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A Maryland couple was found dead in their Dominican Republic hotel room

An American couple visiting the Dominican Republic found dead in their hotel room died of respiratory failure, the country's national police said.

A statement from the Dominican Republic National Police said that an autopsy concluded that the couple had respiratory failure and pulmonary edema, a condition caused by excess fluid in the lungs.
Edward Nathaniel Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Ann Day, 49, missed their scheduled check out time at the Bahia Principe Hotel in La Romana.
Hotel staff members went into their room and found the couple unresponsive Thursday, said spokesman Frank Felix Duran Mejia of the Dominican Republic National Police. There were no signs of violence in the room.
The police confirmed that various medications meant to treat high blood pressure were found in the room.
Relatives told CNN affiliate WBAL that Holmes and Day were engaged. They were 

from Prince George's County, Maryland, and were supposed to fly back home the day they were found, the station reported.
Hotel staff contacted local authorities. The couple's bodies have been transported to the Dominican National Institute of Forensic Sciences for an exam. The spokesman said blood-pressure medication was found in the room.
"We are deeply saddened by the incident at one of our hotels in La Romana, Dominican Republic, and want to express our deepest condolences to their family and friends," Bahia Principe Hotels said in a statement.

1 dead and 8 wounded in shooting at Alabama high school graduation party

Celebration and pride turned into tragedy for a small city in Alabama after gunfire erupted during a high school graduation party.

One person was killed and eight others were wounded at a community center in Atmore, near the Florida border, early Saturday.
Witnesses say a fight broke out between two women during a graduation party for Escambia County High School's seniors. As people were trying to separate the two women, police said, gunshots were fired inside that hit several people.
Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks told CNN officers responded to a 911 call for shots fired at the community center around 2 a.m. Saturday. Once officers got to the scene, shots were still being fired and police found one man dead in the center's cafeteria. The shooting was at a former middle school transformed into a community center, police said.
The eight wounded people were taken to a local hospital for treatment.
The suspects fled the scene and are still at large, Brooks said.
The high school's principal, Dennis Fuqua, said in a statement Saturday the community "felt the pangs of tragedy due to the acts of violence that have left several of our past and present students injured."
"It is unfortunate that the event at the community center has tainted the success our seniors and football team felt, but we love our Blue Devil Family and will continue to pray for wisdom and healing," Fuqua said.

Walmart says it will raise prices because of tariffs

Walmart, America's largest retailer, said Thursday it will raise prices on some products as a result of the Trump administration's tariffs on Chinese goods.

"We're going to continue to do everything we can to keep prices low. That's who we are. However, increased tariffs will lead to increased prices, we believe, for our customers." Walmart chief financial officer Brett Biggs told reporters on a call after the retailer reported earnings for the first quarter of 2019.
Biggs did not say which items will become more expensive at Walmart. He noted, however, that Walmart's merchant teams have been developing strategies to mitigate cost increases and working with its suppliers to manage prices.
Walmart has less exposure to China than many other retailers because more than half of its sales come from groceries. Most of the food Walmart sells comes from the United States and other regions such as South America.
But Walmart (WMT) still imports 26% of its merchandise from China, UBS analyst Michael Lasser estimated in a report earlier this week. Target (TGT) imports 34% of its products from China. Other companies, including sporting goods, auto parts and furniture sellers, have even greater exposure to China.
Last week, the Trump administration hiked tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese-made goods. The tariffs mostly hit industrial materials and component parts, but also applied to luggage, hats and gloves for US importers.
Additionally, the United States has started a formal process to put new tariffs in place on the remaining exports coming from China that aren't already taxed. That could make a number of goods, including toys, clothes and sneakers, more expensive for American consumers.
Retailers depend heavily on China in their supply chain. China accounted for about 41% of all apparel, 72% of all footwear, and 84% of all travel goods imported into the United States in 2017, according to a letter several retail trade groups sent to the Trump administration last week.
Other retailers have also recently warned that tariffs will hit their businesses.
On Wednesday, Macy's said it will raise prices on some merchandise because of the trade war with China.
"If the potential fourth tranche of tariffs is placed on all Chinese imports, that will have an impact on both our private and our national brands," CEO Jeff Gennette told analysts on an earnings call. He said it would be hard for Macy's to "find a path" to avoid increasing prices on consumers.
Tariffs pose an obstacle for Walmart, one of the strongest retailers in the United States.
During its first quarter, Walmart's sales at US stores open at least a grew 3.4% compared to the same time last year. That marked Walmart's fourth-straight quarter of sales growth above 3% at stores open at least a year.
"The US business continues to benefit from a healthy economic environment," CFO Biggs said in a statement earlier Thursday.
Walmart's online sales growth clocked in at 37% last quarter, a tick down from the 40% rate online sales grew last year. Walmart has ramped up its online grocery business and acquired trendy fashion brands such as Bonobos and Eloquii. Online grocery pickup and delivery buoyed online sales, according to the company.
"We're pleased with how we started the year," CEO Doug McMillon said. "We have a stronger foundation in place with our stores, and we're making good progress in e-commerce."
One analyst Thursday attributed Walmart's strength to its decision to continue lowering its prices, despite higher costs and investments in remodeling stores and building out its online infrastructure.
"Shoppers are now becoming more price sensitive, which plays into one of Walmart's core strengths," Neil Saunders, managing director at GlobalData Retail said in a note to clients.