Foxconn Considers Bringing Chinese Workers to Wisconsin as U.S. Labor Market Tightens

Facing one of the tightest labor markets in the U.S., Foxconn has been trying to tap Chinese engineers through internal transfers to supplement staffing for its planned Wisconsin plant, according to people familiar with the matter.
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‘Waste No More’ Environmental Project to Debut in the U.S. at Park Avenue Armory

IT ALL ADDS UP: As part of the fashion industry’s ongoing crusade to make sustainability a more palatable subject, the art installation “Waste No More” will be staged at the Park Avenue Armory starting Thursday.
On view through Nov. 12, the environmentally oriented project will be set up in conjunction with The Salon Art + Design. Curated by Li Edelkoort, the show is meant to raise awareness about the mammoth amount of textile waste that consumers contribute to annually and to also show visitors the upsides of the circular economy.
An estimated $ 500 billion worth of clothing that is barely worn and rarely recycled is lost annually. More simply put, the average U.S. citizen throws away 70 pounds of clothing each year. Without any improvement, the fashion industry will use up a quarter of the world’s carbon budget by 2050, according to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
With a name that seems to riff on the theatrical immersion experience, “Sleep No More,” Waste No More will be set up in the reception rooms of the Upper East Side Armory. It is presented by DesignWork, which is part of Renew, an initiative that turns previously owned Eileen Fisher clothing into felted material for fashion, home

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Ermenegildo Zegna Launches XXX Capsule in the U.S.

TRIPLE X: Ermenegildo Zegna has teamed with Farfetch to launch its Ermenegildo Zegna XXX capsule collection in the U.S.
Designed by the brand’s creative director Alessandro Sartori to “match the identity of society’s boldest and most visionary members,” the capsule breaks the boundaries between streetwear and tailoring to offer a wardrobe of urban pieces, combining a contemporary, metropolitan look with sartorial quality. Ermenegildo Zegna officially kicked off its XXX project this year.
Retailing from $ 375 to $ 2,450, the Ermenegildo Zegna XXX capsule collection includes graphic windbreakers, bombers, T-shirts, sweatshirts, knits, as well as accessories such as fanny packs, pouches, basketball caps and hand-stitched sneakers, all embellished with the lineup’s signature XXX pattern.
Dedicated to the U.S. market, this capsule will be exclusively on sale on Farfetch beginning Monday.

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Psycho Bunny to Open First U.S. Retail Store in Miami

Psycho Bunny is jumping into the retail fray in Miami.
The New York-based men’s brand with the slightly maniacal rabbit logo with its teeth hanging over a skull and crossbones, is opening its first store in the Aventura Mall this fall.
The brand operates two stores in Panama, two in Mexico and will open one in Bogotá, Colombia, by the end of the year. There are also 17 retail locations in Japan, including a flagship in Shibuya.
The concept is a bit unorthodox since the store will have two iterations: a 1,400-square-foot space will open as a pop-up at the beginning of November and stay in operation through the middle of January. At that point, it will be closed until the middle of March when it will reopen permanently as a 1,600-square-foot flagship.
“Because of the timing of when we signed the lease, we needed more time to [create a flagship],” said Robert Goldman, who operates the brand with Robert Godley. So to capitalize on the holiday traffic, a pop-up was created that will replicate a working artist’s studio. It is being designed by the Montreal-based architectural firm, Aedifica, which has worked with Adidas, Aldo and others.
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Chinese Firms Snap Up U.S. Sites to Process Scrap

Chinese companies are setting up shop in the U.S. to obtain the scrap paper and plastic their government has deemed too dirty to import.
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Australian Cult Brand Spell & The Gypsy Collective Lands in U.S.

Australian fashion labels, many of which are in the spotlight as Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, tours the antipodes, have long been popular in Southern California, where the climate and beach culture mirror the land of Oz.
Spell & The Gypsy Collective, the 10-year-old contemporary brand started by sisters Isabella Pennefather and Elizabeth Abegg, opened its first stand-alone retail space in the U.S., a pop-up at 1108 Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, Calif. Open through Nov. 25, the shop has attracted cult lovers of the brand, some of whom traveled from as far away as Florida and Canada just to shop.

The Spell & The Gypsy Collective pop-up shop on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, Calif. 
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“Because we’re slow fashion, we don’t make too many pieces so they tend to sell out very quickly,” said Pennefather, who started out in 2008 making jewelry that she sold at the open-air market in Byron Bay, Australia. When her sister, Lizzy, came on board a few years later, they expanded into clothing and e-commerce, and the business grew from there.
“I remember when we had a clunky web site and early bloggers such as Oracle Fox [whose given name is Amanda Shadforth] bought our things at the

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The Best Under-the-Radar Food Destination in the U.S.

Long dismissed by food snobs as a Tex-Mex dead zone, San Antonio is finally getting a restaurant scene to build a trip around.
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Facebook Takes Down Hundreds of U.S. Pages

Facebook has removed hundreds of U.S. pages and accounts it said were spreading false or misleading political content ahead of the midterm elections.
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Amazon to Raise Its Minimum U.S. Wage to $15 an Hour

Amazon, which has faced criticism about pay and benefits, said it would raise the minimum wage for all U.S. workers. The company will also start lobbying Congress for an increase in the $ 7.25-an-hour federal minimum wage.
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U.S. Probes Drugmakers Over Free Services

Federal prosecutors are probing whether big drugmakers including Sanofi, Gilead Sciences and Biogen potentially violated laws by providing free services to doctors and patients.
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Descente Athletic Collection to Break in U.S. Market

After more than eight decades making its mark in the Asian market, Descente is setting its sights on America.
The Japanese athletic brand has created a wholly owned North American subsidiary, Descente Athletic Americas Inc., that is based in Atlanta, as well as an e-commerce site that will launch today.
Although Descente has sold its Mountain ski collection in the U.S. for some time, this marks the first time its Athletic lifestyle offering will be sold in America.
Fritz Taylor, a 30-year veteran whose résumé includes Nike, Under Armour, Brooks and Mizuno, has been tapped to serve as president of Descente Athletic Americas and to introduce the collection to the U.S. market.
Taylor admitted that when he was approached by Descente to join the company, he wasn’t interested. “The market is so crowded. Do we really need another sportswear brand?” he asked. But he agreed to make the trip to the brand’s Japanese headquarters, where he was impressed by Descente’s craftsmanship and innovation. “I felt like there was something really unique there,” he said, so he agreed to join.
“The sportswear market is at an interesting time where consumers are either gravitating toward disposable fashion or fewer but higher-quality garments,” Taylor added. “Our attitude is

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Concept Korea Expands Support for Korean Designers in U.S. Market

Concept Korea wants to help Korean designers beyond New York Fashion Week.
The organization, which is formed out of Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism agency, came to New York 10 years ago with the goal of providing Korean designers with the resources to have a show during New York Fashion Week. Successful alumni from the program include Kai, Beyond Closet and Juun.J.
But according to Misun Song, project director of Concept Korea, the designers have requested more help in the U.S. market, which is why Concept Korea is launching The Select, a showroom that opened this week that will feature the spring collections from 10 Korean designers including Nohant, Lie, Wnderkammer, Bmuet(te), Kye, Beyond Closet, The Centaur, SWBD, Hidden Forest Market and Heohwan Simulation. The showroom is located at 62 Greene Street in New York.
“We allow designers to do a show twice a year and then after that they disconnect from the market,” said Song. “We heard from a lot of designers that they would like a more permanent space in the U.S.”
The showroom will serve as a space where buyers can discover brands and conduct business, but it will also be a venue for pop-ups that will be open

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The 5G Race: China and U.S. Battle to Control World’s Fastest Wireless Internet

A new wireless era promises to transform how people use the internet, and two countries are fighting over who dominate. At stake are billions of dollars in royalties, a head start in developing new technologies and national security.
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Trump Presses Apple: Shift Production to U.S.

