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Dec. 7, 1941: Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Dec. 8, 1941: Japanese bomb the Philippines, destroying many aircraft at Clark Field Dec. 22, 1941: About 43,000 Japanese troops begin the main invasion of Luzon; American and Filipino troops begin to amass on Bataan Dec. 24, 1941: Manila declared "open city" End of December 1941: Ground war in progress on Bataan Feb. 8, 1942: Japan decides to regroup after its forces are repelled ...
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WORLD
April 27, 2014 | Christi Parsons, David Cloud
The U.S. and Philippine governments have worked out a new defense cooperation agreement that opens the way for the first large-scale return of American military forces to the island nation since their eviction in the early 1990s, according to the White House. A day before President Obama is scheduled to arrive in Manila, advisors to the president said Sunday that the two sides had completed and will sign a framework accord that will allow U.S. troops, warships and aircraft to operate from Philippine military bases and training camps on a rotating basis.
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BUSINESS
May 25, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Power Shortage May Last for Years: The president of National Power Corp., the state electricity company, warned that the Philippines will experience severe power shortages until at least 1994. Pablo Malixi delivered the warning as the government extended electricity cuts in Manila to seven hours a day because of breakdowns at power stations.
WORLD
April 27, 2014 | Christi Parsons, David Cloud
The U.S. and Philippine governments have worked out a new defense cooperation agreement that opens the way for the first large-scale return of American military forces to the island nation since their eviction at the end of the Cold War, according to the White House. A day before Obama is scheduled to arrive in Manila, advisors to the president said Sunday that the two sides had worked out a 10-year deal that will allow U.S. troops, warships and aircraft joint use of Philippine military and training bases on a rotational basis.
NEWS
November 8, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Super typhoon Haiyan blasted the Philippines on Friday as it clocked two full days as a Category 5-size storm. Winds were gusting at over 200 mph. The death toll was reported at four -- and as many as 33 -- as of early Friday as the monster storm cut a path through the Philippines' central islands. Power and telephone lines were knocked out, and roads were blocked. Estimates of wind strength topped 200 overnight. Around midnight, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center had clocked gusts at 224 mph . PHOTOS: Super typhoon Haiyan A million people were evacuated, with 12 million people in the path of the storm, according to the Weather Channel.  As the storm has moved across the country, it has been downgraded, according to the news outlet.  Over the next few days, Haiyan is expected to move away from the Philippines toward Vietnam at, perhaps, Category 3 strength.
WORLD
November 10, 2013 | By Sunshine de Leon
MANILA -- When Danny Larsen arrived in the Philippines city of Tacloban less than a week ago, he found it to be “a lovely town -- very local, not many foreigners. We went to an area for BBQ with lots of tables.” Larsen, a 35-year-old Dane, had just moved to the Philippines, and he visited the hometown of his girlfriend to explore the idea of living there. “We had a lovely evening,” he recalled Sunday, “and then hell started.” Two days after typhoon Haiyan ravaged the coastal town on the island of Leyte and shortly after he escaped to Manila, Larsen described Tacloban as “World War III.” PHOTOS: Typhoon Haiyan slams Philippines He and his girlfriend spent eight hours standing in line at the airport, scared for their safety and waiting for space on a military airplane that had been transporting relief supplies between Tacloban and the capital.
WORLD
April 8, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
The Philippine Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a law guaranteeing access to birth control and sex education in a country that has high maternal mortality and ranks 53rd worldwide in total fertility rate.  Implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act, also known as the RH Law, had been on hold for the last year following challenges to it by the Roman Catholic Church and conservative politicians who questioned the...
SPORTS
February 7, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Former U.S. team captain Thomas Dooley was named coach of the Philippines national soccer team, the Associated Press reported Friday, making him the sixth American since 2002 to coach a national team outside the United States. Dooley, of Laguna Niguel, had 81 caps with the U.S., playing in the 1994 World Cup and captaining the team in the 1998 tournament. The defender spent much of his career in Germany, playing for four clubs before joining Major League Soccer, where he played with Columbus and the New York Metro Stars.
WORLD
January 30, 2014 | By Tom Hundley
MANILA - The Philippines, no stranger to the culture wars over contraception and abortion, will soon learn whether a controversial new law that requires the government to subsidize birth control for the poor is constitutional. The Filipino Supreme Court's decision is expected in March, but could come earlier. The new law makes no mention of abortion, which remains forbidden under almost all circumstances, but the Roman Catholic bishops of the Philippines have sought to frame it as such by arguing that any form of contraception other than church-approved “natural” methods or abstinence is tantamount to abortion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A Pakistan-born man who pleaded guilty to murdering two girlfriends, including one whose body was chopped up and another whose body hasn't been recovered, was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years to life in prison. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge George Lomeli, who said he saw photos of the dismembered corpse, called the murders “horrendous” and “sickening” before imposing the sentence on 55-year-old Aurangzeb Aiyoob Manjra. The remains of Esperanza Torio, 39, were found 17 miles apart in a Mexican beach city just south of the U.S. border.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2014 | Paresh Dave
A Los Angeles man who pleaded guilty to murdering two girlfriends, including one whose dismembered body was found in Mexico, was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years to life in prison. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge George Lomeli, who said he saw photos of the dismembered corpse, called the murders "horrendous" and "sickening" before imposing the sentence on 55-year-old Aurangzeb Aiyoob Manjra. The remains of Esperanza Torio, 39, were found 17 miles apart in the Mexican beach city of Rosarito south of the U.S. border.
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December 29, 2013
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
As aid workers from around the world descended on the Philippines to help the people hit hardest by Typhoon Haiyan last month, Springer Browne headed toward the devastation for a different reason: the animals. The 31-year-old Newport Beach native made the trip as a volunteer for World Vets, a sort of veterinary equivalent of the humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders, which provides urgent medical care worldwide. World Vets sends veterinarians to work with animals around the world through various projects based on an area's needs.
WORLD
December 20, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
The mayor of a town in the troubled southern Philippines was among four people shot to death in an ambush outside Manila's international airport Friday, authorities reported. The fatal attack on Ukol Talumpa, mayor of Zamboanga del Sur in the Labangan area of Mindanao, was at least the third attempt on the politician's life in the last three years, raising suspicions that the unknown gunmen were motivated by the region's brutal political conflicts. Talumpa, his wife Lea, an 18-month-old baby and a staff member were attacked by at least two gunmen shortly after they arrived at the Manila airport from the regional town of Cebu, airport manager Angel Honrado told a news conference at the scene, the Philippine Star reported.
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