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A Sam's Club membership card. Photo: Zhang Peng / LightRocket via Getty Images

Walmart is abruptly closing 63 of its Sam's Club stores, the company told Business Insider. Some locations shut their doors as early as Thursday morning, with some employees finding out about the closures via stores with locked doors.

Notable: The closures came just hours after Walmart announced that it was raising starting wages, giving out one-time bonuses and expanding employee benefits, citing the recent GOP tax cuts.

Details of closures:

  • 10 of the closed stores will be turned into e-commerce distribution centers. Affected employees will then be given the opportunity to apply for a position at the new locations.
  • The other 53 stores will stay open for the next several weeks before closing permanently.
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NASA's delays Mars helicopter test flight

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NASA announced Saturday it rescheduled its Ingenuity Mars helicopter's first experimental flight, originally planned for Sunday.

The latest: "During a high-speed spin test of the rotors on Friday, the command sequence controlling the test ended early due to a 'watchdog' timer expiration," NASA said in a statement. "This occurred as it was trying to transition the flight computer from ‘Pre-Flight’ to ‘Flight’ mode."

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Scoop: Ohio Senate candidate Josh Mandel escorted out of RNC retreat

Ohio Republican Senate candidate Josh Mandel. Photo: Chris Maddaloni / Getty Images

During this weekend’s highly anticipated donor retreat hosted by the Republican National Committee in Palm Beach, Ohio Senate candidate Josh Mandel was escorted off the premises while his primary opponent, Jane Timken, was allowed to stay, two sources with direct knowledge of the situation tell Axios.

What we’re hearing: The invitation-only event is taking place at the Four Seasons Resort, and the RNC reserved the entire hotel. While Timken, former Ohio GOP chair, was invited to the event “because she is a major donor” — Mandel was not, so he was asked to leave, according to one of the sources.

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Report: John Kerry plans to visit China ahead of Biden's climate summit

John Kerry. Photo: Zach Gibson / Stringer

John Kerry, President Biden's special climate envoy, is expected to travel to China next week for meetings with officials aimed at boosting collaboration, the Washington Post reported Saturday.

Why it matters: China is the world's largest carbon dioxide emitter and the U.S. is second-largest.