Chicago schools resume, Apple TV Plus launches, California wildfires: 5 things to know Friday


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Published 2: 52 AM EDT Nov 1, 2019

Chicago students return to class after 11-day teachers strike

After missing 11 days of school and enduring a snow-covered Halloween, students in the nation’s third-largest school district return to class Friday. The return follows a historic teachers strike that idled academics, sports and college prep for about 350,000 students and their families. Mayor Lori Lightfoot agreed Thursday to allow teachers and students to make up five of the 11 days lost to the strike. The union won major concessions from City Hall — particularly on limiting class sizes and hiring more support staff — but its more than 25,000 members still need to vote on the contract before it can go into effect.

California wildfires: Wind expected to ease

The hurricane-force wind gusts that fanned at least 10 wildfires across California are expected to diminish in Los Angeles by Friday. The end of the wind event, which has already let up somewhat in Northern California, should also bring more amenable temperatures for firefighters who have at times been battling blazes in intense heat. On Thursday, more than 17 million residents were designated as living in areas deemed a critical or severe wildfire risk, according to the National Weather Service. However, that number should fall precipitously in the next couple of days, AccuWeather senior meteorologist Paul Walker said. Additionally, more than 106,000 people remain without power because of an unrelenting series of planned outages aimed at limiting fire risk. 

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Friday marks Rep. Katie Hill’s final day in Congress

California Rep. Katie Hill’s last day on Capitol Hill will be Friday, her office said. Hill, who represents California’s 25th congressional district, is a first-term Democratic congresswoman who was part of last year’s historic, women-led wave in the midterm elections. She recently resigned amid an ethics probe into an alleged sexual relationship with a congressional aide, which she denied. Hill, however, did acknowledge a relationship with a campaign staffer who is not on her congressional staff and apologized, saying the relationship happened “despite my better judgment.” During her last speech on the House floor Thursday, Hill said “I’m leaving now because of a double standard.”  

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Apple joins crowded market for streaming TV

The company that brought you the Macintosh computer, iPhone, iPad and iTunes now wants you to turn to it for entertainment. The Apple TV Plus service launches Friday with eight series (most notably “The Morning Show,” starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell), a documentary and a talk show.  To get you to sign up for Apple TV Plus, Apple has been basically giving away the store: Buy a new Apple hardware product and you get one year of TV service free. Everyone else can get a 7-day free trial of Apple TV Plus before subscribing for $4.99 monthly. 

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Goodbye, Dressbarn stores: Liquidation sales to begin

Liquidation sales at the 544 remaining Dressbarn stores will start Friday. Some stores have already closed since the women’s clothing chain announced its plans in May to shutter all locations. This week, the company announced that the rest of its stores will close by Dec. 26 and that a new connection would launch in 2020. Existing store gift cards and merchandise credits will be honored throughout the liquidation sale, and the connection will remain open and will accept gift cards and merchandise credits through Dec. 31 or while merchandise supplies last. Dressbarn is part of New Jersey-based Ascena Retail Group, whose other brands include Ann Taylor, Lane Bryant, Catherines, Cacique and Justice.

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