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Saudi Arabia Gets a New Weekend

Aligns working week with fellow Gulf states with Friday-Saturday move

(Newser) - A notable change for working Saudi Arabians: The weekend will now come a day later. Its people had enjoyed a Thursday-Friday weekend, but Oman's recent switch to Friday-Saturday made Saudi Arabia the odd man out among the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council. The change to a Friday weekend start, described... More »

It's Official: The 4-Day Week Works

Utah shows economic, environmental, and health benefits from new scheme

(Newser) - A year ago, Utah’s governor instituted a 4-day, 10-hour-a-day workweek for some 17,000 state employees—and the results so far show big benefits, GOOD reports:
  • Closed offices on Fridays have cut energy use by 13% and reduced the state’s carbon footprint by some 6,000 metric tons—
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Christmases Chokes Australia at Box Office

Comedy tops box office, curbing Twilight sensation

(Newser) - Four Christmases iced the competition over the long Thanksgiving weekend and raked in $46.7 million, Variety reports. Box office numbers stayed strong overall—up 2% to 3% over last year's holiday—as Twilight ($39.5 million), Bolt ($36 million), and Quantum of Solace ($28.1 million) filled out the... More »

Eagle Eye Soars At Box Office

Spike Lee's new war film barely breaks Top 10

(Newser) - Eagle Eye flew into first at the weekend box office by grossing $29.2 million, Variety reports. The Diane Lane-Richard Gere romantic drama Nights in Rodanthe swooned into second place with $13.6 million, while Lakeview Terrace ranked a neighborly third by banking $7 million. Spike Lee’s Miracle at ... More »

Who Stays Hot at Box Office

Dr. Seuss flick tops box office two weeks in a row

(Newser) - Dr. Seuss’ Horton heard cha-ching at the box office again this weekend despite a 45% drop in sales, Variety reports. The family flick grossed $25.1 million, beating number-two Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns and photographic horror remake Shutter, which grossed $20 million and $10.7 million, respectively, the... More »

Pope Blasts Wasted Weekends

Sundays are time to reflect on dangers posed by humanity, he says

(Newser) - Pope Benedict has urged Catholics to  keep Sunday special amid the  "mad rush" of the modern world. He encouraged people to set the day aside for reflection on faith and the dangers humans pose to the world, including destruction of "God's creation," an apparent reference to environmental... More »

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