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    Millions of BB&T customers have been locked out of their accounts due to an outage that bank officials say has been caused by a 'technical issue.' The interruption of services was first reported Thursday night but had not been resolved by early Friday. >> Read more trending news “At this time, many of our services are unavailable, including digital banking, Phone24, and ATM. Thank you for your patience as we work diligently to restore your services. We will continue to provide updates here and on http://BBT.com,” the Winston-Salem-based bank tweeted. WSOCTV tried to access a BB&T ATM in uptown Charlotte, but the message “Sorry, this ATM is temporarily offline,' was displayed on the screen. The company's website said many of its other banking services were down as well, including digital banking and Phone24, meaning customers cannot pay bills or check their accounts. The bank said customers will still be able to use their debit, credit and prepaid cards at places like the grocery store or gas station. A bank spokesperson told WSOCTV, 'We understand this is causing a major inconvenience for clients and our teams are continuing to work diligently to restore those services. We will work with clients who have incurred fees or experienced other challenges and continue to provide updates through our website and social media. At this time, we have no reason to believe this issue is related to cybersecurity.
  • A man is accused of hitting a woman with his pickup in Texas after she refused his advances toward her, according to an arrest affidavit. >> Read more trending news Carlos Amozurrutia, 27, of Round Rock, was charged with accident involving personal injury, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The victim said Amozurrutia was giving her a ride home Sunday when he began making unwanted advances toward her, the affidavit said. It said she told him to stop so he stopped his pickup and pushed her out. She said that when he drove away, he struck her with the truck, the affidavit said. It said police were alerted at 2:26 a.m. Sunday about the incident in the 400 block of Blockhouse Drive. The victim had an injury on the left side of her face, and also scratches and red marks on her hands and knees, according to the affidavit. The affidavit does not say how the victim and Amozurrutia knew each other. A witness who also was in the pickup said she got out of the truck with the victim and saw it strike her, the affidavit said. It also said two other witnesses who were driving by saw the victim struck and knocked to the ground by an open door on the passenger side when the truck pulled away. It said the two witnesses told police the driver left without offering to help the victim. Police stopped Amozurrutia at a nearby gas station for an unrelated offense and were able to identify his truck as the one that hit the victim, the affidavit said. Amozurrutia was released from the Williamson County Jail on Sunday after posting bail set at $75,000.
  • The school resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has resigned, according to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. [View the story 'Stoneman Douglas resource officer resigns after investigation' on Storify] >> Read more trending news  Follow along with our live updates as we learn more
  • Officials with the National Rifle Association on Wednesday voiced opposition to any legislation aimed at raising the minimum age needed to buy certain rifles amid a renewed gun debate following last week’s deadly school shooting in Florida. >> Read more trending news In a statement obtained by The Hill, NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker said the focus should be on keeping guns out of the hands of “violent criminals and the dangerously mentally ill.” “Passing a law that makes it illegal for a 20-year-old to purchase a shotgun for hunting or adult single mother from purchasing the most effective self-defense rifle on the market punishes law-abiding citizens for the evil acts of criminals,” she said. The group argued that raising the minimum age would deprive people between the ages of 18 and 20 of “their constitutional right to self-protection.” Authorities said Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old identified by police as the gunman in last week’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, legally bought the AR-15 rifle he used to gun down 14 students and three teachers. He has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. >> Related: Florida school shooting: How difficult is it to purchase a gun in Florida? The current federal minimum age for buying or possessing handguns is 21, but the limit is 18 for rifles, including assault-type weapons such as the AR-15. Officials with the NRA did not address the possibility of raising the minimum age Thursday while speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference. However, President Donald Trump endorsed the idea during a school safety discussion Thursday with state and local leaders from across the nation, The Associated Press reported. >> Related: Who is NRA head Wayne LaPierre and what did he say at the CPAC meeting? 'We're going to work on getting the age up to 21 instead of 18,' Trump said. 'The NRA will back it and so will Congress.” Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, said in a tweet Wednesday that he was working with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, on a bipartisan bill to raise the minimum gun purchase age for most Americans to 21 years old. “A kid too young (to) buy a handgun should be too young to buy an #AR15,” he wrote. