It was just announced that Family Christian, a retail chain of more than 240 Christian book and gift stores, is closing down. The stores employed more than 3,000 people. Even though it’s been around for more than eight decades, the chain has struggled in recent years. Just over two years ago, the chain filed for bankruptcy and attempted a comeback.

They claimed to be “the largest non-profit Christian retailer selling books, bibles, movies, gifts, church supplies and more.”

Family Christian's president told Christianity Today:

We had two very difficult years post-bankruptcy. Despite improvements in product assortment and the store experience, sales continued to decline. In addition, we were not able to get the pricing and terms we needed from our vendors to successfully compete in the market.

We have prayerfully looked at all possible options, trusting God’s plan for our organization, and the difficult decision to liquidate is our only recourse.

Taco Bell has recently announced that the naked chicken chalupa—a taco made out of a fried chicken shell—will be leaving the menu soon.

Taco Bell spent two years testing the taco and debuted it on Jan. 26 nationwide. The spokesman said it was popular and had actually surpassed their expectations for its sales, but was always planned to be a limited-time offer, according to the AP.

He also went on to say that the company is "confident [the chalupa] will be returning to the menu in the future."

No date has been given for when it may disappear, which means anyone looking to try this innovative creation should move quickly. Discuss

The state of California has been getting a lot of rain lately, and that’s caused Napa Valley’s Lake Berryessa to actually drain millions of gallons of water. The spillway actually has a giant concrete funnel built into it, so that when the water level gets too high, it doesn't flood.

Watching it drain—which it did for the first time in a decade this month—is pretty surreal. Discuss

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