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    Swedish low-cost fashion brand Hennes & Mauritz AB says its first quarter sales increased a modest 7 percent, with strong growth and profits in online operations. Net sales during the December-February period amounted to almost 47 billion kronor, up from 43.7 billion kronor a year earlier. Still, the group's net profit for the period dipped to 2.46 billion kronor ($257 million) from 2.54 billion kronor a year earlier, partly because of higher mark-downs. H&M CEO Karl-Johan Persson on Thursday described the sales growth as 'below our plan.' Persson added that the fashion retail industry in general was 'very tough in many of our large markets' and 'this was reflected in our sales.' The group's brands include H&M, COS, & Other Stories, Monki, Weekday, Cheap Monday and H&M Home.
  • The FBI has reportedly recovered a 1919 Norman Rockwell painting stolen more than 40 years ago from a New Jersey home. The painting, sometimes called 'Lazybones' or 'Boy Asleep with Hoe,' graced the cover of the Sept. 6, 1919, edition of the Saturday Evening Post. The oil-on-canvas piece was among several items taken during a 1976 break-in in Cherry Hill, a Philadelphia suburb. Susan Murta tells The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/2nONreH ) the FBI did a great job. She last saw the painting in her parents' home in 1976. Her parents are deceased. An Inquirer story last year said the owner forked over $75 for it after accidentally damaging the painting with a pool cue in 1954. It's now believed worth more than $1 million. It's not clear how the painting was recovered. ___ Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com
  • Irish church officials are hoping that a meeting of Catholic families that is expected to bring Pope Francis to Ireland next year will help families regain trust in the church following the devastation of the clerical sex abuse scandal. Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said young people in particular 'have been very scandalized' about the decades of abuse and cover-up that have eroded the credibility of the church in Ireland and beyond. Speaking Thursday at the Vatican, Martin said he hoped the Aug. 21-26, 2018 World Meeting of Families would help Irish families overcome their fears. He said the event would seek to 'give new confidence to healthy family life and enable parents to have trust that their children can find a home in the church which is safe.
  • Local homeowners being ticketed for parking in front of their own homes are asking the city to make changes.Kim Pryor of Springfield said she has been battling the city for months.'This is right in front of the owner's house,' she said as she pointed to a car that recently received a parking ticket. TRENDING: Nearly 50 dachshunds rescued, looking for forever homes It's illegal to park your car on a public street for more than 24 hours in Jacksonville.Action News Jax learned that between June of last year and this month, 443 of these 'unattended conveyance' tickets were given out in Jacksonville.However, neighbors in urban residential areas often don't have a choice.Pryor took a survey of her neighbors in Springfield. More than 70 percent of the respondents said they didn't have driveways or garages.'There's six houses right here in this very short space,' Pryor said. 'None of which have driveways, none of which have garages.'Action News Jax has been telling you about neighbors' concerns with parking in Springfield since last August. LOCAL NEWS: Man uses baseball bat to free 2-month-old left in hot car at Jacksonville Lowe's Since then, residents have to get council members to relax the parking rules for residents.They say most emails have gone unreturned.Cherie DiChiara was parked in front of her Springfield home when she was ticketed.'I decided to attend traffic court,' said DiChiara. 'Because the City Council members didn't reply and the one that did wasn't very helpful.'Emails and calls to Councilman Reggie Gaffney, who represents the district, went unreturned.'I would really like to see someone be open to suggestion, and recognize this problem for what it is,' said Pryor.
  • Actor Adam Pally has been arrested and charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana in New York. New York City police spokesman Thomas Antonetti tells The Associated Press that Pally was arrested late Tuesday night in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan. He faces a criminal possession charge for the cocaine and a possession of marijuana count. A court date is set for June. Pally's representative didn't immediately return a request for comment Thursday. Pally is best known for his role as Max Blum in the short-running ABC sitcom 'Happy Endings.' He also plays Dr. Peter Prentice on Hulu's 'The Mindy Project' and stars in 'Making History' on Fox.