President Trump called on Apple to shift production to the U.S. and out of China, reviving a longstanding criticism and pressuring the iPhone maker to help fulfill the administration’s economic goal of restoring American manufacturing.
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Serena Williams Calls Out Sexism on the Tennis Court After Loss at U.S. Open Finals

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A Chinese Tesla Rival Launches $1.3 Billion U.S. IPO

Chinese electric-vehicle maker NIO launched a U.S. stock sale that could raise up to $ 1.32 billion, moving to tap the public markets before generating any substantial revenue.
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Microsoft Hit With U.S. Bribery Probe Over Deals in Hungary

Microsoft is being investigated by U.S. authorities over potential bribery and corruption related to software sales in Hungary.
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Swedish Label Odd Molly Gears Up for U.S. Expansion

Odd Molly, a Scandinavian label inspired by the California lifestyle, has set its sights on the U.S. for major expansion.
To try to make inroads, the company will be showing at MAGIC for the first time. Started in 2002, the omnichannel retail company has 60 freestanding stores, 600 wholesale accounts and distribution in nearly 40 countries through its own e-commerce site. Indicative of its Stockholm roots, the brand is known for its bold colors and unexpected patterns in sportswear, accessories and bedding.
Women’s empowerment, not surprisingly, is key — as well as sustainability the Nasdaq Stockholm-traded company was initially inspired by a Los Angeles skater girl from the Eighties, who beats her own drum and has a lot of integrity. The collection features an assortment of apparel, accessories and bedding in a bold mix of colors and patterns. Ribbed sweaters, knit jackets, bikinis, tank tops, a no-frills baseball cap, towels, shoes, lingerie, robes and sheets are among the offerings.
Through MAGIC, Odd Molly wants to get into not just specialty stores, but major department stores for spring 2019, a company spokeswoman said.
The company also has an Instagram shop to expedite shopping for consumers. Odd Molly has freestanding U.S. stores in Colorado: Vail, Aspen,

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Melania Trump’s Parents Become U.S. Citizens as Trump Administration Targets Legal Immigrants  

First Lady Melania Trump‘s parents became naturalized United States citizens on Thursday, PEOPLE confirms.

Viktor and Amalija Knavs, Slovenian immigrants in their 70s, took the citizenship oath at a private ceremony in New York City, the Associated Press reported. The husband and wife — a former car dealer and a former textile factory worker, respectively — had been living in the United States as permanent residents.

The couples’ lawyer, Michael Wildes, did not specify the length of time the Knavses have been living in the United States, according to the AP. Under United States law, permanent residents must be in the country for at least five years in order to apply for citizenship.

Wildes told reporters outside a Manhattan federal building on Thursday that the Knavses’ citizenship process was “no different” from anyone else’s.

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“The dialogue we are having on immigration, this is an example of it going right,” Wildes added.

Wildes confirmed to PEOPLE that the Knavses became citizens on Thursday, but declined any further comment. The first lady’s spokesperson did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

While President Donald Trump‘s parents-in-law were successful in obtaining citizenship, his administration is seeking to make citizenship more difficult to obtain for both undocumented and legal immigrants.

In January, Trump proposed ending most family-based immigration and replacing it with a system prioritizing skilled immigrants. He has also recently said he’s looking to terminate a visa lottery program for people from countries under-represented in the U.S. This plan would limit immigrants like the first lady to sponsoring only spouses and underage children, as opposed to parents and other adult family members.

Throughout his tenure in the White House, Trump has upheld his promise to crack down on immigration. Last month, he released memos that make denying visa applications easier. 

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The memos “are intended to further restrict and discourage much-needed legal immigration,” Mark Roberts, CEO of TechServe Alliance, told AXIOS. “This abrupt change in policy will have the perverse effect of discouraging businesses from having work performed in the U.S. — a highly undesirable outcome for all workers, businesses and the economy as a whole.”

Trump has not commented on the Knavses’ citizenship.


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America’s biggest companies are reporting some of the strongest earnings growth since the recession, boosted by lowered tax rates and a robust U.S. economy that is fueling demand across industries.
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Europe’s Google Decision Brings New Calls for U.S. Action

The European Union’s latest move to rein in Google puts pressure on U.S. regulators and lawmakers to curb the power of the Silicon Valley giant—a step Americans have thus far been reluctant to take.
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Uber Faces U.S. Probe Over Alleged Gender Discrimination

Uber is the subject of an investigation by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission stemming from a complaint about gender inequity, part of a series of probes of the ride-hailing giant.
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Uber Faces U.S. Probe Over Alleged Gender Discrimination

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U.S. Appeals Ruling Allowing AT&T-Time Warner Merger

The Justice Department appealed a trial judge’s ruling last month that allowed AT&T to acquire Time Warner, setting the stage for a second round of legal proceedings in a blockbuster antitrust case.
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U.S. Lifts Ban on Suppliers Selling to ZTE

ZTE can resume business with its U.S. suppliers, the Commerce Department said, after the Chinese telecom giant met the conditions of a deal President Trump made to save the company.
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U.S. Appeals Ruling Allowing AT&T-Time Warner Merger

The Justice Department appealed a trial judge’s ruling last month that allowed AT&T to acquire Time Warner, setting the stage for a second round of legal proceedings in a blockbuster antitrust case.
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Youth soccer is a business, and U.S. is worse for it

If Croatia, a nation smaller in size and population than Indiana, can advance to the semifinals of the World Cup, where is the United States? Follow the money.

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China’s ZTE Replaces Top Executives in Rush to Comply With U.S. Mandate

ZTE has named a slate of new top executives, including a new chief executive, as the Chinese telecom firm presses ahead with its U.S.-mandated leadership purge.
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China’s ZTE Replaces Top Executives in Rush to Comply With U.S. Mandate

ZTE has named a slate of new top executives, including a new chief executive, as the Chinese telecom firm presses ahead with its U.S.-mandated leadership purge.
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U.S. Auto Sales Remain Strong, but Tariffs Could Squash Momentum

U.S. auto sales have proved resilient so far in 2018, with many of the largest car sellers posting increases over the first six months of the year despite predictions that demand would cool.
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Auto Makers in the U.S. Brace for Additional Tariff From China

Amid escalating trade tensions, Beijing plans to slap an extra 25% tariff on U.S. auto imports this week. Ford and Tesla are among the auto makers that stand to be affected the most.
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Why England crushing Panama is terrible for U.S.

England's emphatic win over Panama offers a reminder of just how bad the U.S. soccer team had to be to miss out on the 2018 World Cup.

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U.S. Auto Makers Are Putting Smaller Engines Into Big Trucks So They Guzzle Less Gas

Big U.S. car makers are standing by many recent tech innovations to increase fuel efficiency, including smaller engines for pickup trucks, even as the Trump administration moves to relax gas-mileage standards.
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Fox apologized after explicit fan conversation about a sexual encounter was broadcast during U.S. Open coverage

Fox issued an apology on Friday after a microphone at the U.S. Open picked up two fans discussing a sexual encounter in very explicit terms and aired it during the live broadcast. Fans watching Patrick Reed hit his approach shot on the first hole at the U.S. Open on Friday on Fox Sports 1’s broadcast got a little more than they bargained for. Shortly after announcer Joe Buck announced on the broadcast that Reed was up next, the microphones behind Reed picked up a conversation between two fans at Shinnecock Hills discussing a sexual encounter in very explicit terms.

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Spain’s Queen Letizia Brings Her High Style to Three-City U.S. Visit

ROYAL TEA PARTY: Spain’s King Felipe and Queen Letizia touched down in New Orleans Thursday night — the start of a six-day stay in the U.S.
After a few days in The Big Easy, the royal couple will make their way to San Antonio, which like New Orleans is celebrating its tricentennial. Both cities hold historical significance “of the deep and close ties that unite Spain and the United States,” according to the official web site of the Royal Household of Spain. The trip will culminate with a visit to the White House to meet President Trump and the First Lady.
Like FLOTUS, Queen Letizia knows all about the power of style. For her wedding to the then-future king in 2004, she wore a long-sleeved ivory gown with an embroidered open collar and 14-foot train by Manuel Pertegaz. The designer, who died in 2014, had an elite list of clients including Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn. But the Pertegaz studio has not designed anything for the queen since, a Peretgaz Studio spokeswoman said Friday. A former journalist and news anchor, the queen’s day-to-day wardrobe is often sleek and striking, with Hugo Boss being one of her go-to labels.
She arrived Thursday wearing a

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Tracking Tiger live at the 2018 U.S. Open

Tiger Woods got off to a very rough start in the first round, but he seems to be finding his rhythm at Shinnecock.

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Follow live: Big names primed to make noise at U.S. Open

The world No. 1 is bucking the trend of big names struggling in the first round at Shinnecock Hills. Jordan Spieth (78) and Rory McIlroy (80) were among those who put up high scores Thursday.
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China’s ZTE to Pay $1 Billion Fine in Settlement With U.S.

The U.S. and China have reached a deal that will allow telecom company ZTE to continue to do business, requiring it to pay a $ 1 billion fine and place U.S. enforcement officers in the company to monitor its actions.
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Has the U.S. men’s national team lost its fight?

