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J.C. Penney to close between 130-140 stores

J.C. Penney will be closing 130-140 stores in the coming months, the company reported Friday.

"We believe closing stores will also allow us to adjust our business to effectively compete against the growing threat of online retailers," Chief Executive Officer Marvin Ellison said in a statement.

The company also announce it would launch a voluntary early retirement program for about 6,000 eligible employees.

In addition to the retail stores, the company says it will also close two distribution facilities.

J.C. Penney said it expected annual savings of about $200 million from the cost-cutting measures. A list of the stores  to be closed will be released in March, the statement said, after the company notifies its employees. All the stores should be closed in the second quarter of 2017.

2017 Oscars: Two-sentence summaries of every Best Picture nominee

We know the struggle. Every year, when the Oscars get close, it goes something like this:

You: This year, I'm going to see every nominee for Best Picture.

Inner You: TBH, I'm really just in to see best dressed and who gives the most shocking speech.

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Well you don't have to worry this year because we've got you covered. Without further ado, here's the lowdown on every single Oscar-nominated film for Best Picture -- in easily digestible two-sentence summaries:

"Manchester By the Sea"

This is a film where the least devastating plot line is that a miserable handyman, Lee, has to go home to plan his brother's funeral and take care of his equally miserable teenage nephew. We won't spoil the rest, but we are not sure we will ever recover from the ridiculously depressing reveal of Lee's past (and yet, the whole thing is kind of beautiful).

"Arrival"

Apparently, aliens are actually interested in saving humankind -- if we learn to talk to them. A linguistics professor (Amy Adams) is called in to attempt to communicate with shadowy, ink-dispensing giant squid monsters after they land their spacecrafts on Earth -- and all it really takes is a teeny, human-sized whiteboard.  

"Hidden Figures"

A group of lady geniuses are really the human computers quietly running NASA behind the scenes and simultaneously nailing 60s fashion -- all while putting up with rampant sexism and racism with utter class. In other words, two hours and seven minutes of gloriously nerdy girl power wrapped in a powerful story about the quiet civil-rights heroines who, thankfully, are hidden no more.

"La La Land"

This is a musical -- where, natch, characters do very old-school, romantic musically things like traipsing around L.A. and breaking into random song and dance like no one is watching. But really, the true love story here is that Hollywood is deeply, unabashedly in love with itself.

"Fences"

Denzel Washington is just super, super mean to his son and goddess of a wife Viola Davis for the entire (2+ hour) movie because he's still mad at the world about the end of his baseball career. His son isn't having it, but alas, Davis' character loves him anyway and puts up with all of his nonsense, and we're cool with that, because TBH, the world just needs every second of Davis/Washington screentime it can get.

"Hacksaw Ridge"

This is the incredible true story of a soldier-turned-conscientious objector who managed to save 75 men during WWII without ever firing a single shot. Or -- that movie where Mel Gibson finally managed to get back into Hollywood's good graces after years of exile.

"Lion"

This true story is proof that Google Maps is literally everywhere and can find anyone and anything. A lost child in India who got adopted as a child by an Australian couple grows up to be the seriously good-looking Dev Patel and uses “the Google” to try to find his birth parents, thanks Google, did we mention Google? Google.

"Moonlight"

If this heart-wrenching coming-of-age film doesn't make you cry (like, a lot) then you are not a real human person. A gay man struggles through 3 different phases in his life while dealing with drugs, his sexuality and his emotionally abusive, drug-addicted mother.

"Hell or High Water"

A modern-day western Robin Hood with some pretty epic 'stashes and Jeff Bridges playing the grizzled Texas Ranger he was always meant to be. Two brothers who are about to get their home foreclosed on ingeniously rob the same banks they owe and use the spoils to pay them back.

Police: Flannel shirt on woman’s windshield was a prank

A Michigan woman who believed she was the target of a human trafficker’s tactic was actually the victim of a prank, according to police.

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WEYI reported that two men admitted to putting the shirt on Ashley Hardacre’s car as a prank. They told police they did not know of the prank’s connection to human trafficking and apologized for scaring Hardacre. 

On Feb. 16, Hardacre said she found a flannel shirt wrapped around her windshield wiper while leaving her job at Genesee Valley Center in Flint Township, Michigan. There also was a running car nearby. 

Feeling uneasy, she left the parking lot and discarded the shirt after taking a picture of it. 

Hardacre reported the incident on Facebook along with a message that has been shared more than 100,000 times; the post has since been taken down. 

