BEVERLY HILLS, California - Slavery drama "12 Years a Slave" and 1970s con-artist caper "American Hustle" led the Golden Globe Awards nominations announced on Thursday with seven nods each, fortifying their frontrunner positions in a crowded field ahead of the Oscars. In the coveted best drama category, "12 Years a Slave" will compete against piracy tale "Captain Phillips," space thriller "Gravity," adoption drama "Philomena," and race-car rivalry "Rush."
WASHINGTON - U.S. retail sales rose solidly in November, adding to signs of a strengthening economy that could draw the Federal Reserve closer to reducing the pace of monetary stimulus. The upbeat economic picture was, however, clouded somewhat by another report on Thursday showing the biggest jump in a year in first-time applications for unemployment benefits last week. The Commerce Department said retail sales increased 0.7 percent last month as Americans bought automobiles and a range of other goods. November's retail sales increase was the largest in five months and followed a 0.6 percent rise in October.
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Corey Perry is wielding a hot stick. The Anaheim right winger scored for the seventh consecutive game and helped the Ducks hold off the Minnesota Wild for a 2-1 victory Wednesday night before 15,252 at Honda Center. Perry's goal in the second period turned out to be the difference for the Ducks, who defeated the Wild (18-10-5) for the sixth straight time and extended their winning streak to four. Anaheim (22-7-5) also improved its record at Honda Center to 12-0-2, the only NHL club to avoid a loss in regulation at home this season.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Maybe Minnesota Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman is getting greedy. After his team rallied from a 19-point first-half deficit Wednesday at the Target Center for a 106-99 victory over the slumping Philadelphia 76ers, Adelman wanted more than a victory. "We got the win," Adelman said. "But, hopefully, we also got a lesson there." The Timberwolves, down by 19 after a horrific first quarter, pulled within 13 at the half and were within three points after three quarters. In the fourth, down five with just over 10 minutes to play, a lineup of mostly reserves led the Timberwolves (11-11) on a 10-0 run that gave them the lead for good.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- With the Minnesota Vikings officially eliminated from the playoff chase at 3-9-1, the handling of No. 3 quarterback Josh Freeman becomes even more awkward for coach Leslie Frazier and aggravating for the team's fans over the final three weeks of the season. When Freeman was signed Oct. 6 and hurried into the starting lineup 14 days later against the host New York Giants on Monday Night Football, it was assumed that he and the 1-4 Vikings would have 11 weeks to get to know each other on the field in live game action to determine whether a long-term relationship would be beneficial to both sides.
NEW YORK - Movie producers Bob and Harvey Weinstein have sued Time Warner Inc for at least $75 million over its decision to divide the screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's book "The Hobbit" into three parts, and refusing to pay them for the second and third films. In a complaint filed on Tuesday in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, the Weinstein brothers and Miramax LLC said executives at Warner Brothers and its New Line Cinema unit chose to split "The Hobbit" as a pretext to deprive them of 5 percent of the gross receipts from the last two films.
SAN FRANCISCO - Yahoo Inc's email service has been unavailable to some users since Monday night due to a "hardware problem" that the Internet company said has been harder to fix than it expected. Yahoo believes the problem will be fixed by 3 p.m. PST Wednesday, according to a post on Yahoo's official Tumblr blog by the company's senior vice president of communications, Jeffrey Bonforte.
SAN FRANCISCO - Microsoft Corp has sold more than 2 million Xbox One video game consoles since its November 22 launch, catching up with rival Sony Corp's PlayStation 4 released a week earlier. The U.S. software giant on Wednesday said it took 18 days for Xbox One's global sales to surpass 2 million - a new company record. Japan's Sony last week said it took 15 days for PS4 sales to cross 2.1 million.
NEW YORK - At the Henley Vaporium, one of a growing number of e-cigarette lounges sprouting up in New York and other U.S. cities, patrons can indulge in their choice of more than 90 flavors of nicotine-infused vapor, ranging from bacon to bubble gum. The lounge, located in Manhattan's trendy Lower East Side, features plush seating, blaring rock music, and fresh juice and coffee. A sprawling sign on one wall lists all the carcinogens that e-cigarette users avoid by kicking their smoking habits and using the e-devices instead.