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The Pulse: Trouble for JCPenney

In Thursday's edition of "The Pulse," nuclear cheating revelations; arrests in southern California's wildfires; and trouble for JCPenney.
In Thursday's edition of "The Pulse," nuclear cheating revelations; arrests in southern California's wildfires; and trouble for JCPenney.

New revelations today in drug use and security breaches in the Air Force, as officials say 37 nuclear launch officers are implicated in drug use and cheating on a nuclear missile test. The investigation uncovered the activity at 6 bases maintaining the nation's 450 nuclear missiles. So far, 34 officers have been stripped of their certifications, but the investigation continues.

Police in southern California arrested three men in connection with a wildfire that has burned more than 1700 acres and continues to threaten homes and businesses. Police say the fire started Thursday in Glendora after a camp fire got out of control. The men are in custody, and at least one of them is believed to be homeless. At least 700 firefighters are still battling the flames.

More bad news for JCPenney. The troubled retailer announced Wednesday that it's cutting 2,000 jobs and closing 33 "underperforming" stores. JCPenney expects the moves to generate $65 million a year in savings. The store closings are expected to be completed by early May. JCPenney stock has fallen more than 60-percent over the past 12 months.

"Gilligan's Island" alum Russell Johnson is dead. According to the coroner, Johnson died of natural causes, but his agent called his death 'unexpected.' The actor was best-known for playing Professor Roy Hinkley on the sitcom, cooking up scientific schemes to get the castaways rescued. It was his most-acclaimed role, though Johnson's agent said he continued to work until his death. He was 89.

The nominees for the 86th annual academy awards have been announced. "American Hustle" and "Gravity" lead the pack with the most nomination at 10 each. Among the best actor nominees, Bruce Dern for Nebraska, and Leonardo DiCaprio for "The Wolf of Wall Street." In the best actress category, Amy Adams, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Judi Dench and Meryl Streep all got nods from the academy. The academy awards will be handed out March 2nd. Ellen DeGeneres hosting the ceremony for the second time.
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