Passers-by in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, walk in front of an American Apparel store. The company filed for bankruptcy protection in 2014, one of eight retail bankruptcies that occurred that year — a number that was reached just six months into 2015.  (Keith Srakocic/AP)
Passers-by in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, walk in front of an American Apparel store. The company filed for bankruptcy protection in 2014, one of eight retail bankruptcies that occurred that year -- a number that was reached just six months into 2015. (Keith Srakocic / The Associated Press)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast" has continued to enchant audiences in its second weekend in theaters. Studio estimates say the film added $88.3 million to its total this weekend, down only 49 percent from its massive debut. The box-office juggernaut has earned $317 million to date from North American theaters....