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Walmart is abruptly closing several Sam’s Club stores and laying off thousands of workers, and no one knows why

Walmart is abruptly closing several Sam’s Club stores and laying off thousands of workers, and no one knows why  Business Insider Sam’s Club closing stores in Syracuse, Rochester, more locations  Syracuse.com Owings Mills Sam’s Club closes and 169 lose jobs  Baltimore Sun Full coverage

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Ecuador Gives Assange Citizenship, Worsening Standoff With Britain

Ecuador Gives Assange Citizenship, Worsening Standoff With Britain  New York Times Ecuador grants citizenship to Julian Assange in bid to end London embassy standoff  Washington Post Ecuador Grants Assange Citizenship, Seeks Solution With Britain  U.S. News & World Report The only barrier to Julian Assange leaving Ecuador’s embassy is pride  The Guardian Ecuador wants Julian Assange out of London embassy  CBC.ca Full coverage

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Educators encouraged to wear black at rally supporting teacher handcuffed at school board meeting

Educators encouraged to wear black at rally supporting teacher handcuffed at school board meeting  ABC News Louisiana teacher demands apology after being handcuffed at meeting  USA TODAY La. Teacher Arrested at School Board Meeting Speaks: ‘I’m Appalled by This, and You Should Be Too’  PEOPLE.com Full coverage

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The new tax bill could mean even lower prices at Walmart

The new tax bill could mean even lower prices at Walmart  CNBC Walmart announces raises and bonuses, credits lower taxes  NBCNews.com Walmart boosts minimum wage to $11, hands out bonuses up to $1000 for hourly workers  USA TODAY CEO Doug McMillon’s Note to Associates on Tax Savings – WalMart blog  WalMart blog Wal-Mart Raises Hourly Wage to $11 in Wake of Tax Overhaul  Bloomberg Full ...

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House passes legislation to renew key NSA surveillance program after Trump’s contradictory tweets

House passes legislation to renew key NSA surveillance program after Trump’s contradictory tweets  Washington Post House passes FISA reauthorization despite Trump tweet criticizing the program  CNN House Votes to Renew Surveillance Law, Rejecting New Privacy Limits  New York Times Don’t Forget About Surveillance Reform  Bloomberg Full coverage

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James Franco accused of sexually inappropriate behavior by five women

James Franco accused of sexually inappropriate behavior by five women  EW.com James Franco accused of sexually exploitative behavior by multiple women  USA TODAY James Franco Accused of Sexually Inappropriate Behavior By Five Women — Including Four Former Students  PEOPLE.com James Franco accused by five women of sexually inappropriate behavior  NBCNews.com Full coverage

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Trump administration opens door to let states impose Medicaid work requirements

Trump administration opens door to let states impose Medicaid work requirements  Washington Post Trump Administration Will Let States Require People To Work For Medicaid  NPR Trump paves the way for states to impose Medicaid work requirements  Politico Community Engagement SMDL – Medicaid.gov  Medicaid.gov Understanding the Intersection of Medicaid and Work  Kaiser Family Foundation Full coverage

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens admits extramarital affair but denies reports he blackmailed woman with nude photo

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens admits extramarital affair but denies reports he blackmailed woman with nude photo  Washington Post Missouri Governor Confirms Affair, Denies Allegations Of Blackmail  NPR Rauner campaign stops airing TV ad that featured Missouri governor who admitted affair  Chicago Tribune Blackmail alleged as Governor Greitens admits to extramarital affair  KMOV.com Sex Scandal in the Show Me State  U.S. News & World Report Full ...

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South Korea plans to ban cryptocurrency trading, rattles market

South Korea plans to ban cryptocurrency trading, rattles market  Reuters Cryptocurrency markets are tanking after news of shutdown in South Korea  Business Insider Bitcoin falls as one of the world’s biggest cryptocurrency markets readies a bill to ban trading  CNBC Full coverage

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