LifeWay Christian Resources to close brick-and-mortar stores but keep online store open

LifeWay Christian Resources will close all of its 170 brick-and-mortar stores this year as store traffic and sales lag, the organization announced Wednesday.The Nashville-based Southern Baptist publishing company announced in January it would reduce its retail presence and cut staff, but it had planned to keep operating some stores, where it sells Bibles, books, Christian music and other faith-oriented products.“While… Read More

Crash tests expose shortcomings in pickup truck safety, IIHS says

AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlidePassengers in modern pickup trucks are at higher risk of injury or death than the drivers, according to new research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.A majority of two-row pickups "struggled to maintain their structure" in a new round of crash tests designed to gauge what happens when the front-right… Read More

MNG says outside firm endorses its ability to finance proposed Gannett acquisition

Gannett headquarters in McLean, Virginia. (Photo: Jasper Colt, USA TODAY)A hedge fund-owned newspaper company seeking to acquire Gannett Co. said Wednesday that an outside investment firm had endorsed its ability to finance the proposed deal.MNG Enterprises, also known as Digital First Media, issued a statement that Oaktree Capital Management said in a letter that it "is… Read More

'I hope we have enough butter': Costco selling gigantic lobster claws at some stores, shoppers say

CLOSE The wholesale giant stocks some bulk items that catch a lot of customer attention. USA TODAYGiant tubs of macaroni and cheese may have met their match.There's a new super-size product at Costco – giant lobster claws.Shoppers have been sharing photos of the massive crustaceans on Instagram, some shown with Costco's Kirkland brand on the label.According to… Read More

As Disney-Fox merger officially closes, both media giants move toward new futures

CLOSE Disney's new extended 'Aladdin' trailer is here. The Walt Disney StudiosA whole new world officially begins today for Disney and Fox.The Walt Disney Company's $71.3-billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox's movie and TV studios and other assets including Fox's 30 percent stake in Hulu officially closed after the clock struck midnight Wednesday morning.Fox emerges from the… Read More

Fed expected to stand pat on rates but could signal how long it stays on sidelines

CLOSE Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says the U.S. economy should keep expanding at a solid, though somewhat slower pace this year. However, he warns of growing risks. (Feb. 26) APWith the Federal Reserve in wait-and-see mode, its announcement on interest rates Wednesday will provide less drama than previous Fed moves the past couple of… Read More

Pesticides in food: Strawberries, spinach, kale have the most residue, a new report finds

CLOSE Your favorite cereal, instant oatmeal or granola bar might also contain the main ingredient for weed killer. USA TODAYIf you're looking for another reason not to eat spinach or kale, you now have one.The leafy greens are ranked second and third, respectively, on Environmental Working Group's Dirty Dozen, a list of the fruits and vegetables… Read More

All Charlotte Russe stores expected to close by end of March, discounts now up to 70% off

Charlotte Russe stores are entering their final days, with all locations expected to close by the end of the month, liquidators said Tuesday.Stores are receiving final shipments of new merchandise this week from the 2019 spring line, officials with SB360 Capital Partners, the firm managing the going out of business sale, told USA TODAY. The liquidation… Read More