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Hong Kong Disneyland plans $1.4 billion expansion

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The Walt Disney Co. announced plans for a $1.4 billion expansion at Hong Kong Disneyland. The company’s first venture into the Chinese market opened in 2005 and never thrilled locals. The plan signals Disney’s commitment to the theme park’s success by adding more attractions to lure bigger crowds. “We are more excited than ever about the future of Hong Kong Disneyland,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “This proposed expansion brings the best of The Walt…

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“Force Awakens” becomes fastest movie to $1 billion

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“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has reached $1 billion at the box office, reaching the milestone with record-setting hyper speed. The Walt Disney Co. said “The Force Awakens” crossed the billion-dollar mark Sunday, accomplishing the feat in just 12 days. The previous movie to reach $1 billion the fastest was Universal’s “Jurassic World,” which did it in 13 days in June. “Jurassic World” also had the benefit of record grosses in China. “The Force Awakens” doesn’t open in the world’s…

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10 Florida employers recognized as national Best Places to Work for LGBT employees

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Ten firms from the Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce Coalition received a perfect score this week on the annual Human Rights Campaign ranking of workplace equality. In an announcement Tuesday, the corporations scoring a 100 percent rating on the 2016 Corporate Equity Index include such Florida-based companies as Akerman LLP, AT&T, Florida Blue, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, Darden Restaurants, Marriott, Office Depot, Tech Data, The Walt Disney Co., and Wells Fargo. Each firm earned a spot on HRC’s list…

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‘Avengers’ + ‘Star Wars’ = big year for Disney

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Who would win if Captain America fought Luke Skywalker? Why Disney, of course, which stands to bring in astronomical amounts of money this year from two big installments of two of the most popular film franchises ever. With its Marvel movie “Avengers: Age of Ultron” just having notched the second-biggest domestic opening weekend of all time and a new “Star Wars” movie coming this winter, analysts expect the company to post not only great movie studio results but a big…

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Bill to combat Internet piracy passes in Florida Senate

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Websites that distribute commercial movies and music online would be required to identify their owners under legislation passed by the Florida Senate. The Senate passed the bill Wednesday despite opposition from some of the nation’s biggest Internet companies. The House may take up the bill as early as Thursday. Proponents, including the recording industry and The Walt Disney Co., say the bill would protect consumers from viruses that often come with illegal downloads. They argue that it merely attaches the…

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