Police: Beating on video began after friendly encounter

CHICAGO (AP) — The two 18-year-old men had been schoolmates, police say. After meeting at McDonald's, they spent two days together, driving around visiting friends. Then a pretend fight escalated into a brutal beating of one of the men, a mentally disabled teenager, in an attack that stirred racial tensions and outrage after being broadcast on Facebook Live.

  • Written by CARLA K. JOHNSON and DON BABWIN , Associated Press

Winter storm: South braces for snow, sleet and freezing rain

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panicked shoppers emptied shelves of bread and milk, road workers began working 12-hour shifts, and governors in Alabama and Georgia declared states of emergencies ahead of a winter storm stalking the South.

  • Written by TOM FOREMAN Jr. , Associated Press

Feds find $20M cash hidden in Massachusetts box spring

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Federal authorities say they have found about $20 million in cash hidden inside a box spring in a Massachusetts apartment as part of the investigation into an internet telecom company that prosecutors say was actually a massive pyramid scheme.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS