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  Stolen hearse carrying casket leads police on L.A. freeway chase

Local media have reported that the body was left in the vehicle while a mortuary attendant brought a different body into the church and that’s when the vehicle was stolen.

  New US coronavirus case may be 1st from unknown origin

  Boom! Biggest explosion seen in universe came from black hole

  Stock market rout deepens on virus worries; indexes lose 4%

  Police ID gunman, victims in Milwaukee brewery shooting

  Florida hospital worker accused of licking patient’s toes says he’s innocent

Experts warn of severe allergy season this spring

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Japan to close schools nationwide to control spread of virus

  Air Force veteran hoping for return of his mobility scooter

  US economy grew at 2.1% rate in Q4 but virus threat looms

  Argument over dog poop leads to shooting in Colo.

Barbara Corcoran of ‘Shark Tank’ is scammed out of $400K

Former Baltimore mayor sentenced to 3 years in book scheme

  Why are scientists so concerned about new coronavirus?

For health care officials, it’s the fear of the unknown. Scientists don’t know what they’re dealing with yet.

  Mother disciplines child with pushups in Texas Hobby Lobby

A mother who forced her child to do pushups in a Hobby Lobby store after he talked back to her is going viral on social media.

  CAUGHT ON CAMERA: California officer saves man from burning house

In the video, the officer snatches the man's feet and pull him from the burning home, risking his own life to save him.

  Bullied Australian boy won’t go to Disneyland, money will go to charity instead

The family of Quaden Bayles will turn down the money raised to send him to Disneyland

Kia recalls over 193K vehicles; fuel leaks can cause fires

Dunkin’ sells bags of bacon at its restaurants nationwide

  12-year-old student helps save Conn. bus driver’s life

  Coronavirus: How will it impact the health of your 401K?

  US Army recruits sworn in by NASA astronaut in orbit

  Officer accused of handcuffing son, leaving him in Ind. jail as ‘scare tactic’

About 40% of US adults are obese, government survey finds

One obesity expert says the findings suggest that more Americans will get diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Boy, 10, shot by babysitter while she was taking selfies with gun, deputies say

Deputies say the boy was shot in the stomach after his babysitter found the gun and, thinking it was unloaded, started posing and taking pictures with it.

  Off-duty deputy shoots ax-wielding home intruder in Florida

The suspect was treated and released from the hospital before he was booked on several charges, including aggravated assault and armed burglary.

  AUDIO: Colo. girl calls 911 for injured stuffed bunny; officer has perfect response

The officer put a band-aid on the injured toy and made sure Natalie knew when the correct time to call 911 is.

  Trump campaign sues NY Times for defamation over Putin

The campaign filed the lawsuit in state court in New York on Wednesday.

Lawyers: New evidence backs Loughlin, Giannulli’s innocence

Lawyers for “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, say new evidence shows the couple is innocent of charges that they bribed their daughters’ way into the University of Southern California.

Police: 3 fire shots into Chicago store; 1 dead, 4 wounded

Police say two men and a woman fired nearly 20 shots into a convenience store on Chicago’s South Side, killing an 18-year-old woman and wounding four other people.

  Trump urges calm even as US reports worrisome new virus case

The session comes a day after he sought to minimize fears of the virus spreading widely across the U.S.

  Gunman kills 5 at Milwaukee brewery before taking own life

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says multiple people have been killed in a shooting on the Molson Coors Brewing Co. campus.

  Amber Alert: Search for Tennessee toddler Evelyn Boswell in North Carolina pond inconclusive

The Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office searched a pond in the Shepherds Crossroads Community Wednesday in connection with the 15-month-old’s disappearance but found nothing new in the case.

Puerto Rico governor believes fatal shooting is hate crime against trans woman

Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez says the recent killing of a person believed to be a transgender woman is likely a hate crime.

  Pope observes usual Ash Wednesday customs in time of virus

At the Vatican, Francis held his general audience as usual in St. Peter’s Square and sent his prayers to victims of the virus and the medical personnel treating them.

Are disinfectants effective on coronavirus?