  • Malaysian police have stopped guarding the morgue that held the body of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's murdered half brother, after a van departed amid reports his remains may soon leave the country. Shortly after the van left the hospital Thursday, police left the building and the morgue was reopened to the public. National police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said 'please wait' when asked whether Kim Jong Nam's body had left the morgue. Local media said the van arrived at Kuala Lumpur airport's cargo section and Kim's body would be flown out. Authorities say Kim was killed Feb. 13 at the airport when two women smeared his face with a banned nerve agent. North Korea — widely suspected to be behind the attack — has rejected the autopsy findings.
  • ___ ENGLAND A seventh team could be joining the race for Champions League qualification. Everton is making a late run to challenge the current top six, with seven wins from 10 games putting the team at the top of the Premier League's table since the start of the year. Next up: A derby on Saturday against neighbor Liverpool, which is one of the sides fighting to clinch a place in Europe's top competition. Everton would move within three points of fourth-place Liverpool with a win at Anfield. But the international break hasn't been kind to Everton manager Ronald Koeman. The defense will be stretched after attacking right back Seamus Coleman broke a leg on Ireland duty and center back Ramiro Funes Mori injured a knee while playing for Argentina. Arsenal and Manchester City, two other members of the top six, meet at Emirates Stadium on Sunday while Chelsea takes a 10-point lead into a match against Crystal Palace. — By Steve Douglas in Manchester ___ FRANCE Monaco has a chance to break Paris Saint-Germain's hegemony by taking the League Cup off the defending champions. One of the most exciting teams in Europe this season, Monaco is chasing a first major title since it won the League Cup in 2003. The team has scored 16 goals in its past five games. But Monaco's ambitions could be hampered by the absence of key players in Saturday's final in Lyon. Midfielder Fabinho is suspended while Djibril Sidibe (rib injury) and Radamel Falcao (hip injury) are doubtful for the final. Monaco, the last French team standing in the Champions League, remains in contention for a rare quadruple. The club has a three-point lead over PSG in the league and will play Lille in the French Cup quarterfinals next month. — By Samuel Petrequin in Paris. ___ PORTUGAL In a game that could go a long way to determining the destination of the title, league leader Benfica hosts FC Porto with one point separating them. Porto has closed a five-point gap to join Benfica as the front-runners, with Sporting Lisbon nine points behind in third. Benfica is seeking an unprecedented fourth straight league title. At home, Benfica is unbeaten in the league this season and hasn't failed to score since October 2015. — By Barry Hatton in Lisbon, Portugal. ___ SPAIN A spat between Barcelona's Gerard Pique and Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos has added fuel to a heated title race. Madrid holds a two-point lead and hosts Alaves on Sunday, while Barcelona visits struggling Granada. Alaves, which will play Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final in May, is 10th with only one loss in its last six matches. Granada has lost four of its last five matches and is in the relegation zone. Third-place Sevilla, six points off the lead, will try to move closer to the top when it hosts relegation-wary Sporting Gijon on Sunday. Fourth-place Atletico Madrid plays at Malaga on Saturday. — By Tales Azzoni in Madrid. ___ ITALY Gonzalo Higuain will return to Napoli for the first time since his move to Juventus. The love Napoli fans had for Higuain swiftly turned to hatred following his transfer for an Italian record 90 million euros ($100 million) after scoring 36 goals last season to break a 66-year-old Serie A record. Napoli fans were banned from attending the match in Turin in October for security reasons and they will now have two matches in quick succession to vent their animosity as their team plays Juventus in the league on Sunday and in the return leg of the Italian Cup semifinals three days later. Napoli is third in Serie A, two points behind Roma and 10 behind Juventus. It trails 3-1 in the cup. — By Daniella Matar in Milan. ___ GERMANY Schalke can settle its angst over an inconsistent season so far with a win over Borussia Dortmund in the 172nd Ruhr derby on Saturday. A victory over the visitors would help Schalke fans get over the disappointment of a season that promised much but has fizzled into mediocrity and could even get worse. Schalke, currently ninth, is just six points off the relegation zone with nine games remaining. Dortmund has also endured a frustrating season but the team has at least recovered to move into third and should be able to defend its automatic Champions League qualification spot. Though Dortmund has won four of its last five league games and Schalke has won only two, form is a footnote when these rivals meet for what is always a highly charged affair. — By Ciaran Fahey in Berlin.
