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  • CAMARILLO, Calif.— The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline fell just over 1 cent nationally during the past two weeks, to $2.36. Gas in San Diego was the highest in the continental United States at an average of $2.82 a gallon Friday. The lowest average was in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at $2.05 a gallon.

  • "Split" doubled Vin Diesel's launch of "xXx: Return of Xander Cage," which is heading for a second-place finish for Paramount with $20 million at 3,651 sites-- in line with recent forecasts. Michael Keaton's biopic "The Founder" showed little traction for the Weinstein Company with a modest $3.8 million weekend at 1,115 locations. Shyamalan is self-financing the...

  • SANTA CLARITA, Calif.— More women are entering the field of animation, and one of their goals is to create more realistic female characters— not just the stereotypical nerds, sex bombs and villains that dominate now. Women depicted in animation these days typically fall into a handful of archetypal roles. Here's a look at four of the main ones, depicted by a female...

  • SANTA CLARITA, Calif.— The California Institute of the Arts was created partly by Walt Disney's desire to bring more top-flight animators into the profession. And it has during its 47 years, though for a long time almost all were men. They're older, they're single, they're angry, "said Erica Larsen-Dockray, who teaches a class on" The Animated Woman "for CalArts'...

  • BIDDEFORD, Maine— A bright neon piece of rock' n' roll history is going up for auction— a marquee from the legendary Los Angeles club, Whisky a Go Go. Saco River Auction Co. is putting it up for bid Wednesday. Over the years, the Sunset Strip club featured acts including Led Zeppelin, the Doors, Janis Joplin, Van Halen, Motley Crue, Frank Zappa and the Ramones.

  • HONOLULU— President Donald Trump has disputed climate change, pledged a revival of coal and disparaged wind power, and his nominee to head the Energy Department was once highly skeptical of the agency's value. Rick Perry, Trump's pick to lead the department, presents a contradictory figure: A Texas oil promoter, he also oversaw a huge expansion of wind-energy...

  • TOKYO, Jan 22- With mounting writedowns from its nuclear business, Japan's Toshiba Corp is looking to sell part of its core semiconductors business, a world No.2 in the flash memory chips used in smartphones. But its rush to plug a hole in its U.S. nuclear business that Japanese media now estimate at as much as $6 billion may complicate any asset sale.

  • The status symbols are so sought after that some models command prices of $1,000. In Florida, California and New York, lawyers are accusing smoke shops and mom-and-pop convenience stores of selling counterfeit Roor bongs in violation of U.S. "Counterfeiting is a huge problem for us," said Jay Farraj, the owner of Sream Inc., Roor's U.S. partner.

  • Jan 20- A Toronto court has rejected a bid by Ecuadorian villagers to enforce a judgment in their home country against Chevron Canada Ltd, ruling the subsidiary is not liable for parent Chevron Corp, the U.S. oil major said on Friday. But the company has no assets in Ecuador, and the villagers have been suing it in the United States, Canada, Brazil and Argentina to...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 20- California released new measures to fight climate change within minutes of Donald Trump being sworn in as U.S. president on Friday, signaling the state's commitment to be the nation's environmental steward under an administration that has questioned the reality of global warming. California officials said it was a coincidence that the...

  • Jan 20- Apple Inc filed a $1 billion lawsuit against supplier Qualcomm Inc on Friday, days after the U.S. government accused the chip maker of resorting to anticompetitive tactics to maintain a monopoly over key semiconductors in mobile phones. In the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, Apple accused Qualcomm of...

  • The villagers obtained a $9- billion judgment against Chevron in Ecuador in 2011. But the company has no assets in Ecuador, and the villagers have been suing it in the United States, Canada, Brazil and Argentina to enforce the decision. On Friday, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto ruled Chevron Canada Ltd is a separate entity from Chevron Corp, and is...

  • Jan 20- Apple Inc filed a $1 billion lawsuit against supplier Qualcomm Inc on Friday, days after the U.S. government filed a lawsuit that accused the chip maker of resorting to anticompetitive tactics to maintain a monopoly over key semiconductors in mobile phones. In the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, Apple accused...

  • Jan 20- Apple Inc filed a $1 billion lawsuit against supplier Qualcomm Inc on Friday, days after the U.S. government filed a lawsuit that accused the chip maker of resorting to anticompetitive tactics to maintain a monopoly over a key semiconductor in mobile phones. In the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, Apple accused...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 20- A U.S. bankruptcy court judge granted Avaya Inc approval on Friday to tap $425 million of the $725 million loan proposed to carry the telecommunications company through its restructuring, funds the company said were essential to continue operations. "The company has taken a decisive step to rightsize its balance sheet," Pat Nash, one of the...

  • The 100- page complaint filed Friday in a San Diego federal court depicts Qualcomm as a greedy monopolist abusing its power in a key segment of the mobile chip market to extort royalties for iPhone innovations that have nothing to do with Qualcomm's technology. Apple says it has been cooperating with government regulators who have been investigating...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 20- California released a sweeping plan to cut the state's output of heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions on Friday, countering the newly-minted Trump administration's move to undo federal U.S. carbon regulations. The California plan includes an extension of the state's controversial carbon cap and trade program and calls for the...

  • Jan 20- Apple Inc filed a $1 billion lawsuit against supplier Qualcomm Inc on Friday, following a U.S. government lawsuit which accused the chip maker of using anti-competitive tactics to maintain its monopoly of a key semiconductor in mobile phones. In the lawsuit, Apple accused Qualcomm of overcharging for its chips and for refusing to pay some $1 billion in...

  • A truck travels the 210 freeway between Los Angeles and cities to the east near Pasadena, California.

    California released an ambitious plan to cut the state's output of heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 20- Ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc has hired the man behind Google search to work closely with Chief Executive Travis Kalanick and help grow the company's self-driving car program. Amit Singhal announced on his personal blog on Friday that he will join Uber after 15 years at Alphabet Inc, where he led Google's search division.