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It's a smash hit! Chinese return big-time to movie theaters

The thrills and chills of the big screen are back big-time in the world’s largest film market
19 minutes ago
People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus chat each other as the watch a film at Poly Cinema in Beijing on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. With coronavirus well under control in China and cinemas running at half capacity, moviegoers are smashing China's box office records, setting a new high mark for ticket sales in February, with domestic productions far outpacing their Hollywood competitors. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
1 hour ago

Vaccination 'passports' may open society, but inequity looms

Governments say getting vaccinated and having the proper documentation to prove it will smooth the way to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and such efforts have gotten a head start in Israel
1 hour ago
A man presents his "green passport," proof that he is vaccinated against the coronavirus, on opening night at the Khan Theater for a performance where all guests were required to show proof of vaccination or full recovery from the virus, in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
1 hour ago

COVID-19 bill must drop minimum wage hike, arbiter decides

The Senate parliamentarian has dealt a potentially lethal blow to Democrats’ drive to hike the minimum wage, deciding that the cherished progressive goal must fall from a massive COVID-19 relief bill the party is trying to speed through Congress
1 hour ago
In this Jan. 6, 2021, photo, Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough, left, works beside Vice President Mike Pence during the certification of Electoral College ballots in the presidential election, in the House chamber at the Capitol in Washington. Shortly afterward, the Capitol was stormed by rioters determined to disrupt the certification. MacDonough has guided the Senate through two impeachment trials, vexed Democrats and Republicans alike with parliamentary opinions and helped rescue Electoral College certificates from a pro-Trump mob ransacking the Capitol. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
4 hours ago

Asian shares sink after tech rout pulls Nasdaq 3.5% lower

Asian shares have skidded after a rout in technology companies pulled the Nasdaq 3.5% lower in the steepest loss for the tech-heavy index since October
4 hours ago
In this photo provided by the New York Stock Exchange, specialist John McNierney works at his post on the floor, Thursday, Feb 25, 2021. Stocks moved solidly lower Thursday as the recent theme of the market — rising bond yields and falling prices of technology companies — continued to weigh on trading. (Courtney Crow/New York Stock Exchange via AP)
February 25

Mr. Potato Head drops the mister, sort of

Hasbro created confusion on Thursday when it removed the gender from its Mr. Potato Head brand, but not from the actual toy
February 25
This photo provided by Hasbro shows the new Potato Head world. Mr. Potato Head is no longer a mister. Hasbro, the company that makes the potato-shaped plastic toy, is giving the spud a gender neutral new name: Potato Head. The change will appear on boxes this year.  (Hasbro via AP)
February 25

GOP rallies solidly against Democrats' virus relief package

The Senate parliamentarian has dealt a potentially lethal blow to Democrats’ drive to hike the minimum wage, deciding that the cherished progressive goal must fall from a massive COVID-19 relief bill the party is trying to speed through Congress
February 25
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
February 25

Facebook signs pay deals with 3 Australian news publishers

Facebook has announced preliminary agreements with three Australian publishers, a day after the Parliament passed a law that would make the digital giants pay for news
February 25
FILE - This March 29, 2018, file photo shows the Facebook logo on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York's Times Square. Facebook said on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, it lift its ban on Australians sharing news after a deal was struck on legislation that would make digital giants pay for journalism.(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
February 25

Airbnb reports huge loss in first time out as public company

In Airbnb's first financial report as a public company, the home-sharing site has posted a loss of $3.9 billion for the fourth quarter of 2020
February 25
FILE - This Feb. 22, 2018, file photo shows an Airbnb logo during an event in San Francisco. Home-sharing site Airbnb posted a $3.9 billion loss in the fourth quarter of 2020 as it suffered from the pandemic downturn in travel and recorded one-time costs for becoming a public company. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
February 25

TikTok owner ByteDance to pay $92M in US privacy settlement

TikTok’s Chinese parent company ByteDance has agreed to pay $92 million to U.S. users who are part of a class-action lawsuit alleging that the video-sharing app collected their data in violation of a strict Illinois privacy law
February 25
FILE - This Feb. 25, 2020, file photo shows the icon for TikTok in New York. The social media app shared its list of top 100 videos, creators and trends in America in 2020. In action announced Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, federal regulators are ordering Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, TikTok’s parent and five other social media companies to provide detailed information on how they collect and use consumers’ personal data and how their practices affect children and teens. (AP Photo/File)
February 25

