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  • SEOUL, Jan 23- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd plans on Monday to reveal reasons behind the spontaneous combustion of its recalled Galaxy Note 7, as the world's biggest smartphone maker works to regain consumer trust before launching its next premium model. The announcement would come more than three months after Samsung scrapped the short-lived competitor of...

  • President Donald Trump said on Sunday he plans talks soon with the leaders of Canada and Mexico to begin renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. Trade experts, academics and government officials say Canada and Mexico will also seek tough concessions and that NAFTA's zero-tariff rate would be extremely difficult to alter.

  • CARACAS, Jan 22- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday tapped a political ally and economist, Ricardo Sanguino, to be the new chief of the country's central bank, amid a deep economic contraction, runaway inflation and Soviet-style product shortages. "I want us to begin a new phase in the development of the Central Bank of Venezuela," Maduro said in his...

  • NAPERVILLE, Ill.— Brenda Barnes, whose decision to leave the top job at Pepsi-Cola set off a national debate about mothers in the workforce, has died at age 63.. Erin Barnes says her mother died in Naperville, Illinois, on Tuesday from complications of a stroke. As her children grew up and readied for college, Barnes returned to the corporate world, taking an executive...

  • 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.

  • JUNEAU, Alaska— A legislative consultant has raised red flags about Alaska taking the lead on a major proposed liquefied natural gas project, even as Gov. Any effort to commercialize North Slope gas will require "serendipity," an aligning of numerous elements, he said. Rosetta Alcantra, a spokeswoman for the Alaska Gasline Development Corp., said Tsafos' company...

  • The park will be called Smoke on the Water, Grow Condos Chief Executive Officer Wayne Zallen said. The company is also working toward building a 48,000- square-foot commercial marijuana processing facility in Eugene. The project, called Nuggetville, was submitted to the city of Eugene in December.

  • PARIS, Jan 22- Conservative French presidential front-runner Francois Fillon urged Europe in an interview published on Sunday to boost its defence capacities with a pooled fund to finance foreign operations. President Donald Trump has said, Europe nonetheless needed to build up its own capacities, Fillon said in a interview with French daily Le Monde and...

  • PARIS, Jan 22- Conservative French presidential front-runner Francois Fillon urged Europe in an interview published on Sunday to boost its defense capacities with a pooled fund to finance foreign operations. President Donald Trump has said, Europe nonetheless needed to build up its own capacities, Fillon said in a interview with French daily Le Monde and...

  • "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...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Jan 22- Argentina shielded itself from potential market volatility after the election of U.S. President Donald Trump by selling a more-than-expected $7 billion in bonds on Thursday, Finance Minister Luis Caputo said in an interview published in the Clarin newspaper. Caputo said that Argentina did not sell more than the $7 billion to maintain...

  • NEW YORK— M. Night Shyamalan's psychological thriller "Split" blew away box-office expectations, earning $40.2 million in ticket sales over inauguration weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Universal Pictures release again brings together Shyamalan, director of "The Sixth Sense," with the low-budget horror experts of Blumhouse Productions.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 22- The Trump administration may no longer enforce a rule requiring individual Americans to carry health insurance or pay a penalty if they do not, a senior White House official said on Sunday. Speaking on ABC's "This Week" program, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, said President Donald Trump "may stop enforcing the individual mandate."

  • 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...

  • BATON ROUGE, La.— Louisiana environmental groups are gearing up for round two in a battle against a proposed 163- mile oil pipeline that would stretch across south Louisiana from Lake Charles through the Atchafalaya Basin and east to St. James. The Advocate reports the proposed Bayou Bridge Pipeline project is being jointly pursued by subsidiaries of Phillips...

  • 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'...

  • VIENNA— OPEC and key non- OPEC oil producers are near their target of taking 1.8 million barrels of crude a day off global markets less than two months after agreeing to do so in efforts to push up the price of crude, Russia's energy minister said Sunday. Alexander Novak's upbeat comments to reporters came at the end of the first meeting of a joint OPEC- non- OPEC...

  • 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...

  • "For the 20 million who rely upon the Affordable Care Act in some form, they will not be without coverage during this transition time," White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told CBS program "Face the Nation," adding in an interview with ABC's "This Week" that the administration "may" stop enforcing the 2010 law's requirement that individuals purchase insurance.