Going out of business: Ascena Retail Group closing all of its nearly 650 Dressbarn stores

Dressbarn is closing all of its stores. The women’s retailer announced Monday “plans to commence a wind-down of its retail operations, including the eventual closure of its approximately 650 stores.”Stores remain open along with the Dressbarn website, the company said in a statement. “For more than 50 years, Dressbarn has served women’s fashion needs, and we thank…

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Dozens of gray whales are dying on the West Coast as they make their epic Alaskan migration

AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideSAN FRANCISCO — At least 53 dead or dying gray whales have washed up on West Coast beaches this spring, a death rate that’s only been seen once before. The great mammals are starving to death and scientists have theories as to why but so far no full explanation.The number of deaths is likely…

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White House says Congress has no ‘legitimate role’ in investigating Trump, rejects document demands

CLOSE Stunned by the extent of the White House’s blanket refusal to comply with oversight by Congress, House Democrats are wrangling over whether to move forward with official impeachment proceedings of Donald Trump. AP’s Lisa Mascaro explains. (May 14) AP, APWASHINGTON — The White House told lawmakers Wednesday that Congress doesn’t have the power to…

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A dead professor, two naked men and a suicide: ‘It’s one of the strangest cases that we’ve ever worked’

This undated photo provided by the Baldwin Sheriff’s Office shows Marcus Lillard. Lillard is charged with murder in the death of a University of Georgia professor at a central Georgia home. (Photo: Baldwin Sheriff’s Office)A University of Georgia professor was found dead over the weekend in what authorities are describing as a “bizarre” case involving an…

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Two floatplanes crash near Ketchikan, Alaska; 6 people missing, Coast Guard says

Rescue crews are searching for survivors after two floatplanes crashed in the water near the southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan.Six people have yet to be accounted for, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios said Monday afternoon.It was not immediately clear whether the planes crashed separately or hit each other, he added. One of the planes carried 11 people…

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Kamala Harris says there is a ‘breakdown of responsibilities’ and likely ‘constitutional crisis’

CLOSE President Trump’s executive privilege claim over the full Mueller report has stirred heated debate in Congress. Is it even constitutional? Just the FAQs, USA TODAYSen. Kamala Harris said Sunday that the nation is witnessing a “breakdown of responsibilities” and that “we probably are” in a constitutional crisis as the White House refuses to comply with…

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UNC Charlotte victim receives her degree at commencement 11 days after shooting

CLOSE UNC Charlotte graduate Emily Houpt and victim Riley Howell were honored at the university’s commencement ceremony on May 11, 2019. Angeli Wright, awright@citizen-times.comCHARLOTTE — When Emily Houpt walked across the stage to collect her diploma at UNC Charlotte’s commencement on May 11, she received a standing ovation from the thousands of people gathered in the…

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