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Retail sales expected to be vibrant this year

With the big shopping season just getting started, one of the most closely watched forecasts for holiday sales is predicting a merry time ahead for traditional retailers — and an even merrier one for online sellers. The National Retail Federation predicted Tuesday that sales will tick up 3.6% overall in November and December to $655.8 billion. That would make it far better than ...

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Twitter to receive bids this week, report says

SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter will begin receiving acquisition bids this week, people familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal. Among the likely bidders is Salesforce.com. CEOMarc Benioff considers Twitter an “unpolished jewel,” people told the newspaper.  Alphabet’s Google and Walt Disney may also bid for Twitter. Twitter declined to comment. Twitter’s steep price tag — $20 billion or more — could make ...

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Criming While White: Why Would Trump Change a Tax System That Made Him Rich?

The Republican presidential candidate ran up almost a billion dollars in losses and debts in 1995, but the likelihood that Donald Trump hasn’t paid any federal taxes in almost 20 years isn’t the problem. What is the problem is that Trump is running on the promise of ending the very system that made him rich, and nobody in his or ...

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LAPD Releases Surveillance Video in Carnell Snell Jr. Shooting

Surveillance video from a shopping center near the shooting briefly shows a suspect holding what is believed to be a gun in his hand before running from police. The Los Angeles Police Department released surveillance video Tuesday that shows the moments before police shot and killed an 18-year-old teen in South Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon. The 45-second clip, which ...

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Flint, Mich., Residents Hit With Bacterial Illness as Water Crisis Continues

After a year of dealing with lead-contaminated water, residents of Flint now face a gastrointestinal illness that spreads when people don’t wash their hands. Residents of Flint, Mich., have spent the last year finding creative ways to avoid using the city’s contaminated water supplies in their daily lives, but now a new threat adds an additional complication to an already ...

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French top court to rule on racial profiling for first time

PARIS (AP) — A lawyer who claims French police carried out unjustified identity checks on 13 black and Arab men based only on their racial profiles asked the country’s highest court Tuesday to “make history” and rule for the first time that officers acted illegally. Activist groups hope the much-awaited decision will end what they call routine discrimination by police ...

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Can Diddy spark other black celebrities to donate to HBCUs?

As October rolls around, we are nearing a very popular time in the African American community- homecoming season. From Howard to FAMU to A&T and Spelhouse, it’s consistently been known as one of the most epic experiences for HBCU students, alum and visitors. But what happens during this weekend doesn’t always transfer over to the next school year, or even ...

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President Obama says 3rd party or protest voting is supporting Trump – is he right?

In an interview on Steve Harvey’s radio show, President Obama said that anyone who votes for a third party candidate or stays at home is casting their ballot for the Republican nominee. “The stakes in this election are so high,” Obama said last week. “You know, you have some of Trump’s aides on record saying that their main agenda — ...

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Bank branches disappear as consumers go online

PHOENIX — Consumers’ increased willingness to transfer money, make deposits and conduct other business electronically is reducing the number of bank branches nationally. In Arizona, the state counted 1,248 offices run by 66 banks at midyear, according to a tally by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. That was down from 1,287 branches one year earlier — a decline of about 3%. The Arizona ...

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Rieder: GOP-leaning papers abandon Trump

The last time the 148-year-old San Diego Union-Tribune endorsed a Democrat was never. But on Friday, the staunchly Republican Southern California daily broke sharply with its tradition andannounced it was supporting Hillary Clinton for president. Describing her Republican rival, Donald Trump as “vengeful, dishonest and impulsive,” the paper, long-owned by the conservative Copley family and now belonging to Tronc (formerly ...

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