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  • Despite the blockbuster's continued dominance, "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" did better than expected, pulling in a solid $24 million across 3,633 locations. However, "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" could not match the $31.8 million debut of the first film in the Blart chronicles. With a modest $30 million production budget, the sequel will be profitable, Sony execs said.

  • 'Furious 7' speeds ahead of the competition Sunday, 19 Apr 2015 | 11:24 AM ET

    The reigning box office champion might have slowed from its blockbuster debut, but "Furious 7" maintained first place for the third weekend in a row with an estimated $29.1 million, according to box office tracker Rentrak on Sunday. "The film has set a new standard for the potential for box-office in the pre-summer month of April and has truly become part of movie...

  • Andrew Cuomo is heading to Havana, the first American governor to visit Cuba since the recent thaw in relations with the communist nation. The formal state visit on Monday and Tuesday is meant to foster greater ties between New York and Cuba. Any significant economic relationship with Cuba will take time, according to Joe Schoonmaker, the chairman of the New York...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— Maine fishmonger Glen Libby made a disheartening discovery on Easter Sunday brunch— the cold water shrimp on the menu at a restaurant up the street from his fish market were from Canada, not New England. Canadian imports of the sweet, quarter-sized crustaceans are turning up more in American restaurants and seafood markets since a ban on fishing...

  • WASHINGTON— United Airlines stopped a prominent security researcher from boarding a California- bound flight late Saturday, following a social media post by the researcher days earlier suggesting the airline's onboard systems could be hacked. The researcher, Chris Roberts, attempted to board a United flight from Colorado to San Francisco to speak at a major...

  • NEW YORK, April 19- In January 2014, veteran short-seller Bill Fleckenstein said he was readying a new fund to bet on falling stock prices. Despite lackluster U.S. economic data, a world grappling with slow growth, concern that Greece and Ukraine could default on their debts, the U.S. stock market has been more than resilient. "It all comes down to free money and that old...

  • *UK tax rise will cost pair $2 bln/ yr and may rise again. LONDON, April 19- HSBC and Standard Chartered are looking at the viability of quitting London for a new home in Asia because a big jump in a tax on UK banks makes staying in Britain increasingly painful. "There is a very clear risk that HSBC and StanChart reach a pain threshold where they think it is no longer worth...

  • WASHINGTON— The world's financial leaders see a number of threats facing a global economy still on an uneven road to recovery with U.S. and European officials worrying that Greece will default on its debt. The head of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, said it was "urgent" to resolve the current dispute between Greece and its creditors. But French Finance...

  • And some are striking a sympathetic tone with lower-income workers in a way that contrasts with four years ago when Mitt Romney struggled to overcome perceptions that he was largely the candidate of the wealthiest Americans. Then, Republican nominee Romney had the luxury of being able to hammer President Barack Obama with an unemployment rate of more than 8...

  • Bird flu confirmed on second farm in Ontario, Canada Saturday, 18 Apr 2015 | 9:27 PM ET

    TORONTO, April 18- Preliminary testing has confirmed the presence of H5 avian influenza on a second Ontario farm, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said on Saturday. Canadian authorities earlier this month confirmed the presence of H5 avian influenza on a turkey farm near Woodstock, Ontario. Since the beginning of the year, H5N2 has been found in birds in U.S....

  • FireEye Inc, a prominent U.S. security company, said the espionage effort took advantage of holes in Adobe Systems Inc's Flash software for viewing active content and Microsoft Corp's ubiquitous Windows operating system. FireEye has been assisting the agencies probing those attacks, but it said it could not comment on whether the spies are the same ones who...

  • WASHINGTON, April 18- The International Monetary Fund's member nations on Saturday warned of risks to the global economy from exchange rate shifts and geopolitical tensions as they took note of "moderate" global growth and "uneven prospects." With the United States poised to hike interest rates, the panel- speaking for the Fund's 188 member nations- said moves...

  • WASHINGTON, April 18- Beijing will accelerate reforms to the country's currency as part of a push for the yuan's inclusion in the International Monetary Fund's currency basket, China's central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan said on Saturday. Winning approval for the yuan's inclusion in the IMF's currency basket could raise China's standing in the global...

  • AUSTIN, Texas— Blue Bell Creameries will survive the crisis caused by a recent recall of products prompted by a finding of bacterial contamination in some of its products, but it will take a lot of work and a lot of money, experts said. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported earlier this month that three people in Texas had the same strain of...

  • There's no better place for a Craigslist transaction than Los Lunas police headquarters. Los Lunas is joining the wave of police departments and sheriff's offices around the country that are establishing safe sites for such transactions. There have been robberies, carjackings and even killings that have stemmed from online classified listings in other...

  • WASHINGTON, April 18- The International Monetary Fund warned in a communique on Saturday that while economic growth in developed countries had strengthened, some emerging nations were being hit by weaker commodity prices and exports. Those meetings conclude on Sunday and have taken place amid growing concerns cash-strapped Greece will fail to reach...

  • WASHINGTON, April 18- China does not want to bend the rules in its favor to include the yuan in the IMF's basket of major reserve currencies, the No. 2 official at the International Monetary Fund said. Beijing tightly controls the yuan's movements and has strong capital controls, but it is pushing for increased use of the currency for trade and investment as part of a...

  • WASHINGTON, April 18- The International Monetary Fund warned in a draft communique on Saturday that while economic growth in developed countries had strengthened, some emerging nations were being hit by weaker commodity prices and exports. With the United States poised to hike interest rates, the IMF member nations said it was essential that moves to "policy...

  • MADRID— An investigation into an ex-minister and former International Monetary Fund chief over alleged fraud and money laundering is damaging Spain's ruling Popular Party, which faces a general election late this year, the prime minister said Saturday. Speaking at a hastily convened, unscheduled press conference in eastern Murcia, Mariano Rajoy...

  • Wells Fargo acknowledges it no longer has anything to do with the building, which was bought on April 7 by Florida developer Glenn Straub. "As a matter of public interest for the City of Atlantic City and the State of New Jersey, Wells Fargo is concerned that the impasse between ACR and Polo North is creating a potentially dangerous situation with respect to the...