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Mega Millions, Powerball jackpots swell to $800M

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The lump-sum options for the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots are worth approximately $215.3 million and $278.3 million, respectively. That's the highest it's been since August, when one ticket for the $758.7 million jackpot was sold in Chicopee. Read More »

Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch won't stand for re-election

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Romney maintains residence in Utah and was the president and CEO of the Salt Lake City Olympic Committee before going on to serve as governor of MA and challenge Barack Obama as the Republican nominee in the 2012 presidential election. Last month, Hatch reveled in the spotlight as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee while shepherding a massive tax bill through the Senate - attention, friends and colleagues said, that made him lean toward running again. Read More »

Iran's Oil Production, Exports Not Impacted By Protests

But while 2018 is shaping up to be a tumultuous year for crude, it could be that the US plays a lesser role in creating chaos than some think: the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas this week noted in its latest survey of 134 energy firms based in Texas , New Mexico , and Louisiana that prices above $60 per barrel are needed to see a significant uptick in activity. Read More »

Bronx apartment fire leaves 16 injured

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Flames and smoke could be seen pouring from the building. The Fire Department of NY says 23 people, including a firefighter, are hurt following a Bronx blaze. But fire officials say almost two dozen people, including that man and his family, have been displaced by the blaze. Nigro said authorities would enter the building to determine the cause of the fire once it's deemed safe. Read More »

School Delays Due to Cold Weather

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The Wake County Public Schools website showed page after page of mechanical delays, from 20 minutes up to 60 minutes or more . Huntsville City Schools is delaying the starting of classes Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Luten said that 81 buses wouldn't start this morning, but by 9 a.m. more than 70 had been fixed and were running. "The last thing we want to happen is have our students waiting by the curb for a bus that's a half hour to an hour late when it's 14 degrees". Read More »

Indian Medical Association calls for 12-hour nationwide strike

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A doctor said that they didn't want the patient to suffer; hence, they were seeing patients. "This is very cruel", said a woman at the state-run General Hospital. We have been discussing the National Medical Commission Bill with the government since a year. "A bill to regulate the medical education and medical practice without the concurrence of the medical profession will be a disaster", said a statement from the association. Read More »

New Year Brings Record Cold Temperatures

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An area of low pressure will skirt offshore Wednesday night, which could bring us some snow showers - possibly minor accumulations. Temperatures during the afternoon reach the lower 20s, so wind chill values feel like the teens. The National Weather Service has issued another wind chill advisory for Clarksville-Montgomery County as well as parts of Middle Tennessee for midnight tonight through noon Tuesday . Read More »

New Orleans Saints 14, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13

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It drove 92 yards in 13 plays and took up almost seven minutes for a touchdown and 24-20 lead with 7:07 to go in the fourth quarter at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs had taken the lead back in the fourth quarter with a huge play on special teams. His last came on a third down after the Bucs had been in the red zone, taking away a potential go-ahead field goal in the third quarter. Read More »

Costa Rica plane crash leaves 10 foreigners dead, government says

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Costa Rican authorities say a plane crash in Costa Rica on Sunday has killed 10 US citizens and two crew members. A U.S. State Department spokesperson told CBS News that they are aware of the crash and are monitoring the situation. According to Costa Rican authorities, 10 of those passengers were U.S. citizens. The other two killed are local crewmembers. Solis said the government plans to open an investigation on Monday too look into the cause of the crash that left 12 people dead. Read More »

Terrorists storm into CRPF camp, two personnel injured

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Meanwhile, the internet services have been slowed down. Both attackers were killed in retaliatory action. "There is quite possibility of similar type of attack on other camp also", said the CRPF. Militant outfit Jaish-e-Muhammad claimed responsibility for the Fidayeen attack on Lethpora CRPF camp. Senior security forces and police officers had already reached the spot to supervise the operation, they said. Read More »

