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SANTA MONICA, Calif. - With its cutting-edge social-media campaigns for "The Hunger Games," the tiny 27-person marketing department at Lionsgate has become a model for Hollywood's legacy studios: scrappy, thrifty, forward-thinking. But is the "Lionsgate way" even possible for the old guard to replicate? "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1," the third movie in the postapocalyptic series, sold an estimated $123 million in tickets at North American theaters over the weekend. It was by far the biggest opening since last November, when Lionsgate released "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," taking in $158.1 million on the way to a global total of $864.9 million.   more...
 
 
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A watercolor believed to have been painted by Adolf Hitler sold about $161,000 (130,000 euros), on Saturday at a German auction house, Reuters reported. The painting, titled "Standesamt und Altes Rathaus Muenchen" (Registry Office and Old Town Hall of Munich), was purchased by a private buyer from the Middle East who attended the sale at Weidler auction house in Nuremberg, auctioneer Kathrin Weidler told Reuters. She did not give the buyer's name. The letters "A. Hitler" are signed in red ink at the bottom left corner of the painting, which measures about 11 by 8 ½ inches and depicts Munich's city hall under calm blue skies.   more...
 
 
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BUFFALO - With temperatures rapidly warming here, people began to emerge on Sunday in some of the areas worst affected by a series of lake-effect storms that dumped more than six feet of snow across the region last week and left at least 12 people dead. Government officials said that a limited state of emergency remained in effect. The driving ban, however, was completely lifted just after noon. As cars made their way again onto streets where snow had been piled higher than the stop signs, they vied for space with street-clearing machinery, other vehicles abandoned days ago and National Guard personnel sent to western New York to assist with the cleanup.   more...
 
 
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There is no agreement among designers on the best way for video games to tell stories. Some games have branching plotlines and characters who live or die based on the player's decisions. Others are tightly constrained and offer no choices that alter the narrative. Some use text to deliver information, while others use sound or moving images. Most mix all of those qualities. If size matters, Dragon Age: Inquisition is the most ambitious story-based game of 2014. I'm about 60 hours into it - the game conveniently, if embarrassingly, records how long you've been playing - and suspect that it will take me 100 hours to finish.   more...
 
 
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KABUL, Afghanistan - The government of the new Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, has quietly lifted the ban on night raids by special forces troops that his predecessor had imposed. Afghan National Army Special Forces units are planning to resume the raids in 2015, and in some cases the raids will include members of American Special Operations units in an advisory role, according to Afghan military officials as well as officials with the American-led military coalition. That news comes after published accounts of an order by President Obama to allow the American military to continue some limited combat operations in 2015.   more...
 
 
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WASHINGTON - President Obama, in an interview broadcast on Sunday, said he rejects Republican criticism that he has exceeded his authority in moving to spare millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, adding that he has been "very restrained" in his use of executive authority. Angry Republican lawmakers have accused Mr. Obama of unconstitutional, even imperial, overreach. They have pointed to past remarks in which he himself suggested that his powers to act were limited. But Mr. Obama, in the interview aired Sunday on the ABC News program "This Week," said that history was on his side.   more...
 
 
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Pick over the dried beans and discard any misshapen beans or stones. Rinse under cold running water and drain. In a large pot over medium-high heat, combine the beans and 8 cups cold water; discard any beans that float. Add 1 tsp. of the salt, the pork belly, carrots, celery, onion, bay leaf and 1 bouquet garni. Cook until the beans are tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Set aside. In a fry pan over medium-high heat, warm the duck fat. Sauté the onion for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the minced garlic and sauté for 1 minute.   more...
 
 
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Most Sunday mornings last summer, Julia Gould set up a table at the Hollywood Farmers Market. Alongside stalls selling shiitake mushrooms, free-range poultry and orange-blossom honey, she was selling an idea: a $15.37-an-hour minimum wage for the city's hotel workers - more than twice the federal minimum wage and one of the highest minimum wages in the nation. As shoppers wandered past, Ms. Gould asked them to sign a petition calling on the Los Angeles City Council to approve the proposal. She also urged them to write on a whiteboard their reasons for supporting the higher wage.   more...
 
 
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A St. Louis County circuit court judge had not yet agreed to the release of records from grand jury proceedings in the Darren Wilson case, a court official said in a statement on Sunday, an indication that there is no guarantee that the public will receive access to transcripts and recordings detailing what has happened in the grand jury room. The grand jury, which has been meeting since Aug. 20 to consider whether there is probable cause that Officer Wilson committed a crime when he fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, has not completed its work in the case.   more...
 
 
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The parents of a 9-month-old girl who was shot in the hip at an apartment in Brooklyn were charged on Sunday in the shooting, the police said. The father, Pedro Rosales, 47, was cleaning a gun on Saturday around 4 p.m. when it fired accidentally, striking the girl, the police said. Mr. Rosales was charged with assault, reckless endangerment, acting in a manner injurious to a child and criminal possession of a weapon, the police said. The mother, Jessica Aguilar, 24, was charged with reckless endangerment and acting in a manner injurious to a child.   more...
 
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