Flint Township police also saw the post and made contact with Hardacre.

A follow-up investigation and mall security camera footage produced a vehicle description and the two possible suspects.  Security camera footage also showed the men leaving the parking lot more than an hour after Hardacre left, WEYI reported. 

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Bees create buzz by learning to play golf

Bumblebees playing an improvised game of golf are creating quite a buzz among scientists.

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The bees have learned to push a ball into a hole to receive a reward, New Scientist reported.

Scientists know that bees can learn to pull a string to reach an artificial flower containing sugar solution. Bees sometimes have to pull parts of flowers to access nectar, so this isn’t a difficult concept to learn. So Olli Loukola at London’s Queen Mary University tried a more complex task.

Loukola wanted to see if bees could learn to move an object that was not attached to a reward, New Scientist reported. His team built a circular platform with a small hole in the center that was filled with a sugar solution. A researcher showed the bees how to “putt” a ball across the “green,” using a plastic bee on a stick that demonstrated how to move the round object.

The researchers trained three groups  bees differently, New Scientist reported. One group watched a previously trained bee solving the task; another was shown the ball moving into the hole, pulled by a hidden magnet; and a third group was given no demonstration, but was shown the ball already in the hole containing the reward.

The researchers then let the bees do the task on their own. The bees that watched others move the ball were the most successful and took less time to solve the task. Bees that saw the magnetic demonstration also were more successful than those that did not view it.

When the bees were trained with three balls placed at different distances from the hole, most of the successful bees moved the one closest to the hole. This showed that they were able to make generalizations to solve the task more easily, rather than copying exactly what they had seen, New Scientist reported. They also succeeded when faced with a black ball after being trained with a yellow one, showing they weren’t just attracted to the specific color.

“They don’t just blindly copy the demonstrator; they can improve on what they learned,” Loukola said. He thinks this cognitive flexibility could help the bees forage successfully in changing natural environments. “This ability to copy others and improve upon what they observe, I think that’s really important.”

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Ohio woman’s obituary is a sassy sendoff

Jean Oddi wanted the final say, and the Ohio woman got one with style, spunk and sarcasm. It was a sassy sendoff courtesy of her daughter and granddaughter.

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“I was born. I lived. I died. I hate to admit it, but evidently, I died,” according to the obituary that appeared online at Legacy.com and was published in the Columbus Dispatch. “I guess, after all these years, God finally figured out where to put me.”

Obituaries leave the deceased at the mercy of family members. Those relatives may have incorrect information or, in the case of a Texas man last month, an ax to grind with the chance for the last word. But Oddi, who died Feb. 20 in Columbus at 91, received an obituary that would have made the self-proclaimed Queen of Sass proud.

"She always got the first word and the last word," daughter Casey Oddi Clark said Wednesday.

Clark, with the help of her daughter, Melissa Falter, wrote the obituary for her mother in Oddi’s voice. It cost the family $1,250, the Dispatch reported, but family members said it was worth the cost.

"My friends would always say, 'She's wonderful,'" Clark told the Dispatch. "I'd say, 'Yeah? You want her?'"

The obituary minces no words and is sprinkled with obscenities. She loved drinking hot coffee, telling jokes and stories from the “bad old days,” and “teaching my granddaughter dirty songs.”

In the obituary, Oddi notes that she was the daughter of a “wonderful and beautiful woman” and an “SOB man.” She chides her daughter for not naming Melissa after her and was considers “a crazy teenager, a loving wife, a hard worker, a loyal friend and a hands-on grandmother.”

The day after Oddi died was Clark’s birthday. For years, Oddi forgot when it was, so Clark would send her mother flowers to remind her, the Dispatch reported. Falter now does the same thing for her mother.

But as usual, Oddi found a way to top that tradition. Clark said that when she turned 40, she received a birthday card for the first time in decades — 40 of them, to be exact.

"She sent each one individually stamped and mailed individually," Clark told the Dispatch. "She put $1 in one like it was for a 3-year-old. It was priceless."

In the obituary, Oddi reminds readers that the middle finger is “sign language,” and when someone gives, “take.” When someone takes, “scream.”

“Oh, and don’t tell anyone what kind of day to have,” she says. 

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Baby panda clings to worker’s leg, won’t be stopped in funny video

A baby panda at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan, China, took a shine to one of the workers this week.

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A video of the episode shows the baby at the Chengdu Panda Base clinging to the worker’s leg and holding on as the worker tries to spread around bamboo. The employee repeatedly removes the little bear from his leg, but the baby keeps coming back.