ESPN FC talked to 18 former and current players and staff about what happened during the 2018 World Cup qualifiers — and about how everything eventually fell apart.
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U.S. Websites Go Dark in Europe as GDPR Data Rules Kick In

Europe’s new privacy law took effect Friday, causing major U.S. news websites to suspend access across the region as data-protection regulators prepare to brandish their new enforcement powers.
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U.S., China Agree on Outline to Settle ZTE Controversy

The U.S. and China have agreed on the broad outline of a deal that would save imperiled Chinese telecom giant ZTE, as the two sides move closer to resolving their trade dispute.
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U.S. tops Canada for bronze at hockey worlds

The United States topped Canada 4-1 to claim the bronze medal at the ice hockey championship on Sunday.
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WearingIrish NYC Helps Ireland-Based Designers Make U.S. Connections

Ten designers from Ireland hoping to break into the American market, came to New York this week for the “WearingIrish NYC” event, a new platform for promoting Irish fashion.
They also came to break stereotypes of Irish design being mired in tradition and lacking modernity. Tweeds and knitwear are iconic to the region, though organizers of WearingIrish NYC say the participating designers are adept at both giving “a nod” to Ireland’s heritage and maintaining a contemporary appeal.
Selected from 170 qualified candidates, the winners included Aine, Alison Conneely, Bláithín Ennis, De Bruir, Inner Island, Jennifer Rothwell, Natalie B. Coleman, Sands and Hall, The Tweed Project and Triona. Each showed their fall 2018 collections to American retail buyers, editors, business and fashion leaders at WearingIrish NYC, a mini trade show at the Bank of Ireland, one of the sponsors of the three-day event, that also featured panels and networking. None of the designers currently sell American retailers, but some have sold products online to American consumers.
“We are firmly rooted in tradition and we work with weavers on the West Coast of Ireland. But our design philosophy is filtered through a modernist lens. Our cuts are very contemporary,” said Conneely, who utilizes Donegal tweed and Connemara lace in her

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Kane scores twice as U.S. cruises at worlds

Captain Patrick Kane scored two goals and added an assist to lead the United States to a 9-3 victory over Norway at the hockey worlds.
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ZTE Says Errors, Not Lies, Led to Failure to Comply With U.S. Terms

ZTE says its failure to fully comply with a U.S. deal resolving sanctions-busting charges was due to faults in internal controls, not deception.
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ZTE Says It Halted Major Operations Following U.S. Sales Ban

Chinese telecom firm ZTE said it halted major business operations, marking the deepest wound inflicted yet in the escalating trade rift between China and the U.S.
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U.S. Car Buyers to Japan: We Don’t Want Your Sedans

Sales in the U.S. from Japan’s big three auto maker were down in April, with Nissan suffering a double-digit drop, as U.S. consumers prefer SUVs to sedans and pickups.
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China Stalls U.S. Chip Deals

China is slowing reviews of multibillion-dollar takeover deals being pursued by Qualcomm and Bain Capital, people familiar with the matter say, as U.S.-China trade tensions escalate.
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China Delays Deal Reviews as U.S. Trade Frictions Build

Amid escalating trade tensions, China is holding up deal reviews that could clear the way for U.S. companies Qualcomm and Bain Capital to make multibillion-dollar acquisitions of semiconductor companies, people familiar with the matter say.
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U.S. to Allow Bayer’s Acquisition of Monsanto

The Justice Department will allow Bayer’s megadeal to acquire Monsanto after the companies pledged to sell off additional assets to secure government antitrust approval.
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Karl Lagerfeld to Open First U.S. Store in SoHo Saturday

Karl Lagerfeld is ready to take SoHo by storm.
On Saturday, the Karl Lagerfeld brand will open its first U.S. store at 420 West Broadway in New York, which features a mix of Lagerfeld’s European collection and Karl Lagerfeld Paris, which is a joint venture with G-III Apparel Group.
“The moment seems to be right and the space is great,” Lagerfeld told WWD. He noted that distribution of his signature brand, re-launched in the burgeoning masstige category in 2012, first put down retail roots in Europe and then China. “Our first tests in the U.S. were great.”
Inspired by the designer’s personal home and studio, the 3,230-square-foot store has a sophisticated yet inviting, open feel. Each of the furnishings has an unusual story behind it, from antique mirrors to velvet chairs and luxurious marble finishes to the giant Tokidoki silver cartoon sculpture of Lagerfeld — with a ponytail — holding his famous feline, Choupette. A bespoke carpet has a red border around its edges, similar to the border that the designer draws on all of his sketches. A full-size photograph of Lagerfeld, wearing fingerless gloves and chains, and taking a photo with his camera, greets visitors at the entrance.
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U.S. Looks to Protect Domestic Car Makers From Foreign Competition

The Trump administration is pursuing ways to protect domestic vehicle manufacturing by forcing imported cars to meet stricter environmental rules, a move that would make them more expensive.
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China’s Huawei to Drive Design of 5G Despite U.S. Concerns

Far from Washington, where the government has called Huawei a national-security threat, the world’s largest maker of cellular-tower equipment is trying to dominate discussions on the development and design of the next generation of mobile networks, dubbed 5G.
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Treasury to Use National Security Laws to Shield U.S. Tech From China

Blocking Chinese firms from acquiring advanced U.S. technology on the basis of national security is part of a Trump administration initiative to thwart what it sees as Beijing’s efforts to give itself an economic and military edge.
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U.S., States Step Up Pressure on Facebook

U.S. government officials ratcheted up pressure on Facebook Inc. on Monday over its handling of user data, with federal regulators saying they are investigating the social-media giant’s privacy practices and 37 state attorneys general demanding explanations of its practices.
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Trump Administration Seeks Freer Hand for U.S. Companies in China

China’s rules requiring foreign companies to form joint ventures with domestic partners are among the chief targets of the Trump administration’s looming tariffs against Chinese imports.
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China Fires Warning Shot at U.S. Over Tariffs

China unveiled plans for tariffs against $ 3 billion in American goods and said it is readying more actions against the U.S., after the Trump administration moved to impose punitive measures on Chinese exports.
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U.S. to Apply Tariffs on Chinese Imports, Restrict Tech Deals

The Trump administration will levy tariffs on tens of billions of dollars of Chinese imports, alongside restrictions on technology transfers and acquisitions by Beijing, moving to pressure China to curtail what the U.S. considers unfair trading and investment practices.
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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor to Receive DVF Award

DVF’S WINNERS’ CIRCLE: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and ballerina and activist Misty Copeland will take home the Inspiration award at the 9th Annual DVF Awards that take place April 13 at the United Nations in New York.

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Other award winners that evening will be Ariela Suster from El Salvador, who is the founder of the fashion and accessories brand Sequence, a social enterprise with the mission to disrupt the cycle of violence that limits at risk youth, who will receive the International Award.
Also winning the International Award is Jaha Dukureh from The Gambia, who is the chief executive officer and founder of the non-government organization, “Safe Hands for Girls” that provides support to African women and girls who are survivors of female genital mutilation and child marriages and addresses their lifelong, harmful physical and psychological consequences.
A People’s Voice Award will be selected from several nominees by popular vote and be revealed March 26. The nominees are Erin Loos Cutraro of She Should Run; Luma Mufleh of Fugees Family Inc.; Laura Hackney and Jessica Hubley of AnnieCannons Inc. and Georgie Smith of A Sense of Home. Voting is currently live on dvfawards.com.
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Is This the Start of Better Airport Shopping in the U.S.?

Major airports around the world have essentially become shopping malls with gates. Now, the U.S. is finally starting to catch up, with airports finding ways to improve duty-free stores in the same way they upgraded restaurants and basic amenities like power outlets.
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Toys ‘R’ Us Tells Workers It Will Likely Close All U.S. Stores

Toys ‘R’ Us Inc. told employees Wednesday the struggling big-box retailer will sell or close all its U.S. stores, a collapse that threatens up to 33,000 Americans jobs in the coming months.
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Broadcom Schedules Vote on Plan to Become a U.S. Company

Singapore-based Broadcom said it would ask shareholders to vote on March 23, potentially setting the stage for a showdown with the U.S. national security panel reviewing its $ 117 billion hostile bid for Qualcomm.
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U.S. Government Intervenes in Broadcom’s Bid for Qualcomm

The U.S. government ordered Qualcomm to delay its shareholder meeting this week to give it time to review Broadcom’s proposed $ 117 billion takeover of the chip maker.
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U.S. Allies Bristle at Trump Tariff Plan

President Donald Trump’s planned tariffs on steel and aluminum put U.S. allies around the globe in a tough spot, rattling stock prices and generating warnings of a possible international trade war.
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Asos Is Serious About Growing in the U.S.

British online retailer Asos on Monday held its inaugural New York presentation for the brand’s fall 2018 men’s wear collection with an eye toward growing its U.S. business, which head of men’s Nick Eley said is in second place, behind the U.K.
The e-tailer has ratcheted up its presence during New York Fashion Week: Men’s since July, when it held a party.
Primarily aimed at young adults — Eley said the average age is 20 — Asos sells more than 850 brands and its own range of clothing and accessories. The brand is making a push, offering plus sizes for men, which Eley called a “huge opportunity.”
In addition, Eley said the men’s and women’s sides of the business have started collaborating for the first time on trends, fabrics and more, the results of which will be fully realized with the spring 2019 collection.

