Macy's plans to close 100 stores, boost online investment

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's plans to close about 100 stores next year and boost its online investments, the nation's largest department store chain said Thursday, as it tries to become more nimble in an increasingly fierce market. The closures represent close to 14 percent of its stores under the Macy's brand.

  • Written by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer

Delta computer outage included 'small fire' at data center

NEW YORK (AP) — As flight cancelations and delays move into their fourth day, Delta Air Lines isn't providing details on a "small fire" Monday at its data center and whether that fire — or attempts to extinguish it — compounded the airline's troubles.

  • Written by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Airlines Writer

Fire official: Dozens hurt in Maryland apartment blaze

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Dozens of people, including three firefighters, were injured after an explosion and large fire at an apartment complex in a Maryland suburb of Washington and searchers are looking for up to seven people who were still unaccounted for, authorities said Thursday.

  • Written by MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press

Studies shine light on mysterious placenta, how it goes awry

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists carefully probe a placenta donated after birth, bluish umbilical cord still attached. This is the body's most mysterious organ, and inside lie clues to how this giver of life forms — and how it can go awry, leading to stillbirth, preterm birth, even infections like the Zika virus that somehow sneak past its protective barrier.

  • Written by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer

Officer who killed librarian resigned from another agency

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (AP) — The officer who shot and killed a 73-year-old retired librarian during a police "shoot/don't shoot" demonstration in Florida was accused of using excessive force with his police dog and resigned from another police agency in 2013 for failing to satisfactorily complete a field training program.

  • Written by TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press