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'Mockingjay' wins but not in the same league as 'Catching Fire'

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" was even less of a winner that was noted, as often happens when a win that big occurs. It needs to settle in, and this time, it came in with a lower number, and that is not a good sign.

Toronto bidder cancels plans to buy Atlantic City casino

Toronto - A Canadian investment firm appears to have has backed away from plans to buy a bankrupt Atlantic City, N.J., casino even though its indecision could cost $10 million.

Op-Ed: To innovate, examine your value chain

Do you want to innovate with your service or process? Here is an effective method which I use on innovation workshops. It involves analyzing and questioning every stage of your procedure.

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1' will devour box office

UPDATE: It didn't catch fire like the last installment, but "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1" opened to a hearty $17 million Thursday night. That was below the $25.2 million that "Catching Fire" took in.

'Dumb and Dumber To' deflates 'Big Hero 6' with silliness, laughs

UPDATE: The box office usually stays steady after the dust settles. Every now and then the top numbers change and need attention.

'Dumb and Dumber To' aims for laughs but holdovers in the way

It is the box office calm before the storm as the world awaits "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1" next week. But, one must first get through this weekend as it looks for laughs and hoping for holdover success.

'Big Hero 6,' 'Interstellar' blast off with solid box office

A battle Hollywood likes played out at the box office and the winner and runner up can claim victory. They should, too. It was a weekend that kicked off Hollywood's holiday season nicely.

California refinery city sends industry-backed candidates packing

Richmond - Voters in the Northern California city of Richmond rejected four refinery-backed candidates in Tuesday's city council election despite $3 million in Chevron-funded campaign advertising.

Luxembourg, Juncker under fire after global tax leaks

Brussels - EU finance ministers meet in Brussels Friday, with revelations about Luxembourg's tax breaks for big firms putting pressure on former premier Jean-Claude Juncker, the new European Commission president.

ICIJ: blowing the whistle on corporate tax schemes

Washington - The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), which on Thursday revealed a massive tax avoidance system organised by Luxembourg, is a collective of journalists spanning more than 60 countries seeking to root out cross border crime, ...

'Big Hero 6' and 'Interstellar' to provide big box office boost

Coming off a brutal weekend at the box office, it looks like a healthy rebound is here. Just in time as this is the weekend when Hollywood kicks off the holiday season. Now, enter "Interstellar" and "Big Hero 6."

Luxembourg, Juncker under fire after global tax leaks

Brussels - Luxembourg and its former premier Jean-Claude Juncker -- now head of the European commission -- came under fire Thursday after leaked documents showed the tiny nation gave hundreds of global firms huge tax breaks.

UPDATE: 'Ouija' edges out 'Nightcrawler' on weak Halloween

UPDATE: "Ouija" was able to edge out "Nightcrawler" to take the Halloween weekend box office crown. However, it was nothing to write home about as the numbers were the lowest winning total of the year.

Op-Ed: Trademark bidding — Is it still an issue?

Among the many challenges online marketers face today is trademark bidding. As recently as a few years ago, this practice represented a significant problem for businesses.

'Nightcrawler' creeps; Marvel announces release dates until 2019

A funny thing happened on the way to Halloween this year. For the most part, Hollywood is ignoring it, much like one other holiday this past year.

'Ouija' summons up a win

A movie based on a board game took over the box office with an estimated $19.8 million. It provided movie-goers with the Halloween flavor as the holiday approaches.

'Ouija' to scare up the box office

It doesn't take a Ouija board to see the what the box office has in store this weekend. Timing is everything for the movie called "Ouija."

Inc. 5000 indicates some interesting trends for U.S. business

With the prestigious Inc 5000 index of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. now published for 2014, looking through the list it is easy to see that what businesses are doing best right now although there are some interesting entrants.

Ferocious 'Fury' fights, flies high for solid box office victory

It was a World War II drama that took the lead with a fury at the box office. It ended up being an easy win over a two-time champ and a Halloween-themed film.

Converse files suit over infringement of Chuck Taylor shoes

Brooklyn - United States shoemaker Converse has filed suit against more than two dozen companies alleging those businesses have copied the design of the popular Chuck Taylor shoe.

'Gone Girl' wins in heated box office race

"Gone Girl" went on and won another tight box office race as it fended off "Dracula Untold." The numbers were not as close as last week's race, but it was still good for the box office.

'Gone Girl' may win another tight box office race

Because "Gone Girl"performed better than expected last week, it means momentum may be on its side for another victory. It will be close again.

Head of Twitter news staff lasts less than one year

San Francisco - The head of Twitter's news staff left the social media company Wednesday after less than a year at the helm of a revitalized operation.

Ultimate cost of HP restructuring put at 55,000 jobs

Palo Alto - More than 15,000 additional workers will lose their jobs with Silicon Valley mainstay Hewlett-Packard Co. by next October when the venerable tech giant splits in two.

HP is to split into two separate business and consumer companies

Technology giant HP is planning to split itself into two separate companies with one focusing on business solutions and the other on the consumer computing products that it produces today.

'Gone Girl' grabs a win in a tight box office race

A grizzly tale of a dysfunctional marriage in "Gone Girl" won out over the horror of "Annabelle." The real winner, though, was the overall box office.

Battle is on between 'Gone Girl' and 'Annabelle'

UPDATE: It truly is a battle of demographics at the weekend box offices as noted below. The younger crowd came out and helped "Annabelle" win Friday over "Gone Girl."

'The Equalizer' crushes competitors for an easy win

A true movie star in Denzel Washington took over the box office with relative ease as "The Equalizer" pummeled the competition.

Denzel Washington will blast 'The Equalizer' past 'The Boxtrolls'

UPDATE: As noted, "The Equalizer" is blasting past "The Boxtrolls" in what will be an easy win at the weekend box office. It should also beat projections and may end up in the $32-36 million range.

Moscow court confirms house arrest of billionaire Yevtushenkov

Moscow - A Moscow court on Thursday ordered billionaire Vladimir Yevtushenkov to remain under house arrest, throwing out his appeal as he is investigated in a money-laundering probe.
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