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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ opens with galactic $450 million box office

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” burst into theaters with a staggering $450 million in global ticket sales in its opening weekend, confirming that the celebrated space adventure franchise remained a powerful force at the box office. The eighth movie in the “Star Wars” saga created by George Lucas in 1977 collected $220 million in the United States and Canada, according to box office estimates released by comScore on Sunday. The total ranked second only to the $248 million for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” two yearsRead More


Weinstein denies blacklisting actresses Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Harvey Weinstein on Friday denied barring actresses Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino from working on the movie adaptation of “The Lord of the Rings” or blacklisting them from further projects. Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual harassment by more than 50 women, including Judd and Sorvino, was responding to remarks by “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson. Reuters is unable to independently confirm the misconduct allegations and Weinstein has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone. In an interview with New Zealand website Stuff onRead More


Factbox: Trump on Twitter (December 14) – Stock market, federal regulations

The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS. The opinions expressed are his own. Reuters has not edited the statements or confirmed their accuracy. @realDonaldTrump : – Republican Tax Cuts are looking very good. All are working hard. In the meantime, the Stock Market hit another record high! [0859 EST] – As a candidate, I promised we would pass a massive tax cut for the everyday, working Americans. If you make your voices heard, this moment will be forever remembered as aRead More


Firefighter killed battling massive California blaze

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A firefighter was killed on Thursday while battling a mammoth California wildfire as crews sought to protect coastal cities and towns in the path of flames that have destroyed more than 700 homes. The flag-draped remains of firefighter Cory Iverson, 32, were driven out of the fire zone in Ventura County, northwest of Los Angeles, in a hearse as his comrades saluted from roadsides and overpasses. ”Anne and I are saddened by Engineer Cory Iverson’s tragic death. His bravery and years of committed service to theRead More


U.S. bill to allow property and income or sales tax deductions: key lawmaker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee indicated on Thursday that a Republican tax bill will allow property and income or sales taxes to be deducted under the state and local income tax deduction. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, enters a meeting of the House Republican conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., November 29, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein Republican Representative Kevin Brady, asked if it was true that the so-called SALT deduction would includeRead More


Arctic report card: Permafrost thawing faster than before – Sharing #ABC #News Feed

A new report finds permafrost in the Arctic is thawing faster than ever before. The annual report card released Tuesday also finds water is warming and sea ice is melting at the fastest pace in 1,500 years at the top of the world. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says Earth’s northern region has entered a “new normal” for levels of warming. And while Arctic temperatures this year weren’t record-breaking hot, scientists are still concerned. Jeremy Mathis, head of NOAA’s Arctic research program, says the region is a different placeRead More


Firefighters hold back massive Southern California wildfire

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) – Firefighters, taking advantage of a lull in the winds, on Monday held in check a massive Southern California wildfire that has torched hundreds of buildings and charred an area larger than New York City. The Thomas Fire ignited a week ago and has burned 231,700 acres, in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, about 100 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) officials said at a news conference. It continued to grow on Monday, but at a slower pace,Read More


New evacuations ordered as winds reinvigorate California wildfire

VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) – California’s largest wildfire pushed toward prosperous coastal cities on Sunday, prompting a new wave of evacuations as firefighters struggled to curb its destructive power with the gusty winds that have fueled fires for nearly a week. Authorities ordered residents in parts of Carpinteria and Montecito to evacuate early on Sunday as the Thomas Fire edged closer to the city of Santa Barbara, about 100 miles (160 km) northwest of Los Angeles. The blaze, the worst of six major fires in Southern California in the last week,Read More


Highlights of Thursday’s NBA games

(The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Thursday’s National Basketball Association games: Basketball – NBA Global Games – Brooklyn Nets v Oklahoma City Thunder – Arena Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico December 7, 2017. Timofei Mozgov , Spencer Dinwiddie of Brooklyn Nets and Camelo Anthony of Oklahoma City Thunder in action. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso Nets 100, Thunder 95 Caris LeVert recorded his first career double-double with 21 points and 10 assists as the Brooklyn Nets rallied from a 16-point deficit and beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-95 on Thursday at Ciudad de MexicoRead More


Global murder hot spot? No problem, let’s stroll around Caracas!

CARACAS (Reuters) – The murder and kidnap rates rival a war zone. Streets often shake to violent political protests. The poor scavenge garbage for food, while the rich go around with armored cars and bodyguards. Women take selfies inside the Catia Theater during a walking tour of ‘Caracas in 365’ at Catia neighborhood in Caracas, Venezuela November 18, 2017. Picture taken November 18, 2017. REUTERS/Marco Bello Only a fool would go for a quiet stroll in Caracas, right? Not so. In the last few years, groups have sprung up offeringRead More