(TribLIVE) – Macy’s to close 35 to 40 stores 

 

NEW YORK — Macy’s says it will close 35 to 40 stores in early 2016, or as much as 5 percent of its namesake department stores.

Macy’s said Tuesday it hasn’t selected all of the stores that will close. It expects the locations will have about $300 million in combined revenue. The company says employees who work at the closing stores may be offered positions at nearby locations, and workers who are laid off will be offered severance benefits.

Employees of Pittsburgh area stores said Tuesday they had no knowledge of the closings or declined to comment, referring questions to the company’s corporate offices in Cincinnati. Macy’s began liquidating its Downtown store in July and plans to close it this month.

The Cincinnati-based company says it closes a few underperforming stores every year. The company runs 770 Macy’s stores and has closed 52 locations during the past five years while opening 12.

Macy’s and other retailers are looking for new ways to boost their sales as middle-class customers try to keep their spending down, looking for deals and doing more of their shopping online. The company is preparing to open six lower-priced Macy’s Backstage stores later this year and intends to open more of them in 2016.

Over the last few quarters Macy’s has been hurt by the strong U.S. dollar, which has cut into spending by tourists, as well as a labor dispute that slowed down ports on the West Coast. The company reported $28.11 billion in revenue in 2014, up less than 1 percent from the year before.

Macy’s is getting ready to test selling goods online in China through a joint venture with a retailer based in Hong Kong.

Macy’s Inc. runs the Bloomingdale’s chain, and earlier this year it bought upscale beauty retailer Bluemercury. It has a total of 885 locations.

The company plans to experiment in consumer electronics and open Best Buy shops inside 10 of its stores in November.

Read more:
Follow us: @triblive on Twitter | triblive on Facebook

 

(BBC News) – Kayla Mueller murdered by IS, says Yazidi former sex slave

US hostage Kayla Mueller was murdered by Islamic State militants, and not killed in a coalition airstrike as IS claims, a former captive has said.

According to a Yazidi woman who escaped after being held as a sex slave – one of thousands of women and girls enslaved by IS.

Two Yazidi eyewitnesses have also told the BBC that Ms Mueller was used by the IS leader himself as one of his personal sex slaves.

The BBC’s Paul Wood and cameraman Fred Scott report from northern Iraq.

Source: Kayla Mueller murdered by IS, says Yazidi former sex slave – BBC News

(KRQE News 13) – Albuquerque school restricts cheer uniform from campus dress code


 

 

Parents of cheerleaders at La Cueva High School aren’t happy with administrators. They say their girls were told they can’t wear their cheerleading outfits on campus for game days.

The school says three girls were taken to detention, or what the school calls the “bear cave” last Friday, for wearing their uniforms. They were asked to change before they could return to class.

The district’s dress code states students can’t wear “short shorts or skirts” and that “low cut shirts” are off limits. It also says principals like La Cueva’s have the right to implement stricter dress codes.

The school’s athletic director, Leeann Moses, said shorts and skirts have to extend lower than a girl’s fingertips as she’s holding her arms to her side, and that all shirts must have sleeves. So according to the school’s dress code, the girls uniforms are too revealing.

“We wear spandex under them which is like pretty much wearing shorts under our skirts,” Junior Varsity Cheerleader Ashlyn Villanueva said. “We could wear our shells with long sleeve shirts, but not our skirts.”

The girls are allowed to wear their uniforms at games, just not in the classroom. Some parents told KRQE News 13 that it makes no sense if the district considers extracurricular activities an extension of APS, yet their children can’t wear APS approved uniforms on campus.

The school said the girls can wear their uniforms to school as long as they wear sweats under their skirts and long sleeves under their tops.
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Football season means long Friday nights and game days celebrated at high schools around the state, but some students at La Cueva say game days at their schools just aren’t as fun.
Source: Albuquerque school restricts cheer uniform from campus dress code | KRQE News 13

(CBS) – Arizona authorities investigate 9 freeway shootings

PHOENIX —Arizona Department of Public Safety officials were investigating two more car shootings Tuesday along Interstate 10 in Phoenix, but it’s unclear if they’re related to four other incidents of shots being fired at moving vehicles on the freeway since late last month.

