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Most expensive Chinese movie ever bombs, was pulled from theaters in days
New Trailer Buzz/YouTube (BEIJING) -- "Asura," the most expensive film ever produced in China, has been pulled from theaters just a few days after it opened.The movie reportedly brought in less than 50 million yuan, or $7.4 million, in ticket sales during its opening weekend.It was a disappointing showing for a movie that took 750 million yuan, or $112 million, and six years to produce. The film was highly publicized in Chinese state media and backed by large companies such as Alibaba Pictures, Zhenjian Film Studio and Ningxia Film Group.July is also generally a successful month for Chinese films, due...
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Seventy new emojis are coming soon
Apple (NEW YORK) -- Whether you're celebrating with a smiley face, a confetti ball, or a shrug, today marks World Emoji Day.The holiday falls on July 17 because it's the date displayed on the calendar emoji and the date that Apple first unveiled iCal for Mac in 2002.Apple is recognizing the day by unveiling 70 new emojis, including a cold face, party face, pleading face, and a face of hearts.There will also be bald, grey, ginger, and curly-haired faces added. These will be accompanied with a lobster, peacock, parrot, and other colorful animals in addition to new food options like...
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Amazon's website crashes right as its Prime Day began
Amazon (NEW YORK) -- Amazon's own online shopping holiday -- Prime Day -- was off to a rocky start when some shoppers found problems using the website when the hyped-up sales were supposed to begin.Often dubbed the "Black Friday" of Amazon, Prime Day, which kicked off Monday at 3 p.m. ET, is a 36-hour savings event offered by the online retailer for its Prime members.This year, when shoppers visited Amazon's website, many were greeted with error messages saying "Sorry something went wrong on our end," and featured photographs of the "dogs of Amazon."While the site seemed to be up and...
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CVS Health apologizes after manager called police on black customer over coupon
Camilla Hudson (CHICAGO) -- CVS Health Corp. apologized to an African-American woman on Monday after a manager of one of its Chicago stores, who was also president of the Illinois Log Cabin Republicans chapter, wrongly accused her of using a counterfeit coupon and called the police on her.Two employees who were involved in the Friday night incident "are no longer employed by CVS Health,” the national drugstore chain added in a statement.One of the employees was identified as Morry Matson, a candidate for alderman in Chicago's 48th Ward. He was also president the Illinois chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans...
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Parents share warning after rescuing 3-year-old from water-filled washing machine
ABC (CONIFER, Col.)-- A Colorado couple is urging other parents to check the child safety settings of their washing machines after rescuing their 3-year-old daughter from the water-filled washer while it was running.Lindsey and Allan McIver, of Conifer, Colorado, said they were woken up early on the morning of July 10 by the tears of their 4-year-old son.“He was crying so hard I couldn't understand the words he was saying,” Lindsey McIver told “Good Morning America.” “It was then that the realization hit. He had said, ‘Khloe inside washer.’”Alan McIver rushed to the family’s basement laundry room, where he saw...
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How to score the biggest deals this Amazon Prime Day
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- The "Black Friday" of online shopping, Amazon Prime Day, kicks off Monday afternoon -- and here's everything you need to know to score the biggest deals.Amazon Prime Day is more than just a "day" of savings, though -- it's actually a 36-hour event. Deals go live at 3 p.m. ET and run through midnight on Tuesday.The best deals -- 20 percent off or more -- will also be in the form of "lightning deals," or products that go on sale for a limited time. If you've got your eye on something, you can use the Amazon...
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A survival guide to Amazon Prime Day
STOCK PHOTO/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Black Friday? Been there. Cyber Monday? Done that.But what about Amazon Prime Day? The online summer sale offers some of the year’s biggest discounts on a wide variety of products. But are you prepared? Do you have an attack plan?If not, there’s no need to panic. We called in the reinforcements. RetailMeNot’s Sara Skirboll talked to "Good Morning America" about all things Amazon: What to buy, what to avoid and what to expect during the online extravaganza.What is Amazon Prime Day, anyway?Amazon Prime Day is an online sales event that typically lasts about 36...
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'MAGA' hats could double in price after new US tariffs, merchandiser says
George Frey/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- The latest round of tariffs on products from China proposed by President Donald Trump could double the price of "Make America Great Again" hats inspired by his 2016 campaign slogan, according to a merchandiser who imports them.The new tariffs announced Thursday would hit $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, especially consumer goods, including the popular hats sported by Trump supporters around the nation.David Lassoff is the manager of a California-based company that sells a range of novelty items online.He told ABC News that his company, IncredibleGifts, typically imports the red hats from China and...
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Four of the top five US defense firms to be led by women
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- At the start of 2019, four of America's top defense companies will be led by women.On Thursday, the chairman and CEO of Northrop Grumman, Wes Bush, announced that he was stepping down and would be succeeded by Kathy Warden, Northrop's current president and chief operating officer who has been with the company since 2008.Warden held leadership roles at General Dynamics and the Veridian Corporation prior to joining Northrup.As CEO, she will join three other high profile women leading the U.S. defense industry: Marillyn Hewson, the CEO of Lockheed Martin; Phebe Novakovic, the CEO of General Dynamics;...
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Elon Musk pledges to fix Flint water in homes with contamination
iStock/Thinkstock (FLINT, Mich.) -- Elon Musk says he is redoubling his efforts to help Flint residents affected by the ongoing water crisis by pledging to fix the pipes in any Flint house with contaminated water.The 47-year-old billionaire and Tesla founder tweeted this week that he will also organize a weekend in Flint to add filters for residents still concerned with their water quality in an effort to improve public perception of water quality.The efforts attracted the attention of Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, who reached out to Musk on Twitter to set up a conversation originally scheduled for Friday.Weaver told ABC...
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Ice cream shop creates 'bouquets' featuring up to 21 scoops on a single cone
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- You've probably seen these massive, teetering towers of ice cream scoops balancing atop a single cone on your Instagram feed.Stuffed Ice Cream, nestled in New York City's East Village, rose to social media fame for its over-the-top, massive ice cream "bouquets," which can feature up to 21 scoops of ice cream each.Some may be surprised to know that these bouquets "came up by accident," according to Jackie Luu, one of the co-founders of the ice cream shop."One day I was playing around, trying to put nine scoops on a cone, and it got to a...
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Build-A-Bear closes lines nationwide over safety concerns for 'Pay Your Age' day
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Build-A-Bear Workshop has closed the lines to its stores nationwide and in Canada after receiving an "overwhelming response" to its first-ever "Pay Your Age" day promotion.The popular children's store announced Monday the sale, which would allow kids to pay a price that matched their age for any bear.Frenzied parents and children in search of a deal flocked to malls to take advantage, prompting the store to stop allowing additional guests due to "safety concerns," it said in a statement. The move was made at the request of local authorities, Build-A-Bear wrote on Twitter."We feel it...
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