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16/06/2019

Franchise fatigue continues with 'Men in Black' and 'Shaft'

Brand familiarity isn't everything when it comes to attracting audiences to the multiplex, and Hollywood is learning that lesson the hard way this summer with a slew of underperforming sequels and reboots. That so-called franchise fatigue came to a head this weekend with the releases of "Men in Black: International" and "Shaft." The writing may have been on the wall after neither an X-Men movie ("Dark Phoenix") nor a Godzilla movie ("Godzilla: King of the Monsters") could get moviegoers enthusiastic enough to turn out. But this weekend, down over 50% from last year, is the worst yet. "This was a...
16/06/2019

Franchise fatigue continues with 'Men in Black' and 'Shaft'

"Men in Black: International" is the No. 1 movie in North America this weekend but the Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth-led reboot isn't exactly a franchise-revitalizing hit. Hampered by poor reviews, Sony Pictures on Sunday estimates that the film earned only $28.5 million in ticket sales nationwide over the weekend. "The Secret Life of Pets 2" got the No. 2 spot in its second weekend with $23.8 million. Disney's "Aladdin," now in weekend four, took third with $16.7 million. "Dark Phoenix" placed fourth with $9 million and "Rocketman" coasted to fifth with $8.8 million. All performed better than the weekend's...
16/06/2019

Police: Woman shoved dog into lake, watched as it drowned

Police say a New Hampshire woman is charged with shoving her golden retriever off a dock and standing by while the pet drowned. Merrimack Police Chief Denise Roy called the incident earlier this month "disturbing." Sixty-six-year-old Nancy Bucciarelli was arrested Friday on a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge. Witnesses said Bucciarelli stood by and watched on June 8 as her 11-year-old dog struggled in Naticook Lake in Merrimack, New Hampshire. Others jumped into the lake to help, but it was too late. Bucciarelli didn't respond to a message left at her home on Sunday, and it's unclear if she has a...

16/06/2019

Texas pastor who backed bill criminalizing abortion arrested

A former Southern Baptist pastor who supported legislation in Texas this year that would have criminalized abortions has been arrested on charges of child sex abuse. Court records show that Stephen Bratton posted a $50,000 bond Saturday. The Houston Chronicle reports that 43-year-old Bratton is accused of molesting a teenage relative, sometimes multiple times a day. It isn't clear whether Bratton has an attorney. The Associated Press couldn't locate a phone number for him Sunday. Bratton was a pastor at Grace Family Baptist Church near Houston. He was outspoken in support of a bill that would have abolished abortions in...
16/06/2019

Police say 4 family members shot to death in West Des Moines

Police are investigating the fatal shootings of four family members whose bodies were found in their Iowa home. The Des Moines Register reports that the bodies were discovered Saturday morning by relatives who were staying with the family at the home in West Des Moines. A police news release identifies the victims as 44-year-old Lavanya Sunkara, 41-year-old Chandrasekhar Sunkara, and two boys aged 15 and 10 years. West Des Moines police Sgt. Dan Wade says there is no threat to the community and investigators are trying to determine exactly what happened. Real estate records indicate the family has owned the...
16/06/2019

US maple syrup production up despite shorter season

U.S. maple syrup production increased slightly this year, even though the sap-collecting season was shorter than last year's, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The country produced 4.2 million gallons (16 million liters) of the pancake topper, up 1% from 2018. Vermont, the country's leading producer, made more than 2 million gallons (7.6 million liters). New York, which yielded 820,000 gallons (3.1 million liters), followed, according to the data released this week. Then came Maine with 580,000 gallons (2.2 million liters) and Wisconsin with 270,000 gallons (1 million liters). Michigan ended up with 195,000 gallons (738,155 liters) and Pennsylvania...

16/06/2019

Swastika found at cemetery where WWII soldiers are buried

A swastika has been found in a Jackson County cemetery where World War II soldiers are buried. Jackson Mayor Derek Dobies has reported the vandalism at the Mount Evergreen Cemetery to the police department. Authorities believe it happened before the weekend, possibly early Friday morning. City officials say about 120 WWII veterans are buried at the cemetery in Jackson. The vandalism has upset members of the community. Yasirah Nelson's great grandfather is buried at the cemetery. She says Nazis invaded his city in Germany, prompting him to flee to the U.S. and join the Army in 1941. She hopes the...
16/06/2019

Pope dons helmet to enter earthquake-hit cathedral in Italy

Pope Francis donned a white firefighter's safety helmet Sunday to enter a damaged cathedral during a visit to central Italy, where he gave encouragement to people still struggling three years after devastating earthquakes struck. Francis traveled to the town of Camerino, which was shaken so badly in 2016 that people are still not allowed into the town center as work continues to stabilize buildings. Before he entered the cathedral, a firefighter's safety helmet was placed over Francis' skullcap. Inside the cathedral, he was surrounded by firefighters and clergymen also wearing helmets. He placed flowers at a statue of the Virgin...
16/06/2019

Libyan navy says it intercepted 91 Europe-bound migrants

Libya's coast guard says it has intercepted a rubber vessel carrying 91 Europe-bound migrants, including women and children, off the country's Mediterranean coast. Spokesman Ayoub Gassim said Sunday that three women and two children were among the African migrants intercepted a day earlier off the coast of the western town of Garaboli, 60 kilometers (37 miles) east of the capital, Tripoli. He says the migrants were given humanitarian and medical aid and then taken to a refugee camp in Tripoli. Libya became a major conduit for African migrants and refugees fleeing to Europe after the 2011 uprising that ousted and...

16/06/2019

Libyan officials say Hifter's forces fighting IS in south

Libyan officials say forces loyal to military commander Khalifa Hifter are pursuing Islamic State militants in the country's south, killing more than a dozen militants over the past three days. The officials said Sunday that the self-styled Libyan National Army began its attack on a militant hideout in the mountainous area of Haruj earlier this week. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media. The LNA media center said Friday that the IS militants were responsible for recent attacks in southern areas. IS acknowledged the ongoing LNA attack and claimed to have...
16/06/2019

Aging grand hotel highlights the ethnic division in Cyprus

With Italian chandeliers still hanging in the lobby, the Ledra Palace Hotel in Cyprus still manages to hold onto a flicker of its old majesty despite the shell craters and bullet holes that scar its sandstone facade. It's been 45 years since the pitter-patter of glitterati high-heels on the hotel's floors was replaced by the thud of soldiers' combat boots. During the war in the summer of 1974 that cleaved Cyprus along ethnic lines, United Nations peacekeepers took over the hotel, instantly turning it into an emblem of the east Mediterranean island nation's division. Now the United Nations says the...
16/06/2019

Israeli PM's wife sentenced for misusing state funds

The wife of Israel's prime minister has been sentenced to pay a fine of roughly $15,000 for misusing state funds. A Jerusalem magistrate court on Sunday accepted the plea bargain Sara Netanyahu signed with prosecutors to settle the allegations she misused some $100,000 in state money on lavish meals. The State Attorney's office said the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will pay additional fines to close the case, which accused her of running up large tabs at luxury restaurants while the official residence employed a full-time chef. Sara Netanyahu was indicted on charges of fraud and breach of trust...