DPS also is investigating three other shootings of bullets or projectiles at vehicles in recent days on the Loop 202 freeway, State Route 51 and another Phoenix-area highway, but details weren’t immediately released.

“This is a priority for our department,” DPS Director Frank Milstead said at a news conference. “Ten days, nine incidents. This is a real and continuing threat to Arizona motorists.”

The state Silent Witness program quadrupled the reward Tuesday to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter or shooters.

There’s been one reported injury — a 13-year-old girl who was cut by shattered glass. But Milstead said that if the incidents continue, “it’s just a matter of time before there is a tragedy.”

Authorities have been asking for the public’s help in tracking down suspects in the incidents.

“I don’t know if this is a copy-cat crime or multiple people partaking in this kind of insanity,” Milstead said.

The incidents began in the late morning of Aug. 29 when two vehicles were struck in a half-hour span on I-10 between 19th and 59th avenues and a third vehicle was hit on I-10 near 16th Street late that night. A fourth vehicle was shot on Aug. 31 around 4:25 a.m. near 14th Avenue and I-10. On Tuesday, a Phoenix police sergeant’s personal vehicle had a passenger window shattered while driving to work around 5:20 a.m. on eastbound I-10 between 35th and 43rd avenues, according to DPS officials who said the sergeant wasn’t injured. DPS didn’t immediately provide details on the other Tuesday incident, but Milstead said it occurred at about the same time in the same area.

cbs news

(post gazette) – Blogs links

BLOGS

 

(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) – Cement truck crash brings rush-hour traffic to standstill on Parkway West 

Print Email Read Later

Morning traffic on the Parkway West outbound was backed up for miles during rush-hour and many hours later following a crash near the Carnegie exit, state police said.

Traffic was jammed for about five hours from Carnegie back through the Fort Pitt Tunnel to the Parkway East near Grant Street following the crash, which occurred shortly after 6 a.m.

The crash involved a cement truck smashing into a barrier. No injuries were reported.

Traffic snarled inbound parkway commuters as well as those traveling in on Interstate 279, where it was backed up to the Bellevue exit.

Also, certain Port Authority bus routes were experiencing delays.

Workers repairing the barrier later had to stop traffic on the Parkway West for a few minutes, PennDOT officials said.

State police said Parkway East and Parkway West traffic was moving again by 11 a.m.

Source: Cement truck crash brings rush-hour traffic to standstill on Parkway West | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

(whitehouse.gov) – Weekly Address: This Labor Day, Lets Talk About the Budget

WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s address, the President recognized Labor Day by highlighting the economic progress our country has made, and underlining what needs to be done to continue that growth. Our businesses have created 13.1 million new jobs over the past five and a half years, the unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in seven years, and seventeen states across the country have raised the minimum wage. The President stressed that to continue this progress, Congress needs to avoid a government shutdown that would hurt middle-class Americans and pass a responsible budget before the end of September. The President emphasized that Congress should not play games with our economy, and instead pass a budget that invests in our middle-class and helps those who work hard and play by the rules to get ahead.

The audio of the address and video of the address will be available online at www.whitehouse.gov at 6:00 a.m. ET, September 5, 2015.

(USA Today) – British Airways plane catches fire in Las Vegas; put out with two minor injuries

Firefighters enter a plane that caught fire at McCarran International Airport Tuesday in Las Vegas. (Photo: John Locher, AP)

Fire broke out Tuesday on a British Airways flight at the Las Vegas airport, but it was put out with only a couple of minor injuries, according to McCarran International Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a statement saying the plane’s left engine caught fire and the crew aborted its takeoff. Passengers exited using the emergency slides and were awaiting buses back to the terminal.

Flight 2276 – a Boeing 777-200 with 275 seats – was scheduled to take off about 4 p.m. Pacific time, bound for London’s Gatwick Airport when the incident happened, according to the airport’s Twitter feed.

The fire was put out by 4:22 p.m., according to the airport. By that point, all passengers were off the plane and awaiting buses to the terminal, the airport said.

Witness Paul Berberian, who shot a video of the plane, told CNN, “The whole thing kind of played out in the course of just a few minutes.”

The plane was carrying 159 passengers and 13 crew members, and two were transported for minor injuries, the airport said.

 

read more