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  • NEW YORK— The Christian drama " War Room" made a surprise bid for the box-office lead, Zac Efron's music drama "We Are Your Friends" fell completely flat and the N.W.A biopic "Straight Outta Compton" keeps chugging along. The late August weekend held scant competition for "Straight Outta Compton," but " War Room" nearly matched it. "War Room" is about an African-American...

  • LOS ANGELES, Aug. 30- The box office underwent a religious conversion this weekend as Christian crowds flocked to " War Room," lifting the low-budget salute to prayer above the Zac Efron drama "We're You're Friends" and the Owen Wilson thriller "No Escape." Filmed for a mere $3 million and distributed by Sony's Affirm division, " War Room" more than tripled its production...

  • CINCINNATI— The new leader of the Frisch's Restaurants chain wants to flex Big Boy's brand muscle with franchise expansion, new restaurant shapes and sizes, menu and beverage additions, and doing more to court younger customers. Atlanta- based NRD Capital has taken over after shareholder approval last week of its $175 million acquisition that ended family...

  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's call for mass deportation of millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, as well as their American-born children, bears similarities to a large-scale removal that many Mexican-American families faced 85 years ago. During that time, immigrants were rounded up and sent to Mexico,...

  • At a virtual reality expo, VR comes in many forms Saturday, 29 Aug 2015 | 8:46 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— A few inches above the floor, a man is suspended from a swing-like apparatus pretending he's flying over a mountain. At the third annual VRLA, a gathering of VR creators and enthusiasts in Southern California, the immersive technology transported more than 2,000 attendees beyond the walls of the Los Angeles Convention Center to other countries,...

  • Oregon hemp farmer says startup going slow Saturday, 29 Aug 2015 | 11:39 AM ET

    Harvesting machinery is expensive, and there is no plant in Oregon to process the plants into fiber, seed and oil. This is the first year Oregon farmers can grow hemp, following the Legislature's approval in 2009. Growing hemp without a federal permit was banned in 1970 due to its classification as a controlled substance and relation to marijuana.

  • On Thursday the National Labor Relations Board ruled the owner of a California recycling plant was a "joint employer" with the contractor that hired workers at the plant, essentially forcing both to bargain with the union together or risk violating U.S. labor law. Unions see the decision as a breakthrough not just in efforts to help employees organizes at...

  • Aug 28, Brussels-- The European Commission will launch a study in September of the ride-hailing app Uber in an effort to settle legal disputes that have pitched the U.S. start-up against conventional taxis across Europe, three people familiar with the matter said on Friday. Uber has responded by submitting complaints to the European Commission against German...

  • On Thursday the National Labor Relations Board ruled the owner of a California recycling plant was a "joint employer" with the contractor that hired workers at the plant, essentially forcing both to bargain with the union together. Unions see the decision as a breakthrough not just in efforts to help employees organizes at franchisees of McDonald's Corp and...

  • Twitter sets modest goals to diversity its workforce Friday, 28 Aug 2015 | 5:03 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Twitter is setting modest goals to diversify its workforce while it fights a proposed class-action lawsuit that says the online messaging service discriminates against its female employees. The San Francisco company also wants women to make up 25 percent of its leadership roles, from 22 percent now, and is promising to hire more blacks and...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 28- Uber Technologies Inc has hired two top vehicle security researchers, the company said on Friday, additions to its staff that come as the ride-hailing service ramps up its work on technology for self-driving cars. Charlie Miller, who had been working at Twitter Inc, and Chris Valasek, who worked at security firm IOActive, left their jobs on...

  • The U.S. Agriculture Department, which oversees the Forest Service, is spending more than $150 million a week beating back several dozen blazes, he said. Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who is co-sponsor of a bipartisan bill that would assign national disaster status to the largest 1 to 2 percent of wildfires, freeing up emergency funding and preventing...

  • Carter said funding for the Obama administration's newest manufacturing institute would go to the FlexTech Alliance, a consortium of 162 companies, universities and other groups, from Boeing, Apple and Harvard, to Advantest Akron Polymer Systems and Kalamazoo Valley Community College. He was speaking at NASA's Ames Research Center in the heart of Silicon...

  • Ian Rogers, part of a team acquired last year, is leaving Apple to take a job at an unidentified company in Europe. Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats last year was driven in large part by the iPhone maker's desire to draw upon the musical chops of Rogers, longtime recording executive Jimmy Iovine and hip hop artist Dr. Apple Inc. says 11 million people have...

  • TORONTO, Aug 28- The chief executive of infidelity website Ashley Madison's parent company Avid Life Media has left, just over a week after hackers leaked data about millions of its clients in a massive cyber assault. Avid Life said on Friday the departure of Noel Biderman was by "mutual agreement" and its existing senior management team would take over until a new...

  • Tests show F-35s can share data with older aircraft Friday, 28 Aug 2015 | 12:41 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Aug 28- Two weeks of joint testing of the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet at a California air base by the Royal Netherlands Air Force showed that the new stealthy jets are able to share a significant amount of data with older warplanes, the pilot in charge of Dutch F-35 testing told Reuters. Colonel Albert De Smit, commander of the Netherlands...

  • TORONTO, Aug 28- Noel Biderman, the chief executive of infidelity website Ashley Madison's parent company Avid Life, has left the company, weeks after hackers launched a cyber assault that leaked sensitive data about millions of clients. The Canadian company was rocked by the release of Ashley Madison customer data on Aug. 18 by hackers who claimed to be unhappy...

  • NEW YORK— A billion people logged in to Facebook on a single day this week, marking the first time that many members used the world's largest online social network in a 24- hour period. The number amounts to one-seventh of the Earth's population. But CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who founded the network in his Harvard dorm room 11 years ago, reflected on the occasion with a...

  • NEW YORK— Video game maker Activision Blizzard and airline United Continental Holdings Inc. are going to become a part of the S&P 500.. Activision Blizzard, which makes games including "World of Warcraft" and "Call of Duty," will replace Pall Corp. after the market close on Friday. United Continental will replace Hospira Inc. after the Sept. 2 market close.

  • Charles Schumer says Binghamton University has been chosen to receive $20 million in federal funding to participate in a $100 million initiative to develop high-tech electronic and computer devices. The New York Democrat announces Friday that the Department of Defense has designated the university as one of the institutions nationwide that will...