UCLA: Movies make more $$$ when only half the cast is white



LOS ANGELES (AP) — Movies make more money when exactly half their casts are non-white, according to an annual analysis released Thursday that shows an increasing demand for diversity in film.

  • Written by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer

Powerful storm kills 4 in Virginia, raising death toll to 8


WAVERLY, Va. (AP) — A powerful storm system swept across the East Coast on Wednesday, killing four people in Virginia and knocking out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses in the region. A girl in Michigan died following a three-vehicle crash on a snowy roadway.

  • Written by LARRY O'DELL, Associated Press MAX BECHERER, Associated Press

Obama bans US imports of slave-produced goods


Federal officials are preparing to enforce an 86-year-old ban on importing goods made by children or slaves under new provisions of a law signed by President Barack Obama.

  • Written by MARTHA MENDOZA, Associated Press

East Coast, Midwest battered by strong storm systems

WAVERLY, Va. (AP) — Storms systems brought tornadoes to the East Coast — killing four in Virginia — heavy snow that canceled hundreds of flights in the Midwest and power outages that left hundreds of thousands across several states in the dark.

  • Written by LARRY O'DELL, Associated Press MAX BECHERER, Associated Press

Syrian army recaptures town in Aleppo province from IS group

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government troops backed by Russian airstrikes recaptured a town in Aleppo province from Islamic State militants on Thursday in a key advance just two days ahead of a U.S. and Russia-engineered cease-fire that is to take effect in Syria.

  • Written by ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press