Customers angry that disabled Walmart greeter could lose job

U.S. 02/20/19, 17:44

Pretty much anyone who shops at the Walmart in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, knows store greeter Adam Catlin, who's been welcoming customers with a huge smile and a hearty hello for more than a decade. But Catlin, who has cerebral palsy, fears he'll soon be out of work after the store manager told ...

Update: Sprawling storm drops snow, rain over much of US

U.S. 02/20/19, 17:33

The Latest on a winter storm hitting much of the U.S. (all times local):5:30 p.m.The early closure of many schools, businesses and governments in several states appears to have helped stem complications from a winter storm plaguing much of the U.S.On the East Coast, the evening rush hour is going ...

Police: Woman killed 3 daughters, self with hunting rifle

U.S. 02/20/19, 17:29

Authorities say a Michigan woman fatally shot her three young daughters in a wooded area with a bolt-action hunting rifle before driving home with their bodies and shooting herself. Kent County sheriff's Sgt. Joel Roon identified them Wednesday as 28-year-old Aubrianne Moore, 8-year-old Kyrie Rodery, 6-year-old Cassidy Rodery and 2-year-old Alaina ...

Tennessee church shooting suspect objects to phone evidence

U.S. 02/20/19, 17:06

The man accused of fatally shooting a woman and wounding seven people at a Tennessee church in September 2017 is objecting to using evidence from his cellphone.Emanuel Kidega Samson made his first public court appearance Wednesday during a Davidson County Criminal Court hearing. The 27-year-old faces a 43-count indictment, including ...

Thanks in a tank: WWII gunner, now 95, gets a nostalgic ride

U.S. 02/20/19, 16:48

The inside of a tank was Clarence Smoyer's home, and the crew was his family.In that sense, the 95-year-old veteran returned home Wednesday for the first time since World War II. One of the last surviving WWII tank gunners, Smoyer was surprised with a ride through the streets of Boston ...

California student accused of making ‘Banana Plug’ drug app

U.S. 02/20/19, 16:21

A Northern California college freshman is facing felony charges for allegedly creating an iPhone app he dubbed the Banana Plug to sell illicit drugs.Collin Howard on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to federal drug charges in San Jose after a grand jury indicted him on Feb. 14. Howard, 18, had earlier ...

El Chapo’s lawyers concerned by juror misconduct allegations

U.S. 02/20/19, 16:12

El Chapo's lawyers on Wednesday raised concerns of potential juror misconduct after member of the jury at the Mexican drug lord's trial told a news website that several jurors looked at media coverage of the case against a judge's orders.The juror told VICE News that at least five members of ...

Government headed for close to half of nation’s health tab

U.S. 02/20/19, 16:05

A federal report estimates that government at all levels will be paying nearly half the nation's health care tab in less than 10 years. Driving the increase is traditional Medicare, which is experiencing an enrollment surge as aging baby boomers shift out of private coverage. The report from the federal Centers for ...

Winter storm closes schools, snarls travel across much of US

New York 02/20/19, 16:03

A sprawling storm closed schools, snarled travel and threatened homeless people Wednesday with snow and cold stretching from the Midwest to the East Coast and with heavy rain in the South. Snow fell in New York City, and schools in several parts of the U.S. closed amid predictions for messy afternoon ...

What will win best picture? It’s a maddeningly close race

U.S. 02/20/19, 15:41

On a year where one of the lead Oscar contenders is titled "The Favourite," the 91st Academy Awards lack a clear front runner.Normally a fairly predictable process with one or two favorites, this year's best picture race has been maddeningly unclear, almost devious in its contradictions. The guild awards, usually ...

Arrests made in decades-old killings of 2 California kids

U.S. 02/20/19, 15:36

Authorities said Wednesday that they solved two decades-old cold cases that stunned Southern California, arresting suspects in the separate killings of a boy and a girl who disappeared while walking home from school. Linda O'Keefe was strangled in 1973, and William Tillett was suffocated in 1990. They were both 11. James Neal, ...

Amal Clooney among the gang at Meghan Markle’s baby shower

New York 02/20/19, 15:28

The not-so-secret baby shower for the Duchess of Sussex has apparently occurred, with Gayle King and Amal Clooney among an intimate group of friends gathered at a swanky hotel on Manhattan's Upper East Side. The smiling Meghan Markle has been surrounded by fans and photographers since news of her whirlwind trip ...

US says Alabama woman who joined Islamic State can’t return

U.S. 02/20/19, 14:51

An Alabama woman who left home to join the Islamic State group in Syria is not a U.S. citizen and will not be allowed to return to the United States, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday. In a brief statement that gave no details as to how the determination ...

Buzz Aldrin’s son tries to stop dad from moving assets

U.S. 02/20/19, 14:08

Buzz Aldrin's son is trying to stop his father from transferring assets from a trust in the latest dispute between the Apollo 11 moonwalker and two of his children over whether he is capable of managing his affairs.Andrew Aldrin's lawyer sent a letter last month to an associate in Morgan ...

Groups want offshore drilling tests to cease during lawsuit

U.S. 02/20/19, 14:03

Conservation groups suing the Trump administration over plans to conduct offshore drilling tests asked a judge on Wednesday to halt preparatory work for the drilling until their case is heard in court. The motion filed in federal court in South Carolina seeks an injunction to stop testing involving seismic air guns. A ...

Nurse charged in fatal drug-swap error pleads not guilty

U.S. 02/20/19, 13:46

A Tennessee nurse charged with reckless homicide after a medication error killed a patient has pleaded not guilty.The Nashville courtroom on Wednesday was packed with nurses in scrubs who came to support RaDonda Vaught during the brief hearing. They have also rallied around her online, where she has raised more ...

Officials: Austin warehouse fire destroys up to 100 pedicabs

U.S. 02/20/19, 13:29

A fire at an Austin warehouse wiped out one-fifth of the city's pedicabs just weeks before the annual South by Southwest festival, one of the busiest times for bicycle rickshaw operators, city officials said.Two companies, Metrocycle Pedicabs and Pedicab Adventures, lost up to 100 pedicabs in the fire early Tuesday, ...

Florida officer goes on trial for killing black motorist

U.S. 02/20/19, 12:55

For the first time in 26 years, a Florida police officer is standing trial for an on-duty killing — and one of his defenses will be the state's controversial "stand your ground" law.The trial of fired Palm Beach Gardens officer Nouman Raja begins with jury selection Thursday. He is charged ...