Two arrested for grisly family murder

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He said he feared for his life ahead of the arrests. Both suspects, from Schenectady , New York, were arraigned in Troy City Court on Saturday, with the next court appearance scheduled for Thursday. Jackie Robinson Sr., a pastor at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Troy, told the Times Union that there are "certainly reasons to be fearful". "I don't know of a word for it". Read More »

George Weah Unveils Agenda For Liberia

During his first public address, Liberian President-elect George Weah on Saturday said the nation is "open for business" and called for Liberians living overseas to return home. "I refuse to subject our nation to such an experience", he said. Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated George Weah on his election as Liberia's next president. Read More »

Banner Hung at Pence's House: 'Make America Gay Again'

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Pence has notoriously supported legislation that critics say discriminates against gay people. He said the man and other neighbours have been "really nice" to authorities. Pence said on his website that federal dollars should not go to organizations "that celebrate and encourage types of behaviors that facilitate the spreading of the HIV virus" and funds should, instead, be given to "institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior". Read More »

Sister of Eric Garner, Erika, dies after heart attack

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She died at Woodhull Hospital of natural causes, according to the Reverend Al Sharpton, as reported by the New York Post. Garner has been in a coma since Saturday after an asthma attack triggered the massive heart attack. The mother of two had remained on life support Thursday morning. Though Garner's death was ruled a homicide, the grand jury did not indict Pantaleo and the city of NY settled with Garner's estate for $5.9 million. Read More »

Iranians protest against high prices in Mashhad

Protesters also waved banners denouncing Iran's interference in the Arab region, chanting "forget about Syria, think about us". The editor-in-chief of the reformist news network Nazar, Payam Parhiz, wrote on Twitter that it was not clear what person or group organised the protest in Mashhad. Read More »

Rocket fired from Gaza hits building in Israeli town, 2 others intercepted

Israel's military said Friday it attacked two Hamas posts in the Gaza Strip after three rockets launched from the besieged Palestinian enclave hit an Israeli building earlier. Locals said that Israeli naval ships chased down fishing boats off the coast of northern Gaza and opened fire at them. Clashes continue in the West Bank as Palestinians protest US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Read More »

Trump says East Coast could use some global warming

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Following days of cold weather and forecasts of record lows to come, President Donald Trump tweeted that "we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming ". Of the Mueller probe, he said it makes America "look very bad, and it puts the country in a very bad position". The bitter cold this week underscores a stark reality for low-income Americans who rely on heating aid: Their dollars aren't going to go as far this winter. Read More »

Egypt says 10 killed in attack outside Cairo church

The UK Guardian cites Egyptian media sources that say at least one attacker was able to flee the scene, while another was overpowered and restrained by police and bystanders. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. On Friday night, bodies of the six victims from the bloody attack arrived at the district's archbishopric for the official funeral, covered with Egyptian flags and were received by their families, while a number of official figures were present. Read More »

Erica Garner Was Reportedly Declared Brain Dead

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Earlier this month, in an interview on the webshow Like it or Not , she talked about the physical toll that organizing and activism can take. 'Please continue to pray hard for Erica and pray for her family and kids just as much'. The mother of two had her second heart attack since August on Saturday, Dec. 23. Doctor's informed the family that the pregnancy caused her intense stress due to her already enlarged heart. Read More »

Husband in custody, 2 officers suspended following woman's death

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Two police officers were suspended yesterday after allegedly ignoring a 911 call to check on Tonie Wells , sources told the New York Post . Pictured, Brooklyn couple, Tonie Wells and Barry Wells. Wells' body was discovered at the bottom of the stairs into the basement. Neighbors told the newspaper they were shocked by the violent tragedy. Most damning were revelations that NYPD cops had been called to the Brooklyn home earlier that Wednesday to check on Wells who told 911 she ... Read More »

U.S. to resume visas in Turkey after 2-month suspension

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The move comes two months after the US suspended most visa services to Turkish citizens after one of its consulate employees was arrested. The United States and Turkey lifted all visa restrictions on Thursday after Washington said Ankara had kept to assurances that no other USA mission staff would be targeted for performing official duties. Read More »

