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Store’s bid to shame people out of using plastic bags backfires

A grocery store in Canada is trying to shame its customers into not using plastic bags by handing out ones with embarrassing phrases like “wart ointment” on them — but the store reportedly found people still want the bags. The East West Market in Vancouver announced the campaign in a video posted to their Instagram...
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Pompeo woos Africa, but it's a tough sell
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Pentagon wants to design unmanned ‘flying gun’
The Pentagon is seeking millions for an unmanned flying gun that could handle airborne or ground-based targets.
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Yankees slugger Aaron Judge has minor right shoulder issue
New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge was not in any batting practice group for the team's first full squad workout on Tuesday because of a minor right shoulder issue.
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Robert Durst murder trial set to begin in Los Angeles
Durst -- estimated to be worth $100 million as the son of Manhattan real-estate titan Seymour Durst -- has been behind bars awaiting trial since his arrest in the case in New Orleans in 2015. Jury selection is set to start Wednesday.
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DOJ taps U.S. attorney to 'coordinate' Ukraine inquiries
But the department's notification to Congress is vague about which current investigations are now subject to special supervision by Brooklyn-based prosecutor
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Presidential hopeful Bloomberg proposes new taxes, protections to rein in Wall Street
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday outlined a sweeping financial services policy proposal to rein in Wall Street trading, boost consumer protections, increase Americans' access to banking services and crack down on financial crime.
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5 facts about the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is the largest scouting organization and one of the largest youth organizations in the United States. However, crippled with a growing number of sexual abuse lawsuit settlements, they filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Tuesday.
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'Ghost ship' washes up on Irish coast after being abandoned over a year ago
A "ghost ship" abandoned for over a year after drifting in the Atlantic finally washed ashore in Ireland near Ballycotton, in County Cork.        
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Walmart paid Wall Street investors $12 billion last year to keep them happy. Amazon paid $0.
Getty Images One of Amazon’s biggest advantages over Walmart is Walmart’s own success. If there’s one retailer that has a chance to be a legitimate online competitor to Amazon in the United States, it’s Walmart, the dominant retail giant of a past generation and the US leader in online grocery sales today. But Walmart’s past success — and the practices it made commonplace as a result of that success — also hamstring the brick-and-mortar giant today. The latest example: Walmart revealed on Tuesday that it spent $11.8 billion in the last year on dividends — payments it makes to every shareholder every three months — as well as buying back shares of stock from its shareholders. Over that same period of time, you might be able to guess how much Amazon spent on the same practices: exactly $0, despite Amazon generating $13 billion more than Walmart in cash from core business operations. The discrepancy highlights how Walmart’s longtime relationship with its Wall Street investors is both a blessing and a curse, while Amazon’s own ties to investors is one of its key advantages. For Walmart, the company has built up credibility and trust among investors over a long period of time, but those same investors expect things like dividends and share buybacks, potentially siphoning off cash that could be used to better compete with Amazon or to invent new business lines that could attract new customers. Amazon, on the other hand, has meticulously trained Wall Street to value revenue growth and moving into new business lines over large profits, which for decades allowed Jeff Bezos the unique advantage of operating according to a playbook much different from almost every other competitor. If investors expected similar things from Amazon as they do Walmart, it’s possible that inventions like Alexa or Amazon Web Services never would have seen the light of day. Walmart has been paying dividends since it announced a 5-cents-per-share annual payment in 1974, both to reward existing shareholders and attract future ones looking for stable and cash-paying stocks. Today, Walmart pays out more than $2 per share annually to its investors, which would work out to more than $6 billion alone in dividends based on its current number of outstanding shares. Amazon, on the other hand, has never paid a dividend. The company’s promise to investors has instead been built around the idea that as Amazon grows, eats up business in new markets, and starts generating meaningful profit, investors will get more excited about buying the stock, pushing the price up. It’s a virtuous cycle that has seen Amazon’s stock price increase around 5.5 times from this same point five years ago. This is not to say that Walmart fails to recognize the constraints and challenges created by its past success. At its annual investor day on Tuesday, in fact, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon cited the influence on him of Clay Christensen’s seminal business book The Innovator’s Dilemma, which highlights the challenges incumbent businesses face in adapting and innovating when faced with threats from upstart competitors. And Walmart has spent more than $20 billion over the past few years alone on acquisitions of such competitors, with deals for Jet.com in the US and Amazon’s biggest rival in India, Flipkart. But internal tension last year between the company’s traditional store business and its emerging e-commerce business, as revealed by Recode, showcased the challenge of altering a company’s DNA. The store team was “frustrated by some of the company’s money-losing forays into building in-house startups that seem unlikely to ever reach mass scale or grow large enough to move the needle for Walmart’s overall business,” I wrote at the time. Walmart announced last week that one of those startups, called JetBlack, would be shut down. (Walmart US e-commerce head Marc Lore told investors on Tuesday that the company would “leverage insights” from JetBlack in a test of a new service for Walmart.com shoppers in three cities.) For Walmart’s McMillon and his leadership team, it’s a tightrope act: give your longtime investors enough of what they expect to keep them around, while investing and innovating enough to survive and thrive amid the rise of Amazon. But spending $12 billion just to keep investors happy seems like a large price to pay.
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Drew Brees announces plans to play in 2020: 'Let's make another run at it'
Drew Brees announced Tuesday he plans to play for the New Orleans Saints during the 2020 season.
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Queens student suspended for pricking classmates with needle
A Queens middle school student was suspended after pricking her classmates with a needle, officials said Tuesday. The 12-year-old reportedly grabbed a lancet used to check the insulin levels of a diabetic classmate at IS 238 in Hollis on February 7 and stuck it into ten classmates — some of them more than once. Several...