  • St. Johns County took the top spot for the sixth consecutive year in a ranking of Florida's healthiest counties.The study, released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, ranked Duval County No. 55 on the list, down seven spots from 2016.Clay and Nassau counties were both in the top third of counties, with Clay ranked at 9 and Nassau at 18. Baker County ranked 39 and Union County ranked last.Two main categories were included in the ranking: health outcomes and factors. Health outcomes were described as a measure of today's health and health factors were indicators of future health.Full list of Florida county rankings:  1 St. Johns  2 Collier  3 Sarasota  4 Seminole  5 Martin  6 Lafayette  7 Santa Rosa  8 Palm Beach  9 Clay  10 Monroe  11 Okaloosa  12 Lee  13 Indian River  14 Flagler  15 Sumter  16 Orange  17 Leon  18 Nassau  19 Broward  20 Wakulla  21 Manatee  22 Charlotte  23 Miami-Dade  24 Lake  25 Brevard  26 Alachua  27 Calhoun  28 Pinellas  29 Hillsborough  30 Osceola  31 St. Lucie  32 Walton  33 Gulf  34 DeSoto  35 Pasco  36 Polk  37 Washington  38 Taylor  39 Baker  40 Hernando  41 Franklin  42 Volusia  43 Marion  44 Liberty  45 Glades  46 Bay  47 Hardee  48 Highlands  49 Gilchrist  50 Jackson 51 Jefferson  52 Citrus  53 Hendry  54 Suwannee  55 Duval  56 Dixie  57 Columbia 58 Escambia 59 Holmes 60 Levy  61 Bradford  62 Okeechobee  63 Hamilton 64 Putnam  65 Madison  66 Gadsden  67 Union 
  • A local business owner claims a woman pulled a gun on him after she made a mess in his convenience store and it was caught on his surveillance camera.The video shows two women wiping the shelves clean as they throw everything on the floor.The gas station owner, Nawris Ganadl Al Safadi, said it happened after one of the women came into the store. TRENDING: Nearly 50 dachshunds rescued, looking for forever homes 'She took one beer and she put it in her bag,' Ganadl Al Safadi said.And he said she went to walk out the door.'I’m asking her kindly to put it back and I told her I won't call the police, just put it back,' Ganadl Al Safadi said.The owner said the woman put back the beer and left, but then he said she came back inside the store minutes later with a friend.He said both appeared to be in their 20s.'She go to this shelf, drop everything on the bottom and her friend dropped all the cake and everything I have here on the bottom,' Ganadl Al Safadi said.That’s when he said he ran outside to get a look at her car and license plate.'She pulled a gun on me. So I come back and I hit the button, the security button,' Ganadl Al Safadi said. A gas station owner wants help from the public so police can find these women who trashed his store & pointed a gun at him @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/Wr6tqJsbVd— Danielle Avitable (@DanielleANjax) March 30, 2017 LOCAL NEWS: Man uses baseball bat to free 2-month-old left in hot car at Jacksonville Lowe's He called police, but the women were gone by the time officers arrived.Now he is hoping the video will help identify the women so police can track them down.'I forgive those people, I hope they are going to have the right education to know how to treat the community, the business and the people,' Ganadl Al Safadi said.He said he just took over this store on Timuquana Road about a month ago and this is the first incident to happen.
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help with identifying two men who held a homeowner at gunpoint during a robbery in Ortega Farms.JSO said it happened at the Mission Springs Apartments in the 5100 block of Catoma Street around 5:20 p.m. on March 22. TRENDING: Nearly 50 dachshunds rescued, looking for forever homes Police said the men forced their way into the home after the victim opened the door. One of the suspects was armed with an assault-style rifle with 'no stock (pistol grip)' and led the victim around the home at gunpoint looking for items to take, JSO said in a release.Both the suspects were described as being in their early 20s, weighing 160-180 pounds and 5 foot 6 inches to 5 foot 10 inches tall.They were both wearing dark pants and dark hoodies and one of the hoodies had 'King 01' imprinted on the front and back. LOCAL NEWS: Man uses baseball bat to free 2-month-old left in hot car at Jacksonville Lowe's Anyone who has any information in regards to the identity of the pictured suspects is asked to contact JSO at 904-630-0500 or email us at JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org.To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward up to $3,000, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.