Snow storm blankets parts of North Carolina, Virginia

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A winter storm blanketed parts of North Carolina and Virginia with snow early Saturday as its slow march across the Southeast left grocery store shelves empty and roads icy and impassible.

  • Written by By JONATHAN DREW and TOM FOREMAN Jr., Associated Press

Reynolds, Fisher laid to rest at Hollywood Hills cemetery

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carrie Fisher, who has been laid to rest alongside her mother Debbie Reynolds, was adored by family, friends and fans for her gallows humor and frank talk about her struggles with mental illness.

  • Written by By ANDREW DALTON, Associated Press

Opposition: At least 43 killed in car bomb in Syrian town

BEIRUT (AP) — At least 43 people were killed Saturday when a car bomb went off in a busy market in a rebel-held Syrian town along the Turkish border, activists and rescue workers said.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Blizzards, icy weather continue their grip on Europe

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Heavy snow fall and below-freezing temperatures continued to sweep across the European continent Saturday causing scores of deaths, and grounding airplanes and crippling ferries in Italy and Turkey — an icy cold that is expected to continue over the weekend.

  • Written by JAN M. OLSEN, Associated Press

Philadelphia launches pre-K program funded by soda tax

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Thousands of Philadelphia toddlers have started 2017 in a citywide pre-kindergarten program as a new sugary beverage tax created to fund it hit store shelves.

  • Written by ERRIN HAINES WHACK , Associated Press