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • America’s net neutrality rules are set to end in April after the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal them late last year, according to an order filed Thursday with the Federal Register. >> Read more trending news The repeal is set to take effect April 23, according to the order. The Republican-led FCC voted in December to repeal net neutrality rules, which aimed to stop broadband companies from exercising more control over what people watch and see on the internet. >> Related: Net neutrality vote: FCC OKs repeal of Obama-era rules The broadband industry promised that the internet experience wouldn’t change, but critics argued that the Obama-era rules were needed to prevent broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from having the power to censor content on the internet.  FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who put forth the planned repeal and voted in its favor, dismissed the concerns last year. “The sky is not falling,” he said. “Consumers will remain protected and the internet will continue to thrive. … Quite simply, we are restoring the light-touch framework that has governed the internet for most of its existence.” >> Related: 5 things to know about the FCC’s net neutrality repeal Still, Thursday’s filing was expected to open the door to challengers of the decision, The Hill reported. “Now that the new rules have officially been published, net neutrality supporters are able to mount a legal challenge against them,” according to the news site. “Democratic attorneys general, public interest groups and internet companies have all promised to file lawsuits to preserve the 2015 protections.” The attorneys general of 20 states and tech companies filed suits last month to halt the repeal, according to CNN. >> Related: State attorneys general ask FCC to delay net neutrality vote Denelle Dixon, chief business and legal officer at Mozilla, wrote in a post on the tech company's blog that Mozilla refiled a challenge to the repeal 'immediately after the order was published.' 'We won't waste a minute in our fight to protect net neutrality because it's our mission to ensure the internet is a global public resource, open and accessible to all,' she wrote. 'An internet that truly puts people first, where individuals can shape their own experience and are empowered, safe and independent.' Votes fell along party lines in December, with the FCC board’s Republicans favoring the repeal and the two Democrats on the board voting against it. >> Related: New York AG investigating fraudulent net neutrality comments to FCC FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, who voted against the repeal, said in a statement released Thursday that the FCC has “failed the American public.” “It turned a blind eye to all kinds of corruption in our public record – from Russian intervention to fake comments to stolen identities in our files,” she said. Before December’s vote, the attorneys general of nearly 20 states asked the FCC to delay its decision based on evidence that impersonators posted hundreds of thousands of fake comments on the commissions’ notice of the proposed rule change. Despite the appeal, the vote went on as scheduled. “As a result of the mess the agency created, broadband providers will now have the power to block websites, throttle services and censor online content,” Rosenworcel said. “This is not right. The FCC is on the wrong side of history and the wrong side of the law and it deserves to have its handiwork revisited, reexamined and ultimately reversed.”
  • A father is in custody after police say he intentionally killed his 5-year-old son at a DeKalb County, Georgia, home Wednesday night. >> Read more trending news It was not immediately clear what led to the homicide or how the boy was killed. According to police, the child lived at a home on Rocky Pine Drive in Lithonia with his grandmother. His parents drove from California for an unannounced visit Wednesday, authorities said. The boy’s mother and grandmother left the home, returned and “learned that the child had been murdered,” police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell told WSBTV. Three other children were inside the home at the time of the killing, but were not injured, the news station reported.  Police have not released the names of the father and child. 'Right now, the father is in custody,” Campbell said. “He is a 25-year-old male.”  Authorities continued to investigate the incident Thursday.
  • Nicholas Hernandez was recounting the frightening moment he heard knocking on the door of his classroom at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day. “When we found out, this is not a drill,” Hernandez said late Wednesday night, “it’s almost like the world came crashing down and souls died in a way. It was a near-death experience. I’d like to think that keeping calm saved lives. But it was him. It was him at the door.” >> Read more trending news Hernandez and his friends saw things no student should that day. Hernandez is a 15-year-old freshman and a mass murderer took the lives of 17 of his friends and teachers. And so Hernandez showed up at the BB&T Center for CNN’s televised town hall, hoping not only to show solidarity with classmates, but also to hear out two senators, a representative, a sheriff and a spokesperson for the NRA about what might change. Like many of Hernandez’s Douglas classmates, he declared mixed feelings after the event, in which students, parents and teachers were among those who came face-to-face with policy-makers. >> See coverage of the Broward County shooting from the Palm Beach Post “I think that so many good points were aired, but the reactions from the government officials weren’t up to par,” Hernandez, 15, said. “I feel like they need to know what we need and how to give us what we need in an appropriate way. I think that the NRA official really needs to open her eyes and realize that if we continue with these policies and the way they are now, we are never going to receive change. And we’ll just continue to have these mass shootings.”  