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More retailers announce store closures

Thomas said the closings will allow the company to optimize retail operations and invest at locations that are the best extension of the JCPenney brand. JC Penney's plan echoes the announcement by rival Macy's past year that it would shut about 100 of its stores to adjust to a world where consumers increasingly prefer shopping online to visiting malls.

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White House Bans Major News Outlets From Press Briefing

The White House was "handpicking the outlets they wanted in for this briefing, so Breitbart , The Washington Times , One America News Network , news outlets that maybe the White House feels are more favorable, were all allowed in", Murray said .

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House GOP Finally Puts Obamacare Repeal Plan on Paper

Meanwhile, 26 percent of voters said Obamacare should be expanded and another 12 percent said the law should be kept as is. A press release from her office in January cited data from the U.S. In one crucial sense, the Affordable Care Act succeeded beyond anyone's wildest dreams: It changed the nature of the health care debate in this country.

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Hillary Clinton releases video message to rally Democrats

He is an Air Force veteran and immigrant from Germany, according to his website . The Democratic National Committee kicks off its winter meeting in Atlanta Thursday as it prepares to pick a new leader to represent Democrats in the era of Donald Trump.

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Group seeks records of Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch's time at Justice

ERLC President Russell Moore said in a statement announcing the letter, "Few presidential decisions are as consequential and lasting as Supreme Court appointments, and Neil Gorsuch is an outstanding choice". Senate Democrats have pushed back against Gorsuch's nomination, after Republicans refused to hold hearings or vote on President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland last spring.

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Obama Steps Out In NYC And Crowd Wild Out

The former president arrived in Manhattan earlier in the day, smiling and waving at onlookers who cheered and applauded him as he made stops across the city, visiting an office in the Flatiron district and walking to his auto with a cup of coffee, reports the Daily Mail.

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Several media outlets blocked from today's White House briefing

Other outlets including the far-right Breitbart and the Washington Times were allowed in, according to the Hill , one of the outlets that wasn't permitted access. And, as economic conditions get better, as more jobs get better, they're going to continue to fight", said Bannon, referring to the media as "The Opposition Party".

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Girl Scout cookies have arrived

The troop Esther Slaughter leader said it's important for the girls to know life skills. "The S'mores cookie is in honor of our 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies", said Lila Frisbie, Girl Scouts Hawaii. A small dollop of Bavarian cream anchors the cookie to the top of the doughnut. To make her decadent Samoas doughnut, Desdemona fries up a traditional doughnut and dips it in caramel and toasted coconut, finishing it off with a drizzle of warm chocolate.

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Long Island Students, Parents Denounce Trump's Reversal Of Transgender Bathroom Policy

The American Federation of Teachers and other bigger organisations such as Apple and Microsoft have opposed the taking back of the protections for the students. According to the Washington Post , almost 800 parents of transgender students wrote letters to Trump last week, pleading against the removal of the guidance that now protects their children from discrimination.

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Muhammad Ali's son planning to sue over U.S. airport detainment

The New Jersey-born fencer recently said she was detained for about two hours by customs officials. Strouse and Iannelli noted Khalilah showed immigration officers a picture of herself with her ex-husband and was not detained, but her son didn't have a similar picture.

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Store Closings 2017: JC Penney To Shutter Up To 140 Stores

The company, in a news release, stated it does not intend to release a complete list of affected stores until the middle of March "pending notification of all affected personnel". "I can see more smaller stores that have a more targeted market and a more defined, strategized market", he said. Abilene Manager Don Pittman confirms the location in the Mall of Abilene will remain open.

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JC Penney Company Inc (JCP) Announces Closing of 130 Stores or More

J.C. Penney is the latest big-box retailer to announce big cutbacks to cut costs to stay competitive with online sales. The company will also close a distribution center in Lakeland, Florida and sell a supply chain facility in Buena Park, California to "monetize a lucrative real estate asset".