The brand features an abundance of over-the-top fashion and glam items. After all, Asos was originally called As Seen on Screen when it launched in 1999, before its name was shortened to an acronym. “The Asos guy is going out more and is more confident with what he’s wearing,” said Eley.
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U.S. Adds 200,000 Jobs; Wage Growth Best Since Recession

A tightening labor market delivered the biggest annual increase in wages since the end of the recession, a new signal that American workers are beginning to enjoy the pay raises long missing in a steady but tepid expansion.
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U.S. Government Weighs Building National 5G Network to Counter China

Some White House officials view next-generation 5G wireless service as a “key area of competition,” and they say that the threat from China justifies a government effort like the construction of the interstate highway system, an internal memo shows.
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U.S. Government Weighs Building National 5G Network to Counter China

Some White House officials view next-generation 5G wireless service as a “key area of competition,” and they say that the threat from China justifies a government effort like the construction of the interstate highway system, an internal memo shows.
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Intel Told Chinese Firms of Chip Flaws Before U.S. Government

In initial disclosures about critical security flaws discovered in its processors, Intel notified a small group of customers, including Chinese technology companies, but left out the U.S. government, according to people familiar with the matter and some of the companies involved.
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Intel Told Chinese Firms of Chip Flaws Before U.S. Government

In initial disclosures about critical security flaws discovered in its processors, Intel notified a small group of customers, including Chinese technology companies, but left out the U.S. government, according to people familiar with the matter and some of the companies involved.
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Manufacturers Fight Over New Tariffs’ Effect on U.S. Jobs

President Donald Trump’s move to slap tariffs on imported solar panels and washing machines is meant to revive domestic industries. But in the affected sectors, there is little agreement on whether it will actually jump-start U.S. manufacturing and jobs.
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U.S. Imposes Trade Tariffs, Signaling Tougher Line on China

The Trump administration announced Monday new trade barriers aimed at protecting domestic makers of solar panels and washing machines from a recent surge of cheap imports.
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Growing Appetites Fuel Record U.S. Meat Production

America is producing more meat than ever. Farmers and meatpackers produced a record 99.7 billion pounds of red meat and poultry in 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates. They are on track for an even bigger slaughter this year.
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The Best and Worst U.S. Airlines of 2017

Delta dethrones Alaska in the Journal’s annual analysis of U.S. carriers, while American climbs out of the cellar.
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U.S., French Officials Question Apple Over iPhone Battery Slowdowns

Apple is facing new questions from government officials in the U.S. and France about its handling of battery-related performance issues on iPhones, a sign that controversy over the problem continues despite the technology giant’s apology last month.
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Why the U.S. Suspects Kaspersky’s Software Is a Russian Spy Tool

U.S. officials haven’t offered conclusive evidence that antivirus products made by Kaspersky Lab were behind national-security breaches, but a series of incidents drove them to raise alarms about the Russian security-software company.
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U.S. Car Sales Are Set for Their First Annual Decline Since Financial Crisis

The U.S. auto industry in 2017 likely suffered its first annual sales decline since the financial crisis eight years ago, as demand finally ebbs after a remarkable multiyear growth spurt.
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U.S. NHL players still processing Olympics snub

Star U.S. professional players, from Kevin Shattenkick to Jack Eichel, are still emotional about not being able to represent the U.S.A. in the winter Olympics. The NHL is not allowing any contracted player to represent his country this year.
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U.S. Steelmakers Raise Their Bets on Energy, Construction

Steelmakers are betting on the U.S. again, building mills they hope will help them compete against cheap imports as demand rises. Others see expansion as a risky bet.
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Uber to Sell U.S. Auto-Leasing Business to Startup Fair.com

Uber is selling its U.S. subprime auto-leasing business to startup-car marketplace Fair.com, ending a bid to attract drivers who lack regular access to vehicles.
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Tables Turned: Saudi Arabia Hunts for Oil Assets in the U.S.

Saudi Arabia is hunting for an energy deal in American shale country, as economic upheaval pushes it to seek its first international oil-and-gas production investments.
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Cremieux Opens Second U.S. Store, Creates New Label for Dillard’s

Cremieux has embarked on a dual-pronged growth strategy as it works to increase sales.
The French brand, which got its start in Saint-Tropez in 1976, has opened its second store in the U.S. and has also created a new contemporary men’s brand for Dillard’s, its longtime American retail partner.
On Dec. 1, Cremieux opened an 800-square-foot boutique at the Royal Poinciana Plaza in Palm Beach, Fla. This joins the company’s SoHo store on Mercer Street that opened nearly four years ago.
A Florida store has long been on the wish list for Stephane Cremieux, chief executive officer of Cremieux and son of founder Daniel Cremieux. “Ever since the brand was founded, we wanted to open a store in Florida,” he said. “So when this opportunity came up, we took it.”
He said the recently renovated Royal Poinciana center is “a special place” with a curated assortment of luxury brands. “You can’t call it a mall. It’s like being in a summer house with fountains, lots of green and palm trees.” The center is home to 30 stores including Cynthia Rowley, Hermès, Magasin, Orlebar Brown and Serenella.
The design of the Cremieux store is very reminiscent of Saint-Tropez, he said, with photos of the French Riviera and

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U.S. Bitcoin Futures Climb in First Day of Trade

Trade in the first bitcoin futures sparked a swift run-up in the price of the digital currency, while the exchange provider’s website experienced outages from heavy traffic.
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Robust Job Growth Puts U.S. on Firmest Footing in a Decade

The economy appears to be on its firmest footing in at least a decade, with hiring picking up from earlier this year and the jobless rate holding at a 17-year low in November.
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Alibaba’s Ma Tells U.S. Companies to Stop Whining About China

Amid rumblings of a U.S.-China trade conflict, Alibaba founder Jack Ma defended China against complaints that it creates barriers against outside competitors.
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Bombay Shirt Co. to Open First U.S. Store

Bombay Shirt Co., an Indian online custom shirt brand, will open its first American store in New York’s SoHo on Wednesday.
The unit, at 223 Mott Street, will offer a variety of men’s custom shirts that will sell for $ 59 and up, with most selling for less than $ 200. Both casual and dress shirts will be offered and fabric choices include Egyptian cottons, linens, denims, flannels and others from India, Italy, Japan, Portugal and Turkey.
The design of the store is minimalistic and contemporary and the unit will have a fit specialist as well as stylists on hand to help walk customers through the process.
“New York City has always been on our radar and was an obvious choice expanding outside India,” said Akshay Narvekar, founder and creative director.
Bombay Shirt Co. was founded in 2012 and operates six stores in India and one in Dubai.

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Who Owns Art From Guantánamo Bay? Not Prisoners, U.S. Says

An art exhibition in Manhattan put detainees’ work on display. Now the Pentagon is deciding whether more art from Guantánamo Bay can be shared.
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MCM Launches Holiday Campaign Aimed at U.S. Market

MCM continues to ramp up its presence in the U.S. The Seoul-based, German-born accessories label has launched a holiday video campaign geared at young consumers.
The party scene campaign, called “The Give & Get Down,” features model and activist Barbie Ferreira, dance duo Les Twins and singer Kacy Hill, amongst others.
MCM America’s vice president of marketing and communications Rita Shukhman said of the endeavor: “Celebrating diversity, unity and friendship during this holiday season, we wanted to create a festive and lighthearted video that embodies a genuine sense of fun and giving amongst friends. With this campaign video, MCM tells its new school luxury story through fresh and playful self-expression. The music is upbeat, the crowd is cool, the gifts are chic and we learn in the end the best gift to give for the holidays is always the gift of good vibes.”
MCM, as previously reported by WWD, is expected to become a $ 1 billion brand by 2020. The company’s U.S. division, which relaunched in 2015, has crossed $ 100 million in annual sales and has risen to become the top-selling bag company at Neiman Marcus. The U.S. market is a key focus for the brand’s 2018 fiscal year.

