Top stories from The Straits Times on Wednesday, Feb 14

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Wednesday, Feb 14.


Pearl Bank architect leads calls for iconic tower to stay


At 113m, Pearl Bank Apartment was the tallest residential building in Singapore when it was built and had the highest density for a residential development. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Although the iconic horseshoe-shaped apartment block in Outram has been sold, the heritage community is holding on to the slim chance that the striking structure will be retained by developer CapitaLand.

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Facebook group administrators apologise for post of doctored article on City Harvest Church ruling: AGC


A collage comparing the fake Lianhe Wanbao headline (left) and the real headline. The part circled in blue says a PAP lawyer saved the (City Harvest accused), whereas the actual headline states it was an oudated law that saved them. PHOTOS: SCREENGRABS FROM FACEBOOK, LIANHE WANBAO

The post involved a newspaper report with an amended headline that claimed lawyer Edwin Tong - who is also a PAP MP - had saved the church leaders from harsher sentences. 

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Delays on North-South Line from Ang Mo Kio to Raffles Place on Wednesday morning due to maintenance work: SMRT


Commuters travelling from Ang Mo Kio to Raffles Place on the NSL on Wednesday morning before 10am may experience some delay, said SMRT. PHOTO: ST FILE

SMRT has warned commuters to cater for 20 minutes of additional travel time before 10am on Wednesday morning as it is carrying out maintenance work in the NSL's south-bound tunnel. 

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Video: Generation Grit: Despite his own constant pain, he helps others overcome theirs


Mr Delane Lim, 32, with trainers of the HappYouth programme. The programme trains students how to spot signs of depression in their peers and help them.  ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

Mr Delane Lim came very close to killing himself. But a message from a friend pulled him back from the brink and he now runs a charity reaching out to troubled young people. 

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Weaker taxi business drags ComfortDelGro earnings down


ComfortDelGro's fleet has shrunk by more than 20 per cent to 13,200 since 2014, and group chief executive Yang Ban Seng said it will not be buying any more taxis for the 2018 financial year. PHOTO: REUTERS

The transport giant posted a 4.9 per cent drop in net earnings to $301.5 million for the year ended Dec 31, 2017 on the back of weaker contributions from all but one of its core businesses.

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Video: Indranee Rajah shares 'Budget preview video' featuring Singapore otters


Ms Indranee Rajah's "Budget preview" video featured Singapore's cuddly critters. SCREENGRAB: FACEBOOK/INDRANEE RAJAH

Instead of hard numbers and dry facts, Senior Minister of State for Finance and Law Indranee Rajah's video - titled An Otterly Singaporean Budget - is filled with photos and videos of otters.

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Man gets 28 years' jail, 24 strokes of cane for raping stepdaughter from when she was 8

The horrific offences, described by a prosecutor as "utterly sickening", came to light in March 2015 after the girl, then 12, fled when the man left their one-bedroom flat to throw away a used condom.

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Game, set, fire: Virtual and augmented reality arcades take off in Singapore

At Virtual Room Singapore, players don headsets (above) to enter its virtual-reality games and solve puzzles as a team.
At Virtual Room Singapore, players don headsets (above) to enter its virtual-reality games and solve puzzles as a team. PHOTO: GIN TAY

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) have become the hottest trends in video gaming, giving players more immersive and realistic action in at least three new shops here.

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US stocks end higher for 3rd straight day


Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell, on Feb 13, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

Wall Street stocks finished higher on Tuesday, rising for a third straight session, amid somewhat better investor sentiment ahead of a closely-watched US inflation report.

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Israel police recommend indicting PM Benjamin Netanyahu in graft cases


Netanyahu, who has repeatedly said he has done nothing wrong, is not expected to resign.PHOTO: REUTERS

Israeli police on Tuesday recommended that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted in two cases of alleged corruption after a long-running probe in a move set to shake the country’s politics.

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