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FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2017, file photo people shop at the Pentagon City Mall in Arlington, Va. Clothing retailers, particularly those in malls, have been devastated by changing consumer behavior. More than 9,000 stores were shuttered last year. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Express, seeking revival, to close 100 stores

Jan. 22, 2020 4:49 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Express, a staple in U.S. malls, will close about 100 stores as part of a restructuring plan as the chain grapples with drastic changes in where people spend their shopping dollars. The retailer that caters to younger shoppers said earlier this month that it was laying off 10% of the staff...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Jan. 22, 2020 10:41 AM EST

Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: ___ Jan. 20 The Herald-Dispatch on a county's upcoming vote that could declare it a “Second Amendment sanctuary": On Jan. 23, the Cabell County Commission will decide whether to follow the lead of Putnam County, the town of Fort Gay and 400 other counties,...

Ashley Mabry, 35, who has autism and Asperger's syndrome, is graduating from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs this spring. Mabry is one of three seniors in the first cohort to graduate in May from an inclusion program Colorado lawmakers enacted in December 2016 to enable intellectually disabled students to become fully matriculated at three schools: UCCS, the University of Northern Colorado and Arapahoe Community College. Since the fourth-grade Mabry has known she wanted to go to college.

University to graduate first class in special needs program

Jan. 19, 2020 12:13 PM EST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Ashley Mabry, who looks forward to family game night, sometimes watches TV and loves her internship at the ARC Pikes Peak Region, knew she wanted to go to college since the fourth grade, when she entered a “talent development” program at Hilltop Baptist School...

FILE - In this June 17, 2019 file photo, The Supreme Court is seen in Washington. The Supreme Court will consider Trump administration rules expanding religious, moral exemptions from contraceptive coverage.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Court to look anew at health care law birth control rules

Jan. 17, 2020 4:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider allowing the Trump administration to enforce rules that allow more employers to deny insurance coverage for contraceptives to women. The justices agreed Friday to yet another case stemming from President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, this time about...

House Speaker Scott Saiki, center, speaks as House Majority Leader Rep. Della Au Belatti, left, and House Finance Committee Chairwoman Sylvia Luke listen at the Hawaii State Capitol in Honolulu on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Lawmakers opened a new session of the Hawaii Legislature on Wednesday with vows to address the state's punishingly high cost of living so families don't have to abandon the islands for cheaper places. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

Hawaii lawmakers vow to address high cost of living

Jan. 15, 2020 9:21 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Lawmakers opened a new session of the Hawaii Legislature on Wednesday with vows to address the state's punishingly high cost of living so families don't have to abandon the islands for cheaper places. House Speaker Scott Saiki noted Hawaii's population has declined for the third year in a...

FILE- In this Nov. 23, 2018, file photo shoppers browse the aisles during a Black Friday sale at a Target store in Newport, Ky. Comparable stores sales at Target fell well below the previous year, joining a growing list of retailers reporting a meager performances during the critical holiday shopping season. Target said Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, that it had weaker-than-expected sales of electronics, toys and some home good. Those sales climbed 1.4% in the November-December period, compared with a 5.7% increase a year earlier.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Target, like other retailers, did not have a Merry Christmas

Jan. 15, 2020 1:06 PM EST

Target reported a rare shortfall in holiday sales, raising concerns about the challenges ahead for the traditional retail industry even as the economy remains strong. Target's disappointing growth of 1.4% percent for November and December, dragged down by toys and electronics, fell well below the previous year....

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2017 file photo, a person looks over a health insurance benefit comparison chart in Georgia. The new year often starts harshly for people with high-deductible health insurance. Many of those deductibles reset Jan. 1, forcing patients to pay thousands of dollars for care before most coverage starts. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

On the Money: Confronting fresh health insurance deductibles

Jan. 15, 2020 12:26 PM EST

The new year often starts harshly for people with high-deductible health insurance. Many deductibles reset Jan. 1, forcing patients to pay thousands of dollars for care or prescriptions before most insurance coverage starts. Such a financial hit can be brutal for patients with cancer or a chronic condition, some...

Illinois warns shops against stockpiling weed amid shortages

Jan. 14, 2020 2:41 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois regulators say they are investigating apparent violations of a rule intended to prevent marijuana shops statewide from stockpiling weed from a single cultivator while also reminding retailers that they are required by law to keep enough product on hand for medical patients. Just...

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2019, file photo Amazon packages move along a conveyor prior to Amazon robots transporting packages from workers to chutes that are organized by zip code, at an Amazon warehouse facility in Goodyear, Ariz. Cashless shopping is convenient, but it can be a budget-buster. This year, make it more difficult to spend money online. This could help cut out some of your impulse purchases. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Millennial Money: Don't shop this way in 2020

Jan. 14, 2020 1:37 PM EST

Overspending can be a serious downer for your budget. Kind of like that person in the movie theater who kicks the back of your seat: It’s annoying, distracting and ruins your experience. But that doesn’t mean you should stop spending entirely, just like you don’t have to stop going to the...

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2019, file photo, the logo for Citigroup appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.  Citigroup’s fourth-quarter profits rose by 15% from a year earlier, as the bank benefited from a boost in trading similar to its competitor JPMorgan Chase. Citi said Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020,  that bond trading revenues were up 49% from a year earlier, when a steep downfall in the last quarter of 2018 took its toll on all banks’ trading desks.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Citigroup profits rise 15%, helped by trading like JPMorgan

Jan. 14, 2020 9:08 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Citigroup's fourth-quarter profits rose by 15%, as the banking conglomerate benefited from a boost in trading similar to competitor JPMorgan Chase. The New York-based bank said Tuesday that it earned a profit of $4.98 billion, or $2.15 per share, compared with a profit of $4.3 billion, or...