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U.S. Manufacturing Rides Rising Tide

American manufacturing has picked up pace over the last 12 months thanks to steady global economic growth, a rise in energy and other commodity prices, and increased confidence.
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Tencent Continues to Snap Up Stakes in U.S. Startups

Tencent Holdings, the rapidly growing Chinese internet giant, is proving a welcome source of capital to America’s fledgling companies, with Snap the latest focus of its deep pockets.
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Gerard Darel to Open U.S. Boutiques in New York, Los Angeles

Paris-based contemporary fashion brand Gerard Darel will expand into the U.S. with the opening of freestanding boutiques in New York and Los Angeles beginning this month. The New York flagship will open at 145 Spring Street in SoHo on Nov. 8 and the Los Angeles location, in Westfield Century City, will open Dec. 17. The outdoor shopping center recently underwent a $ 1 billion renovation.
The stores will showcase Gerard Darel’s Parisian aesthetic with vintage furnishings fused with modern elements unique to the New York and Los Angeles locales. Both boutiques will carry the full range of women’s ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes and accessories.
The brand, which was founded in 1971 by Danielle and Gerard Darel, made its entry into the U.S. market via Bloomingdale’s shop-in-shops at 20 locations. Today it is sold in more than 50 countries, in more than 500 boutiques and shop-in-shops worldwide.
The label has amassed a celebrity following including Angelina Jolie, Jessica Alba, Olivia Palermo, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Halle Berry. It has also tapped Stephanie Seymour, Christy Turlington Burns and Robin Wright for past campaigns. Peter Lindbergh shot Wright at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. Gerard Darel’s current spokeswoman is French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg.
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U.S. Considers Suit Against AT&T’s Deal for Time Warner

The Justice Department is laying the groundwork for a potential lawsuit challenging AT&T’s planned acquisition of Time Warner if the government and companies can’t agree on a settlement.
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Tencent’s ‘Honor of Kings’ Tries to Crack the U.S.

China’s Tencent is banking on a successful launch abroad for ‘Honor of Kings,’ but the hit smartphone game faces an uphill battle in the U.S., where the company can’t lean on its popular messaging apps to hook players.
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Pedro García Launches Nordstrom Pop-Ins, Turns Focus to U.S.

IF THE SHOE FITS: Third generation shoemaker Pedro García was in Los Angeles this week to celebrate the opening of a temporary Nordstrom shop-in-shop, as the Spain-based company aims to further develop its business locally.
“In recent years this has been one of our main markets,” García said of California, pointing to a coastal climate mirroring where the company is based. “The idea is to keep developing the business, going a little bit more deep even though we know that we don’t want to go crazy with production. We want to keep delivering the quality we deliver.”
García’s grandfather, also named Pedro García, started the business in 1925, building a brand focused on the tradition of craftsmanship that’s been passed down to now the company’s third generation. The quality and style hasn’t gone unnoticed with the label seen on celebrities such as Lana Del Rey, Drew Barrymore, Emily Blunt and Sarah Jessica Parker. The line — ranging from flats to heels — are made in the company’s factory in Elda, Spain, and sold at retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Selfridges, Net-a-porter, Neiman Marcus and David Jones among others.
The company this week celebrated the temporary pop-in at Nordstrom’s new store at Westfield Century

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Russian Hackers Stole NSA Data on U.S. Cyber Defense

Hackers working for the Russian government stole a vast collection of highly classified material from the home computer of a National Security Agency contractor, said people familiar with the matter. The breach could enable Russia to evade NSA surveillance and more easily infiltrate U.S. networks.
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Plus-Size Brand Addition Elle Set to Grow U.S. Presence

TORONTO — For the last three years Canada’s plus-size leader Addition Elle has been on a mission at New York’s Fashion Week to spread its “fashion democracy” message to the world. That campaign garnered its best results ever earlier in September when the Montreal-based brand owned by Reitmans became part of New York Fashion Week’s official 2017 shows.
According to data from NYFW producer IMG, “Addition Elle was the most viewed video from Fashion Week’s web and app platforms, getting 45,000 views within 24 hours of being posted,” said Roslyn Griner, Addition Elle’s vice president of visual planning and marketing.
“Those numbers were more than triple the amount of Fashion Week’s second-most watched video, which featured Gigi Hadid on the Prabal Gurung runway,” Griner revealed.
Addition Elle also gained 20,000 new fans on Instagram during fashion week, while its live feed got 74,000 videos, which represented a 54 percent view rate.
Moreover, Miss Universe, Miss America, actresses Danielle Brooks, Gabourey Sidibe and other celebrities watched the September show from their front-row seats, while Addition Elle’s new Jordyn Woods collection gained exposure on fashion magazines’ web sites.
Addition Elle also used Ashley Graham in its Sept. 11 show to help boost the brand’s fashion democracy message.
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Twitter Says it Found 201 Russia Accounts That Aimed to Interfere With U.S. Election

Twitter Inc. told Congress that 201 accounts linked to Russians sought to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election by spreading misinformation.
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John Hardy Opens Third U.S. Store in Westfield Century City Mall

Balinese jewelry brand John Hardy is set to open its third U.S. store in the newly renovated Westfield Century City mall this month. The 700-square-foot boutique aims to be an immersive retail experience, weaving together scent, sound, light and art in a reimagining of the John Hardy jewelry workshop in Ubud, Bali.
Designed around a hammered silver wall featuring an organic bronze sculpture and three vitrines, the rest of the store beckons clients to navigate the boutique like the island of Bali itself, walking around its natural edges and exploring tactile vignettes. True to founder John Hardy’s creative vision as an artist and environmental sculptor, the boutique walls showcase collections in a gallerylike presentation, encouraging guests to interact with the product.

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“Over the past year, John Hardy has expanded its U.S. presence with its first boutique locations in Houston and New York. Los Angeles was the natural next step, and the relaunch of the new Westfield Century City presented the perfect location and opportunity,” said Robert Hanson, John Hardy chief executive officer. “The new Century City space is designed inspire creativity and connection.”
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Marie France Van Damme to Open First U.S. Store in Beverly Hills

Hong Kong-based resortwear designer Marie France Van Damme is set to open her ninth boutique, and first in the U.S., on Sept. 25 in Beverly Hills. Located in the Peninsula hotel, there are two stores side-by-side totaling 464 square feet.
Van Damme, a Canadian national, said she searched for years to find the appropriate home in Beverly Hills, though soaring rents on Rodeo Drive prevented her from going there. She has a store inside the Peninsula Hong Kong, and the new shop aims to mix East and West. It will also serve as a press and celebrity showroom as she seeks to develop ties in Hollywood. Most recently, Eva Longoria wore Marie France Van Damme while on vacation and the brand is favored by celebrities such as Beyoncé, Heidi Klum, Cameron Diaz, Olivia Palermo, Christina Hendricks, and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
“Foot traffic is an important factor for my retail locations, and I felt that the constant stream of guests in and out of the Peninsula would provide the right visibility for the brand,” said Van Damme.

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Equifax Data Breach Potentially Affected 143 Million in U.S.

Credit-reporting firm Equifax said hackers gained access to personal information of about 143 million U.S. consumers, in one of the biggest and most threatening data breaches of recent years.
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Rosa Cha Relaunches in the U.S.

Rosa Cha is reintroducing itself to the U.S. market.
The Brazilian swimwear brand, which was founded by Amir Slama in 1993, started wholesaling to U.S. retailers in 1997, but exited the area to focus on growth in Brazil. Restoque acquired the company in 2012, and after establishing its presence in Brazil — it currently operates 28 stores in the country — they are ready to re-enter the U.S.
“Rosa Cha is an iconic Brazilian brand that has been successful in the market for more than 20 years,” said Livinston Bauermeister, Restoque’s chief executive officer. “The essence of our brand is the energy, fun and love of Brazil and our culture. We want to bring this unique feeling to the U.S.”
Rosa Cha, which translates to rose tea in English, showed a resort collection in June 2017 and is currently showing its spring 2018 collection in Restoque’s New York showroom. The line, which will include a fuller-bottom option for the American customer, includes swimsuits, cover-ups, sarongs and small handbags. It retails around $ 245 for a one-piece, $ 125 for a bikini top and $ 100 for bottoms.
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Uber plans to wind down its U.S. subprime car-leasing division to stem unsustainably high losses, a major retreat just two years after starting the business.
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China’s Next Target: U.S. Microchip Hegemony

The semiconductor industry, a stalwart of the global economy, is succumbing to fierce nationalistic competition, as China aims to dominate the market as it did with steel and solar panels. Washington, in an unusual show of bipartisanship, is fighting back.
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Thanks to comments made by President Donald Trump, Apple suddenly faces new pressure to build factories in the U.S.
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Trump Comments on U.S. Factories Make It Awkward for Apple

Thanks to comments made by President Donald Trump, Apple suddenly faces new pressure to build factories in the U.S.
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Trump Says Apple CEO Has Promised to Build 3 Plants in U.S.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said in an interview that Apple Inc. Chief Executive Tim Cook has committed to build three big manufacturing plants in the U.S., a surprising statement that would help fulfill his administration’s economic goal of reviving American manufacturing.
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Trump Says Apple CEO Has Promised to Build 3 Plants in U.S.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said in an interview that Apple Inc. Chief Executive Tim Cook has committed to build three big manufacturing plants in the U.S., a surprising statement that would help fulfill his administration’s economic goal of reviving American manufacturing.
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Canadian Wildfires Choke Lumber Supply to U.S. Home Builders