Several students said they did not believe spokesperson Dana Loesch of the National Rifle Association or Senator Marco Rubio answered some direct questions in a direct manner. “I am angry,” said Douglas freshman Haleigh Gross. “There weren’t a lot of questions answered completely. And a lot of questions were avoided. And that just makes me angry. I still want to know what can be done to keep the kids more safe in schools.” >> Related: WATCH: Florida school shooting survivors perform emotional song at CNN town hall “When they didn’t answer the questions directly and they kind of went off topic, that’s very frustrating,” Douglas junior Emily Bernstein said. “Especially since these people were brave enough to ask these questions, they should be willing to answer them.” “More frustration than anything else, I would say,” Douglas freshman Olivia Blaker said. “Because many questions were not answered very clearly, simple yes or no questions.” Several students said the most memorable moment of the night was when student Cameron Kasky asked Rubio if he would turn down future donations from the NRA. Rubio did not say he would. “That really got me into my emotions,” Hernandez said. “Because I felt like as a government official, in this situation, especially in the state of Florida, it’s almost your obligation to say, ‘No, I will not accept donations.’ It would have made me feel better if he had said, ‘No, sorry, I am going to accept it.’ I would have been like, ‘OK, he needs their support.’ But instead of being direct with us, he simply dragged on and on and didn’t answer the question. And that infuriated me.” >> Related: Marco Rubio faces a tough crowd during CNN's town hall for gun reform Several students did say that they were a bit encouraged that Rubio at least appeared to show a bit of flexibility in potentially altering his stance on some gun control laws. “I think some of the questions really opened up Rubio’s mind,” Douglas senior Jenna Korsten said. “I think you saw he was saying he’d compromise. The other lady (Loesch), I don’t think so. I don’t think she was open-minded at all. I think people kept booing her because she wasn’t open-minded. And wasn’t listening. There were people asking her questions and she just wasn’t giving an answer.” Douglas freshman Kayla Sibble added, “I wish that the person from the NRA had answered the questions about if she thought guns were the problem. She totally deflected the question, in my opinion, and never answered it.” Some students seem to realize how difficult a challenge it might be to see a ban on most or all semi-automatic weapons in the near future. “They can do just as much harm as any other weapon,” Hernandez said. “And it just angers me that there are these lethal death weapons. These are not hunting weapons, they’re weapons to kill, and they are getting in the hands of a 19-year-old? If it was my choice, they wouldn’t be in the hands of anybody, except for law enforcement.” >> Related: Hundreds of students walk out in mass protest, march to Parkland high school Despite some frustrations, many students said they continue to believe they will be the group that finally ends the spate of mass school shootings. And they appreciated that CNN gave them an opportunity to continue to take their demands for change to the world. “I feel powerful,” Bernstein said. “I feel like with all these people around me, we could really make a change. And I think that everyone had really good, quality questions. I think they definitely messed with the wrong city and the wrong school. Parkland and Marjory Stoneman Douglas are going to do something about this. We’re going to be the last people that this is going to happen to.” “I am very positive about this,” Sibble said. “Because we’re not a generation to stay silent. We want action and we’re not going to stop until we get it.” “I would say I’m really glad that this town hall happened, especially in such a big arena, where so many people could attend,” Hernandez said. “Because I think it gives the government, and the whole nation, since it was televised, a piece of what we need as a community. More shootings can happen. We really do need to see a change in this country.”
  • Funeral arrangements have been announced following the death of famed evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham. The well-known religious figure, who counseled several presidents and preached to millions of people worldwide, died Wednesday, according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He was 99. READ MORE: Photos: Billy Graham through the years | Photos: Notable deaths 2018 | Billy Graham quotes: He made Christian principles accessible to millions | Billy Graham named among 10 most admired men for 59th time | MORE 
  • As people around the nation are grappling with the Feb. 14 massacre in Parkland, Florida, one artist’s work is as heartbreaking as is it is healing. Pia Guerra opened up about the moment she knew she had to memorialize at least one of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting victims in her unique way. >> PHOTOS: Remembering Parkland Florida school shooting victims “It’s not often that an image pops in your brain and you feel a lump in your throat,” Guerra told The Washington Post. “I need to get this down before time dilutes it,” she recalled thinking in the early morning as she got the idea to create a sketch in honor of fallen hero Aaron Feis. When the shooting started last Wednesday, Feis — a school security guard as well as assistant football coach — reportedly stepped between the shooter and students, taking bullets in the act. He was reportedly hospitalized before dying from his wounds. >> WATCH: Florida school shooting survivors perform emotional song at CNN town hall In Guerra's sketch, titled “Hero’s Welcome,' a girl is taking Feis’ hand to lead him back to a crowd of people as she says, “Come on Mister Feis! So many of us want to meet you!” >> See the image here Although she considers herself an atheist and said the image isn’t meant to represent “angels and heaven,” Guerra, 46, wanted to capture the idea that “all these brave, beautiful, vibrant people should still be with us.” “Wherever all these wonderful people are, they’re not here,” she told the Post. Guerra reportedly wanted to visually portray