DoorDash's sales triple in Q4, but 2021 could see slowdown

Meal delivery company DoorDash says its revenue more than tripled last year thanks to pandemic-driven demand
February 25
FILE - The DoorDash app is shown on a smartphone on Feb. 27, 2020, in New York. Meal delivery company DoorDash said its revenue more than tripled last year thanks to pandemic-driven demand, but it still lost money because it spent more heavily on marketing and expanding its business. DoorDash reported a net loss of $312 million for the quarter that ended Dec. 31, 2020. (AP Photo, File)
February 25

Boeing will pay $6.6 million to settle FAA allegations

Boeing is in more trouble with federal regulators
February 25
FILE- In this Oct. 19, 2015, file photo, an airplane flies over a sign at Boeing's newly expanded 737 delivery center at Boeing Field in Seattle. Federal regulators have imposed $5.4 million in civil penalties against Boeing on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, for violating terms of a $12 million settlement in 2015, and the aircraft maker has agreed to pay another $1.21 million to settle two current enforcement cases. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
February 25

TIAA names Thasunda Brown Duckett as CEO

TIAA has named Thasunda Brown Duckett as its its new chief executive officer
February 25
This photo provided by JP Morgan Chase shows Thasunda Brown Duckett. TIAA on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 named Thasunda Brown Duckett as its new chief executive officer. Duckett comes to the financial services firm from JPMorgan Chase, where she was CEO of Chase Consumer Banking. (JP Morgan Chase via AP)
February 25

'Black box' in Woods SUV could yield clues to cause of wreck

Investigators who are looking into the rollover crash that injured golf legend Tiger Woods will rely heavily on data stored in the Genesis SUV he was driving to figure out what happened
February 25
February 25

McPlant and more: Beyond Meat inks McDonald's, Yum deals

Plant-based food company Beyond Meat will be partnering with several fast-food chains in the coming years to expand to products that could eventually include a plant-based burger, chalupa or toppings on a stuffed-crust pizza
February 25
FILE - In this June 27, 2019, file photo, a meatless burger patty called Beyond Burger by Beyond Meat is displayed at a grocery store in Richmond, Va. Plant-based food company Beyond Meat will be partnering with several major fast food chains in the coming years to expand offerings that could eventually include plant-based burgers, chalupas or toppings on a stuffed-crust pizza. They announced on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, distribution agreements with McDonald's as well as with Yum Brands, the parent company of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
February 25

US long-term mortgage rates rise; 30-year average at 2.97%

U.S. long-term mortgage rates rose this week, but remain near historic lows
February 25
A new home is for sale in Madison, Ga., Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. U.S. long-term mortgage rates rose this week but still remain near historic lows as the pandemic-hobbled economy strains toward recovery with more Americans getting vaccinated against the coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
February 25

Biden directive expands jobless aid to more unemployed

More Americans will soon be eligible for unemployment benefits under a directive issued by the Labor Department
February 25
FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2020 file photo, a shopper wears a face mask and he walks past a store displaying a hiring sign in Wheeling, Ill. The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply last week but remained high by historical standards. Applications for benefits declined 111,000 from the previous week to a seasonally adjusted 730,000, the Labor Department said Thursday, Feb. 25. It is the lowest figure since late November. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
February 25

Best Buy cut 5,000 jobs even as sales soared during pandemic

Best Buy said Thursday that it laid off 5,000 full-time store workers earlier this month, even as the company’s sales soared during the pandemic as homebound people bought laptops, TVs and other gadgets
February 25
A Best Buy store sign is displayed in Arlington Heights, Ill., Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021. Best Buys is closing five stores in four states in the next month. The retailer plans to close two Richmond, Va., area stores, along with one store each in Syracuse, N.Y., Carbondale, Ill., and Brockton, Mass. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
February 25

GameStop stock surges again weeks after high-profile rally

The stock touted by r/wallstreetbets climbed more than 18% Thursday.
February 25
Pedestrians pass a GameStop store in New York City, Jan. 28, 2021.
February 25

