The two Japanese warships, the Samidare and Ashigara, left western Japan on Friday to join the Carl Vinson and will "practice a variety of tactics" with the U.S. strike group, the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force said in a statement. The Japanese force did not specify where the exercises were taking place but by Sunday the destroyers could have reached an area 2,500 km (1,500 miles) south of Japan, which would be waters east of the Philippines. From there, it could take three days to reach waters off the Korean peninsula. Japan's ships would accompany the Carl Vinson north at least into the East China Sea, a source with knowledge of the plan said. U.S. and South Korean officials have been saying for weeks that the North could soon stage another nuclear test, something the United States, China and others have warned against. South Korea has put is forces on heightened alert. China, North Korea's sole major ally which nevertheless opposes Pyongyang's weapons programs and belligerence, has appealed for calm.
Retailers like Macy's, Payless, and JCPenney have been quietly shuttering, and staples like The Limited are closing their brick-and-mortar shops altogether. Bebe has become the latest casualty, announcing Friday it would close all its stores. CNNMoney reports that Bebe plans to shut down by the end of May 2017, though it's unclear at this point whether they'll go out of business entirely or just transition to online-only sales. As of March , Bebe had 134 retail stores and 34 outlet stores, and sold its products at another 75 stores. View photos Photo credit: Getty More News of their closing had been rumored for months , and shop associates had said liquidation sales were getting started as early as the beginning of April. Bebe, like many of its competitors, felt the harsh effects of online shopping-and couldn't keep up with behemoths such as Amazon. You can find a full list of the Bebe stores that are closing here , in case you want to stock up at a steep discount while you still can. And hey, maybe it's time to root around in the back of your closet for one of those tight dresses from your "going-out" days and take it out on the town. Follow Marie Claire on F acebook for the latest celeb news, beauty tips, fascinating reads, livestream video, and more.
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