Seven things PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 1.9.2015

Cosby reportedly jokes about rape allegations; Obama introduces community college plan; Macy's to restructure marketing.

1. French police have cornered the two men suspected of killing 12 people in a shooting rampage at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday morning. Police have made contact by phone with the men, according to numerous media reports, who are holed up in a town northeast of Paris.

2. Bill Cosby joked about rape allegations against him during a Thursday night performance in Canada, according to various reports. When a woman in the audience got up to get a drink, Cosby reportedly said, "You have to be careful about drinking around me."


3. President Barack Obama introduced a plan Thursday night that would help students attend two years of community college for free. The president is scheduled to promote the issue on Friday during a stop in Tennessee. The proposal faces a tough road in Congress.


4. The New York Times and technology editor Suzanne Spector have parted ways, according to Re/code. The newspaper is considering both internal and external candidates to replace her.

5. Alibaba founder Jack Ma apologized on Friday for saying rival Chinese e-commerce company JD.com is headed for "tragedy." Ma explained that the private comments were recorded by a friend and weren’t meant for public release.

6. Macy’s is planning to restructure its marketing and merchandising and close 14 stores in an effort to save $140 million a year, the retailer said Thursday night.

7. The five things to remember from CES 2015, per USA Today: TVs, drones, virtual reality, cars, and emerging technology.  

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