Wildfires in Canada are making lumber harder to find for U.S. home builders.
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British Brands Converge on U.S. Men’s Market

With Brexit looming and the potential loss of commerce with other European nations, the U.K. fashion and textile industry is increasing its focus on the American market.
At the men’s trade shows in New York this week, nearly 50 designers and manufacturers of men’s wear brought their wares to the city. Among the brands showing at Project, MRket, Capsule, Liberty Fairs and Man under the tag line “Brits in New York” were Alan Paine, Austin Reed, Barbour, Edward Green, Ettinger, John Smedley, French Connection, Trickers, Derek Rose, Ted Baker London, Troubadour and Richard James.
Paul Alger, director of international business development for the U.K. Fashion & Textile Association, said, “If Brexit happens, we need to make sure we replace the business we’ll lose in continental Europe with other markets. And the U.S. is tops on that list.”
As a result, the UKFT provides grants of 1,200 pounds for brands to show internationally up to six times.
In addition to the U.S., the grants are available to manufacturers showing at Pitti Uomo in Florence, where Alger said 100 U.K. brands were represented at the latest edition in June, as well as at shows in Paris; Lyon, France; Shanghai, and Berlin.
Although the UKFT doesn’t have the

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U.S. and Exxon Spar Over Russia Sanctions Violation

The U.S. Treasury Department imposed a $ 2 million fine on Exxon Mobil Corp. for what it called a “reckless disregard” of U.S. sanctions on Russia while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was the oil giant’s chief executive, a finding the company immediately said it would challenge.
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Bench/Body Seeking a Foothold in U.S.

Bench/Body is hoping to aggressively extend its reach in the American market.
The leader in the underwear category in the Philippines, the brand started its assault on the U.S. with a show and cocktail party during New York Fashion Week: Men’s Thursday afternoon.
Ben Chan, the brand’s founder and a Filipino entrepreneur, said after 30 years establishing the Bench brand in Asia and the Middle East, he’s ready to make a mark in America.
“We’re in Guam and San Francisco,” he said, “but we’re not very prominent.”
Chan said he’d been contemplating for a while how to move into the U.S., and decided “rather than put up a lot of brick-and-mortar stores, which would be harder, we’re targeting online.”
Bench/Body is the underwear and intimate apparel offering under the Bench brand. In its home country, Bench is a successful retailer that sells men’s and women’s apparel, fragrances, housewares, snacks and other lifestyle products.
During its show, Bench/Body showed a variety of underwear in basic solids and prints in briefs, boxers and boxer-briefs for men and bikinis and bras for women. Swimwear was also presented for both genders that included shorts and retro square cuts for guys and one- and two-piece solids and prints for women.

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Parents of Elite Gymnast Sue U.S. Olympic Committee in Sex-Abuse Claim

The parents of a former elite gymnast have sued the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics in connection with allegations of years-long sexual abuse by a former team doctor.
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Anita Dongre Grassroot Opens First U.S. Flagship

Artisanal purveyor Anita Dongre Grassroot has opened its first flagship in New York. The space— located at 484 Broome Street — is filled with clothing and accessories produced by traditional Indian craftspeople.
Dongre currently operates stores in Mumbai and Delhi. The New York store is her brand’s first stand-alone presence in the U.S.
Embroiderers, weavers and sewers use their traditional techniques to create contemporary designs — tops, scarves, dresses and vegan sandals. The Grassroot brand aims to support these traditional trade crafts and empower female artisans.
She said of the strategic decision to enter the U.S. market: “I have always wanted to see Indian craftsmanship enjoy the attention of a global audience. With Grassroot, I design clothes that are beautiful and hold a purpose. My heart lies with the female artisans in villages who are the protectors of ancient textile crafts. My goal is to create designs that sustain the crafts while doing good for them and for the planet. With New York’s diversity and natural ability to bring out the best in fashion, I was keen to bring Grassroot to the epicenter of the world of fashion to present a point of view built on patience and heritage.”

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Indochino to Add Four More U.S. Stores

Indochino will add to its retail presence this summer by opening four more “showrooms” in the U.S. over the next two months.
The Vancouver-based omnichannel men’s wear brand will open stores in New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and King of Prussia, Pa., between July 7 and Aug. 11. That will bring the number of stores overall to 17. Indochino refers to its storefronts as “showrooms” since unlike traditional retail, the locations carry no inventory. Instead, customers visit the store to be fitted and to personalize their suits and furnishings in a process similar to that employed by Bonobos and Knot Standard.
The first new Indochino store will be located at 25 Broad Street, across from the New York Stock Exchange in lower Manhattan. It’s expected to open on July 7. Next up is a location at The Shops at North Bridge in the River North District of Chicago on July 14. On July 21, a unit will bow at the Tyson’s Galleria in McLean, Va., outside Washington, D.C., and the last one will open on Aug. 11 in the King of Prussia Mall outside Philadelphia.
The showrooms will average 2,300 to 2,500 square feet, although the Chicago unit will be smaller, at 1,600

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U.S. Auto Sales Fall as Fewer Vehicles Go to Rental Chains

Auto sales continued to slide in June, as car buyers react to higher vehicle prices and Detroit backs away from dumping unwanted inventory into rental-car lots.
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U.S. Sets New Air Security Measures in Place of Broad Laptop Ban

The Department of Homeland Security mandated new security measures for airlines flying to the U.S., stepping back from a broader ban on traveling with laptops.
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Selected Homme Brings Its Scandinavian Touch to the U.S. Market

After 20 years of distributing its collection throughout Europe, the Middle East, Canada, Latin America, Australia and India, Selected Homme is making its first play into the U.S. market.
The brand is part of Bestseller, a privately owned Danish company that operates over 20 brands including Vero Moda, Only and Vila.
“There is a European trend of openness and we believe the U.S. market is poised for a change,” said Selected Homme’s country manager Brian Edgar.
The Selected Homme main line is divided into three separate collections. The heritage collection, which consists of casual sportswear; the indigo collection that’s made up of denim, and an “identity” assortment that offers a new take on tailored classics. Selected Homme also has a directional label called Homme Plus, which features on-trend clothes. The lines retail from $ 45 to $ 465.
“All three collections can sit together for optimal representation, or each collection can sit alone,” said Edgar.
While the collection is now available in the U.S. via its e-commerce site, Edgar is currently focused on targeting men’s specialty stores including Modern Anthology, Whiskey Ginger and J3 Clothing Company. Selected Homme operates 44 stores around the world, but has no current plans for building up a bricks-and-mortar presence in the U.S.
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Dennis Rodman Is Heading Back to North Korea via Weed, Which May Soon Be More Illegal in the U.S.

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With U.S. Firms Freed of Paris Accord, Rivals Fear Uneven Field

For European corporate chiefs, the big question regarding the U.S. pullout from the Paris climate accord is will it give American rivals a competitive advantage.
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Major U.S. tech firms press Congress for internet surveillance reforms

Major U.S. tech firms press Congress for internet surveillance reformsFacebook (FB.O), Amazon (AMZN.O) and more than two dozen other U.S. technology companies pressed Congress on Friday to make changes to a broad internet surveillance law, saying they were necessary to improve privacy protections and increase government transparency. The request marks the first significant public effort by Silicon Valley to wade into what is expected to be a contentious debate later the year over the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, parts of which will expire on Dec. 31 unless Congress reauthorizes them. Of particular concern to the technology industry and privacy advocates is Section 702, which allows U.S. intelligence agencies to vacuum up vast amounts of communications from foreigners but also incidentally collects some data belonging to Americans that can be searched by analysts without a warrant.



