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President blames FBI ... President to address CPAC ... J.C. Penney store closings

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 24, 2017 at 6:42 a.m.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is blaming the FBI for failing to stop leaks to the media. He says the information being reported is classified and could have a "devastating effect" on the country. Trump's tweet follows reports that his chief of staff, Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus), asked a top FBI official to dispute media reports that Trump's campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six years ago, Donald Trump stepped out before the nation's largest gathering of conservative activists for the first time. The crowd was less than adoring, occasionally laughing and booing. Today, Trump returns as President of the United States. He's expected to get a much warmer reception this time from the Conservative Political Action Conference.

NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney says 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. The company says it will also initiate a voluntary early retirement program for about 6,000 eligible employees.

WAGONER, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say four people were injured, three of them critically, when a private natural gas well exploded in eastern Oklahoma. The explosion happened last night as contract workers were repairing a gas line near Wagoner, about 125 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. The Tulsa World reports the gas line was damaged by a truck earlier in the day.

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition activists say a second car bomb has exploded in a town just captured from Islamic State group militants by Turkish troops and Syrian fighters, leaving at least eight people dead. An earlier explosion in the same village killed at least 60, most of them civilians lining up to return to the town after IS retreated.

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