Retail defaults are at an all-time high — here are all the bankruptcies and liquidations so far in 2018

Retailers are filing for bankruptcy at record-high rates. Sears is the latest retailer to file for bankruptcy. Nine West, Claire’s, and The Bon-Ton Stores have also filed for bankruptcy this year. Retailers are filing for bankruptcy at record-high rates as Americans’ changing shopping habits, along with years of overly aggressive store growth, continue to shake up the industry. 15 US retailers have filed for bankruptcy or announced liquidations so far in 2018. Here’s the retail carnage so far this year: SEE ALSO: Retail bankruptcies just hit an all-time high — and these 18 companies could be the next to default Nine West Nine West Holdings filed for bankruptcy in April.… Read More

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Former VR film company Jaunt is giving up on VR to focus on augmented reality

Virtual reality video company Jaunt — which helped spur the early growth of VR video — is shifting its focus to augmented reality, winding down “a number” of its VR-related services, and laying off a “significant portion” of its staff. In a Medium post entitled “The Future of Jaunt is AR,” Jaunt wrote that it would focus on developing technologies that could create augmented reality content at a large scale. “We will be winding down a number of VR products and content services in the coming weeks,” reads the post. “This unfortunately means that some of our valued and highly talented colleagues will be moving on … These highly skilled… Read More

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Grizzly attacks hunter in mountains north of Yellowstone

HELENA, Mont. — A grizzly bear attacked an elk hunter who surprised the sow and her cub north of Yellowstone National Park, with the bear sinking her teeth into his arm and clawing his eye before another hunter drove her off, the victim recounted Monday. The mauling of Bob Legasa, 57, in the Gallatin National Forest on Saturday was at least the seventh bear attack on a human since May in the Northern Rocky Mountains. Legasa, awaiting his second surgery on Monday, told The Associated Press in a phone interview from his hospital room in Bozeman, Montana, that he and his hunting partner were moving toward some elk when he… Read More

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These Are The Best Apps For Your New Apple Watch

The Apple Watch Series 4 stole the show at September’s Apple event in Cupertino. With its new display size, beautiful watch faces, improved microphone, and full-day charge capability — it’s set to be a hit. While it definitely comes with great built-in fixin’s — like Calendar, Maps, and a cool new Walkie-Talkie feature — what’s the fun of wearing an Apple Watch without tricking it out a little bit? Whether you’re into meditating, working out, or are in desperate need of a pocket-sized organization tool, there are third-party Apple Watch apps you can download in the App Store for just about anything. Ahead, check out our favorites. Dark Sky Weather… Read More

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6 Modern Micro Braid Styles That Would Make Brandy Jealous

Braids take a long , long time to finish — there’s no getting around that fact. Even with the help of a few assistants, you can expect to spend at least four hours in the chair. Now imagine doubling that. Micro braids, which are as tiny as the name indicates, can take days to finish — and even longer when you’re doing them yourself. Granted, the teeny tiny plaits last way longer than bigger box braids and the possibilities with micro braids are endless, but you can’t deny that they’re a commitment. These days, it’s sort of rare to see the style — which was popularized by stars like Brandy… Read More

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We visited a Sears store on the day the company filed for bankruptcy, and it felt like a ghost town. Here’s what it was like shopping there. (SHLD)

Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday. The company says it will close 142 stores before the end of the year, and its CEO, Eddie Lampert, will step down. The rise of e-commerce, declining foot traffic to malls, and a higher demand for off-price products are just some of the factors that have caused department stores to suffer in recent years, and Sears is no exception to that. We visited a Sears store the day the company filed for bankruptcy, and it felt like the store had already been abandoned. Parts of the store were well-kempt, but others were disorganized and empty, and there was hardly anyone in… Read More

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Trump marvels at damage from Hurricane Michael in Florida

LYNN HAVEN, Fla. — President Donald Trump marveled at the roofless homes and uprooted trees he saw Monday while touring Florida Panhandle communities ravaged by the force of Hurricane Michael. Trump toured devastated coastal communities by air, land and foot before he and the first lady helped hand out bottled water at a Federal Emergency Management Agency aid distribution center, where the needy signed up for temporary housing and picked up clothing, diapers, water and other supplies. The president said someone described Hurricane Michael to him as being “like a very wide, extremely wide, tornado.” “Look behind you. I mean, those massive trees are just ripped out of the earth.… Read More

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Video: Looking at big-time high school football performances

BLUFFDALE — As the regular season comes to a close Dusty Litster and Dane Stewart take a closer look at big-time high school football performances. They first take a look at Summit Academy’s big win over Juan Diego before talking about how Lone Peak got the No. 1 seed out of Region 4 (3:30) and why Jordan and Timpanogos are some of the teams to watch in 5A (4:50) before moving on to Desert Hills’ victory over rival Pine View (6:10). The Deseret News Rewind duo also talk about some big-time performances from Box Elder, Bingham, Viewmont, Milford and why Provo is the team nobody wants to play (7:20). …read… Read More

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‘Shark Tank’ winners will now get a huge boost from Amazon — but there’s a catch (AMZN)

Amazon announced on Monday that it has launched a new partnership with the hit ABC entrepreneurial pitch show “Shark Tank.” Via a special page on Amazon.com, the e-commerce giant will sell items from companies that the Sharks have invested in during any season of the show. It’s part of Amazon Launchpad, the program where Amazon partners with young companies and startups to increase product selection on its site. Entrepreneurs have a new reason to go on “Shark Tank.” Amazon announced on Monday that it is officially partnering with the show to sell merchandise made by entrepreneurs whose companies the Sharks have invested in. The items are collected on a dedicated… Read More

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