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JC Penney reports comp sales drop, to shut 130-140 stores

The department store said on Friday that store closings constitute about 13 or 14% of the company's physical footprint but less than 5% of its total sales. And in April, Sears will close its department store and auto center at the Boulevard Mall and Walden Galleria. He predicted that future winners in retail will be companies that can get customers to interact both in stores and through e-commerce, such as in allowing internet purchasers to pick up deliveries at a nearby outlet .

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Sean Spicer: Trump May Crack Down on Recreational Pot; Arizona Industry 'Thrilled'

But reporters from CNN, the New York Times, Politico and BuzzFeed were not allowed into Spicer's office . Those that were allowed to attend included NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox, as well as conservative outlets Breitbart , the Washington Times , and One America News Network .

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Homeland Security Document Disputes Need For Trump Immigration Ban

It also concluded that there is insufficient evidence pointing to a clear threat from any of the seven nations listed in Trump's travel ban. The White House is drafting a new order that it believes can pass legal muster, which Trump said Friday will be released in the coming days.

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Hillary Clinton: Democrats Must 'Resist' And 'Persist'

So now, more than ever, we need to stay engaged. "And everywhere, people are marching, protesting, tweeting, speaking out, and working for an America that's hopeful, inclusive, and big-hearted". Keith Ellison (D-MN), the first Muslim to serve in the U.S. House, and former Labor Secretary Tom Perez. Although Clinton didn't mention Trump by name, she spoke approvingly of those who've protested the president since he took office, and suggested that some of those who are protesters today could ...

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Fire at Tampa mosque ruled arson

Right now, the cause of the fire is still under investigation. No one was there when the fire started. It is worrisome that our community have fallen victim of what appears to be another hate crime. CAIR says the fire started at a door to the prayer hall. All regular prayers will be held in the old mosque building, according to a press release from the Islamic Society of New Tampa.

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Department of Homeland Security to Begin Fielding Offers for Border Wall

The agency's notice gave no details on where the wall would be built first and how many miles would be covered initially. Republican leaders in Congress have said Trump's wall would cost between $12 billion and $15 billion. Vendors bidding for the massive wall must submit a concept paper prototype by March 10, with officials narrowing down the pool by March 20. "The second phase will require the down select of phase 1 offerors to submit proposals in response to the full RFP by March 24, ...

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SodaStream Issues Recall of Potentially Exploding Bottles

SodaStream's recall applies to blue-tinted bottles, one-litre in size, marked dishwasher safe, with a blue plastic cap and bottom. SodaStream, the makers of sparkling water makers, drink mixes and related accessories, issued a recall of 51,000 carbonating bottles on February 21, 2017.

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Trump to sign executive order on regulatory reform

Several corporate chief executive officers joined Trump for the event, including Dow Chemical Co. chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris, who leads Trump's advisory council on manufacturing. Trump has called for a major overhaul of government regulations, saying they stifle economic growth. The task forces will be responsible for combing through existing regulations within 90 days to determine which ones can be repealed or modified.

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Trump Education Secretary claims trans rights protections were 'very huge overreach'

The reaction stems from an ongoing national debate over which bathrooms transgender students should use. Wednesday the Trump Administration revoked federal guidelines saying transgender students have the right to use bathrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity.

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Customs Agents Check IDs of Domestic Passengers Landing at JFK

All aircraft passengers in the United States are screened when entering airports. At least two passengers tweeted photographs of the officers examining flier's IDs, which generated speculation on social media that it might be a part of a new dragnet for illegal immigrants.

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Bill Cosby: Judge allows testimony from another sexual assault accuser

The pivotal ruling Friday by a Pennsylvania judge means prosecutors can not call 12 other women to try to show that the 79-year-old comedian has a history of similar "bad acts". She said he was in a robe and slippers when she arrived and offered her wine and a pill that she consumed after he reassured her it was safe. She remembers her breasts and vagina being exposed, and says that Cosby used her hand to masturbate him.