Game on, again: GameStop surges and no one truly knows why

After weeks of going dormant, shares of GameStop have suddenly shot higher again, jumping 75% in the last hour of trading Wednesday and another nearly 19% Thursday
February 25
FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2021, file photo, pedestrians pass a GameStop store on 14th Street at Union Square, in the Manhattan borough of New York. Wall Street’s mania over GameStop is on again, at least for one afternoon. Shares in the troubled video game company more than doubled Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021 to $91.71 apiece, the stock’s best day since Jan. 27, when it was going for $347.51 a share. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
February 25

How major US stock indexes fared Thursday

A rout in technology companies pulled the Nasdaq down 3.5% Thursday, the biggest loss for the tech-heavy index since last October
February 25
February 25

Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities

Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities, and foreign exchange levels
February 25
February 25

Best Buy, Domino's fall; Twitter, Smucker rise

Stocks that traded heavily or had substantial price changes Thursday: Best Buy, Domino’s fall; Twitter, Smucker rise
February 25
February 25

Twitter to let users charge followers to see premium posts

Twitter is branching out from advertising to find more ways to make money — both for itself and for its most prolific users, whether those are businesses, celebrities or regular people
February 25
FILE- This April 26, 2017, file photo shows the Twitter icon on a mobile phone, in Philadelphia. Twitter is branching out from advertising to find more ways to make money — both for itself and for its most prolific users, whether those are businesses, celebrities or regular people. In an investor presentation Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, the social media company announced a new feature called “Super Follows.” (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
February 25

Energy executive: Texas power plants turned off in crisis

The head of a major Texas energy corporation says forced blackouts that left 4 million customers without electricity also unplugged plants that could have generated more power as the state’s grid was at the breaking point
February 25
Witnesses testify as the Committees on State Affairs and Energy Resources holds a joint public hearing to consider the factors that led to statewide electrical blackouts, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Austin, Texas. The hearings were the first in Texas since a blackout that was one of the worst in U.S. history, leaving more than 4 million customers without power and heat in subfreezing temperatures. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
February 25

U.S. pizza sales, booming in pandemic, start to slow

After a pandemic-fueled boom, U.S. pizza sales appear to be headed back to earth
February 25
FILE - This July 15, 2019, file photo shows a small Domino's pizza made in a Domino's Pizza shop in downtown Pittsburgh. After a pandemic-fueled boom, U.S. pizza sales appear to be headed back to Earth. Domino’s and Papa John’s pizza chains both said Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, that their same-store sales lost steam in the fourth quarter compared to the huge increases they saw earlier in 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
February 25

Biden's trade pick vows to work more closely with allies

President Joe Biden’s pick to be the top U.S. trade envoy promised to work with America’s allies to combat China’s aggressive trade policies, indicating a break from the Trump administration’s go-it-alone approach
February 25
Katherine Tai, nominee for U.S. trade representative, testifies before a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. (Tasos Katopodis/Pool via AP)
February 25

Builders grapple with land shortage, soaring lumber costs

U.S. homebuilders are poised to benefit this spring homebuying season amid strong demand, low mortgage rates and an all-time low inventory of previously occupied homes for sale
February 25
A sign sits in front of a KB Home construction site, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, in Simi Valley, Calif. U.S. homebuilders are poised to benefit this spring homebuying season amid strong demand, low mortgage rates and an all-time low inventory of previously occupied homes for sale. But soaring lumber prices and a shortage of construction-ready land could limit builders’ ability to capitalize on the strong housing market trends, analysts say. .(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
February 25

Medical oxygen scarce in Africa, Latin America amid virus

A crisis over the supply of medical oxygen for coronavirus patients has struck in Africa and Latin America
February 25
February 25

EXPLAINER: Meet the vaccine appointment bots, and their foes

Having trouble booking a COVID-19 vaccine appointment online
February 25
FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2021 file photo, people wait in line for the COVID-19 vaccine in Paterson, N.J. Having trouble booking a COVID-19 vaccine appointment online? Some people have turned to social media vaccine “bots” that scan the patchwork of vaccination websites and send alerts when a clinic is ready to book new patients. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
February 25

Debate amid pandemic: Should foundations have to give more?