The base, which opened in 1987, is a nonprofit research and breeding facility for the endangered giant panda

#MoodBooster--Nanny, play with me, no working!--Baby, just a minute.--hmmm, I will stop you with my cuteness!Posted by iPanda on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

There are an estimated 1,600 giant pandas left in the wild and some 300 in zoos and breeding programs worldwide, according to the Smithsonian National Zoological Park.

See rare rain drain spectacle on California lake from heavy downpours

Heavy rains have inundated parts of California, flooding neighborhoods and roads and causing hundreds of evacuations.

The state’s waterways are running at capacity in some areas, with lakes and rivers overflowing their banks from the intense rainfall.

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All the rain is also behind a rare spectacle in Napa County, that only occurs when the water levels reach a certain height on Lake Berryessa near the Monticello Dam. The lake has a spillway or drain, similar to a drain in a bathtub, which is breached when water levels rise more than 440 feet above sea level.

The lake’s water spills over the funnel-shaped drain, called the Glory Hole, and flows 700 feet down to a creek below. From above, the drain looks like a bottomless pit that’s sucking the water down and out of the lake in a whirlpool-like phenomenon.

The spillway can take in as much as 48,000 cubic feet of water per second when the lake reaches capacity. That’s about the equivalent of draining half an Olympic-sized pool in one second, CBS News reported.

The last time locals saw water rushing through the drain on Lake Berryessa was back in 2006, some 11 years ago.

World's Largest Drain in ActionThe Glory Hole Spillway at Lake Berryessa is active for its first time in over a decade!Posted by Matador Network on Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The coolest thing ever!!! Definitely recommend taking the drive to see this. The Glory Hole at Lake BerryessaPosted by Kiana Fisher on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Police department helps girl solve math problem during homework emergency

A girl got the homework help she needed when facing a math emergency thanks to her local police department.

A series of photos shared by the Marion, Ohio, Police Department Facebook page shows a message a fifth-grade student sent the department, asking for help solving a math problem. The girl’s mother, Molly Draper, originally shared the images online.

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My daughter. Cause...  She's my daughter.Posted by Molly Draper on Friday, February 17, 2017

Here’s a transcript of the conversation:

Student: I’m having trouble with my homework. Could you help me?

Police department: What’s up?

Student: Well I don’t understand (8+29) x 15

Police department: Do the numbers in the parentheses first so in essence it would be 37 x 15

Student: OK, now if I had this (90+27) + (29+15) x 2

Police department: Take the answer from the first parentheses plus the answer from the second parentheses and multiply that answer times two. Work left to right doing the work inside the parentheses first.

While the police department wasn’t entirely right on the second question (remember the order of operations!), people on social media were touched by officers' willingness to help.

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“That y’all took the time to help is wonderful. I love positive stories about police. Thank you!!” wrote Facebook user Lili Michaela Schaumburg.

“Love, love, love this a thousand times over. So proud that our MPD is doing amazing things for our community. This is what it’s all about! Thank you Marion Police Department!” wrote Sarah Mae.

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Draper said she was touched by the department’s act of service toward her daughter.

“Thank you, Marion, Ohio, Police Department, for truly building relationships with the community,” Draper wrote.

Oklahoma town abolishes dancing ban

An old law that left folks feeling "Footloose" in Henryetta, Oklahoma, is set to be abolished.

City officials abolished strict rules on dancing Tuesday after organizers had to cancel a Valentine's Day dance.

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Organizers said the law was overlooked for the past 50 years, but it was illegal to dance in some parts of the city.

Two store owners said they wanted to raise money for renovations at their store with a special event above their downtown business.

When they began advertising their dance, though, they hit a roadblock, and people began accusing them of breaking the law.

It turns out that a 1977 city ordinance prohibited public dances within 500 feet of a school or church. It caused the cancellation of the store owners' event, but now work is underway to abolish the dancing ban.

Many say they will be dancing in the streets now that the ban is abolished.

The council voted to abolish the ban at a council meeting scheduled for Feb. 21. 

Classic Barbie gets a 21st century makeover into Hologram Barbie

Mattel has unveiled its newest version of the classic Barbie doll, only it’s not really a doll. It’s a holographic image of a Barbie in a box.

The toymaker showed off the new virtual doll, Hello Barbie Hologram, at the annual Toy Fair in New York over the weekend.

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The new 21st century virtual Barbie is like a Siri or Alexa, only for kids.

