'Jumanji: The Next Level' tops 'Frozen 2' as awards contenders roll out

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LOS ANGELES -- Sony's "Jumanji: The Next Level" unseated Disney's "Frozen 2" from its three-week perch at the top of the box office, and exceeded expectations opening with $60.1 million, according to estimates from measurement firm Comscore.

The result marks an auspicious start for the movie, whose predecessor, "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,"...Read more

California governor rejects PG&E's restructuring proposal

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom rejected Pacific Gas and Electric's proposed restructuring plan Friday, dealing a major blow to the power giant as it tries to exit the biggest utility bankruptcy in U.S. history.

Newsom said in a letter to PG&E Chief Executive Officer Bill Johnson that the utility giant's restructuring plan falls "woefully short" ...Read more

Live Nation faces Justice Department action over ticketing practices

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Live Nation Entertainment, the world's largest concert promoter, is about to face Justice Department legal action over its ticketing practices.

The U.S. Department of Justice is preparing to take on the Beverly Hills-based live music giant over allegedly coercing concert venues into working with its Ticketmaster division, according to a person ...Read more

How badly does Topeka need workers? It'll pay you up to $15,000 just to move there

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Topeka leaders are using cold hard cash to lure more workers to live in Kansas' capital city.

The new Choose Topeka program, approved this week, will pay up to $10,000 to people who rent and $15,000 for those who purchase a primary home--after a year of residency in the city. A news release says beneficiaries can use those funds "for all types ...Read more

Illinois sues e-cig maker Juul for allegedly targeting minors

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CHICAGO -- The Illinois attorney general's office filed a consumer fraud lawsuit Thursday against Juul Labs, alleging the e-cigarette maker targets its product to minors and misrepresents the ability of its devices to help people quit smoking.

Citing epidemic levels of addiction to vaping tobacco products among underage users across the state, ...Read more

Head shops come out of the shadows as weed becomes legal in Illinois

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Head shops, once a business catering to the hippie counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s, are getting a second life.

The shops, which sell bongs, pipes and other smoking paraphernalia, never really went away. The industry has been evolving quietly for decades as new forms of smoking -- like vaping -- became popular and women increasingly ...Read more

US and China agree to partial trade deal, but few details are released

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WASHINGTON -- The United States and China have reached a preliminary trade agreement that includes the cancellation and rollback of some tariffs on Chinese products and a commitment by Beijing to step up purchases of American farm goods.

An agreement on the so-called phase one deal, confirmed by President Donald Trump and senior Chinese ...Read more

Under the Hood: The magic of rain-sensing wipers, explained

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Q: How do rain-sensing wipers work? I love mine -- it's like magic!

-- Susan

A: In most of these systems, a rain sensor is located on the inside the windshield behind the rear view mirror. Infrared light is projected outward through the windshield glass at a 45 degree angle. Depending on how much light reflects back to the sensor (rain, snow ...Read more

Apple 'spaceship' open house miffs neighbors who didn't get invites

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CUPERTINO, Calif. -- Apple attempted to extend a little friendly goodwill by inviting neighbors to its "spaceship" campus this weekend, but the gesture backfired among some residents who live close to the campus and are upset they didn't get one of the coveted invites.

Apple recently mailed cards to some people living in the neighborhoods ...Read more

Motormouth: Don't waste your money filling tires with pure nitrogen

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Q: I recently bought a used 2009 Chevy Cobalt from a local dealer. The tires are filled with nitrogen. I have been given many recommendations on filling the tires. One person told me you can't mix nitrogen with air (from an air pump at a gas station). Another person said you can.

If I can find a tire store that has nitrogen, they charge up to $...Read more

North Dakota oil production for first time tops 1.5 million barrels per day

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North Dakota oil production surged 5% in October, hitting a new record and topping the 1.5 million barrel-per-day mark for the first time.

Natural gas production in North Dakota also rose handily in October in North Dakota, setting a record.

"In summary, it should be a very happy holiday for the state of North Dakota," Lynn Helms, director of ...Read more

NBCUniversal Chief Executive Steve Burke to step down in 2020

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NBCUniversal Chief Executive Steve Burke is planning to step down next year, accelerating an internal race to succeed him, according to two people familiar with the matter who were not authorized to comment.

Burke, 61, has managed NBCUniversal since Philadelphia cable giant Comcast Corp. purchased it in January 2011, shaping the once-tattered ...Read more

Cadillac has big changes ahead for its lineup and manufacturing

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General Motors luxury brand Cadillac's entire lineup could be electric by 2030.

That means production of its internal combustion cars and SUVs could move from the plants where GM currently builds them.

All of this will happen in a slow transition with some overlap as internal combustion engines (ICE) are phased out and electric vehicles (EVs) ...Read more

Consumer Confidential: Are extended warranties worth it? Not so much, experts say

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Consumers generally don't need extended warranties.

"They are cash cows for retailers," said Linda Sherry, a spokeswoman for the advocacy group Consumer Action. "Salespeople get commissions, which is why they push them so hard."

But that doesn't mean you want to dismiss the idea of purchasing extra protection in all cases.

A tipster working ...Read more

Happy holidays from Comcast. Your cable bill is going up again.

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Comcast is giving the gift of higher cable bills this holiday season.

Tens of millions of Xfinity customers will see their bills rise 3.6% nationwide, on average, the company said Thursday, as it boosts prices for broadband plans and hikes TV fees starting next week. Customers in the Philadelphia region have received notices of new prices ...Read more

In a blow to Boeing, Qantas chooses Airbus A350 over 777X for ultra-long-range project

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Australian carrier Qantas said Thursday it has chosen the Airbus A350-100 over Boeing's forthcoming 777X as its future ultra-long-range aircraft.

Two years ago, the airline announced a competition between the two jetmakers to develop an aircraft that would stretch the range of current jets to the limit and fly nonstop between Sydney and London....Read more

Mark Phelan: The new 2021 Chevy Suburban and Tahoe: 4 questions I have to ask

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The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban SUVs are packed with new features, but they also carry a heavy load of questions. The old models were America's best-selling big SUVs by a wide margin, with a commanding 45% share of the market.

It would've been easy to make a few small changes and call the result "new," but GM rolled the dice with radical ...Read more

The Week Ahead: Working to avoid a rerun

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An old saying in the investment markets is that history does not repeat, but it rhymes.

There's a warning embedded in the axiom. And it's one that has the attention of the Federal Reserve.

For months the central bank has been pumping billions of dollars into an enormously important but largely opaque corner of the financial markets. It will ...Read more

Tesla's Model 3 gets best electric car title from Edmunds

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It may not be as hot at the moment as the Cybertruck, but the Tesla Model 3 is nonetheless getting some high praise at the end of this year.

Edmunds, one of the auto industry's leading car shopping and analysis sties, named the Tesla Model 3 the best electric vehicle of 2019. In its assessment, Edmunds evaluated the Model 3 and other cars on ...Read more

FAA boss tells Boeing CEO to back off on predictions as 737 Max schedule slips again

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chief Steve Dickson met with Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg at FAA headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to tell him to pull back on public statements about an imminent return to service for the 737 Max.

Meanwhile, American Airlines announced that with the Max's return already slipping by at least ...Read more