders and makes the lenders more willing to grant the loan. Because FHA loans are provided by lende...Keep on reading: Difference Between FHA Loan vs. Conventional Loan?.....»»

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How to Get out of High Credit Card Debt

High credit card debt can be crushing, especially for a family with growing children and various expenses. It can sometimes feel as if the debt will never be paid off. But there are ways to find relief. The most common solution for credit card debt is debt consolidation. It is a broad term that encompasses many options for debt relief and can help you gain some breathing room in your finances. Debt Consolidation Debt consolidation is a method of relieving debt that basically merges several debts into one. This new consolidated debt would have a lower interest rate. It is also much simpler to pay off one debt than many. There are many options for debt consolidation, and they are not equ...Keep on reading: How to Get out of High Credit Card Debt.....»»

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Zuerlein’s 57-Yard Field Goal Sends Rams to Super Bowl

NEW ORLEANS --- A big comeback. A blown call. And, finally, a booming kick that sent the Los Angeles Rams to the Super Bowl. After rallying from an early 13-0 deficit, the Rams stunned the New Orleans Saints with Greg Zuerlein's 57-yard field goal in overtime for a 26-23 victory in the NFC championship game Sunday --- an outcome that might not have been possible without an egregious mistake by the officials in the closing minutes of regulation. Los Angeles cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman committed a blatant interference penalty with a helmet-to-helmet hit on Tommylee Lewis well before the pass arrived inside the 5, forcing the Saints to settle for Wil Lutz's 31-yard field goal tha...Keep on reading: Zuerlein’s 57-Yard Field Goal Sends Rams to Super Bowl.....»»

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Death Toll Reaches 85 in Mexico Fuel Pipeline Fire Horror

TLAHUELILPAN, Mexico --- People in the town where a fuel pipeline fire and explosion killed at least 85 people say the section of pipeline that gushed fuel has been a habitual gathering site for thieves, repeatedly damaged and patched like a trusty pair of jeans. "It was the popular tap," said Enrique Cerron, 22, who lives near the field. "You could pass by at 11 or 12 in the morning and see people filling up here." On Friday, amid countrywide fuel shortages at gas stations as the government attempts to stem widespread fuel theft, this particular section of pipeline had come back into service after being offline for nearly four weeks when somebody punctured the line again. Word...Keep on reading: Death Toll Reaches 85 in Mexico Fuel Pipeline Fire Horror.....»»

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Latest on Shutdown: Trump Lashes out After Dems Reject Offer

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, DAY 30: WHAT'S NEW President Donald Trump lashed out at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after Democrats made clear they would not accept his proposal to fund a border wall in exchange for temporarily protections for young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children and those fleeing disaster zones. Trump had billed the plan as a compromise, but Democrats said it didn't go nearly far enough, prompting a flurry of Sunday morning tweets. "Nancy Pelosi and some of the Democrats turned down my offer yesterday before I even got up to speak. They don't see crime & drugs, they only see 2020,"Trump wrote. He also accused the California lawmaker, without ev...Keep on reading: Latest on Shutdown: Trump Lashes out After Dems Reject Offer.....»»

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SF city workers kick off contract bargaining with rally, call for better pay

SAN FRANCISCO -- Some 650 city employees, including many Filipinos, rallied at noon on Thursday, Jan. 17 to kick off their union's contract negotiations with city hall and to call attention to the gap between the high-cost of living and their incomes, which they say is driving the middle class out of San Francisco. The rallying members of the International Federation of Professional Engineers (IFPTE) Local21 represented 5,600 workers, such as architects, engineers, planners and IT professionals. Nearly 10 percent of the city workers represented are of Filipino descent; 37 percent identified as Asians and Pacific Islanders. City Hall is negotiating 27 different contract agreemen...Keep on reading: SF city workers kick off contract bargaining with rally, call for better pay.....»»

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F. Sionil Jose’s dangerous racism

A critical challenge that Filipinos face today is how to confront an aggressive China without embracing racism, without getting blinded by a sinister worldview that would wreck us as a people and weaken our ability to face a belligerent superpower. Sadly, National Artist F. Sionil Jose, a man I once admired, has become one of the champions of a new wave of anti-Chinese xenophobia. Last week, Frankie Jose took his incoherent anti-Chinese Filipino dogma to a stunningly dangerous level. In his latest column, Can We Still Trust America?, Frankie Jose essentially endorsed violence against Chinese Filipinos. The piece begins by reviewing the changing geopolitical landscape in Sout...Keep on reading: F. Sionil Jose’s dangerous racism.....»»

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Fil-Am public works official in LA resigns after being named in FBI warrant

LOS ANGELES -- The first Filipino-American paid commissioner in the city of Los Angeles "voluntarily resigned" from his post on Friday, Jan. 18, after being named in a federal search warrant related to a corruption investigation. Joel Jacinto, who was appointed to LA's Board of Public Works by Mayor Eric Garcetti in 2015, handed his resignation letter on Friday effective immediately. "[Jacinto] voluntarily resigned as Commissioner on the City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works so as not to distract from the important mission of the Department of Public Works to deliver projects and programs to enhance the quality of life, economic growth, public health, and the environment to...Keep on reading: Fil-Am public works official in LA resigns after being named in FBI warrant.....»»

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He discovered his career by accident and is now a top LA photographer

LOS ANGELES--If you've flipped through a fitness or health magazine, chances are you have seen the work of Filipino American Noel Daganta of Daganta Photography, who is a rising star in the photography industry.   The Los Angeles-based photographer, whose clients include actors, models, Hollywood celebrities and TV personalities, has shot over 200 magazine covers, mostly on fitness, published in the U.S. and internationally. These include SHAPE, Men's Fitness, Muscle and Fitness, Oxygenand other US Magazines.   His clients include "Dancing with the Stars" winner Peta Murgatroyd, actor Michael Jai White from Tyler Perry's movie "Why Did I Get Married," and TV sta...Keep on reading: He discovered his career by accident and is now a top LA photographer.....»»

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