Target's shares are plunging in an "increasingly volatile consumer environment," though the retail giant is denying that the conservative boycott against its transgender bathroom policies is playing a big part.
"Shares of the company were off 7.6 percent at $68 as of 4 p.m. trading on Wednesday. Sales at stores open at least a year rose 1.2 percent in the quarter ended April 30, short of Target's 1.5 percent to 2.5 percent annual target," The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, noting that this is the first such decline in two years, since Brian Cornell took over as CEO.
Cornell said that "an increasingly volatile consumer environment" is to blame for consumers pulling back on spending in the first quarter, and noted that other retail giants, including Macy's and Nordstrom, also reported losses. more >>
Popular department store in the US, Ross, is taking some heat after in the ongoing transgender controversy after letting a man use the women's dressing room.
Reports indicated that a man was let into a women's dressing room earlier this week in one of the Ross department stores. A woman named Lisa Stickles complained that the Mesquite branch allowed a man to enter the women's dressing room while she was inside.
She explained, "I was in the dressing room, when we heard a man's voice. She [the manager] went inside the dressing room, came right back out and called me to the side and told me… he was representing himself as a woman today." more >>
LeToya Luckett is glorifying God after earning a role in the upcoming film about singer Dionne Warwick to be titled "Dionne."
"To God be the glory," the 35-year-old actress and singer wrote on Instagram Saturday. "Overjoyed and honored! Thank you #DionneWarwick."
Warwick, the 75-year-old singer and actress announced that Luckett would take a leading role in the film alongside actors Olympia Dukakis and Danny Glover. The film will be based off Warwick's 2010 autobiography My Life as I See It and will document her career from 1962 through 1968. more >>
The South Carolina legislature approved a bill Tuesday banning most late-term abortions after 19 weeks of pregnancy unless the mother's life is at risk in a medical emergency.
According to The State, lawmakers in the South Carolina House voted 79-29 in favor of the bill, making South Carolina the 17th state to approve a ban on late-term abortion. After it is ratified, Gov. Nikki Haley is expected to sign the bill into law.
"I can't imagine any scenario in which I wouldn't sign it," Haley told The State in March, noting that she wanted to see the details of the bill before signing it into law. more >>
A group of public school students in Oregon skipped class earlier this week to stage a protest against President Obama's directive that public schools allow students to use bathrooms that match their gender identity, not their birth sex.
Students and parents from Hedrick Middle School staged a protest Monday against the directive, arguing that the federal government's policy of giving students who are boys according to their birth sex access to girls bathrooms and changing rooms, and vice versa, endangers their safety.
In an interview with local news station KTVL channel 10, one student stated that a major reason for their objection was the concern that boys will use the directive as an excuse to enter girls' restrooms. more >>
Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., is demanding answers from the United States Department of Education over its controversial transgender bathroom directive that it and the Department of Justice sent to all United States public school districts last week.
The departments issued a joint edict to all public schools instructing them to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity last Friday and relied on Title IX law to justify its order.
With public schools running the risk of losing millions in federal education funding if they don't let biological boys into girls locker rooms and bathrooms, and vice versa, Lankford, chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee, asserted in a letter to Education Secretary John B. King on Tuesday that the Obama administration's interpretation of Title IX is actually contradictory to what the law states. more >>