The disinfectants are thought to be effective against the novel coronavirus, but it has not been scientifically proven.

  Amazon launches checkout-free grocery store in Seattle

Amazon has opened its first full-size check-out free grocery store in Seattle.

Study finds online shopping harmful to the environment

A new report found that making purchases online and having them delivered is not good for the environment.

  Crews rescue trapped paraglider hanging from power lines in California

Crews were able to rescue the man, who was uninjured, three hours after he got stuck.

Georgia bill would send convicted porch pirates to prison for at least a year

A bill in the Georgia General Assembly would toughen penalties for people convicted of stealing packages from doorsteps.

  Congress makes lynching a federal crime, 65 years after Till

The bill, introduced by Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush and named after Till, comes 120 years after Congress first considered anti-lynching legislation.

Air travel more stressful than going to work, survey says

According to a recent survey by the travel website and blog “The Points Guy,” upwards of half of recent flyers found air travel more stressful than going to work.

  Clive Cussler, million-selling adventure writer, dies at 88

Alexis Welby, spokeswoman for Cussler’s publisher, says he died Monday at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was 88. The cause was not disclosed.

Stocks slide on Wall Street, extending steep drops this week

U.S. stocks shed the modest gains they had made in early trading and veered mostly lower Wednesday afternoon.

  First medically supervised drug injection site in US to open in Philadelphia, despite concerns

A nonprofit group in Philadelphia is detailing plans to open the nation’s first medically supervised injection site next week to combat overdose deaths, despite outrage from some neighbors.

Science says: People who drive pricey cars are less courteous to pedestrians

Scientists are now confirming something many people long suspected but were never able to prove: If you see someone driving an expensive car, they’re probably a jerk.

  Globe braces for long battle against coronavirus as cases spread

Crews are scrubbing everything from money to buses and quarantines are in effect in places from a beachfront resort in the Atlantic to an uninhabited island in the Pacific as the fight against the new virus continues.

Court sides with Trump in ‘sanctuary cities’ grant fight

A federal appeals court in New York says the Trump administration can withhold law enforcement grants to force states and cities to cooperate with U.S. immigration enforcement.

  US flu outbreak eases, deaths hit 16K

Rates among children and young adults remain higher than in recent flu seasons.

  Refinery fire in metro Los Angeles controlled by firefighters

Marathon is the largest refinery on the West Coast with a crude oil capacity of 363,000 barrels per calendar day.

  ‘I don’t want to go in the police car’: Body cam captures 6-year-old’s tearful pleas during arrest

The police video shared with media outlets Monday shows the girl being arrested in September for kicking and punching staff members at her Orlando charter school.

  Autopsy reveals heartbreaking details of 6-year-old Faye Marie Swetlik’s death

Little Faye disappeared from the front yard of her Cayce, South Carolina home Feb. 10. Her body was found three days later.

  Connecticut troopers involved in ‘high steaks pursuit’

This wasn’t exactly a barnstorming tour by the troopers

Grandfather to plead guilty in toddler’s cruise ship death

Investigators have said Anello was leaning out of an 11th-floor window on a Royal Caribbean Cruises ship before he picked up the toddler and she slipped from his grip.

How the IRS knows if you cheat on your taxes

Many tax forms you receive at tax time don’t go only to you; in many cases, the senders give copies to the IRS as well.

‘Raising them right’: Killeen mother goes viral after disciplining child with push-ups

A mother who ordered her child to do push-ups in the restroom of a Killeen Hobby Lobby is going viral on social media.

  Florida man attacks deacon during church service

Surveillance video shows the suspect charging at the deacon and grabbing him during a service in Pompano Beach.

  NASA astronaut applications to begin in March

Applications for the new class open on March 2. However, the odds of being selected are pretty low.

5-time major champ Maria Sharapova retires from tennis at 32

The five-time Grand Slam title champion and former No. 1-ranked player has been dealing with shoulder problems for years. She played only two matches this season and lost both.

  CDC: Face masks incompatible with some beards, long mustaches

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautions that facial hair can interfere with those devices.