The viral pandemic wiped out jobs and businesses and left many U.S. families unable to afford food
February 25
FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2020 file photo, Abigail Disney, granddaughter of Walt Disney Co. co-founder Roy Disney, speaks with reporters at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Donations to many charities are down when demand for many services, due to the pandemic, is extraordinarily high. Even charities that have seen increased donations say they still cannot meet the growing need for services.(AP Photo/Adam Beam, File)
February 25

Explainer: Mount Etna puts on its latest spectacular show

Mount Etna, the volcano that towers over eastern Sicily, evokes superlatives
February 25
Lava and smoke are belched out from a crater as seen from the north-east side of the Mt Etna volcano near Milo, Sicily, Wednesday night, Feb. 24, 2021. Europe's most active volcano has been steadily erupting since last week, belching smoke, ash, and fountains of red-hot lava. (AP Photo/Salvatore Allegra)
February 25

Pfizer studying effects of 3rd vaccine dose

The American drugmaker is studying effects against new mutations of the virus.
February 25
A health worker collects swabs of metro railway project workers to test for COVID-19 in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
February 25

Anticipating 2021 boom, Q4 GDP revised up slightly to 4.1%

The economy grew at a 4.1% pace in the final three months of 2020, slightly faster than first estimated, putting an end to a year in which the overall economy shrank more than it had in the past seven decades
February 25
FILE - A woman carries a shopping bag while walking past a cosmetics store, right, near Faneuil Hall, behind left, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Boston. The U.S. economy expanded at a 33.4% annual pace from July through September, the Commerce Department said Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020 delivering the last of three estimates on the economy’s third-quarter performance. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, file)
February 25

Pro-military marchers in Myanmar attack anti-coup protesters

Supporters of Myanmar’s junta have attacked people protesting the military government that took power in a coup
February 25
An anti-coup protester with thanaka, a traditional face paste with letters CDM, representing "Civil Disobedience Movement" shouts slogans during a street march in Mandalay, Myanmar, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. Protesters against the military's seizure of power in Myanmar were back on the streets of cities and towns on Thursday as regional diplomatic efforts to resolve Myanmar's political crisis intensified Wednesday. (AP Photo)
February 25

Watchdog reviews complaint about FBI surveillance warrant

The Justice Department’s internal watchdog is reviewing a former Boeing engineer’s allegations that he was unfairly pursued by FBI agents who investigated him on suspicions that he was spying for China
February 25
FILE - In this March 11, 2020, file photo, Keith Gartenlaub poses for a photo near his home in Irvine, Calif. The Justice Department’s internal watchdog is reviewing the former Boeing engineer’s allegations that he was unfairly pursued by FBI agents who investigated him on suspicions that he was spying for China. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)
February 25

US jobless claims fall to 730,000 but layoffs remain high

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply last week but remained high by historical standards
February 25
February 25

Orders for U.S. durable goods climb 3.4% in January

Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket goods shot up 3.4% in January, pulled up by surge in orders for civilian aircraft
February 25
February 25

India introduces new rules to regulate online content

India has rolled out new regulations for social media companies and digital streaming websites to make them more accountable for the online content shared on their platforms
February 25
India's Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, addresses a press conference in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. India on Thursday rolled out new regulations for social media companies and digital streaming websites to make them more accountable for the online content shared on their platforms, giving the government more power to police it. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
February 25

EU leaders seek to inject energy into slow vaccine rollout

European Union leaders are gathering to try to inject new energy into the bloc’s lagging coronavirus vaccination effort as concern mounts that new variants might spread faster than authorities can adapt
February 25
European Council President Charles Michel speaks with Ireland's Prime Minister Micheal Martin, on screen right, via videoconference at the European Council building in Brussels, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys, Pool)
February 25

The Latest: Variants prompt Finland's return to emergency

Finland plans to reintroduce a state of emergency that would allow the Nordic country to close restaurants for a three-week period starting March 8 as it fights the variant first discovered in Britain
February 25
A vial of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a family doctor office, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 in Paris. French family doctors have started injecting vaccine shots on Thursday to vulnerable people aged between 50 and 64 as the country seeks to speed up its COVID-19 vaccination program. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
February 25

House poised to vote on legal safeguards for LGBTQ people

The Democratic-led House is poised to pass a bill enshrining LGBTQ protections
February 25
In this Feb. 11, 2021, photo, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, speaks during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington.
February 25

Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after Fed pledge

Asian stock markets have followed Wall Street higher after the Federal Reserve chairman said the U.S. central bank is in no hurry to withdraw support for the economy
February 25
People wearing protective masks walk in front of an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in Tokyo. Shares fell in Asia on Wednesday as investors weighed the possibility that inflation might prompt central banks to adjust their ultra-low interest rate policies. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
February 25

Blackouts bring up 'a four-letter word' in Texas: regulation

Leaders of Texas’ embattled power grid are set to face sharp questioning from lawmakers for the first time since last week's outages left more than 4 million customers without electricity
February 25
FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2021 file photo, Handyman Roberto Valerio, left, hands homeowner Nora Espinoza a broken pipe after removing it from beneath her kitchen sink in Dallas. The winter storm nightmare knocked out power to more than 4 million customers across the state. On Thursday, Feb. 25 managers of Texas' power grid are expected to receive a verbal lashing in the first public hearings about the crisis at the state Capitol. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
February 24

Australia passes law to make Google, Facebook pay for news

Australia's laws forcing Google and Facebook to pay for news are ready to be implemented, though the laws' architect says it will take time for the digital giants to strike media deals
February 24
FILE - This March 29, 2018, file photo shows the Facebook logo on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York's Times Square. Facebook said on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, it lift its ban on Australians sharing news after a deal was struck on legislation that would make digital giants pay for journalism.(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
February 24

Federal watchdog blasts FAA over certification of Boeing jet

Federal auditors are issuing fresh criticism of the government agency that approved the Boeing 737 Max
February 24
FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, file photo, a United Airlines Boeing 737 Max airplane takes off in the rain, at Renton Municipal Airport in Renton, Wash. Federal auditors are issuing fresh criticism of the government agency that approved the Boeing 737 Max. The Transportation Department's inspector general said Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, that the Federal Aviation Administration must improve its process for certifying new planes. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
February 24

'Mission: Impossible 7' will hit Paramount+ even sooner

Paramount Pictures is joining other major Hollywood studios in slashing the traditional 90-day theatrical window
February 24
February 24

GOP rallies solidly against Democrats' virus relief package

Republicans are rallying solidly against Democrats’ proposed $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill
February 24
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
February 24

GameStop shares double after tumbling for much of February

Wall Street’s mania over GameStop is on again, at least for one afternoon
February 24
FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2021, file photo, pedestrians pass a GameStop store on 14th Street at Union Square, in the Manhattan borough of New York. Wall Street’s mania over GameStop is on again, at least for one afternoon. Shares in the troubled video game company more than doubled Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021 to $91.71 apiece, the stock’s best day since Jan. 27, when it was going for $347.51 a share. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
February 24

Buffett's right-hand man says US stock market is overvalued

Investor Warren Buffett’s right-hand man says the U.S. stock market is overvalued, but he doesn’t know when the bubble will burst
February 24
FILE - In this Monday, May 7, 2018, file photo, Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman Charlie Munger listens to a question during an interview in Omaha, Neb., with Liz Claman on Fox Business Network's "Countdown to the Closing Bell." Investor Warren Buffett’s right-hand man, Munger, says the U.S. stock market is overvalued, but he doesn’t know when the bubble will burst. Munger said Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, that the recent frenzy over GameStop’s stock was driven by small investors gambling on the stock market. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
February 24

Wildfire victims sue former PG&E executives alleging neglect

A trust representing more than 80,000 victims of deadly wildfires ignited by Pacific Gas and Electric’s rickety electrical grid is suing nearly two dozen of the utility’s former executives and board members
February 24
FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2017, file photo, a row of chimneys stand in a neighborhood devastated by the Tubbs fire near Santa Rosa, Calif. A trust representing more than 80,000 victims of deadly wildfires ignited by Pacific Gas and Electric's rickety electrical grid is suing nearly two dozen of the utility's former executives and board members for alleged dereliction of their duty to ensure the equipment wouldn't kill people. The complaint filed Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in San Francisco Superior Court is an offshoot of a $13.5 billion settlement that PG&E reached with the wildfire victims while the utility was mired in bankruptcy from January 2019 through June last year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)