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  • LOS ANGELES, Oct 22- Tyler Perry has prevented a disaster at the box office with the opening of Lionsgate's comedy sequel "Boo 2! A Madea Halloween "scaring up a solid $21.7 million at 2,388 North American locations. Warner Bros.' "Geostorm," starring Gerard Butler, is finishing a distant second place with about $13.3 million at 3,246 venues-- at the top end of modest...

  • President Trump to visit Japan Nov. 5-7. TOKYO, Oct 22- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc was headed for a big win in Sunday's election, bolstering his chance of becoming the nation's longest-serving premier and re-energising his push to revise the pacifist constitution. A hefty win raises the likelihood that Abe, who took office in December 2012,...

  • LAS VEGAS— As volunteers streamed in to donate blood, doctors tended to the wounded and investigators scoured the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, Las Vegas tourism officials moved quickly to protect their valuable franchise in a city where branding is everything. The city put that motto on hold, and the public agency charged with...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 22- Fidelity Investments has hired a consulting firm to review employee behavior amid allegations of sexual harassment at the U.S. money manager stretching back years, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. Brian Hogan, president of Fidelity's stock-picking division, held an emergency meeting on Monday afternoon with his staff to stress the...

  • LOS ANGELES— Tyler Perry's "Boo 2! In second place is the long-delayed disaster epic "Geostorm," which opened to a dismal $13.3 million against a reported $120 million production budget. Gerard Butler stars in the film from first-time director Dean Devlin, who produced " Independence Day."

  • Oct 22- Electric car maker Tesla Inc reaffirmed on Sunday it is talking with the Shanghai municipal government to set up a factory in the region and expects to agree on a plan by the end of the year, but declined to comment on a report that a deal has been reached. The Wall Street Journal reported that Tesla and the Shanghai government have reached a deal in that city's...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 22- U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday that he was willing to bring healthcare legislation up for a vote but was waiting for the go-ahead from President Donald Trump, who sent mixed signals this week about a bipartisan bill that would shore up insurance markets. That legislation, introduced by Republican Senator Lamar...

  • ROME, N.Y.— Envisioning a day when millions of drones will buzz around delivering packages, watching crops or inspecting pipelines, a coalition is creating an airspace corridor in upstate New York where traffic management systems will be developed and unmanned aircraft can undergo safety and performance testing. The unmanned aircraft traffic management...

  • GENEVA/ LONDON, Oct 22- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been removed as a goodwill ambassador, the World Health Organization said on Sunday following outrage among Western donors and rights groups at the appointment. President Robert Mugabe as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for NCDs in Africa. The decision had been taken after consultation with the Harare...

  • WASHINGTON— With stock price indexes setting record highs, many investors have been keeping a wary eye on the markets. Anthony Saglimbene, a global market strategist at Ameriprise Financial, says he isn't unduly worried. He spoke recently with The Associated Press.

  • Oct 22- Electric car maker Tesla Inc said on Sunday it is talking with the Shanghai municipal government to set up a factory in the region and expects to agree on a plan by the end of the year. The Wall Street Journal reported that Tesla and the Shanghai government have already reached a deal in that city's free trade zone. Shanghai is China's de facto automotive...

  • TOKYO, Oct 22- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Sunday the government will proceed with a scheduled sales tax increase in 2019 unless the economy suffers a shock as big as the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers. "In order to pay back Japan's public debt, you need economic growth," he said. Analysts say increasing the levy is crucial to rein in Japan's huge...

  • President Trump to visit Japan Nov. 5-7. TOKYO, Oct 22- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc was headed for a big win in Sunday's election, bolstering his chance of becoming the nation's longest serving premier and reenergising his push to revise the pacifist constitution. A hefty win raises the likelihood that Abe, who took office in December 2012,...

  • Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday he was willing to bring a healthcare bill up for a vote in the Senate but was waiting to see what President Donald Trump wants, after a week in which Trump sent mixed signals about a bipartisan bill to shore up insurance markets created under Obamacare. "What I'm waiting for is to hear from President Trump...

  • Typhoon Lan, classified as an intense Category 4 storm by the Tropical Storm Risk monitoring site, was south of Japan and moving northeast at 50 kph on Sunday night, speeding up slightly, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. Lan appeared to have weakened slightly from its peak, but it was still a powerful storm that could pound parts of Japan with more than 80 mm of...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 22- Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday he has not abandoned his longtime goal of making sure any tax cuts are revenue neutral, saying the growth estimates in the Republican tax reform plan will offset the cuts. The Trump administration's tax plan promises up to $6 trillion in tax cuts but will increase the federal deficit by...

  • GENEVA, Oct 22- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been removed as a goodwill ambassador, the World Health Organization said on Sunday following an outrage among Western donors and rights groups at the appointment. President Robert Mugabe as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for NCDs in Africa. "I have also consulted with the Government of Zimbabwe and we have...

  • JAKARTA, Oct 22- Indonesia intends to send a diplomatic note to the U.S. secretary of state and summon Washington's deputy ambassador in Jakarta to explain why the head of its military was denied entry to the United States, Indonesian officials said on Sunday. Nurmantyo was going to the United States at the invitation of General Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the...

  • TOKYO, Oct 22- Tens of thousands of people across Japan were advised to evacuate, hundreds of flights were cancelled and train services disrupted on election day on Sunday as a typhoon roared towards the coast, bringing heavy rain and strong winds. Typhoon Lan, classified as an intense Category 4 storm by the Tropical Storm Risk monitoring site, was south of Japan...

  • PARIS, Oct 22- Airbus's coup in buying a $6 billion Canadian jetliner project for a dollar stunned investors and took the spotlight off a growing ethics row last week, but internal disarray has raised questions over how smoothly it can implement the deal. Chief Executive Tom Enders has urged staff to keep calm in the face of French reports describing payments to...