The Barbie hologram exists inside a plastic container, CNN reported. It’s voice-activated, can answer questions, and can change its appearance, including skin tone and clothing.

This hologram Barbie sits in a box on a nightstand like a fairy, waiting on your child's commands https://t.co/auOs3hE3Dp pic.twitter.com/OXNvkiyeUa— CNET (@CNET) February 17, 2017

The virtual doll talks, dances and is programmable. It connects to the internet and will also operate through Bluetooth

It’s expected to hit store shelves next fall for under $300.

Survey reveals record number of manatees spotted in Florida waters

A new survey has revealed a record number of manatees spotted in Florida’s waters.

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According to CNN, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission released findings indicating that over 6,000 manatees were spotted in Florida for the third consecutive year. The aerial survey showed that a preliminary total of 6,620 manatees were seen swimming in Florida’s water during the 2017 survey, up from the total of 6,250 in 2016 and 6,063 in 2015.

The findings signify an even more significant increase from the 1,267 creatures spotted in 1991.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is considering changing the sea cow’s status from endangered to threatened, meaning that federal restrictions on things like boat speed and waterfront development may be lifted.

Read more at CNN.com.

93-year-old ‘Kung Fu Granny’ still practicing after nearly 9 decades

Zhang Hexian wakes up every day at 5 a.m. to practice kung fu, like many who either have, or hope to, master the martial art.

What makes Zhang different is that she’s made daily kung fu practice her habit for the last 89 years. Zhang, 93, has been practicing for nearly as long as she can remember.

“I started when I was 4 years old,” Zhang told CNN. “It’s my family tradition that has lasted more than 300 years.”

Don't let Zhang Hexian's age fool you: the 94-year-old woman has a particular set of skills that make her a nightmare...Posted by CGTN on Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The “Kung Fu Granny,” who has recently gained international attention for her skills, said that she was born in 1924, during a time when China was at war with other countries. For her family, kung fu was good self-defense.

Over nearly nine decades, she has mastered each of the 15 different styles that her type of kung fu encompasses. Each of those styles has 36 different moves, and it takes about three years to master an individual style.

This is so amazing! This is a real MASTER! Look at the proper position of her thumbs. That tells you she is the real...Posted by Eddie Chen on Monday, February 13, 2017

The hardest part came in the beginning, she said.

“Most difficult was learning to squat firmly, because it made my muscles so sore,” Zhang told CNN. “I remember being so sore, I couldn’t even go to the bathroom. And we were a poor family, so after practicing, I’d be starving and we’d have nothing to eat.”

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Nearly 90 years after she first took up the art, Zhang now teaches her skills to her neighbors in Dongyuan Village, near Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, in southeastern China. The Shanghai Daily reported that she also taught the practice to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The newspaper reported that kung fu was also what brought Zhang and her late husband together. Her husband, Feng Yongkai, was a student of her father’s.

They practiced together in the mountains, ultimately falling in love, marrying and starting a family.

Her son, Feng Chuanyin, told the Daily that his mother taught him that kung fu is for health and self-defense only. Attacking others is “absolutely unacceptable,” he said.

She once had to use her skills to save her own life from robbers, however. Zhang was accosted by three men, two of whom she took down before they could react.

The third realized that he stood no chance against his petite target and fled, the Daily reported.

Zhang told CNN that kung fu, along with plenty of sleep and a mostly vegetarian diet, has kept her healthy. She said it’s also important to keep a positive attitude and to help others whenever you can.

She was surprised to learn that photos and videos of her practicing her art had affected people around the world.

“I never thought about being famous,” she told CNN. “If people love kung fu, my family can teach them. We have been teaching people around here -- but I never imagined we'd get the attention of others around the world.”

Florida lawmakers propose creating animal abuse registry

Keeping animal abusers from adopting more pets is the goal of a proposed Florida bill.

House Bill 871 would create an animal abuse registry that is open to the public and lists everyone convicted of animal cruelty.

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"We don't want animals in the hands of people who are going to abuse them," Jacksonville resident Nicole Silvestre said.

Mike Merrill, founder of Florida Urgent Rescue, said the bill is long overdue.

"We need to make sure people who abuse animals are prevented from ever buying or adopted an animal ever again," Merrill said.

State Rep. Jared Moskowitz is behind the bill. It would require all pet stores, breeders and shelters to check the registry before selling or adopting an animal. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement would maintain the registry.

