Weekend Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ Eyes Record-Shattering $205M-Plus Debut

The critically acclaimed superhero movie is doing massive business at the Friday box office; overseas, it has already earned an impressive $47 million since opening midweek. Disney and Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is making history at the U.S. box office, where it’s pacing to take in $205 million or more over the long Presidents Day weekend after earning a rare A+ CinemaScore from audiences. The superhero tentpole’s projected Friday haul is a mighty $70 million-plus, including $25.2 million in Thursday evening previews. Black Panther is set to score the top February opening of all time and possibly the best showing
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New White House security clearance policy could put ‘bull’s eye’ on Kushner

White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly announced Friday that beginning next week, the White House will no longer allow some employees with interim security clearances access to top-secret information — a move that could threaten the standing of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law. Kushner, a senior adviser to the president, has been able to see some of the nation’s most sensitive secrets even as his background investigation has dragged on for more than a year. White House officials have privately discussed concerns that Kushner’s clearance faces obstacles, according to people familiar with internal conversations. Among the potential problems:
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School shooting suspect in Kentucky charged as adult with murder

CLOSE A vigil for the victims of the Florida high school shooting was held in Benton, Kentucky on Thursday night. Benton was the scene of a school shooting that killed two people in January. (Feb. 16) AP Buy Photo Cars parked outside of Marshall County High School following a shooting on January 23, 2018.(Photo: Erica Brechtelsbauer / The Leaf Chronicle)Buy Photo BENTON, Ky. – The charges against a 15-year-old Kentucky student accused of killing two and injuring more than a dozen others in a shooting at Marshall County High School on Jan. 23 will be heard in adult court, per
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‘Black Panther’ Taps Into 500 Years of History

February 16, 2018 6:00am PT by N.B.D. Connolly I’m a historian. And regardless of how you think a historian is supposed to behave, I’m not going to pretend to be some detached observer, not when when it comes to the movie Black Panther. On the contrary, history serves as the source of my excitement for the film and for much of the positive attention its enjoyed worldwide. Black Panther, as a film, is quite good. Sure, it struggles to shake good-vs.-evil storytelling, and it could safely be accused of boasting too few practical effects.  Such shortcomings, however, should surprise no
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African superhero: How we made Black Panther

A secretive East African nation that was never colonized, it is the fictional homeland of T’Challa, or Black Panther, the superhero of the titular Marvel movie that has fans buzzing with excitement. The nation has supreme wealth and medicine. Citizens travel by super-speed magnetic monorails and flying cars. Wakandans wear Afrofuturistic garments emblazoned with traditional patterns and jewels. This is all made possible by their discovery of vibranium, an element with superpower qualities. The Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman, is the King of the various tribes that constitute the kingdom. The thrust of the film follows Boseman as he
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2018 Winter Olympics Live: TV schedule, Mikaela Shiffrin tries to win 2nd gold medal, results and medal count

Team USA’s Adam Rippon competed in the men’s figure skating short program at the Pyeonchang Olympics. But it as a disappointing night for Mikaela Shiffrin, who came in fourth in the slalom. Shiffrin took gold one day earlier in the giant slalom.  NBC’s primetime coverage Thursday included men’s ice hockey, men’s figure skating, men’s speedskating, the skeleton, men’s and women’s Alpine skiing, team relay luge, and curling. You can check out our guide on how to watch the competitions on TV or online by clicking here. Follow along with our Olympic updates as they happen below (all times Eastern): 12:15 a.m.:
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Feds bust twin brothers from the Bronx for trying to build bombs

Cops have busted twin brothers from the Bronx for allegedly stockpiling explosive materials and crafting bombs inside their home — with help from high school students. Christian Toro, a former teacher at Harlem Prep, and his brother, Tyler Toro, were both arrested by the FBI on Thursday as part of a joint investigation with the NYPD. The two 27-year-olds had been forging explosive devices inside their Pelham Parkway apartment since last October — using gunpowder from fireworks as the base for their bomb-making, according to the complaint. A search of the residence turned up a slew of dangerous chemicals, including
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Colorado Sen. Gardner to stop blocking some DOJ nominees over pot policy

Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., addresses a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on Capitol Hill this past September.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) WASHINGTON –  Colorado’s Republican U.S. senator will stop blocking nominees for some Justice Department jobs over concerns about the marijuana industry, saying Thursday that federal officials have shown good faith in recent conversations on the department’s pot policy. Cory Gardner used his power as a senator last month to freeze nominations for posts at the agency after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded Obama-era protections for states like Colorado that have broadly legalized recreational marijuana. It was a dramatic move
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Flu vaccine works better than feared, but it’s still not great

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE The flu vaccine is working better than doctors feared, but still is not especially effective, health officials said Thursday. Overall, this year’s vaccine is 36 percent effective, meaning it reduces the number of doctor visits by 36 percent, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. “Early estimates indicate that influenza vaccines have reduced the risk of medically attended influenza-related illness by about one-third in vaccinated persons so far this season,” the CDC says in its first report on how well the vaccine
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