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Ticket sales dive at box office; lowest turnout in 20 years

Ticket sales dive at box office; lowest turnout in 20 years

NEW YORK — Ticket sales plunged to their lowest levels in at least 20 years at North American movie theatres as the coronavirus pandemic led to one of Hollywood's worst weekends at the box office. Receipts totalled about $55.3 million in U.S.
Oil giant Saudi Aramco sees 2019 profits drop 20% to $88.2B

Oil giant Saudi Aramco sees 2019 profits drop 20% to $88.2B

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Oil giant Saudi Aramco said Sunday its profits dropped 20% in 2019 to $88.2 billion, a sharp decline coming as the kingdom stands ready to flood an already-weakened global energy market amid the new coronavirus pandemic.

Kijiji bans listings for toilet paper, surgical masks amid COVID-19 outbreak

Kijiji is banning listings for health-care masks, hand sanitizer and other items in high demand amid the COVID-19 outbreak in an effort to stop price-gouging.
Disney sends 'Frozen 2' to streaming for housebound families

Disney sends 'Frozen 2' to streaming for housebound families

NEW YORK — The Walt Disney Co. will release “Frozen 2” on Disney Plus several months early to give families cooped up by the coronavirus a welcome distraction — and give its streaming service a boost.
Trump declares emergency; world steps up fight against virus

Trump declares emergency; world steps up fight against virus

WASHINGTON — The United States declared a state of emergency Friday as many European countries went on a war footing amid mounting deaths as the world mobilized to fight the widening coronavirus pandemic.
Trump says top cruise ship companies stopping trips from US

Trump says top cruise ship companies stopping trips from US

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that four major cruise ship companies have agreed to suspend trips from the U.S. for 30 days, effective at midnight.
Bare store shelves, long lines at grocers amid coronavirus stockpiling

Bare store shelves, long lines at grocers amid coronavirus stockpiling

When Harmony Samra went to her local No Frills Thursday afternoon in Toronto to pick up some food, she wasn't prepared for the chaos inside, where customers were filling multiple carts seemingly with anything they could grab off the shelves.
Telecom companies temporarily remove internet data caps amid COVID-19

Telecom companies temporarily remove internet data caps amid COVID-19

TORONTO — Rogers Communications Inc., Telus Corp. and Videotron say they are temporarily removing overage fees on internet plans amid an outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
WestJet flight attendants anticipate sweeping layoffs due to COVID-19

WestJet flight attendants anticipate sweeping layoffs due to COVID-19

The union representing WestJet flight attendants is expecting layoffs of up to 50 per cent or more of its staff as the number of flight cancellations continues to mount amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Calgary Stampede postpones annual chuckwagon canvas auction over COVID-19

Calgary Stampede postpones annual chuckwagon canvas auction over COVID-19

CALGARY — The Calgary Stampede has decided to postpone its annual chuckwagon canvas auction.