"Studies have shown that there's a correlation between people who abuse animals and child abuse, sexual abuse, spousal abuse," Moskowitz said.

But since it would only list convicted animal abusers, it wouldn't list people like Lee Ponting, who was arrested after admitting to Action News Jax that he killed, tied up and buried his neighbor's dog.

"That's your neighbor and if he's not convicted how do people know about it? They don't," animal advocate Kim Townsend said.

Nearly two months ago, Townsend created the national Do Not Adopt registry that lists people accused of abusing animals.

"Florida is doing a great job in starting something, but it's just not enough," Townsend said.

Tennessee passed this law last year, but the state is still in the early stages of it.

If this does become law and a person fails to check the registry before selling an animal, he or should would face fines.

Bao Bao prepares to leave U.S. for China

Washington D.C. is getting ready to say goodbye to adorable panda Bao Bao. 

Bao Bao was born in August 2013 and is part of the National Zoo's partnership with the China Wildlife Conservation Association.

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“There is a loan agreement,” National Zoo animal keeper Marty Dearie told FOX DC. “Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, her parents, are here on loan, and that loan agreement stipulates that any cub we have is required to go to China. They can stay here up until they are four years old. She is three and a half years old. It is right in the perfect time for her to head back.”

It's a long flight to China for Bao Bao - 16 hours total. Since she loves bamboo, caretakers are arranging to take 50 pounds of it, along with sweet potatoes and apples.

The zoo has planned a week of celebratory events to say goodbye to Bao Bao. 

We're celebrating giant panda #BaoBaothis weekend with a series on online and on-site events!#ByeByeBaoBao https://t.co/CHL56pSt58 pic.twitter.com/DCDdN0rwVK— National Zoo (@NationalZoo) February 19, 2017

Ohio college student is best grocery bagger in country

Ohio’s top grocery bagger for two consecutive years finally took home the gold.

Brady Long, 23, won first prize and $10,000 at the National Grocers Association’s Best Bagger championship last Monday at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

“It was very exciting,” Long told the Medina Gazette. “This year, I was a lot more confident.”

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Contestants are judged on speed of bagging, proper bag-building technique, weight distribution and style.

Long, an accounting student at the University of Akron, beat 23 other baggers from across the country. The national competition started in 1987.

“Baggers and courtesy clerks are often the last impression a customer has of a store, and because of this, superior bagging skills, along with friendly customer service, are critical elements to a positive shopping experience for the consumer,” Peter J. Larkin, grocery association president, said in a release. “The Best Bagger competition truly epitomizes the spirit and work ethic of the supermarket industry.”

Heavy rains could impact Oroville Dam on Sunday night

As spillway repairs continue at the Oroville Dam, area residents are bracing for a storm Sunday that will put more stress on the California dam, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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“It looks like it’s going to be a pretty good rainmaker,” said meteorologist Mike Smith of the National Weather Service. “You’re looking at 10 inches from Sunday night to Monday night.”

The storm is expected to impact the Oroville and the Feather River basin areas Sunday night, the Times reported. Much of the water falling across the local mountains and foothills is expected to flow directly into the reservoir. Lake Oroville is currently at 88 percent capacity.

The Department of Water Resources hopes to drain up to a third of the lake to make room for rain and has been sending water down its damaged main spillway and into the Feather River at a rate of 100,000 cubic feet per second, the Times reported.

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UPS trucks purposely avoid left-hand turns

UPS trucks rarely make left-hand turns.

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By favoring right-hand turns — unless making a left is absolutely necessary — UPS carriers save millions of gallons of fuel each year, and avoid emissions equivalent to over 20,000 passenger cars, CNN reported.

The practice began in the 1970s when UPS implemented a "loop dispatch," scheduling deliveries in a right-turning loop and starting with one side of the street first.

"Left-turning traffic typically has to turn against a flow of oncoming vehicles," Tom Vanderbilt, author of the book Traffic: Why We Drive The Way We Do, told CNN.

"This can not only be dangerous, but makes traffic build up, unless you install a dedicated left-turn 'phase,' which is fine but basically adds 30 or 45 seconds to everyone else's single time," he said.

study on crash factors in intersection-related accidents from the US National Highway Traffic Safety Association shows that turning left is the cause in 22.2 percent of crashes, as opposed to 1.2 percent for right turns. About 61 percent of crashes that occur while turning or crossing an intersection involve left turns, as opposed to just 3.1 percent involving right turns.

Left turns are also three times more likely to kill pedestrians than right ones, the New York Times reported, according to data collected by New York City's transportation planners.