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Ex-Army Ranger killed in Florida skydiving accident
A former U.S. Army Ranger from Georgia has been killed in a skydiving accident in Florida.
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Amy Schumer gives update on IVF process
Amy Schumer is keeping fans updated on her IVF journey via Instagram, announcing that she and hubby Chris Fischer have one "normal" embryo.
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Brawl erupts at Sanders rally in Colorado over 'Black Guns Matter' T-shirt
A brawl broke out between two attendees of a Bernie Sanders rally in Colorado on Sunday evening. 
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Ewan McGregor and Ryan Murphy’s ‘Simply Halston’ Gets a First Look
It's really happening, and it looks amazing.
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Supercomputer to scan ‘entire sky’ for signs of aliens
Scientists are ramping up their efforts in the search for signs of alien life. Experts at the SETI Institute, an organization dedicated to tracking extraterrestrial intelligence, are developing state-of-the-art techniques to detect signatures from space that indicate the possibility of extraterrestrial existence. These so-called “technosignatures” can range from the chemical composition of a planet’s atmosphere,...
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A children's book written by LeBron James to be published in August
HarperCollins Publishers announced a two-book deal with the LeBron James Foundation on Tuesday. The first book is titled "I Promise."
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Trump claims he knows identity of anonymous administration official who penned scathing tell-all
President Trump on Tuesday claimed he knows the identity of the anonymous administration official who penned a scathing tell-all about his White House but said he won’t reveal the name publicly.
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Mets’ Seth Lugo breaks toe in hotel accident
The Mets bullpen already has its first injury of spring training, though they hope it’s only as small as the body part in question. Seth Lugo has a small fracture in his left pinky toe, manager Luis Rojas said Tuesday. The reliever suffered the injury by hitting his toe against something in his hotel room...
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Palestinians protest Trump Middle East plan in peaceful mosque demonstrations
Following the announcement of President Trump’s Middle East peace plan, which involves Israel annexing areas of the West Bank, thousands of Palestinians last week occupied morning prayer services in mosques in Jerusalem, Nablus and other cities in a massive peaceful protest.
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The most glamorous looks from the BRIT Awards 2020 red carpet
See what Lizzo, Billie Eilish, Harry Styles and more wore for the ceremony across the pond.
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Man buys 2 cake pops for himself on first date, sparks debate on Twitter: 'He’s clearly a monster'
Alisha Rai posted her day-before-Valentine’s Day experience, writing that she had met up for a first date at a coffee shop before things allegedly went awry.
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Netanyahu's corruption trial will start two weeks after Israel's elections
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's criminal trial is set to begin March 17, just two weeks after Israel's elections, the Justice Ministry announced Tuesday.
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Family says their 62-year-old relative froze to death in his home
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Dog lost in MI to be ruined with owner in CA
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Thieves steal mom's ashes from man's SUV
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Activists rally for bills solving cold cases
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Students create petition to keep theater director
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Hundreds celebrate 8-year-old's adoption
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4 shot, 2 stabbed during one violent night
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Couple describes shooting as an 'ambush'
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Bloomberg Once Said 'Young People' Support Sanders Because They Think Socialism is 'That Social Media Stuff'
The presidential candidate's remarks about Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, came during a speaking event hosted by Oxford University's Saïd Business School about a month after the 2016 election.
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Hasan Minhaj and Kenan Thompson to Perform at 2020 WHCD: Here Are 5 Hilarious Moments from Past Correspondents' Dinners
Hasan Minhaj and Kenan Thompson were announced as performers for the 2020 White House Correspondents' Dinner. Look back on some of the funniest moments from past dinners.
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Locust outbreak devastating East Africa hits South Sudan
A locust outbreak devastating parts of East Africa reached South Sudan Tuesday, a country beset by hunger problems and instability after years of civil war, officials announced.
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Game over for HQ Trivia as it runs out of money
Online trivia contest once had millions of daily users — former host blames "incompetence" for its collapse.
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6 Democratic candidates qualify for Nevada debate
The event Wednesday night marks the final debate before Nevada caucus-goers pick their candidates February 22.
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Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men's basketball championship history
A look back at the MEAC men's basketball champions.
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Girl, 7, is murdered in Mexico, fueling outrage over number of women killed in country
The Mexico City prosecutor’s office confirmed Monday that a body discovered in a rural area on the southern outskirts of the city over the weekend  belonged to the girl, who was abducted by a stranger.
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Porn video shot in California public library sparks outrage
A woman performed sex acts with a man inside a California public library for a porn video – and outraged residents want authorities to throw the book at those involved, according to reports. The video was shot recently on Santa Monica streets, including outside an elementary school, where the woman exposed herself before heading to...
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Wendy Williams is under fire for mocking death of Amie Harwick, Drew Carey's ex
Wendy Williams is in hot water (yes, again) after she attempted to joke about the death of Amie Harwick, Drew Carey's ex, on her show Monday.
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Who is Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador?
He’s the leader of Mexico and, recently unbeknownst to at least two 2020 U.S. Democratic presidential candidates, he has a name: Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
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Former GMA lobbyist joins Trump administration
Partnership for Open and Fair Skies hires Duffy — Cushing to head Nelson Mullins policy teams
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Teenagers honored for rescuing a woman from her burning car
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Law creates registry for those who abused disabled
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Abandoned presidential statues attract tourists
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Man killed in Walmart shooting repents before dying
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Deputy caught on cam pulling girl by the hair charged
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Frmr mail carrier says work on Sunday violated rights
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