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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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • ALGIERS, Jan 22- Algeria recorded slower third-quarter growth last year despite a significantly better performance from the energy sector, as non-hydrocarbon growth slackened, the government said on Sunday. The OPEC member country's energy sector expanded by 7.7 percent in the third quarter, due to a higher output in 2016 and a slight recovery in prices.

  • HAMBURG, Jan 22- Greater global efforts should be taken to safeguard precious world water supplies to secure food production, the agriculture ministers of the group of 20 leading economies said on Sunday. "We commit to approaches that improve sustainability of water use in food and agricultural production while ensuring food security and nutrition in...

  • *First meeting on oil deal compliance. VIENNA, Jan 22- OPEC and non- OPEC countries have made a strong start to lowering their oil output under the first such pact in more than a decade, energy ministers said on Sunday as producers look to reduce oversupply and support prices. All the countries are sticking to the deal... results are above expectations, "Russian Energy...

  • *Kuwait index posts biggest rise in over two years. DUBAI, Jan 22- Share prices in Kuwait jumped in very heavy trade on Sunday, the top performing market in a strong Gulf region, while tax fears continued to weigh on prices in Egypt. The narrower Kuwait 15 index of blue chips is up 9.6 percent.

  • It's a scary place to be— in debt and afraid. A new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau report found that more than one in four consumers felt threatened when contacted by debt collectors. CFPB Director Rich Cordray said the report casts a "troubling light" on the industry, and that the bureau is working to stop abuses.