"A left-hand turn is also less fuel efficient," Jack Levis, UPS Senior Director of Process Management told CNN, "because your car's idling longer, which is also not good for your vehicle."

UPS does not ban left turns outright, says Levis: "We will make left-hand turns, but not ones that are unnecessary. We don't need to go in circles all day long by making only right-hand turns. We have tools analyze the number of left-hand turns for each route, and we can work out which ones are avoidable."

‘Funky Drummer’ Clyde Stubblefield dead at 73

Clyde Stubblefield, whose 20-second drum break to open James Brown’s 1970 single “Funky Drummer” became one of hip-hop’s most popular samples, died Saturday, Rolling Stone reported. He was 73.

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His wife, Jody Hannon, told The Associated Press that Stubblefield died of kidney failure at a Madison, Wisconsin, hospital. He had been suffering from kidney disease for 10 years, and had been hospitalized for a few days, she said.

Stubblefield performed on several of Brown's hits in the 1960s and early 1970s, including "Cold Sweat," ''Say It Loud — I'm Black and I'm Proud," ''I've Got the Feelin'," and the album "Sex Machine."

But he was best known for his solo on "Funky Drummer." Rolling Stone said it was sampled on more than 1,000 songs and served as the backbeat for countless hip-hop tracks, including Public Enemy's "Fight the Power," Dr. Dre's "Let Me Ride," LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out" and Run-D.M.C.'s "Run's House." It even turned up on Ed Sheeran's "Shirtsleeves" and George Michael's "Freedom '90," the magazine said.

"We were sitting up in the studio, getting ready for a session, and I guess when I got set up I just started playing a pattern. Started playing something," Stubblefield told Rolling Stone. "The bassline came in and the guitar came in and we just had a rhythm going, and if Brown liked it, I just said, 'Well, I'll put something with it.'"

Stubblefield was not listed as a songwriter on the track and therefore didn't see many royalties from the decades of sampling.

"All the drum patterns I played with Brown was my own; he never told me how to play or what to play," Stubblefield told SF Weekly in 2012. "I just played my own patterns, and the hip-hoppers and whatever, the people that used the material probably paid him, maybe. But we got nothing. I got none of it. It was all my drum product."

"People use my drum patterns on a lot of these songs,” Stubblefield told the New York Times in 2011. They never gave me credit, never paid me. It didn't bug me or disturb me, but I think it’s disrespectful not to pay people for what they use."

Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1943, Stubblefield served as a session musician and toured under Otis Redding before becoming Brown's drummer from 1965 to 1971, Rolling Stone reported. He had lived in Madison, his wife's hometown, since the early 1970s, she told the AP.

When Prince heard in 2000 that Stubblefield was suffering from bladder cancer and was deep in debt with medical bills, he paid $90,000 to cover his chemotherapy expenses, Hannon told the AP. In 2002, he had a kidney removed, and he suffered from end-stage renal disease over the last decade, Rolling Stone reported. 

"We lost another Pillar Stone that held up the Foundation of Funk," Bootsy Collins, who performed with Stubblefield on “Sex Machine,” wrote in a Facebook post Saturday. "Mr. Clyde Stubblefield has left our frequency.”

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Monopoly says game over for thimble

Monopoly players can still pass go, end up in jail or take a walk on the Boardwalk, just without the thimble.

The game token, one of the original pieces from the Depression-era board game’s creation, was not popular enough with fans who voted on updating the pieces, according to game maker Hasbro.

“Despite being an integral part of day-to-day life when the token was originally added to the game in 1935, the lucky Thimble has lost its ‘shine’ with today’s fans, and will be retired from the game,” the company told PBS NewsHour.

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There were 4 million votes cast in the contest which ended Jan. 31.

The original pieces -- the race car, thimble, boot, top hat and battleship -- as well as the Scottie dog, horse and rider, and wheelbarrow, which replaced the lantern, purse and rocking horse in the 1950s, could all be replaced.

New pieces could include emojis, a penguin, rubber ducky, sunglasses or scooter.

The cat replaced the iron in a fan vote in 2013 but could be replaced when the final results are revealed March 19 -- World Monopoly Day.

The eight winning game pieces will be packed into Monopoly board games in August, according to the Providence Journal.

 “Only time will tell if fans will decide to stay with the classics, keep a few favorites or pick an entirely new lineup of tokens,” Jonathan Berkowitz, senior vice president of marketing for Hasbro Gaming, said in a release.

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