the sheer number of people lost in mass school shootings, while also leaving the image open for people to find their own meanings. >> Marco Rubio faces a tough crowd during CNN's town hall for gun reform “This is who they are. This is all that we lost,” she said, adding, “When you leave something open enough to interpretation, more people can find something in it.” Although most people have been touched, Guerra’s tribute has drawn some ire from people who think she did not well-represent the various races of all those who died in mass shootings, rather than just white people. “That was a direct result of rushing and not paying more attention to the makeup of the crowd, and maybe making a point about how these things always seem to happen in white suburbia and totally mucking it up,” Guerra said, promising to “do better.” >> On Rare.us: Football coach died shielding students from gunfire during Florida high school shooting In the past, Guerra has used her cartoons to vent, but this one was especially “emotional.” She plans on creating more of these works relating to the shooting, and encourages more people to remain involved in its aftermath. “It’s more emotional, it’s more personal … a gut reaction,” she said. “This is a whole other level.” >> Read more trending news  She added: “We should be engaged in this. We should use our voices … whatever it is we have to amplify what’s important to us.” Feis was one of three faculty members and 14 students killed on Valentine’s Day when authorities said former Marjory Stoneman Douglas student Nikolas Cruz, 19, opened fire on his high school with an AR-15. He was arrested following the shooting and charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. He is currently being held without bond. (H/T Indy 100)
  • Survivors of last week's deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, performed an emotional song Wednesday night to close a CNN town hall on gun control. >> Watch the clip here According to CNN, members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Drama Club wrote and performed the song, 'Shine,' at the event at the BB&T Center in Sunrise. >> Marco Rubio faces a tough crowd during CNN's town hall for gun reform 'You're not gonna knock us down / We'll get back up again / You may have hurt us but I promise we are stronger and / We're not gonna let you win / We're putting up a fight / You may have brought the dark / But together we will shine a light,' the chorus says. Minutes earlier, Max Schachter read a poem titled 'Life Is Like a Rollercoaster' by his son, Alex, who was killed in the shooting.  >> Watch the reading here >> Read more trending news  The tributes followed a heated town hall moderated by CNN's Jake Tapper and featuring lawmakers from Florida, including Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch, Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican Sen. Marco Rubio. National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch also participated in the event.

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  • Millions of BB&T customers have been locked out of their accounts due to an outage that bank officials say has been caused by a 'technical issue.' The interruption of services was first reported Thursday night but had not been resolved by early Friday. >> Read more trending news “At this time, many of our services are unavailable, including digital banking, Phone24, and ATM. Thank you for your patience as we work diligently to restore your services. We will continue to provide updates here and on http://BBT.com,” the Winston-Salem-based bank tweeted. WSOCTV tried to access a BB&T ATM in uptown Charlotte, but the message “Sorry, this ATM is temporarily offline,' was displayed on the screen. The company's website said many of its other banking services were down as well, including digital banking and Phone24, meaning customers cannot pay bills or check their accounts. The bank said customers will still be able to use their debit, credit and prepaid cards at places like the grocery store or gas station. A bank spokesperson told WSOCTV, 'We understand this is causing a major inconvenience for clients and our teams are continuing to work diligently to restore those services. We will work with clients who have incurred fees or experienced other challenges and continue to provide updates through our website and social media. At this time, we have no reason to believe this issue is related to cybersecurity.
  • A man is accused of hitting a woman with his pickup in Texas after she refused his advances toward her, according to an arrest affidavit. >> Read more trending news Carlos Amozurrutia, 27, of Round Rock, was charged with accident involving personal injury, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The victim said Amozurrutia was giving her a ride home Sunday when he began making unwanted advances toward her, the affidavit said. It said she told him to stop so he stopped his pickup and pushed her out. She said that when he drove away, he struck her with the truck, the affidavit said. It said police were alerted at 2:26 a.m. Sunday about the incident in the 400 block of Blockhouse Drive. The victim had an injury on the left side of her face, and also scratches and red marks on her hands and knees, according to the affidavit. The affidavit does not say how the victim and Amozurrutia knew each other. A witness who also was in the pickup said she got out of the truck with the victim and saw it strike her, the affidavit said. It also said two other witnesses who were driving by saw the victim struck and knocked to the ground by an open door on the passenger side when the truck pulled away. It said the two witnesses told police the driver left without offering to help the victim. Police stopped Amozurrutia at a nearby gas station for an unrelated offense and were able to identify his truck as the one that hit the victim, the affidavit said. Amozurrutia was released from the Williamson County Jail on Sunday after posting bail set at $75,000.
