Wednesday, May 25, 2005

AP & Reuters

U.S. Missions Closed In Indonesia After Threat 

Cold Spell From Long Range Hurts Pistons 

U.S. Troops Launch New Offensive in Iraq 

Soldier Testifies Iraqi Was Cooperating  

CIA Overseeing 3 - Day War Game on Internet 

FBI Records Cite Quran Abuse Allegations

Washington Post

Inmates Alleged Koran Abuse in FBI Report
Newly released documents highlight detainee accounts of physical abuse and mistreatment of the Koran at Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba.

Love Cynics

LOS ANGELES They smooch and hug as cameras snap. Friends enthusiastically report: "It's true! They're smitten!" Their publicists confirm it is the real deal. But when celebrity magazines asked the public to weigh in on the latest high-octane Hollywood pairing - Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, the former star of "Dawson's Creek" - the cynics crushed the dewy-eyed. "Publicity stunt," said 62 percent of respondents to a People magazine's poll.

Bo's Fans Complain

B0_carrie_final Some Bo Bice fans are angry that Carrie Underwood seems to have gotten the better deal in her original song "Angels Brought Me Here."  In fact, Carrie's song wasn't an original at all, but "Angels Brought Me Here" was previously released by Australian Idol Guy Sebastian.  Carrie Underwood was essentially given a song that was a hit song in Australia for her original song, while Bo Bice was given a true original song that was completely untested. 

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Country Girl Rules

NEW YORK  — America's "Idol" is ... Carrie Underwood!
It came down to the country girl vs. the rock star — and the country girl won.
Wednesday night, in a special two-hour finale live from the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest announced who had won America's hearts: Underwood, the fresh-faced 22-year-old crooner from Checotah, Okla., who beat runner-up Bo Bice, the long-haired 29-year-old rocker from Helena, Ala.

Upon hearing she'd won the competition, Underwood burst into tears, but got herself together to sing what's become one of her signature songs: "Inside Your Heaven."

"Thank you America!" Carrie shouted at the end of the song.

Wednesday night also had other treats in store. Bo sang with Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Carrie with country trio Rascal Flatts. Many former "Idols" also made appearances.

Carrie is the American Idol

Bo Bice and Carrie Underwood from "American Idol."
Carrie Underwood named 'American Idol'
"Country" Carrie Underwood, 21, from Checotah, Okla., took the top prize Wednesday on Fox's American Idol— a recording contract and a shot at music stardom.

Miss Universe

National costume : Miss Trinidad & Tobago Universe 2005, Madgalene Walcott performs during the National costume competition in Bangkok. The 54th annual Miss Universe contest will take place in Bangkok on 31 May 2005. (AFP/Pornchai Kittiwongsakul)

Fake Web

This computer screen shot shows a fake website from the British hacker group called the Lad Wrecking Crew. Angered by the growing number of Internet scams, online 'vigilantes' have started to take justice into their own hands by hacking into suspected fraudulent sites and defacing them.(AFP/OFF)

Run Against Cancer

Participants in the Race for the Cure, a run to raise money for breast cancer research, gather ahead of the race in Washington, DC. Women stricken with breast cancer can boost their chances of survival by 50 percent with some exercise, according to a study.(AFP/File/Neshan Naltchayan)

Bird Flu

It could infect 20 percent of the world's population, kill many millions and create an economic crisis but scientists say not enough is being done to combat a bird flu virus that could trigger a global pandemic. The Asian H5N1 virus that first surfaced in poultry in Hong Kong and China eight years ago has killed 37 people in Vietnam, 12 in Thailand and four in Cambodia. (Reuters Graphic)


Coastal road to stay closed, Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña announced yesterday. Above, work on the tunnel component of the road goes on near the Aduana and Malacañang sa Sugbo.


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Pres. Arroyo is still optimistic about economic recovery despite bleak economic outlook.

Manila Times

Bishop Oscar Cruz clears President Arroyo and her husband of allegations that they receive payoffs from jueteng operators.

In a meeting with Justice Secretary Raul M. Gonzalez, the prelate of Lingayen and Da­gupan said he believes the President when she said she did not receive any payoffs from jueteng.

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Phil. Star

BANTAY-PRESYO: President Arroyo talks to vendor Mary Reyes during a tour of Divisoria in Manila — the country's biggest wholesale and retail market — to monitor the prices of school supplies as the June 6 opening of classes approches. Behind them is Divisoria Vendors' Association president Freddie Reyes.

Tribune Story

Detained President Joseph Estrada's lawyers scored a major victory when they proved beyond reasonable doubt that the testimony of former Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis "Chavit" Singson and his two witnesses who corroborated his claims of having delivered to Estrada in his Polk Street home the amount in cash of P130 million in tobacco excise tax money, in 1998 was a complete fabrication and that they perjured themselves.

This was proved by the defense lawyers led by former Sen. Rene Saguisag, following a hearing and an actual demonstration at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) along Roxas Boulevard, Manila.

Weather Update

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Intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) affecting Mindanao. Frontal system affecting Northern and Central Luzon.
Metro Cebu: Mostly cloudy with rainshowers and thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening, winds will be light to moderate blowing from the southeast, coastal waters will be slight to moderate, temperature range 24 to 34°C (75 to 93°F).
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