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  • LOS ANGELES, March 26- Disney's second weekend of blockbuster "Beauty and the Beast" is dominating moviegoing in North America with $88.3 million at 4,210 locations-- capping the best March ever. Warner Bros.' action-comedy "Chips" opened with a disappointing $7.6 million at 2,464 sites. The "Beauty and the Beast" weekend is one for the record books as the...

  • The Barbie movie hit a snag last week when comedian Amy Schumer dropped out of the starring role citing scheduling conflicts. Mattel will also be on TV starting April 7 on ABC, showing its search for the next big toy idea in a competition show called "The Toy Box." Chief Operating Officer Richard Dickson says Mattel is making the winning toy now, and it will go on sale at...

  • WASHINGTON, March 26- Fresh off a defeat on U.S. healthcare legislation, the White House warned rebellious conservative lawmakers that they should get behind President Donald Trump's agenda or he may bypass them on future legislative fights, including tax reform. The threat by White House chief of staff Reince Priebus to build a broad coalition on tax reform...

  • Doug Ducey and the Arizona Legislature have given airlines a big tax break, but it comes at the expense of the city of Phoenix. Legislation signed by the Republican governor Thursday will cap the amount of jet fuel Phoenix is allowed to tax for each large carrier, costing the city about $2 million a year and benefiting American Airlines and Southwest Airlines in...

  • As Pennsylvania's governor touts the potential for billions of dollars in new investment by petrochemical manufacturers, his environmental agency is struggling to process applications to drill the natural gas wells that will be needed to supply the fledgling industry. The regulatory logjam is hurting Pennsylvania's competitiveness with other shale...

  • WASHINGTON, March 26- Fresh off a defeat on U.S. healthcare legislation, the White House warned rebellious conservative lawmakers that they should get behind President Donald Trump's agenda or he may bypass them on future legislative fights, including tax reform. The threat by White House chief of staff Reince Priebus to build a broad coalition on tax reform...

  • LOS ANGELES— Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast" has continued to enchant audiences in its second weekend in theaters. Warner Bros.' raunchy action comedy "CHIPS" and Sony's space thriller "Life" failed to gain much traction. "Life" earned $12.6 million, while the critically derided "CHIPS" brought in $7.6 million.

  • WASHINGTON, March 26- Fresh off a defeat on U.S. healthcare legislation, the White House warned rebellious conservative lawmakers that they should get behind President Donald Trump's agenda or he may opt to bypass them on future legislative fights, including tax reform. Both Trump and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus scolded hardline conservatives...

  • *Notes low seasonal demand, non- OPEC supply rise. KUWAIT, March 26- A joint committee of ministers from OPEC and non- OPEC oil producers has agreed to review whether a global pact to limit supplies should be extended by six months, it said in a statement on Sunday. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and rival oil-producing nations were meeting in...

  • INDIANAPOLIS— The deal brokered by President Donald Trump to stem job losses at a Carrier Corp. factory in Indianapolis is unusual for the state of Indiana as it offers $7 million of incentives to a company still planning to cut about a third of its some 1,600 jobs. Most of the scant details that Indiana officials have released came on a one-page handout...

  • *Notes low seasonal demand, non- OPEC supply rise. KUWAIT, March 26- A joint committee of ministers from OPEC and non- OPEC oil producers has agreed to review whether a global pact to limit supplies should be extended by six months, it said in a statement on Sunday. OPEC and 11 other leading producers including Russia agreed in December to cut their combined output by...

  • SEATTLE— Millions of gallons of raw sewage and untreated runoff have poured into the United States' second-largest estuary since a massive sewage treatment plant experienced equipment failures that forced it to stop fully treating Seattle's waste. The sewage treatment plant— Washington state's largest— is only partially treating dirty water that goes...

  • LONDON, March 26- Technology companies must cooperate more with law enforcement agencies and should stop offering a "secret place for terrorists to communicate" using encrypted messages, British interior minister Amber Rudd said on Sunday. Local media have reported that British-born Khalid Masood sent an encrypted message moments before killing four...

  • OAK HARBOR, Ohio— Living in the shadows of the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant's cooling tower that soars above Lake Erie in Ohio like an oversized lighthouse brings with it some give-and-take. In Wisconsin, the tiny town of Carlton saw the source of roughly 70 percent of its yearly budget disappear when the Kewaunee nuclear power plant closed four years ago.

  • SINGAPORE— French President Francois Hollande, on an official visit to Singapore, expressed a desire Sunday to strengthen France's partnership with the Southeast Asian city-state. "France considers Singapore not only for an economic partner, but also as a friendly country," Hollande said at a state banquet, where he gave a toast in French. Singapore's president,...

  • *Notes low seasonal demand, non- OPEC supply rise. KUWAIT, March 26- A joint committee of ministers from OPEC and non- OPEC oil producers has agreed to review whether a global pact to limit supplies should be extended by six months, it said in a statement on Sunday. OPEC and 11 other leading producers including Russia agreed in December to cut their combined output by...

  • NEW YORK— Should the "Fearless Girl" stand up to Wall Street's charging bull forever? That's the question New York City officials are facing after a statue of a ponytailed girl in a windblown dress went up in front of the bronze bull early this month and immediately became a tourist draw and internet sensation. Holli Sargeant, 20, a visitor from Queensland,...

  • *Notes low seasonal demand, non- OPEC supply rise. KUWAIT, March 26- A joint committee of ministers from OPEC and non- OPEC oil producers has agreed to review whether a global pact to limit supplies should be extended by six months, it said in a statement on Sunday. OPEC and rival oil-producing countries were meeting in Kuwait to review progress with their global pact...

  • Earlier this week, newly confirmed Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price stalled the rollout of mandatory Medicare payment reform programs for heart attack treatment, bypass surgery and joint replacements finalized by the Obama administration in December. Hospitals and physician groups have been counting on support from Medicare- the federal...

  • Earlier this week, newly confirmed Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price stalled the rollout of mandatory Medicare payment reform programs for heart attack treatment, bypass surgery and joint replacements finalized by the Obama administration in December. Hospitals and physician groups have been counting on support from Medicare- the federal...