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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Officials across much of the Muslim world said Thursday that the upcoming big-budget Hollywood film "Noah" featuring Russell Crowe as the ark-building prophet will not be shown in local theaters because it could offend viewers.
US retail sales turned positive in February after two down months, the Commerce Department said Thursday, more evidence that slow economic activity since November could largely be weather-related. Retail sales rose 0.3 percent from January to $427.2 billion, with the same level of increase shown for the large auto sales sector and for retail sales excluding autos. There was continued weakness though in general retailers, electronics and appliance store sales, and in the food and beverage sector. Non-store retailers, mainly online sales, did well, however, adding 1.2 percent in the month.