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Whitehouse may crack down on states with legal pot

Eight states and Washington , D.C., have legalized marijuana for recreational use. "That's very different than the recreational use which is something the Department of Justice I think will be further looking into". "Together, we will continue to work in a bipartisan manner to reform our failed marijuana policies and provide a voice for Americans who have overwhelmingly voted for a more sensible drug policy", the statement says .

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John Boehner Is Pretty Sure Republicans Won't Repeal and Replace Obamacare

Numerous law's supporters consider the coverage requirement essential for nudging younger, healthy people into the insurance pool to keep premiums in check. "What [the 2015 bill] demonstrated to me was that if you got the the right president in the White House, you could send that bill back down to the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, and you could repeal large pieces of the Affordable Care Act".

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Trump administration takes aim recreational marijuana

In explaining the rationale of greater enforcement of federal marijuana laws, Spicer cited growing problems with other illicit drug use. Spicy Facts did add that they Justice Department wouldn't be looking to target medical marijuana use.

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ICE ramps up arrests of undocumented immigrants in Ypsilanti

The California Police Chiefs Association has yet to take a position. Malloy, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, has been a frequent critic of Trump's immigration policies, even saying in his State of the State address last month, "Regardless of whether your family settled in CT 300 years ago or three days ago, you are welcome here".

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A Few Warm Days Before We Cool Down

Winds could jump into the 20-30 miles per hour range helping temperatures push into the upper 70's. Highs will warm into the mid and even upper 70s. In the meantime, there's a 50 percent chance of rain Thursday . There may be a few thunderstorms as a cold front comes through on Saturday evening. There will be plenty of sunshine Friday , but a cool north wind will continue with highs only in the 50's.

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White House signals stricter enforcement of marijuana laws

Spicer denoted a "big difference" between the Department of Justice's ability to enforce federal marijuana laws as they apply to medical or recreational use. Researchers have consistently found that access to medical marijuana is associated with lower rates of opioid abuse and mortality. Recreational marijuana is now legal in eight states and Washington , D.C.

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Sunshine, rain, even snow, in the forecast

Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. A ridge of high pressure continues to bring unseasonably warm weather to Delmarva today with a partly to mostly sunny sky. Monday night .Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain. North northwest wind 12 to 17 miles per hour decreasing to 6 to 11 miles per hour after midnight.

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Suspect shot, killed; 2 DC police officers shot in Northeast

Newsham was assistant chief under former Police Chief Cathy Lanier. The incident happened in the 1400 block of Morse Street in Northeast Washington D.C. "Our team at MPD will be committed to unbiased, fair and constitutional policing", the new chief summarized. The D.C. Council is expected to approve his appointment.

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Connecticut State Police searching for 6-year-old Bridgeport gir

Police say Aylin Sofia Hernandez was reported missing Friday morning. Hernandez was last seen driving on Jennings Street in the Bronx before 7 a.m., authorities say. Aylin is described as a white/Hispanic with black hair and brown eyes. Bridgeport police say they are working with New York City police in searching for Aylin.

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Pence downplays town hall backlash, rallies conservatives at CPAC

Vice President Mike Pence attempted to assure conservative activists on Thursday that Obamacare is on its way out. Pledging an "orderly transition", he added, "America's Obamacare nightmare is about to end". Tom Perez, former labor secretary in the Obama administration, and U.S. Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota are the front-runners to lead the party, which is trying to pick up the pieces after November's election losses.

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VP Mike Pence Makes His Position On Israel Unequivocally Clear

Discussing replacing Obamacare, Pence was dismissive of "all the fearmongering from the left", and said there would be "an orderly transition to a better health care system that finally puts the American people first". Instead, the 20-minute address was a sort of victory lap for Trump's campaign, touching on shunning the media and the political establishment and vows to "make America great again" - themes that have dominated Trump's rhetoric since his early days as a presidential candidate.

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Arizona bill punishes even peaceful protesters when events turn violent

Senate Bill 1142 is making it's way to the Arizona House of Representatives after being approved in the Senate by a 17-13 vote. Republican senators in Arizona voted for SB1142 this week, which proposes expanding the state's racketeering laws to also include rioting.


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