Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 12:38 p.m.
WIMBLEDON, England — John Isner will play on Centre Court at Wimbledon for the first time on Thursday, a privilege that he eagerly awaits. The bonus? It's his first Olympics, and his opponent is Roger Federer, winner of a record-equalling seven titles at the All England Club.
"It's going to be a very fun experience," said No. 10 seed Isner, who described the chance to play the world No. 1 on Wimbledon's main court in the quarterfinals as "pretty special."
Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 11:15 a.m.
MANILA -- Filipino-American coach Erik Spoelstra will pay a courtesy call to President Benigno Aquino III in Malacañang on Thursday afternoon, the National Basketball Association (NBA) said.
Spoelstra, who guided Miami Heat to their second title last June, will be in the Palace from 3 p.m.to 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 11:00 a.m.
MANILA (Updated 11 a.m.) -- The former House minority leader believes former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo influenced her allies to abandon the controversial reproductive health (RH) bill.
Albay Representative Edcel Lagman, a principal author of the House Bill 4244 or the RH bill, said: “It is obvious that the belated individual withdrawals are in support as a party position to former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s opposition to the RH Bill.”
Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 10:42 a.m.
MANILA -- Buoyed by the public response on its move to open the selection process for the next Chief Justice, the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) said this format would be made permanent especially in picking magistrates of the Supreme Court.
This was assured by JBC member Jose Mejia as the council prepares for the final deliberation on the 20 candidates on August 6.
Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 10:31 a.m.
MANILA -- Concerned government agencies were asked to prevent the sale of fake motorcycle helmets in the country in light of a recent directive that required riders to have their helmets inspected and validated with import commodity clearance (ICC).
Republic Act 10054 or the Motorcycle Helmet Act of 2009 requires all motorcycle riders and passengers to wear standard quality helmets approved by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 08:28 a.m.
NEW YORK — Mandy Hauck turned 25 on Wednesday, but she's avoiding Facebook and her happy birthday messages to steer clear of Olympic spoilers about her favorite sport, fencing.
Hauck has also deleted her iPhone apps for CNN and ESPN, opting for news from the London Games the old-fashioned way, via TV coverage that's time-delayed by NBC for prime time.
Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 07:28 a.m.
MANILA –- Public storm signal number 1 remains hoisted over the Batanes Group of Islands as Typhoon Gener made landfall over northeastern Taiwan, the state weather bureau said Thursday morning.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that at 5:00 a.m. Thursday, the eye of Typhoon Gener was located based on satellite and surface data at 405 kilometers north of Basco, Batanes.
Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 06:45 a.m.
LOS ANGELES — More than three years after Michael Jackson's death, his youngest brother continues to raise questions about the validity of the pop superstar's will.
On Twitter and cable TV, Randy Jackson has called the five-page document signed in 2002 a fake. The one place he hasn't made the claims is a courtroom, where legal experts say he faces almost insurmountable hurdles to invalidate the will and stiff odds against ousting the men who run the lucrative estate.
Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 06:17 a.m.
GHAZIABAD, India — Work making potato chip display racks at Jayraj Kumar's factory barely paused when much of India's power grid collapsed.
The backup generators kicked in automatically and the electric saws, presses and welding machines kept running, just like they do during the five-hour power cuts the factory in suburban Delhi suffers nearly every day.
Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 12:57 a.m.
LOS ANGELES — A half century has not dimmed skeptics' suspicions about the death of Marilyn Monroe at age 36, but the intervening decades have seen technological leaps that could alter the investigation were it to occur today.
DNA, more sophisticated electronic record-keeping, drug databases and other advances would give investigators more information than they were able to glean after Monroe's August 5, 1962, death — 50 years ago this Sunday.