Generic drugmakers sold most opioids during overdose crisis

Generic drugmakers Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals and Actavis were the two largest opioid producers as the overdose crisis exploded.

  Analysis: Sanders learns what it’s like to be a front-runner

Bernie Sanders has spent much of his career on the political margins, an outsider looking in. Now, the protest politician is learning what it's like to be the front-runner for a major political party.

  Woman accused of zipping boyfriend in suitcase, leaving him to die

Deputies charged the 42-year-old with murder after she allegedly gave inconsistent statements and provided videos of the incident on her cell phone.

  Man, 18, allegedly headbutts, breaks window to grab woman inside her RI home

Police arrested the 18-year-old suspect outside the home. He allegedly acted aggresively toward officers and had to be forced to the ground during the arrest.

  Man arrested after allegedly stabbing woman with syringe at Md. grocery store

Police say they arrested the suspect after receiving a tip. He is charged with assault and reckless endangerment.

  Girl, 7, died one minute into tonsil surgery at SC hospital, parents say

The girl's family says she was a healthy child with no issues, other than she snored in her sleep. Autopsy results were expected to help offer more clarification on her death.

Placido Domingo apology prompts new accuser to step forward

They said the report concluded that the accounts of those interviewed showed a clear pattern of sexual misconduct and abuse of power.

  Democrats band together to knock Sanders during debate clash

The new wave of infighting came as Democrats met for the party’s 10th — and perhaps most consequential — debate of the 2020 primary season.

  South Korea virus cases jump again, 1st US soldier infected

A U.S. military statement said the 23-year-old man is in self quarantine at his off-base residence. He was originally based in Camp Caroll in a town near the hardest hit South Korean city.

  FACT CHECK: Claims from the Democratic debate

Seven Democratic presidential contenders staged their final debate before contests in South Carolina and Super Tuesday deliver more than one-third of the delegates needed to clinch the nomination.

Woman accused of being topless with stepkids takes plea deal

A lawyer says a Utah woman who fought criminal charges after her stepchildren saw her topless in her own home has taken a plea deal to avoid the risk of having to register as a sex offender if convicted.

  Pa. family’s close call with train caught on camera

The Pennsylvania family was posing for a photo on railroad tracks when a train came barreling towards them.

Jif parent company claims a GIF is pronounced with a ‘hard G’

Jif is now selling special jars to try to distance itself from those who pronounce "GIF" like the peanut butter brand.

Jimmy John’s in trouble with FDA for repeatedly selling recalled ingredients

Jimmy John's is accused of putting contaminated clover sprouts and cucumbers on sandwiches sold in Iowa in November and December 2019.

Johnson & Johnson and Apple launch virtual study to explore stroke risk in seniors

Atrial fibrillation or AFib is a leading cause of stoke, but because many people do not experience symptoms, it can be difficult to diagnose. The study hopes to change that.

  Stocks sink, bonds soar on fears virus will stunt economy

United Airlines and Mastercard joined a growing list of companies warning investors of the virus’ impact on their finances.

Hot Pockets heir gets 5 months in prison for college scam

An heir to the Hot Pockets fortune has been sentenced to five months in prison for trying to cheat and bribe her two daughters' way into college as part of a college cheating scam.

Disney CEO Bob Iger steps down in surprise announcement

Disney has named Bob Chapek CEO, replacing Bob Iger, effective immediately.

AP-NORC poll: Most Americans plan to participate in census

A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds 7 in 10 Americans say it’s extremely or very likely they will participate in the census this year.

Coronavirus could impact Coca-Cola’s artificial sweetener supply

The company says the disease has disrupted its supply chain, and artificial sweeteners from China could be in shorter supply if the outbreak continues.

  Lawyer: Hospitalized Weinstein is ‘energized’ about appeal

A lawyer for Harvey Weinstein says the former movie producer is “upbeat” and “energized” about appealing his sexual assault and rape conviction. Weinstein was admitted to a Manhattan hospital after his conviction due to a medical emergency.