  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Laurel Lee talked through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley. The icFlorida Fun 3: 10th Annual Downtown Food & Wine Fest The 10th Annual Downtown Food & Wine Fest takes place in the heart of downtown Orlando at Lake Eola on Robinson Street, and the two-day Fest features mouth-watering dishes from 30 of Orlando’s premier restaurants, 50 domestic & international wines, and live entertainment.    7th annual Central Florida Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Festival The Year of the Dog marks the 7th annual Central Florida Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Festival held in Orlando, Florida. UCF Fan Experience and Fight Night The UFC Fan Experience and Fight Night will take over the Amway Center this Saturday.   Before you head out for any of these awesome events, be sure to check the icFlorida Weekend Events Weather Forecast from WFTV meteorologist Brian Shields.
  • In a speech to a large gathering of conservative political activists outside Washington, D.C., President Donald Trump on Friday said he is committed to forcing security changes in America’s schools, which he says will cut down on the threat of mass school shootings, like the one last week in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people. “We will act, we will do something,” the President said in a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference. “We will act.” Mr. Trump on Friday again repeated his support for his call to allow certain teachers and administrators to carry a concealed weapon in school, all to form a line of defense. “Why do we protect our airports and banks, but not our schools?” the President said. At #CPAC2018, Trump renews his call for 'gun-adept' school staff to be armed: 'When we declare our schools to be gun-free zones, it just puts our students in far more danger' https://t.co/K3rEyFsN7e https://t.co/kNnFYsQAXV — CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) February 23, 2018 “Our schools are essentially gun-free zones and that makes them very dangerous places,” Mr. Trump added. Both at the speech, and earlier in the day at the White House, Mr. Trump said he was disappointed in the reaction of an armed deputy, who was stationed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, but did not confront the gunman who was shooting inside. “When it came time to get in there and do something, he didn’t have the courage or something happened. But he certainly did a poor job,” the President told reporters before boarding Marine One. President Trump says the Parkland sheriff who did not enter Marjory Stoneman Douglas High during the shooting 'certainly did a poor job — there's no question about that' https://t.co/9jVQ6bkOKr https://t.co/frVLMDkkjs — CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) February 23, 2018 At CPAC, the President also expressed his support for more efforts to put mental health information into the current instant background check system for gun buyers, and said it’s time for police and authorities to do more about people who have mental health issues. “We will really have to strengthen up background checks,” the President said. “We have to do that.” Several times, Mr. Trump seemed to be publicly cajoling the National Rifle Association to accept his plans on guns and school security, as the President reminded his audience that he was a staunch defender of the Second Amendment. “Let’s get it done right,” the President said of action on a variety of fronts to deal with school shootings. “We really owe it to our country.” The President on Friday did not mention his call to raise the minimum purchase age for a gun like an AR-15 from 18 years old to 21 years old – that proposal has already drawn some concern from Republicans in the Congress, and reports of resistance inside the NRA as well. Also in his CPAC speech, Mr. Trump ran through a familiar list of achievements during his first term in office, talking up a major package of tax cuts, the end of dozens of regulations, and the confirmation of conservative federal judges. “Don’t get complacent,” the President urged the crowd, telling them a victory for Democrats in the Congress in the 2018 mid-term elections would endanger a number of his accomplishments. “They will take away those massive tax cuts, and they will take away your Second Amendment,” the President said of Democrats. “We’ve got seven years to go,” Mr. Trump said to cheers. “We’re finally rebuilding our nation.” There was also a lighter moment, as President Trump noted that the big video boards in the convention hall might show something he tries to avoid. Trump admits to hiding his bald-spot as he gets distracted by his own image during a speech at CPAC pic.twitter.com/3Onp8xuMcK — Jenni Missye White (@Missycilious) February 23, 2018 “I try like hell to hide that bald spot,” the Preisdent said to cheers.
  •   An 8-year-old Florida girl became the subject of an Amber Alert on Thursday, according to officials with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.   FDLE officials said an Amber Alert for Juliet Odierna, of Cape Coral, has been canceled.   She was wearing a blue polo shirt, khaki skorts and black shoes.    FDLE officials said she might have been with Jennifer Odierna, 34, and Theodore Moschovas, 37.   FDLE didn't say if there was any type of relationship between Juliet and the two adults.   No other details were given.