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American Retailer Sears Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Sears has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, after no longer being able to deal with its massive debt and losses. The company will close 142 stores before the end of the year and its CEO, Eddie Lampert, will step down, though he will remain its chairman. Lampert has blamed the company’s decline on the media, shifts in consumer spending, and the rise of e-commerce, among other reasons. In a statement on Monday, Lampert said: “Over the last several years, we have worked hard to transform our business and unlock the value of our assets.” Lampert said that Sears and Kmart stores “remain open for business” towards the holiday season, and that the bankruptcy process will allow the chain to “strengthen its balance sheet,” to “accelerate its strategic transformation,” and ultimately to “return to profitability.” Sears once dominated the American retail landscape. The company started out as a mail order catalog in the 1880s, but has lagged behind its competition and has incurred massive losses over the years. The operator of Sears and Kmart stores joins a growing list of retailers that have filed for bankruptcy or liquidated in the last few years.  ...Read more

Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen Exits Game Vs. Houston Texans With Elbow Injury

The Buffalo Bills’ rookie quarterback Josh Allen exited Sunday’s meeting with the Houston Texans in the third quarter with an elbow injury. Allen managed to complete 10 of 17 passes for 84 yards, before hurting his elbow when he was hit by the pair of Texans pass rushers in Whitney Mercilus and Jadeveon Clowney.  The Bills were forced to send in quarterback Nathan Peterman to the field, who finished the game with only 61 passing yards and a touchdown with two interceptions on 6-of-12 completions. Buffalo ended the Houston game with a 20-13 loss, and will next face the Indianapolis Colts on the road in Week 7. ...Read more

‘A Star Is Born’ Soundtrack Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200 Albums Chart

The soundtrack for A Star is Born — credited to performers Gaga and Bradley Cooper as lead artists — has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. This makes Gaga the only woman to have five No. 1 albums this decade, as the film finishes its second weekend in wide theatrical release. The A Star is Born soundtrack features songs with pop, rock, country, and R&B influences and is comprised of many collaborations. A Star is Born is now playing in theaters nationwide. ...Read more

​Ariana Grande And Pete Davidson Split, Engagement Called Off​

Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson have ended their engagement after just four months. On Sunday, October 14, TMZ reported that the couple split over the weekend, with the singer and the comedian acknowledging that is was “not the right time for their relationship to take off.” Grande, 25, and Davidson, 24, got engaged in June after only a few weeks of dating, with Grande showing off a huge $100,000 diamond ring. The split comes as Grande has been going through a difficult time in the wake of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller’s death. The rapper and Grande dated for almost two years until their split in May. Miller died at the age of 26 of a suspected drug overdose on September 7. ...Read more

President Trump’s Lawyers Preparing To Answer Questions In Russia Probe

On Thursday, sources close to the matter said that President Donald Trump’s lawyers are preparing answers to questions for the U.S. special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. This new development appears to show progress after several months of talks between the special counsel, Robert Mueller, and Trump’s legal team in connection with the president answering questions in the investigation. President Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, said last month that Mueller wanted the president to commit to a follow-up interview to any written questions, which Trump’s legal team was resisting. But sources now say that Mueller is willing to accept written answers to questions without a commitment from Trump’s lawyers over what comes next. ...Read more

Hurricane Michael Death Toll Rises And Many Florida Residents Are Left Homeless

Hurricane Michael has left damage and destruction in Florida, where many homes have been destroyed. The storm also has brought flash flooding to hurricane-weary parts of North and South Carolina and Virginia. Florida’s Panhandle is a disaster zone after Michael brought catastrophic winds, heavy rain and devastating storm surge. Some of the worst damage was in Mexico Beach, where the hurricane crashed ashore Wednesday as a Category 4 monster with 155 mph winds and a storm surge of 9 feet. Michael was the third-most powerful hurricane ever to make landfall in the U.S. mainland, and the storm has been blamed for at least six deaths. As of Thursday evening, more than 900,000 homes and businesses in the Southeast had no electricity. Michael hit North Carolina and South Carolina as a tropical storm with heavy downpours and and threats of tornadoes.  ...Read more

Harvey Weinstein Scores Victory With Dismissal Of One Sexual Assault Charge

On Thursday, a New York judge dismissed part of the criminal sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein after prosecutors said they could not oppose the dismissal in light of information they had learned while investigating the case. According to the associated press, the dismissed charge relates to Weinstein accuser Lucia Evans. Evans previously had told the New Yorker that Weinstein had forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004. Five other charges, involving alleged assaults of two other women, remain. Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to all the charges. Weinstein’s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said he would seek dismissal of the remaining charges as well.  Following the hearing, the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance made public a letter it had sent to Brafman last month disclosing that an unnamed witness had told them that she had heard an account of the alleged assault from Evans, and it was different from the one Evans originally gave to DA’s office. ...Read more

‘True Detective’ Season 3 Release Date Announced By HBO

HBO announced that the third season of True Detective will return on Jan. 13, 2019. The show’s official Twitter account wrote alongside a video promo of star Mahershala Ali “Starring Mahershala Ali, returns January 13, 2019.”  A teaser trailer was released in August for the upcoming season starring Ali as Detective Wayne Hays, an Arkansas state police detective, and revealing that this season will be set in the Ozarks. Along with Ali, Carmen Ejogo, Stephen Dorf, Ray Fisher, Deborah Ayorinde, Scoot McNairy, and Mamie Gummer will appear in Season 3.  ...Read more