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Reebok Veteran Chris Froio Returns to U.S. to Serve as General Manager at Reebok America

BACK TO BOSTON: Having done some significant layoffs in recent months in advance of its planned move to new corporate headquarters in October, Reebok International has tapped Chris Froio as general manager of Reebok America.
With 25 years of experience with the company both in the U.S. and abroad, Froio is now overseeing the brand’s efforts to build sales in the increasingly competitive U.S. market. Most recently he served as Reebok’s brand director in Western Europe, which became the brand’s fastest-growing market and nearly doubled sales, according to Reebok president Matt O’Toole. He was based in Herzogenaurach, Germany, but his successor has not yet been named, a Reebok spokesman said Tuesday.
Froio, whose former roles at the company included head of Reebok’s Training business unit, is now heading up Reebok’s U.S. retail and wholesale organizations. He reports to O’Toole.
As an indication of its commitment to the domestic business, the company combined its global and U.S. teams into one in order to maximize the full resources of the brand to work on bolstering the U.S. business. In addition to well-established competitors like Nike, Under Armour, Puma, New Balance and Asics, Reebok has a slew of other labels trying to chip away at its

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U.S. Embassy Hosts Pop-up Shop for Haitian-American Entrepreneurs

TRUE COLORS: Embassies are all about helping the homeland, but the U.S. Embassy of Haiti went above and beyond presenting the Bien Abyé “Les Jardins de la Mode” pop-up shop.
More than 400 people turned up for the event, the finale to D.C.’s first “Haiti Week,” hosted by Ambassador Paul Altidor, and it featured an assortment of products from Haitian-American entrepreneurs. All of the apparel, accessories, home goods and gourmet products that were featured are sourced or inspired by Haiti. Bien Abyé’s founder and designer Dayanne Danier orchestrated the event, which included “Artisan du Monde” by Nathalie Tancrede, “Deux Noirs” by Eddy Albertini, “Vetiver Les Cayes” by Reginald Boisrond Canal and “Zesa Raw” by Michelle Jean. Art fans, diplomats and tastemakers checked out the collection and shopped in the embassy’s newly renovated courtyard. They also listened in when former White House liaison Karen Andre quizzed participants about their careers.
“The recent event was the first in a series and “is in line with the mission of the Embassy to be a platform for Haitian-owned businesses to showcase their products,” Altidor said.
Bien Abyé is currently offered in five U.S. boutiques and via e-commerce. “Doing pop-up allows me to give a unique experience to

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G-III Licenses PVH for DKNY Men’s Wear Collections in the U.S. and Canada

G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. has entered into a multiyear license agreement with PVH Corp., under which PVH will design and distribute men’s wear for the DKNY brand in the U.S. and Canada. The license agreement includes DKNY Sport for Men, a new category for the brand; men’s sportswear; dress shirts; neckwear, and jeans.
The first collections will launch in spring 2018 and will be sold in department stores. Unlike the women’s DKNY collection, the men’s wear will not be exclusive to Macy’s.
On Monday, G-III’s stock closed at $ 19.97, up 4.4 percent, while PVH’s stock closed at $ 102.1, up 1.7 percent.
G-III acquired Donna Karan International, parent company of DKNY, from LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton in December 2016.
The last time there was a DKNY Men’s collection in the market was for fall 2015. During the three seasons that DKNY was designed by Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne (spring 2016, fall 2016 and spring 2017), the designers focused on women’s apparel.
Morris Goldfarb, chairman and chief executive officer of G-III, said, “This collaboration is an important step in the continued growth of DKNY and a clear example of the go-forward strategy to heighten this iconic brand. PVH is a trusted and powerful partner and we look

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U.S., Saudi Arabia Expect Deals, Investments Worth $300 Billion

Saudi Arabia and the U.S. are expected to agree during Donald Trump’s trip to business deals and potential investments worth $ 300 billion, solidifying the U.S.-Saudi commercial relationship as the kingdom’s economy cracks open.
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This Literal Heat Map Shows What Parts of the U.S. Will Be Unbearable This Summer

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U.S. Weighs Expanding Laptop Ban to Europe Routes

U.S. airlines are set to meet with national security officials as the government considers expanding a laptop ban in aircraft cabins to include some routes between the U.S. and Europe.
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Volkswagen Brand Plots U.S. Turnaround—Again

German auto maker Volkswagen says its chronically unprofitable U.S. operation is about to turn a corner and start cashing in on the world’s most valuable car market. But it has been down this road before.
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Palace Opens First U.S. Store

In the middle of Palace’s new New York flagship there’s a bronze cherub-like sculpture holding a “P” and urinating into a P-shaped pool of water. On its Instagram account, Palace, a popular streetwear brand based in London, identified the structure as a fountain of youth and a temple of pea pea.
This type of humor is intrinsic to Palace Skateboards, which was founded by Lev Tanju in 2014, and the fountain is Instagram bait for the young crowd — people started to gather at 49 Howard Street on Thursday afternoon in anticipation of the store opening on Friday morning.

Company officials declined to comment about the store and its entry into the American market.
About an hour before the shop opened at 11 a.m., things were civilized and a sizable line of shoppers snaked down Mercer Street — at one point the crowd erupted in excitement when YouTube star Casey Neistat skateboarded down the block. Then the store opened and disorder ensued, so much so that the New York City Police Department had to close down the shop and turn away customers.
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Rodd & Gunn CEO Discusses U.S. Rollout Plan

BROOKLYN — It’s been quite a learning curve for Mike Beagley since his brand decided to make the arduous journey from New Zealand to America six years ago.
But the chief executive officer of Rodd & Gunn has embraced that education and now the U.S. market represents close to one-fifth of the $ 100 million annual volume of the privately held men’s wear label.
“It’s been an amazing journey,” Beagley said. “And we’ve learned as much about what not to do as what to do. But we’ve really got momentum now.”
Beagley was in the States on Wednesday for the official celebration of the brand’s first East Coast store on Front Street in the red-hot DUMBO neighborhood in Brooklyn. The 3,200-square-foot store is only Rodd & Gunn’s second in the U.S., following a flagship that opened in Fashion Island in Newport Beach, Calif., in October. There is also a large shop-in-shop at Wingtip in San Francisco.
The brand operates 95 stores in its home market of New Zealand and Australia.
When Rodd & Gunn first decided to test the waters in the U.S., it entered as a wholesaler as it worked through the logistics of developing product for a market with different seasonality while figuring out U.S.

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Fore! Romo shoots for spot in U.S. Open (Yahoo Sports)

Flush with free time, Tony Romo will try out for U.S. Open golf tournament

Tony Romo must really be retired from the NFL, because he’s focusing on his golf game.



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U.S. Tobacco Industry Rebounds From Its Near-Death Experience

Profits are booming for cigarette companies, despite government regulation, huge legal settlements and a decline in smoking rates. The secret: A consolidated industry has been able to boost the price per pack dramatically.
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Pascal Breton’s Federation Entertainment Develops U.S. Remake of ‘The Bureau,’ ‘Joan of Arc’ Series (EXCLUSIVE)

Pascal Breton’s European indie studio and production company Federation Entertainment is developing a U.S. remake of Eric Rochant’s hit spy thriller “The Bureau,” and a series adaptation of iconic French heroine Joan of Arc. Federation Entertainment is teaming with Alex Berger and Eric Rochant’s banner The Oligarchs Productions, which is also the producer of the… Read more »

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Samsung Faces Big Test as Galaxy S8 Launches in U.S.

Samsung needs a seamless launch in the U.S. this week for its flagship Galaxy S8 smartphone to help win back consumer trust following its costly recall last year of the S7 over battery issues.
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U.S. Bid to Stem Steel Imports Faces Hurdles

President Trump’s bid to stanch imports flowing into the U.S. steel market is fighting strong currents: Domestic prices that are among the world’s highest and a buoyant dollar that pushes down the cost of imports.
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The Most Scenic Train Rides In The U.S.

The phrase is “planes, trains and automobiles.” But sometimes it feels like we forget all about the train altogether, favoring a car’s convenience or the speed of a flight. But trains are a great way to travel: You’ll never hit traffic and it’s much less hassle than you find at the airport. And best of all, certain American train routes bring you much closer to this country’s natural beauty, history and wonder than a car or plane ever could. 

Take a look at some of the most scenic train rides in the U.S. below. Book a ticket, then sit back and watch it all roll by. 

EAST COAST 

1. Cape Cod Central Railroad

Route: Ride east from Bourne to Hyannis, Massachusetts 
Duration: 2 hours 

This coastal excursions run on approximately 27 miles of track from May through October. Traveling from the Cape to the Cape Cod Canal, you can expect to see sand dunes, woodlands, cranberry bogs and salt marshes along the way. 

2. Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Express

Route: North from New York City to Rutland, Vermont
Duration: 5 hours, 30 minutes

This daily route is named for Ethan Allen, the revolutionary war patriot who settled in Vermont. Upstate New York and Vermont both host vast wildernesses, skiing territories, lakes and mountain landscapes. See all of it go by from the first few stops in the Hudson Valley, up through the Catskills, Albany and Saratoga Springs. Stop along the way or ride all the way to the end ― Rutland, Vermont is the state’s second largest city and home to charming B&B’s and inns and several summer festivals. 

WEST COAST

3. Amtrak’s Coast Starlight

Route: Ride north from Los Angeles through Portland to Seattle
Duration: 35 hours

The Coast Starlight is easily one of the most beautiful train rides in North America. Ride along stretches of the Pacific ocean, up through San Francisco and past lush forests and snow-covered Mount Shasta. This train runs every day.

4. Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner

Route: San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and San Diego
Duration: 5 hours, 45 minutes

Cruise along the Southern California coast as you travel south from San Luis Obispo to San Diego. Amtrak says that to be any closer to the water, you’d need to be on a surfboard. Jump off the train when it stops in Anaheim for a fun day at Disneyland. The train is easy to catch, with multiple departures a day. 

5. Napa Valley Wine Train

Route: Napa Valley to St. Helena and back
Duration: 3 hours

Ride 36 miles roundtrip through pure California wine country beauty in antique Pullman cars. The route itself is more than 150 years old, and you’ll see some of the most expensive and well-known agricultural real estate in the U.S. The trip will also help you get a better understanding of why the geography and climate of Napa make it so conducive to cultivating vineyards. The journey is guided, and riders can choose between wine tours, dining tours or special day packages such as Mother’s Day or Father’s Day tours. The train runs throughout the year. 

6. Grand Canyon Railway

Route: Williams, Arizona north to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park
Duration: 2 hours, 15 minutes each way

There’s just nothing quite like the Grand Canyon, and seeing it by train means you’ll likely see even more of it. Watch plant life change as you leave Flagstaff behind and keep your eyes peeled for elk, mountain lions, mule deer and ravens flying overhead. The train runs daily. Train crew members provide stories, history, music and entertainment along the way.

7. Royal Gorge Railroad

Route: Roundtrip from Canon City, Colorado, through the Royal Gorge
Duration: 2-2.5 hours 

Take in the breathtaking scenery of Colorado’s Royal Gorge on a short guided tour. The area is steeped in American history, including when steel miners descended on the land in the 1870s. Tours include food, drink and storytelling, providing context to the scenery that’ll take the experience to the next level. 

ALASKA

8. Alaska’s Coastal Classic Train

Route: Anchorage to Seward, Alaska
Duration: 4 hours

To see the Alaskan wilderness up close while you travel, go by train instead of car. You’ll spot bald eagles, beluga whales, glacial backdrops and alpine meadows as the train passes through the Kenai Mountains, which are rich with wildlife. Trains run every day.

SOUTH

9. Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Route: Bryson City to Nantahala Gorge, North Carolina
Duration: 3.5 hours to a full day, depending on the excursion

There is significant beauty to be seen and fun to be had on this route, which makes long stops along the Nantahala River and in Dillsboro, a small historic town. Jump aboard the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad to see the Carolina mountains and more than 125 varieties of trees and plant life. Country inns, lodges, historic sites and quaint shops line this route along the Great Smoky Mountains National Park region. Trains run throughout year, but schedules vary by season. 

MIDWEST

10. Amtrak’s California Zephyr

Route: Cross-country from Chicago through Omaha, Denver, Salt Lake City, and Reno to San Francisco
Duration: 51 hours, 20 minutes

People who dream of driving cross country but don’t actually want to drive should consider the California Zephyr. Scenic highlights include the Rocky Mountains, Nebraska plains, Sierra Nevadas, Moffat Tunnel, Colorado’s Gore, Byers and Glenwood Canyons, Truckee River and the San Pablo Bay and the Carquinez Strait. The train runs every day.

11. Amtrak’s Empire Builder 

Route: Chicago through Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, and Idaho to either Portland or Seattle
Duration: 46 hours

History buffs and fans of the Wild West will get a kick out of this speedy train which travels daily along the Pacific Northwest and much of the Lewis And Clark trail. Expect views of true American splendor: Vast North Dakota plains, Big Sky country in Montana and incredible views of the Mississippi River. 

There’s so much to see, isn’t there? 

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All ‘Doctor Who’ Classic Episodes Now on BritBox SVOD Service Exclusively in U.S.

Daleks, Cybermen and Autons — oh my. The original 26 seasons of British sci-fi cult fave “Doctor Who” are now available exclusively in the U.S. on BritBox, the $ 6.99-per-month subscription-streaming service launched earlier this month by BBC Worldwide and ITV. Apart from BritBox in the U.S., the “classic” season of “Doctor Who” — which aired… Read more »

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Breguet Names Kramer U.S., Canada Brand President

Breguet has named Peter Kramer as its new brand president for the U.S. and Canada.
Kramer — who began his position in February — has extensive experience in the jewelry and watch field.
His last position was as executive director, sales and network development in watches and fine jewelry at Chanel Inc.
He also served as executive director, operational marketing in Chanel U.S. watch and fine jewelry divisions.
Prior, he held numerous roles at Cartier, including assistant vice president for merchandising and supply chain.

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Trump’s Firing of New York U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Evokes ‘Billions’

Chuck Rhoades wouldn’t go down without a fight, and neither did Preet Bharara, the former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. The Trump administration’s mass firing of 46 U.S. Attorneys appointed during the Obama years generated a tidal wave of social media commentary on Saturday. Among the most talked-about was the dismissal… Read more »

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ZTE to Pay $892 Million to U.S. for Violating Iran Sanctions

Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE agreed to pay $ 892 million and plead guilty to violating U.S. sanctions on Iran and obstructing a federal investigation, ending a five-year probe.
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Fan Ink Launches Fi Hats in the U.S.

The Fi Collection is making its U.S. debut.
Fan Ink, the manufacturer of officially licensed sports gear, will introduce the Fi Collection, a line of hats dedicated to international soccer, to the U.S. market.
“From an undeniable international influence and favor for the sport globally, the popularity of professional soccer has grown tremendously Stateside over the past decade,” said Robert St. Amant, vice president of sales and marketing for the Fi Collection. “By uniting a lifelong interest in soccer with our expertise in headwear, we hope to meet high demands on urban lifestyle and soccer aficionados, uniting them with the greatest international sport in a more elevated, stylish way than ever before.”
The collection, which ranges in price from $ 26 to $ 40, will be available at Lids and feature the proprietary Inno-Fit Sweatband, which provides moisture control, and wicking technology.
Along with launching in the U.S., Fi has also launched licensed product with 15 international soccer clubs including the France national team, Club América in Mexico and the Brazil national team.

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U.S. Army Lifts Ban On Dreadlocks

The U.S. Army has lifted the ban on dreadlocks, freeing black women in the army from having to decide between their hair and serving their country.

The ban against locs, twists and braids was instated in April 2014, facing instant backlash from black women who find these protective styles the most practical to wear when in service. The Army unbanned braids and twists amidst the criticism, but the ban on locs remained.

YouTube guru Nikky Nwamokobia, who runs the channel Green Beauty, created a video requesting a removal of the ban on locs in the Army in September.

In January 2017, the loc ban was finally reversed. According to the New York Times, the latest change was made in the Army’s Army Regulation 670-1 grooming regulations, which states that each loc, twist or braid must be “of uniform dimension; have a diameter no greater than a half-inch; and present a neat, professional and well-groomed appearance.”

While it doesn’t look like freeform locs are a part of this lifted ban, this is most certainly a victory for black women and men who wear natural styles in the military. 

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article misstated the date the ban was lifted.

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Style – The Huffington Post
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H-1B Crackdown Fears Open Rift Between U.S., Indian Tech Firms

Silicon Valley technology firms, worried about their ability to bring foreign workers to the U.S. under President Trump, are distancing themselves from Indian outsourcing firms, which are heavy users of the same visa program that U.S. tech firms rely on.
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H-1B Crackdown Fears Open Rift Between U.S., Indian Tech Firms

Silicon Valley technology firms, worried about their ability to bring foreign workers to the U.S. under President Trump, are distancing themselves from Indian outsourcing firms, which are heavy users of the same visa program that U.S. tech firms rely on.
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Solange Is Strong And Gorgeous On Her First Elle U.S. Cover

Now this is the style hero we need right now.

Solange Knowles is rocking the March cover of Elle magazine in a fiery red puffy coat, with a pose that may or may not be a nod to our favorite female figurehead

Like her cover look, Solange’s recent album “A Seat A The Table” contains some fierce and much-welcome attitude as she sings about the black experience in America. But as the singer told Elle, she’s tried to infuse her “hard, messy” political conversations with “a certain lightness and airiness that could maybe help me get closer to having more light and airiness in my life.”

From red hot to white hot, we totally approve.

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The CDC Says U.S. Flu Cases Have Reached Epidemic Levels

Eight children have died from the virus this flu season.

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Silicon Valley Executives Criticize U.S. Travel Restrictions

Leaders from across the technology industry expressed concern about the effect of President Donald Trump’s immigration order on foreign nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries on their employees, with some executives saying the ban violated their personal and company principles.
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Leaders from across the technology industry expressed concern about the effect of President Donald Trump’s immigration order on foreign nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries on their employees, with some executives saying the ban violated their personal and company principles.
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