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Columbus Day 2017: Deals at Sears, Macy’s, Home Depot, Best Buy and more

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 12:57 PM

Columbus Day Deals 2017

Columbus Day is almost upon us, and retailers are not about to miss the opportunity to get shoppers into their stores or onto their websites during this long holiday weekend. 

Here are a few sales you may want to check out.

Amazon: Look for Amazon's Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick for $60. Prime members can save $50 on a new Kindle.

Best Buy: Up to 40 percent off select clearance and open-box items.

Banana Republic: Save 40 percent on full-price items and an extra 10 percent on sale items until Monday.

BirchLane: Get an extra 20 percent off select items when you use the code “FALL20.”

Cole Haan: Save an extra 30 percent on select items when you use the code “FALLEVENT.”

Crate & Barrel: Save on everything from kitchen knives, to curtains, to rugs.

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Godiva: Get 15 percent off select products. 

Home Depot: Save up to 30 percent off select appliances.

Joss and Main: Get an extra 15 percent off using the promo code "FORYOU."

Kohls: Take an extra 20 percent off during the Friends & Family sale. Use the promocode “BuyNow.”

Kenneth Cole: Take 30 percent off the entire site with the code “1492.”

Levi's: Get 30 percent off with the code “Save 30.”

Lowes: Save up to 30 percent off select appliances.

Macy's: Take an additional 20 percent off your order; free shipping on orders more than $50.

Nordstrom Rack: Nordstrom Rack's "Clear the Rack" sale starts Friday. You can get an additional 25 percent off clearance items.

Sears: Get up to $50 cashback in points on everything. 

Snapfish: Save 60 percent on photo prints with the code "60PRTOCT."

Sur La Table: Select bakeware, cookware and kitchen appliances are up to 65 percent off.

Theory: Use the code "FRIENDS" to receive 25 percent off this weekend.

Timberland: The company is offering 25 percent off select styles.

Timex: Enter the promo code "COLUMBUS1492" to get 20 percent off your order.

Wayfair: Look for 70 percent off on furniture and more at Wayfair's "Harvest Event." 

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to fill Al Franken's Senate seat

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 3:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 11:17 AM

WATCH: Senator Al Franken Resigns from Senate

Updated 11:07 a.m. ET Dec. 13: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton announced Wednesday that the state’s lieutenant governor, Tina Smith, will fill the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Al Franken.

Franken announced his intent to resign earlier this month after multiple women came forward to accuse the Democrat of sexual misconduct.

In a statement, officials said Smith will serve a one-year term in the Senate before Minnesotans go to the polls to chose Franken’s replacement.

Original story: Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will be appointed to fill the U.S. Senate seat of fellow Democrat Al Franken, the Star Tribune and Minnesota Public Radio are reporting.

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Gov. Mark Dayton will announce Smith's appointment at a news conference Wednesday morning, the outlets reported, citing unnamed sources familiar with the decision.

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Both outlets reported that Smith, 59, also will vie for the seat in the November 2018 special election.

The news comes less than one week after Franken announced he'd be resigning amid sexual misconduct allegations.

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From 2003-2006, Smith, a New Mexico native who has lived in Minnesota since 1984, was vice president of external affairs for Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. She also was chief of staff for Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Dayton before becoming lieutenant governor in 2015.

– The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Drunk man steals taxi, crashes through gates of Trump’s FL golf club, police say

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 9:36 PM

Drunk Man Crashes Stolen Taxi Through Gates Of Trump’s FL Golf Club, Police Say

Robert Smith of New Jersey was far away from his hometown when he allegedly stole a taxi on Saturday night and smashed it through the gates of the Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida.

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A taxi driver picked up the 56-year-old tourist at a bar just before 11 p.m. and Smith reportedly directed the cabbie to a residence at the Trump club. While en route, the driver says that Smith hit him on the side of the head. Then, at the gate of the club, Smith pulled the driver out of the car and jumped in behind the steering wheel before crashing through the gate, the Palm Beach Post reports. A security guard on duty tried to stop him and even called for backup, but was unsuccessful.

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Police later discovered the car with its doors ajar parked in front of Smith’s home. After knocking and getting no answer, they entered, saying that they needed to check on Smith and make sure he was alright. When they found him, he was lying face down on the bed and spotted with blood. He claimed that he did nothing wrong and that he simply fell on his face but police noted that they found blood in the car as well. They added that he was belligerent to officers as they took him to the nearby medical center. Smith was charged with one count of unarmed carjacking.

The Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter is different from the president’s Mar-A-Lago resort, which is located in Palm Beach. Since coming into the Oval Office, the president has played a lot of golf and his Jupiter location seems to be his preferred spot. Over the weekend, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) joined the commander-in-chief for a round and later tweeted that the club “is a spectacular course.”

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And Graham is only one of a few big names who have joined the president at his southern resort. On Black Friday he was spotted with professional golf stars Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson. That game garnered some  online criticism because the press was denied access to Trump while guests at the club were able to snap pictures.

Omarosa to leave White House post

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 9:57 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 10:36 AM

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Omarosa Manigault Newman, the “Apprentice” star turned White House aide, will leave from her position in President Donald Trump’s administration next month, officials confirmed Wednesday.

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Manigault Newman’s resignation will be effective Jan. 20, the one-year anniversary of Trump’s inauguration.

“We wish her the best in future endeavors and are grateful for her service,” Huckabee Sanders said.


Thieves steal doors off car overnight, police say

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 10:58 AM

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The thieves knew exactly what they wanted - a couple of doors from a 2014 Toyota Camry- -- and it only took a few minutes to take them.

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"It was just bizarre," car owner Ann Carmody told WBAL. "It was so bizarre that I almost started laughing. Like, who loses their doors?" 

Unscrupulous body shops will contract with thieves to take specific parts needed for a job, Tom Reich, a special agent with the National Insurance Crime Bureau told WMAR

“They come in the middle of the night they find both right here close, they grab them and they're off and you're talking maybe five minutes of work to get both doors off the car," Reich said.

In this case, the two passenger doors were removed late Saturday or early Sunday morning and nothing else was taken, according to WMAR

The Carmody’s insurance will replace the doors. Neighbors set up a GoFundMe to help the Carmodys buy security cameras. Neighbors also helped the Carmodys clean up the mess the thieves left behind and offered to give her and her husband, a disabled veteran, rides.

“It amazed me,” Carmody told WMAR. “This happening introduced me to all these neighbors that I had said hi to but never really knew and now I'm close to a lot of neighbors, so a lot of good came out of it.”