Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 06:45 a.m.
NEW YORK — A toy company is suing Lady Gaga for more than $10 million, claiming the pop star sabotaged a deal to make a doll in her likeness that would play snippets of her music.
In a suit filed in New York City on Tuesday, MGA Entertainment, the maker of the popular Bratz doll line, said it paid a $1 million advance to the company that handles Gaga's merchandizing and spent a mint racing to meet deadlines to ship the dolls this summer.
Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 06:10 a.m.
LONDON — Muhammad Ali was the star of a London charity gala Wednesday that set off the Olympic party season - though with a gentle jog rather than an A-list burst out of the blocks.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie failed to put in a much-anticipated appearance on the red carpet at the Sports for Peace fundraiser, where attendance started at 2,500 pounds ($3,900) a head.
Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 12:18 a.m.
LONDON — Michael Phelps sends pictures of his dogs in swimming gear. Jordyn Wieber and the rest of the U.S. gymnasts posed for a snapshot with Ryan Lochte. Track star Lolo Jones updates her followers on her training and television habits.
Many of the top Olympians have active Twitter accounts, and the social media website is hoping to capitalize on its growing popularity during the London Games.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 10:21 p.m.
MANILA — Several witnesses to a 2009 election-related massacre of 57 people have been placed under government protection following a spate of killings of other witnesses to the country's worst political bloodletting in recent years, officials said Wednesday.
State prosecutor Peter Medalle said six witnesses have been added to the Department of Justice's witness protection program to ensure their safety. Additional protection has been given to at least four other witnesses already in the program, he said.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 06:18 p.m.
MANILA -- The fate of the reproductive health (RH) bill will be known next week, when leaders of the House of Representatives meet to decide whether or not to end the debate on the highly divisive measure.
"At least this will give both sides time to marshal their people," House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II said in an ambush interview Wednesday.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 04:28 p.m.
MANILA (Updated, 4:28 p.m.) -- One of the six incumbent justices vying for the position of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court said Wednesday death penalty is not a necessary deterrent to crime.
In response to a query by retired Justice Regino Hermosisima, Associate Justice Arturo Brion said while the penalty was constitutional, this should not be implemented again.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 04:17 p.m.
MANILA (Updated, 4:17 p.m.) -- The chairman of the poll body on Wednesday said he will resign from his post if the Budget department will not return the P5-billion budget it slashed from the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) will leave the poll body with no choice but to revert to manual elections after it allocated a budget way below the poll body's proposal.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 03:44 p.m.
LONDON — Sabir Karim, a lifelong Londoner, was alarmed to find this week that a familiar city road had suddenly turned into an impossible challenge.
Officials had redrawn its lanes, leaving him only two options: The bus lane on the left, or the new Olympic "Games Lane," restricted for the sole use of officials and athletes, on the right. The restaurant owner didn't know what to do, but he knew that fines awaited him if he drove in either lane.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 02:59 p.m.
MANILA (Updated 2:58 p.m.) -- Cagayan de Oro City Representative Rufus Rodriguez and lawyer Vicente Velasquez will no longer be considered for the position of Chief Justice for failing to submit documentary requirements set by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC).
Among the requirements asked by the JBC are asset statements, income tax returns, and waiver to disclose peso and dollar accounts.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 02:50 p.m.
MANILA (3rd Update, 2:50 p.m.) -- Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was freed Wednesday from the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) after posting a P1-million bail before a Pasay City court.
Pasay City Regional Trial Court branch 112 Judge Jesus Mupas allowed Arroyo to post bail on the poll sabotage case filed against her, in connection with the alleged fraud in the 2007 elections.