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Paula Deen Jokes About Deceased Chef

Critics say comment on Carl Ruiz's death was tasteless

(Newser) - Paula Deen is feeling the heat for a comment she made following the sudden death of celebrity chef Carl Ruiz . Deen, 72, discussed her new cookbook Paula Deen's Southern Baking in a Monday interview on The Big J Show, aired by Montana's Hot 101.9, before host Jason... More »

Walmart Will Stop Selling E-Cigarettes

Retailer's stores, including Sam's Club, won't replace current inventory

(Newser) - Citing the uncertainty surrounding the products' future, including possible regulatory actions, Walmart said it will stop selling e-cigarettes. An internal memo said the retailer will sell the stock on hand in its Walmart and Sam's Club stores in the US. Then, CNBC reports the memo says, "We plan... More »

Kroger Makes a Big Change on Guns

Grocery chain doesn't want customers openly carrying in its stores anymore

(Newser) - On the same day Walmart made its big change regarding guns , Kroger made its own move: The grocery store chain no longer wants to be a place where "open carry" is OK. "Kroger is respectfully asking that customers no longer openly carry firearms into our stores, other than... More »

Walmart Limits Ammo Sales, Makes Request of Customers

Chain doesn't want shoppers openly carrying weapons, even where it's legal

(Newser) - Walmart is taking a step back from gun-related sales. The chain will discontinue the sale of ammunition for handguns and assault-style weapons—and will request that customers refrain from openly carrying firearms in stores even where state laws allow it. The announcement comes just days after a mass shooting claimed... More »

Walmart Announces Its Plans for El Paso Store Where 22 Died

Mass shooting site will reopen with a rebuilt interior

(Newser) - Walmart plans to reopen the El Paso store where 22 people were killed in a shooting earlier this month, the retail giant said Thursday, but the entire interior of the building will first be rebuilt. The renovated store will include an on-site memorial honoring the victims of the shooting, many... More »

Walmart Blames Tesla Solar Panels for 7 Store Fires

Company is suing over 'widespread negligence'

(Newser) - "To state the obvious, properly designed, installed, inspected, and maintained solar systems do not spontaneously combust," a Walmart lawsuit against Tesla states. The retail giant says solar panels installed on store rooftops caused at least seven fires between 2012 and 2018, reports Reuters . The lawsuit filed in New... More »

More Arrests Follow Threats to Walmart Stores

13-year-old is among those charged

(Newser) - A man was arrested at home in south Texas on Saturday on a charge of making a terrorist threat involving a local Walmart, the Dallas Morning News reports. Police say the man had said he planned a shooting at the store that morning. In a city nearby, police had arrested... More »

Cops: Family Warned Suspect Who Set Off Walmart Scare

Dmitriy Andreychenko told cops he was conducting 'social experiment' at Mo. store

(Newser) - More details are trickling out on the man cops says strolled into a Walmart in Springfield, Mo., armed with a loaded rifle and handgun on Thursday—just days after nearly two dozen people were killed at a Walmart in El Paso —and caused a panic. Per CNN , a probable... More »

Walmart Tells Employees to Remove Violent Displays

Retailer will still sell guns

(Newser) - Walmart is taking down any displays of violence in its stores—including video games, movies, and hunting videos playing on electronics screens. But the chain will still sell guns, as well as violent video games, and the new rule does not apply to displays of actual weapons. The instructions came... More »

Police Identify Armed Man Arrested at Walmart

It's still not clear what charges Dmitriy Andreychenko will face

(Newser) - We now know the identity of the man who set off a scare at a Missouri Walmart by walking in with a tactical rifle. But little else—including his motive and any possible charges—remain unclear. On Friday, police identified the man as 20-year-old Dmitriy Andreychenko, reports the AP . He... More »

Heavily Armed Man Arrested at Missouri Walmart

Police in Springfield trying to figure out his intent

(Newser) - Less than a week after the massacre at a Walmart in El Paso , a heavily armed man caused quite a scare at a Walmart in Missouri. This time, no shots were fired. Police in Springfield arrested an unidentified 20-year-old man who strode into the store about 4pm Thursday wearing a... More »

20 Dead in Texas Walmart Shooting; Suspect Arrested

Officials are reading a manifesto possibly written by the gunman

(Newser) - A suspect is in custody after a mass shooting left 20 people dead at a Texas Walmart on Saturday, the New York Times reports. Police say a gunman entered the store with an AK-47-style rifle and opened fire just before 11am, injuring 26 others and causing general panic before giving... More »

Report: Walmart Shooter Killed His Manager

Martez Tarrell Abram was suspended a day earlier

(Newser) - The man accused of killing two people and injuring a police officer at a Walmart in Mississippi on Tuesday is a longtime employee who was recently suspended, authorities say. Martez Tarrell Abram, 39, is facing two counts of murder over the shooting at the Southaven store, CNN reports. Employees say... More »

Cops: Disgruntled Employee Killed 2 Walmart Workers

Shooting took place Southaven, Mississippi

(Newser) - A gunman described as a disgruntled Walmart employee fatally shot two co-workers and wounded a police officer before he was shot and arrested Tuesday at a Walmart store in northern Mississippi, authorities said. Southaven Police Chief Macon Moore said the man, whom he did not name, shot a Southaven... More »

Starbucks Used to Have a Much Longer Name

Why company dumped Starbucks Coffee, Tea, and Spices, and why other brands changed their names

(Newser) - In a world where our texting shorthand includes "BRB," "LOL," and "K," is it any surprise that we now have brands calling themselves WW, RH, and KFC? USA Today reports on eight companies that have truncated or otherwise modified their original monikers, for various... More »

Texas Police: We've Nabbed the 'Blue Bell Licker'

Suspect accused of licking container of ice cream in Lufkin Walmart is a juvenile, cops say

(Newser) - Police have a suspect in what they say was a literally juvenile prank in Texas. A video that went viral on social media last week showed a young lady taking a container of Blue Bell ice cream out of the freezer in a Lufkin Walmart, licking the top of the... More »

Ice Cream Licker Could Get 20 Years

'We're appalled that someone would do this'

(Newser) - A Texas woman could be looking at an extremely long prison sentence for one lick of ice cream. In a viral video —shared on Twitter by a user who wondered "What kinda psychopathic behavior is this?"—the woman can be seen opening a tub of Blue Bell... More »

Walmart: Always Low Prices... Unless Tariffs Increase

Higher tariffs = higher prices, Walmart warns

(Newser) - Walmart warned on Thursday that higher tariffs on imports from China will mean higher prices, the AP reports. The comments came after the nation's largest retailer reported its best sale performance at its established US namesake stores for the fiscal first quarter in nine years. It marked 19 straight... More »

You May Be Surprised by What Walmart Store Managers Make

$175K a year, says company

(Newser) - Walmart is out with a report on its social responsibility, and one stat in particular is getting a lot of attention. The chain says its store managers make an average of $175,000 year, reports CNN . Walmart has about 4,700 such managers, and the Wall Street Journal notes that... More »

Walmart Reverses 'Major-League Botch'

Company will find new roles for disabled greeters

(Newser) - Walmart endured more than a week's worth of bad publicity before announcing publicly that it was making "every effort" to find a role for disabled workers who had been threatened with job loss as the retailer gets rid of greeters at 1,000 stores. Amid a fierce backlash,... More »

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