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'Jumanji' tops box office for third straight weekend

Film Box Office

NEW YORK (AP) — “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” outdid another weekend’s worth of newcomers to top the North American box office for the third straight weekend, making the surprise hit the fifth-highest grossing film of all time for Sony Pictures. “Jumanji,” starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart,...


Business

The Latest: McConnell opposes Trump on ending filibusters

Budget Battle

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the government shutdown (all times local): 1:40 p.m. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing back against President Donald Trump’s calls to end Senate filibusters. When filibusters of legislation are underway, it takes 60 votes in the 100-member Senate to halt...


State

Utah man convicted of selling conversions kits for weapons

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man has been convicted of selling kits to convert semi-automatic weapons into machine guns. The Salt Lake Tribune reports Scott Ray Bishop was found guilty of one count each of unlawfully engaging in the business of manufacturing machine guns and illegal possession of...


Government

Sequel to Trump's first year opens with crises, unease

Trump One Year Photo Gallery

WASHINGTON (AP) — The sequel to President Donald Trump’s first year in office is opening with the lead player hamstrung by a government shutdown and hunkering down amid investigations and crises. Trump’s drive to deliver quickly on campaign promises has given way to the sobering reality of...


Government

Mick Mulvaney finds himself in middle of another shutdown

Trump Budget Battle

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mick Mulvaney stormed Washington as a tea party lawmaker elected in 2010, and he hasn’t mellowed much as director of the Office of Management of Budget at the White House. In both spots, he’s been at the center of a government shutdown. But this time he is arguing against it and...


Business

High 2018 yields don't mean market turmoil

(c) 2018, Bloomberg View. The performance of U.S. Treasuries in 2017 confounded many, as the bonds kept to range-bound trading in the context of both higher growth and rate tightening by the Federal Reserve that went beyond initial market expectations. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that...


Business

Convenience stores getting squeezed by fast food, dollar stores

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. The U.S. convenience store industry is facing an inconvenient truth: Americans are changing the way they shop for snacks and drinks. The nation’s 154,500 convenience stores are getting squeezed by competition from all sides. Fast-food restaurants and supermarkets are slugging...


Business

Save the snowpack, save the water supply

(c) 2018, Bloomberg. Between droughts and floods, the last decade has offered water managers in the Southwest a preview of how climate change could impact a supply largely dependent on winter snow. This year’s disappointing snowpack has them worried again. “Water and climate change are joined at...


Business

Commercial rocket from New Zealand deploys small satellites

New Zealand Rocket Launch

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A rocket launched from New Zealand on Sunday successfully reached orbit carrying small commercial satellites. California-based company Rocket Lab said its Electron rocket, which carries only a small payload of about 150 kilograms (331 pounds), successfully deployed an...


Business

Shutdown divides services into essential and non-essential

Budget Battle Statue of Liberty

WASHINGTON (AP) — Symbols of American promise have turned into emblems of American dysfunction amid a dispute in Congress over spending and immigration that has forced scores of federal agencies and outposts to close their doors. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island have turned away visitors in...


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