Saturday, October 23News That Matters
Shadow

Tag: American

‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ tops the North American box office with $32.2M

‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ tops the North American box office with $32.2M

Entertainment
April 4 (UPI) -- The monster mashup, Godzilla vs. Kong, is the No. 1 movie at North American theaters this weekend, earning $ 32.2 million in receipts, BoxOfficeMojo.com announced Sunday. This is the highest amount a film has raked in during its debut in the past year when the coronavirus pandemic has kept people out of theaters and watching films at home. Advertisement Before now, Wonder Woman 1984 held the record with $ 16.7 million when it premiered in December and Tom and Jerry scored $ 14 million when it opened in February. All three movies were released by Warner Bros. simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max. Last week's No. 1 movie was Nobody, which opened with $ 6.7 million. Coming in at No. 2 at cinemas this weekend is The Unholy with $ 3.2 million, followed by Nobody at No. 3 ...

What to know about tax credits in the American Rescue Plan

Finance
kate_sept2004 | E+ | Getty ImagesMany Americans will pocket some extra money this year and next courtesy of changes the American Rescue Plan made to a handful of tax credits.The $ 1.9 trillion Covid relief measure tweaked the child tax credit, earned income credit, and child and dependent care credit.The changes, especially those to the child tax credit, are aimed at lower earners. They're temporary and will only apply to tax season next year (for 2021 income), unless Congress extends the new rules or makes them permanent.More from Personal Finance:Biden's infrastructure plan won't raise individual taxes, for nowFourth stimulus checks are unlikely. What federal aid may be nextIRS refunds will start in May for $ 10,200 unemployment tax breakThe pandemic aid law also lets households claim ...
Mummified parrots suggest ancient trade routes crossed South American desert

Mummified parrots suggest ancient trade routes crossed South American desert

Science
March 29 (UPI) -- The recovery of ancient mummified parrots in South America, dating to between 1100 and 1450 AD, suggest trade routes crossed the Atacama Desert, according to a study published Monday in PNAS. "Feathers are valued across the Americas and we see them in high-status burials," José M. Capriles , said in a press release. Advertisement "We don't know how the feathers got there, the routes they took or the network," Capriles, an assistant professor of anthropology at Pennsylvania State University. Northern Chile's Atacama Desert is the driest desert in the world, and parrots and macaws are not normally found in the region. However, archaeologists have unearthed the feathers of the exotic birds at human burial sites, as well as the mummified remains of parrots and macaws. Scien...
Study finds fewer butterflies in landscapes of the American West

Study finds fewer butterflies in landscapes of the American West

Science
March 4 (UPI) -- Butterfly numbers are down across the American West, even in places relatively undisturbed by human activity. In a new study, published Thursday in the journal Science, researchers compiled butterfly numbers for a variety landscapes across the West. According to the data, butterflies have experienced an annual decline of 1.6 percent over the last several decades. Advertisement Though researchers combined a variety of datasets, most of the info was sourced from the North American Butterfly Association's summertime butterfly counts. "This is the summer equivalent of the Christmas bird count," lead study author Matt Forister told UPI in an email. "Butterfly enthusiasts go out for a day in mid summer and count all of the butterflies in a certain area that they search every y...
Australian Open tennis: Three American women battle for semifinal spots

Australian Open tennis: Three American women battle for semifinal spots

Sports
Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Twenty-three time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams leads a trio of American female tennis players who each are one win away from clinching a spot in the semifinals at the 2021 Australian Open. Williams entered the tournament as one of the favorites to advance in Melbourne. No. 24 Jennifer Brady and No. 61 Jessica Pegula never advanced to the quarterfinals at the Grand Slam and were not expected to be contenders -- but they are. Advertisement "We have all really pushed each other over the past year," Pegula told reporters Monday. "Maybe we haven't said it to each other, but I think we all can feel it. "We are all pushing each other to get to that next level."[embedded content] Pegula battles Brady in a quarterfinal match Wednesday, which ensures that at least one Amer...