‘UK wellbeing rises after Brexit vote’

There have been small but significant improvements in people’s happiness in the last year, say UK officials.
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The amount of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere rose at a record pace in 2016 to the highest level in at least three million years, says the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).
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Exxon Mobil was forced to write down the value of more than $ 2 billion in U.S. assets, an extremely rare step for the company, as it reported sharply lower fourth-quarter earnings.
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Art of the Gentlewoman Rises From Pantsuit Nation

A trend forecaster and a furniture upholsterer see opportunity rising from Pantsuit Nation.
As sales of pants continue their momentum and women move forward politically, socially and economically, Melissa Martinez and Melissa Kanarek are launching a fashion brand that centers on the suit.
The founders came together from disparate backgrounds a year ago to start Art of the Gentlewoman in Laguna Beach, Calif. Martinez, who studied at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology before designing at Liz Claiborne and in the surf industry, runs a trend forecast and design consultancy called Pelt Inc. Kanarek, who trained in high-end furniture upholstery in England, is working in fashion for the first time.
What they have in common is a disdain for the lack of options in women’s suits. As Martinez described it, the styles that are available are either maternal or sexy and tight. “We couldn’t find a pocket that could keep a cell phone in,” she said. “It wasn’t a reflection of us as women.”
Launching March 1 on their web site and through a pop-up shop in Kanarek’s store Brass Tack in Laguna Beach, the debut collection centers around a slouchy suit in a linen-viscose blend with a cotton T-shirt, silk halter shell and

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‘Dark Knight Rises’ Murders Hung Over ‘The Interview’ Decision

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a group claiming credit for the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment threated violence against theaters showing “The Interview” earlier this week, the fate of the movie’s big-screen life was all but sealed.

Even though law enforcement didn’t deem the threats of violence credible at the time, theater owners and Sony undoubtedly considered the 2012 massacre of a dozen people in a Colorado movie theater. That attack came without warning, and at the time there was no precedent for such mass violence against a U.S. movie audience. The theater’s owner contends it could not have foreseen the bloodshed, but it still faces 20 lawsuits over the mass shootings and survivors and victims’ families asserting more should have been done to protect those who went to see a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Experts say the defense used by Cinemark Holdings, Inc couldn’t be used if violence broke out at a showing of “The Interview.”

“It wasn’t worth the risk,” said Eric Wold, a movie exhibitor analyst with B. Riley & Co.

Despite the legal liability, at least one notable lawyer disagrees with the decision to cancel “The Interview.” President Barack Obama said Friday that it was a mistake for Sony to scrap the film, and he wished executives had consulted with him first.

“We cannot have a society in which some dictatorship someplace can start imposing censorship,” Obama said.

Some Hollywood notables, including actors Rob Lowe, Steve Carrell and director Michael Moore, have also criticized Sony’s decision.

Diplomatic and creative considerations aside, scrapping “The Interview” was not a huge financial consideration for theater owners, who would ultimately be responsible for any lawsuits over violence. The film, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, was expected to account for less than two percent of fourth quarter earnings for movie theaters, Wold said.

Due to digital projections, theater owners can quickly re-program their screens to show other movies, such as new releases “The Hobbit 3” or “Night at the Museum.” ”It’s the press of a button,” Wold said.

The alternative could have been serious injuries to moviegoers as well as multiple lawsuits if the group calling itself the Guardians of Peace, or a copycat, attacked a cinema, said Jonathan Handel, a lawyer and professor at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.

“That’s a lot of liability hanging over the theater chain,” Handel said.

He noted that mall owners and other studios had pressured Sony to cancel the Christmas Day release of “The Interview,” which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco. “They don’t want the movie-going experience on Christmas Day to resemble check in at LAX,” he said.

The film features an assassination plot against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the nation has denounced the movie. The FBI said Friday that it had determined North Korea was responsible for the hacking of Sony’s servers, which resulted in the theft of unreleased films, scripts, financial and medical information on employees and other corporate data.

It was only a matter of hours after hackers threatened massive violence against any theater showing “The Interview” that exhibitors started dropping the film. And no wonder.

“If, God forbid, something happened, they’re the ones who would be responsible for any lack of security or decisions that were made that led to the incident,” said entertainment attorney Uri Fleming of the firm Kleinberg Lange Cuddy & Carlo.

Sony cited the theater owners’ decision to drop the film as the reason for its pulling of the movie.

“Without theaters, we could not release it in the theaters on Christmas Day. We had no choice,” the company wrote in a statement. Sony said it was looking for alternative distribution channels for the film.

It remains unclear how a jury will perceive the case against Cinemark, which operated the Aurora, Colo., theater that James Holmes attacked in July 2012 during a midnight screening of the final installment of the latest Batman trilogy.

In court filings, lawyers for victims of the shooting have noted that Cinemark deployed extra security at some of its midnight “Dark Knight Rises” screenings and had employed a security firm to assess the risk of a drug cartel attacking a theater along the U.S.-Mexico border.

In an August ruling rejecting a motion by Cinemark to throw out the Aurora victims’ suits, U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson wrote that whether the company could have been expected to deploy extra security without a threat against its theaters “is not an easy question to answer.”

However, the judge noted that moviegoers are especially vulnerable to attack.

“Although theaters had theretofore been spared a mass shooting incident, the patrons of a movie theater are, perhaps even more than students in a school or shoppers in a mall, ‘sitting ducks,'” Jackson wrote.

Fleming, the entertainment attorney, said Sony and the theater chains are unlikely to face any significant repercussions from pulling “The Interview.”

“Business relationships are the glue that bind (Hollywood),” he said.

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Anthony McCartney can be reached at http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP
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The Average Cost Of A Wedding Rises To $30,000, Survey Says

Till debt do us part?

From beachside nuptials to extravagant floral arrangements, it’s no shocker that weddings can cost a pretty penny. Just how much, though, may surprise you. According to wedding planning website TheKnot, the average cost of a wedding in America last year was roughly the price of a new car, or about $ 30,000 (excluding the honeymoon).

For its annual Real Weddings Study, released March 27, TheKnot surveyed 13,000 brides and grooms across the country and sourced statistics on everything from “location fees” to tuxedo costs. It found that tying the knot just keeps growing more expensive, despite the trend for casual weddings. The average wedding cost in 2013 was the highest since the website began monitoring prices in 2007.

One cause may be couples’ greater attention to guest experience.

“Couples are more focused than ever on creating a unique, personalized and once-in-a-lifetime experience for their guests — plus they’re doing so in a modern way, by planning from their smartphones, publicizing details on social media and more,” Carley Roney, co-founder of The Knot, said in a statement.

Overwhelmed by images of celebrity wedding extravagance and a surplus of wedding planning glossies, couples are pressured to put on a show-stopping Big Day.

“We’ve created this fairy tale thought in our mind of what our wedding has to be, and it has to be perfect,” Stacy Francis, the CEO of financial planning and wealth management firm Francis Financial, told USA Today.

The survey of TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com members revealed some other interesting data about modern weddings:

Most expensive place to wed: Manhattan, $ 86,916 on average

Average marrying age: bride, 29; groom, 31

Wedding dress cost: New York City (and Long Island) brides spent the most money on their gowns ($ 3,027 and $ 2,160, respectively), while brides in Alaska and Oklahoma spent far less ($ 804 and $ 859, respectively)

To trim costs and score vendor deals, financial planning website LearnVest has some incredible tips from recent bride Jane Bianchi, who saved $ 21,000 on her big day.
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