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The National Debt Clock, a privately funded estimate of the national debt, is shown on Feb. 1, 2010, in New York. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Trump demands credit for drop in national debt

- The Washington Times

President Trump chastised the press Saturday for not covering the national debt, which has ticked down slightly since he took office — saying by contrast that the debt leaped $200 billion in President Obama’s first month.

Customers walk out of a J.C. Penny department store in Dallas, in this Aug. 16, 2005, file photo. J.C. Penney said Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, that it will be closing anywhere from 130 to 140 stores as well as two distribution centers over the next several months as it aims to improve profitability in the era of online shopping.(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

J.C. Penney to close 13 to 14 percent of stores

- Associated Press

J.C. Penney said Friday that it will be closing anywhere from 130 to 140 stores as well as two distribution centers over the next several months as it aims to improve profitability in the era of online shopping.

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U of I announces Athletic Hall of Fame class

Associated Press

The University of Illinois is announcing its first Athletic Hall of Fame class that includes legendary football coach and Chicago Bears' owner George Halas, baseball Hall of Famer Lou Boudreau and Harold "Red" Grange, the football star whose fame in the early 20th century rivaled that of Babe Ruth.

East Windsor approves casino development agreement

Associated Press

The East Windsor Board of Selectman Saturday unanimously approved a development agreement with two Connecticut tribes hoping to build a new casino to compete with the MGM Resorts International facility opening in nearby Springfield, Massachusetts.

Report: State senator's law firm dealings under scrutiny

Associated Press

A newspaper report says a suburban Chicago legislator works at a law firm that's been paid $9 million over five years for doing legal work for state agencies, government workers' pension funds and local governments.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, left, meets with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, at Tahrir Palace in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Britain agrees $150 million loan guarantee to Egypt on visit

Associated Press

Britain on Saturday finalized a $150 million loan guarantee to Egypt, where Boris Johnson was on his first visit to the country as Foreign Secretary and as a human rights organization urged him to speak about what they described as "appalling" abuses.

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2016, file photo, a mechanized shovel loads coal from an 80-feet thick seam into a haul truck at Cloud Peak Energy's Spring Creek mine near Decker, Mont. Coal from the mine is shipped to power plants for generating electricity. The Interior Department has put on hold changes to how it values coal extracted from public lands after mining companies sued in federal court to challenge the rules. Interior officials say in a Federal Register announcement due to be published Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, that current rules will remain in place pending a court decision. The changes, crafted under the administration of President Barack Obama, were aimed at ensuring companies don't shortchange taxpayers on coal sales to Asia and other markets. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Trump administration blocks changes on coal mining royalties

- Associated Press

The Interior Department has put on hold changes to how the federal government values huge volumes of coal extracted from public lands, primarily in the Western United States, after mining companies challenged the agency in federal court.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, center right, leaves a Governors lunch, with his staff, during the National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Democrats, GOP spar over Medicaid reform at govs' meeting

- Associated Press

Tensions emerged Saturday between Democratic and Republican U.S. governors over a GOP-led proposal for a major overhaul to Medicaid, with Democrats saying the changes would take away people's health coverage to finance tax cuts for the wealthy.