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Lawyer: Napoles has ovarian tumor, may seek hospital arrest

The camp of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles on Tuesday asked a Makati court to allow the detained businesswoman to have a comprehensive medical check-up and place her under hospital arrest, if deemed necessary. In an urgent motion to conduct medical examination filed before Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 Tuesday morning, lawyer …

5 govt hospitals in Manila now charging fees

Five out of six government hospitals in Manila are now charging patients who are not from the city for treatment, according to a report on GMA News’ Saksi” on Monday. Following the passage of Manila Ordinance 8331, the five hospitals will charge non-Manila residents for confinement and other services. “Libre ‘yan para sa mga taga-Maynila, …

Heroin laced with powerful prescription drug fentanyl causing fatal overdoses

POINT PLEASANT, N.J. – U.S. authorities say more than 80 people have died this year due to an increase in heroin laced with a powerful prescription drug. The drug fentanyl is typically used to ease the pain of end-stage cancer patients or in anesthesia, but can kill quickly when coupled with heroin. Authorities in New …

South Korean tourists killed in bus bombing in Egypt; militant campaign against tourism feared

  CAIRO, Egypt – An explosion tore through a bus filled with South Korean sightseers in the Sinai Peninsula on Sunday, killing at least four people and raising fears that Islamic militants have renewed a bloody campaign to wreck Egypt’s tourism industry. The bombing near the tip of the Red Sea’s Gulf of Aqaba was …

Winter storm blasts Atlantic provinces, cuts off bridge traffic to P.E.I.

HALIFAX – A massive and powerful storm was causing havoc across eastern Canada on Sunday, causing a multi-vehicle pileup that shut down a bridge linking two Maritime provinces. Environment Canada says the major winter storm blanketed New Brunswick with snow overnight Saturday and into Sunday and brought a mix of rain, freezing rain, ice pellets …

A Canadian Press photo from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside gives Alberta man hope of finding lost brother

Canadian Press photo CALGARY – He left home for the West Coast when he was 16 to make a name for himself in music. But fame was always just out of reach for Bruce Sauer. His hopes crumbled into a life of eking out a meagre existence playing music on the streets of Vancouver’s Downtown …

Canada’s Mexican visa rule to persist, despite warnings that it’s bad for trade

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper won’t be bringing the news his Mexican host wants to hear, nor hearing any himself from U.S. President Barack Obama, as North America’s beleaguered Three Amigos converge on Mexico this week. Officials say Harper will not announce an end to Canada’s contentious travel visa on Mexico — an omission …

Macedonia explosion wounds 5 Roma children; type of device under investigation

SKOPJE, Macedonia – An explosion wounded five Roma children in a Macedonian town west of the capital Sunday and investigators were trying to establish what type of device caused the blast, police said. Two 14-year-old girls sustained serious limb and chest injuries from the explosion in Tetovo and were rushed to a hospital in Skopje. …

Violent, disruptive passenger prompts emergency landing in Newfoundland

  GANDER, N.L. – RCMP say an American Airlines plane was diverted to Gander, N.L., early Sunday after a passenger became disruptive and violent. Police say the Boeing 777 was en route from Chicago to London when it made the emergency landing at the Gander International Airport just after midnight. Const. Sheldon Walsh says the …

Fed study says education can combat low public confidence in justice system

OTTAWA – An internal Justice Department report says Canadians have little confidence in the courts and the prison system — and the best way to counter those perceptions is through education. Opposition critics argue that message is at odds with the Conservative justice agenda, which they say simply exploits public misunderstanding of justice issues by …