Katie Wedell, USA TODAY

Katie Wedell


Dayton, OH, United States

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Past articles by Katie:

'Freed' bird: Day 1 of Elon Musk's Twitter and the social media platform's path forward

Thursday's acquisition has now given Tesla billionaire Elon Musk one of the world’s most powerful megaphones. → Read More

Post-Roe, non-pregnant people are being denied medications over 'hypothetical' babies

Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, women who are not pregnant have been denied drugs because they could harm hypothetical pregnancies. → Read More

When does Medicare open enrollment take place? Here's what to know when picking your plan.

With hundreds of health insurance options to choose from, here's a rundown of things to know about Medicare open enrollment period, beginning Oct. 15. → Read More

Hate car shopping? Here's how to navigate the current seller's market

Ongoing supply chain woes mean it's now more common for dealers to mark up cars thousands of dollars over the MSRP. How to shop for a deal on a new car. → Read More

Buy now, pay later refunds on apps like Afterpay, Affirm, Klarna frustrate consumers

As buy now, pay later apps increase in popularity, so do the number of complaints from consumers as refunds and returns are difficult to navigate. → Read More

How to buy now, pay later with popular apps

A round-up of the features and fees for several popular buy now, pay later options including Affirm, Afterpay, PayPal, Klarna and Zip. → Read More

Senators call for investigation of Hertz after hundreds of rental car customers claim false arrest

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Richard Blumenthal are calling for investigations of Hertz rental car after hundreds of false arrest allegations. → Read More

How long is food safe to eat after the 'best if used by' date? Longer than you think.

Can you eat eggs past the expiration date or drink milk after it expires? Food best-by dates aren't regulated and you may be throwing away good food. → Read More

If you’ve rented a car from Hertz, there could be a warrant out for your arrest

More than 200 plaintiffs are suing Hertz in bankruptcy court for false arrests. A judge is ruling on how some cases will move forward Wednesday. → Read More

Food safety: How to prevent food poisoning by monitoring recalls

Navigating hundreds of food recalls is a daunting task for grocery shoppers. These tips help you master food safety with minimal effort. → Read More

Food safety: How to prevent food poisoning by monitoring recalls

Navigating hundreds of food recalls is a daunting task for grocery shoppers. These tips help you master food safety with minimal effort. → Read More

Black people use Facebook more than anyone. Now they're leaving.

Black Americans are deleting Facebook, some to join TikTok. One reason: Facebook has made too little progress in combating racism and violent threats. → Read More

Lethal force? Tasers are meant to save lives, yet hundreds die after their use by police

The April 11 shooting death of Daunte Wright highlights problems with police use of Tasers that have contributed to at least 500 deaths since 2010. → Read More

He told police, 'I can't breathe,' 16 times before he died. Now, his family seeks justice.

Hector Arreola died in police custody in Columbus, Georgia. His family wants a prosecutor to honor a promise to charge the officers. → Read More

'Pics or it didn't happen': Experts explain why Capitol rioters posted incriminating videos and selfies

Powerful social incentives likely explain why people posted evidence the FBI is now using to build cases against them. → Read More

Dem lawmakers speculate that Capitol rioters may have had GOP help

Democrats say GOP colleagues may have helped rioters before the violence. They want investigations but haven't named names → Read More

Capitol mob members could face more serious charges, prison time, as investigation unfolds

With nearly 100 arrests and more charges, prosecutors are building a sprawling investigation from the Capitol riot last week. → Read More

Trump claims he got COVID-19 from Gold Star event; evidence shows he probably was already sick by then

President Trump implied he caught the coronavirus at a ceremony for fallen soldiers. It’s more likely he exposed the military families to the virus. → Read More

Contact tracing and visualizing the people exposed to COVID-19 by Trump outbreak

Dozens disclosed positive tests. Thousands may have been exposed. → Read More

USPS removes thousands of mailboxes each year. In 2020, mail-in ballots make it political.

USA TODAY Network reporters fanned out to see whether mailboxes had been removed in their communities. → Read More