'Weird Al' on his weirdly successful week in music

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 12:09 a.m.

LOS ANGELES — Attention pop stars: If "Weird Al" Yankovic shows up at your concert or has tracked down your personal email address, you're likely his next parody conquest.

Such was the case for artists like Pharrell and Iggy Azalea, who are covered by Yankovic in his latest album, "Mandatory Fun."

Flight 17 tragic end for family of 6 coming home

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 11:35 p.m.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Mohammad Afif and his family were about to start a new chapter in their lives. Afif was getting set to begin his university studies in architecture, and his father was preparing to move back to Malaysia with his wife and three of their children after working overseas for several years.

But what was supposed to be a joyous return home turned into a tragedy when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down over Ukraine last week en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, killing all 298 people onboard, including 19-year-old Afif and his entire family.

Pinoy worker beheaded in Libya

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 11:11 p.m.

MANILA -- The Philippine Government said a Filipino construction worker kidnapped by militiamen in Libya has been beheaded by his captors.

He is the first Filipino casualty since the civil strife erupted anew in the North African state since the first civil war that toppled Moammar Gadhafi's regime in 2011.

PNP operations face disruption

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 10:42 p.m.

THE entire Philippine National Police (PNP) may not be able to access its operational funds for next month after a Manila Regional Trial Court issued garnishment order against the country's police force.

On July 9, 2014, Manila RTC branch 32 thru court Sheriff Manuel Escuadra Jr. ordered the garnishment of the PNP fund with the Land Bank of the Philippines stemming from the civil case filed by the Manila's Finest Brotherhood Association, which represents 3,344 retirees of the defunct Integrated National Police (INP), forerunner of the PNP.

SC urged to clarify DAP ruling

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 08:12 p.m.

A FORMER senatorial candidate asked the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday to declare unconstitutional improper expenditures under the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

Petitioner Greco Belgica observed that under the DAP, President Benigno Aquino III augmented or added funds from savings for projects in amounts that exceeded many times the original funding for them under the national budget.

Malacanang shrugs off protest by court employees

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 07:05 p.m.

MALACANANG shrugged off Monday the "red-and-black protest" launched by the employees of the judiciary against President Benigno Aquino III, who recently hit the Supreme Court following its ruling against the administration's Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

"This is a free country. Everybody is free to express their opinion one way or the other," said Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda in a press briefing.

Palace: Up to congressmen to discern on impeachment rap vs Aquino

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 05:52 p.m.

MALACANANG said Monday that it would be up to the House of Representatives to assess the impeachment complaints filed against President Benigno Aquino III amid the absence of pork barrel.

Palestinian death toll in Gaza reaches 508

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 05:07 p.m.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state headed to Cairo on Monday to try to end two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting that has killed at least 508 Palestinians and 20 Israelis and displaced tens of thousands of Gaza residents.

The new cease-fire efforts by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry followed the deadliest day of fighting since the escalation erupted on July 8.

PNP benefited from DAP funds

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 04:44 p.m.

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) confirmed Monday that it received P3.24 billion from the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) of the Aquino administration but only 11.7 percent of it was utilized.

In a media conference, PNP Public Information chief Reuben Theodore Sindac said the national police agency received Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) "believed to be charged to DAP" starting in 2011, on top of their annual budget, to cover four activities in the PNP.

Impeachment rap filed vs Aquino

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 03:09 p.m.

MANILA (Updated) -- Militant lawmakers endorsed an impeachment complaint against President Benigno Aquino III on Monday, a week before the Chief Executive delivers his fourth State of the Nation Address (Sona) in Congress.

Representatives Neri Colmenares and Carlos Isagani Zarate (Bayan Muna) and Fernando Hicap (Anakpawis) endorsed the complaint for betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Constitution against Aquino.

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