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'American Sniper' is top U.S. box office hit for third week

- Box office juggernaut "American Sniper" held the top spot at U.S. and Canadian box offices over the weekend with $31.9 million (21 million pounds) in ticket sales, according to studio estimates.

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Actor Val Kilmer hospitalized in Los Angeles after 'complication'

LOS ANGELES - Actor Val Kilmer, best-known for his roles in "Batman Forever" and "The Doors," said on Saturday he was at a Los Angeles hospital for observation following what he called a "complication."

31 Jan 2015

Michael Jackson's family denied new trial in negligence case

LOS ANGELES - A California state appeals court on Friday denied Michael Jackson's family its latest attempt to reverse a jury's decision that cleared concert promoter AEG Live of negligence in the singer's death.

30 Jan 2015

For indie filmmakers theatrical release is an avenue to digital success

PARK CITY, Utah - Amid the snow-covered streets of Park City, Utah, the fates of numerous films lie in the hands of film executives as they place bets on which movies screened at the annual Sundance Film Festival will be the next big box office hit.

30 Jan 2015

Jay-Z to snap up music streamer Aspiro in $56 million deal

STOCKHOLM - Hip-hop star Jay-Z is buying a Scandinavian music streaming company for $56 million to add to a business empire that has spanned clothing and sports bars.

30 Jan 2015

Singer Shakira gives birth to second child in Barcelona

MADRID - Colombian pop star Shakira has given birth in Barcelona to her second child, a boy, she said on Friday.

30 Jan 2015
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Book Talk: Iran "insider" offers roadmap for U.S.-Iran peace

ANKARA - Hossein Mousavian thinks a big reason Iran has not struck a deal with six major powers over its nuclear program boils down to a lack of understanding between Tehran and Washington, and a lack of U.S. appreciation for gestures Iran has made.