Two men, including the suspected gunman, are dead and another man hurt after gunfire erupted late Wednesday at an Alabama IHOP, authorities said. Authorities said the customer and two employees began arguing at the restaurant, near Huntsville's Parkway Place Mall, on Wednesday night, WAFF reported. The customer went to his car, came back with a handgun and opened fire about 9:50 p.m., police said. >> Read more trending news Madison County Coroner Tyler Berryhill identified the slain IHOP employee as Roy Brown, 56, WHNT reported. The suspected gunman was identified as Roderick Turner, 25. It was not immediately clear who shot Turner, AL.com reported. Another employee was hospitalized with 'non-life-threatening injuries,' WHNT reported. In a statement released to WAFF, IHOP spokeswoman Stephanie Peterson said the restaurant chain was working to understand the details surrounding Wednesday’s shooting. “For now, the priority is on taking care of the guests and team members who were there,” Peterson told the news station. “The restaurant team is working closely with and assisting authorities to piece together the events that unfolded. The restaurant is currently closed pending an investigation. This is a heartbreaking situation and our thoughts at this time are with the individuals and the families of those involved.”
A day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested that President Donald Trump delay his State of the Union Address because of unresolved issues surrounding a partial government shutdown, the President retaliated by scrapping plans by the Speaker to use a military jet to take a group of lawmakers on an overseas trip to Belgium, Egypt and Afghanistan, saying it would be better for Pelosi to stay in the U.S. and negotiate a deal on a border wall. “In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate,” the President wrote in a letter to the Speaker. “Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative,” the President added, as he took the unprecedented step of pulling military travel support for what are known as “CODEL’s” – bipartisan Congressional Delegation trips around the globe, often to visit U.S. soldiers and diplomats. A day after she all but disinvited him from delivering the State of the Union address, Trump tells Pelosi he is canceling her trip to Belgium, Egypt and Afghanistan, citing the shutdown. The executive branch traditionally provides military transport for congressional trips. — Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) January 17, 2019 Earlier in the day, the Speaker had told reporters she had not yet received a response from the White House to her suggestion of a postponement of the State of the Union. “I’m not denying him a platform at all,” Pelosi told reporters at her weekly news conference. “I’m saying let’s get a date when the government is open.” During her time as Speaker and House Democratic Leader, Pelosi has been well known for her extended travels around the globe, as the military provides the support and security for such lawmaker travel. The details of Pelosi's planned travel to Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan — particularly those destinations — had not been previously announced. Earlier today her aides asked news organizations not to report that the trip would take place, citing national security. — Steven Portnoy (@stevenportnoy) January 17, 2019
Police are investigating after a baby girl was discovered dead in the bathroom of an Amazon fulfillment center in Arizona on Wednesday. >> Read more news stories Police said the infant girl’s body was found in a women's bathroom after someone called authorities around 8:30 p.m. from the facility on West Lower Buckeye Road. Officials said the baby was inside a garbage can, KNXV reported. The cause of the baby’s death was not immediately clear. Phoenix police Sgt. Vince Lewis said at a news conference Thursday that police had located the infant’s mother and that she was cooperating with investigators. He declined to say how long officials believe the baby was in the bathroom before she was found, telling reporters Thursday that she was placed there Wednesday but that “it had been some time.” “It is a death investigation at this time, so it is still unfolding,” Lewis said. “We’re still working through evidence and so forth.” In a statement released to KTVK, Amazon company officials called the incident 'terribly sad and tragic.' 'We are working with local authorities to support their investigation,' the statement said. 'The safety and wellness of our team is our top priority.