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  • Philippine economic growth slows to three-year low
    Philippine economic growth slows to three-year low

    Philippine economic growth in the first quarter slowed to a three-year low of 5.2 percent, well below forecasts, due to lethargic government spending and weak exports, officials said Thursday. "While growth in the private sector remains robust, the slower than programmed pace of public spending, particularly the decline in public construction, has slowed down the overall growth of the economy," Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan told reporters. "Exports were the other source of the …

  • US affirms 'ironclad' promise to defend Philippines
    US affirms 'ironclad' promise to defend Philippines

    US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told his Philippine counterpart on Wednesday that Washington's pledge to defend the Pacific nation remains "ironclad" and called for an end to land reclamation in the South China Sea, officials said. In talks in Hawaii with Voltaire Gazmin, Philippine secretary of national defense, the Pentagon chief "reaffirmed" the strong ties between the two countries and discussed territorial disputes in the contested waters of the South China Sea, where Beijing has been …

  • Philippine, Vietnam troops play sports on disputed island
    Philippine, Vietnam troops play sports on disputed island

    Filipino and Vietnamese troops played football and tug-of-war on a disputed South China Sea island on Wednesday, officials said, closing ranks as their rival China ramps up construction of artificial islands. The games took place on Philippine-held Northeast Cay, just 2.7 kilometres (1.7 miles) from Southwest Cay which is controlled by Vietnam, where a similar contest was held last year. "It was a navy-to-navy confidence-building engagement," Vice Admiral Alexander Lopez, the Philippine …

  • U.S. military orders review as anthrax mishap widens
    U.S. military orders review as anthrax mishap widens

    By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Friday it discovered even more suspected shipments of live anthrax than previously thought, both in the United States and abroad, and ordered a sweeping review of practices meant to inactivate the bacteria. The Pentagon said a total of 11 states, two more than it first acknowledged, received "suspect samples," as did Australia and South Korea. It had previously only identified a foreign shipment to a U.S. air base south of …

  • Jury begins deliberations in Nevada trespasser killing
    Jury begins deliberations in Nevada trespasser killing

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — A jury on Friday began deliberating the fate of a 74-year-old Nevada man accused of murder in the shooting of two unarmed trespassers in the latest case to test the boundaries of so-called stand-your-ground laws. …

  • Fire department: Hawaii man impaled, killed by fish's bill

    HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii fire officials say a man is dead after he was apparently impaled by the bill of a large fish. …

  • 2 hurt in French Quarter shooting; tourists, workers rattled

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An afternoon shooting in New Orleans' busy French Quarter left two people injured and rattled both merchants and tourists. …

  • History on the agenda as Arsenal aim to retain FA Cup
    History on the agenda as Arsenal aim to retain FA Cup

    Holders Arsenal face Aston Villa in the FA Cup final on Saturday with a pair of historic landmarks driving the Gunners in their bid to retain the famous old trophy. A victory over Villa at Wembley would make Arsenal chief Arsene Wenger the first post-war manager to win the FA Cup six times, taking him ahead of Alex Ferguson and level with George Ramsay -- the only boss to have won six FA Cups, with his last coming in charge of Villa in 1920. There would also be a significant slice of history …

  • California panel mandates low-water lawns on new buildings

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Driven by a historic drought, California regulators on Friday mandated that lawns and other landscaping on new and renovated homes and buildings across the parched state guzzle less water. …

  • Silk Road website creator gets life term for drug plot
    Silk Road website creator gets life term for drug plot

    By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - The accused mastermind behind the Silk Road underground website was sentenced on Friday to life in prison for orchestrating a scheme that enabled more than $200 million of anonymous online drug sales using the digital currency bitcoin. Ross Ulbricht, 31, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan after a federal jury in February found him guilty of charges including distributing drugs through the Internet and conspiring to commit …