Home and Away actor in critical condition after triple-fatal NSW crash

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One of the siblings, Jessica Falkholt , 28, is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Arts and has had roles in Home and Away and other Australian dramas. The 50-year old driver of the other vehicle was also killed at the scene. Speaking to reporters on Boxing day after the collision, Highway Patrol Chief Inspector Phil Brooks confirmed the sisters are "very much in a critical condition at this time". Read More »

Experts predict a bad flu season for Texas

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And she says it is not too late to get your flu shot, peak flu season has not even hit yet. Some people claim to get slightly sick after getting the shot, other vaccine veterans say the shot hurts worse than the average immunisation ritual, and yet there are others who think getting vaccinated and taking store-bought medication are interchangeable. Read More »

Very cold and blustery through Tuesday; Friday snow risk fades some

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Still, I wouldn't be surprised if this system ends up clicking back to the north and west toward us again as we approach late week, many similar ones do, though we're probably talking about a light snow event if it does, not big numbers. That said, I think we still have a reasonably good chance to see some snowflakes with all this cold air around - even as the odds of a significant event have fallen. Read More »

NJ Gov. Christie orders towns to accept 2018 tax prepayments

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Signed by President Trump last week, the legislation limits the amount of money you can deduct for state income, sales and property taxes to $10,000. "Everybody is trying to do what they think is the right thing to do", said Sizemore, who made it clear that his department can not offer tax advice. Read More »

Jaish-e-Muhammad's 3-feet-tall 'deadly' commander killed in J&K encounter

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A crack team of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, acting on a specific input, had cordoned off a cluster of houses at Samboora which resulted in a fierce gunbattle leading to the elimination of the top JeM commander. Tantray's death is seen as a big blow for the JeM. Soldiers take position during a gun fight between security forces and militants in which three soldiers and a militant were killed n Jammu and Kashmir's Bandipora district on Feb 14, 2017. Read More »

Kremlin offers to be mediator between the United States and North Korea

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The new sanctions include sharply cutting limits on North Korea's imports of refined oil and orders the repatriation of all North Korean nationals working overseas by the end of 2019. South Korea has also said it expects North Korea to open negotiations with the U.S. in 2018, although it is unlikely Kim will totally abandon his weapons programme. Read More »

Man suspected of killing wife, children wounds officer in shootout

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Authorities also identified the victims as Ross' estranged wife, 38-year-old Iris Ross; their son 11-year-old Nigel Ross; and their 10-month old daughter Anora Ross. He said officers tracked the suspect to a specific apartment. The other child who was killed was 11 years old. The bodies of both children were later found in the apartment. Read More »

British Woman Sentenced To Three Years In Egyptian Prison

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The 33-year-old, from Hull, had her trial adjourned yesterday as she wept in the dock after accidentally pleading guilty due to a mix-up with her interpreter. Ms Plummer's local MP, Karl Turner, admitted the result could have been much worse, but still described it as "devastating". Mr Turner also urged Egyptian authorities to "think very hard about what this means to people in the United Kingdom who are considering travelling (there)". Read More »

Orrin Hatch Says He's 'Grateful' for Biting Editorial That Suggested He Resign

In its editorial naming Hatch "Utahn of the Year, the Tribune concluded: "If only he had listened to his own advice". Many were left asking if Hatch had tweeted before reading the Salt Lake Tribune's full reasoning for the award, for the most impactful person in the state, which hit out at his part in slashing the size of Utah's national monuments. Read More »

What to do with your leftover Christmas Tree

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Of course, those latecomers to the Christmas tree party might want to leave them up a while longer. If you have access to a chainsaw, you can also use the tree for firewood. The county also teams up with the city of Charlottesville, chipping trees collected through the city's curbside pick-up program. Residents placing trees out will strip the trees of all decorations, lights, stands and bags. Read More »

Russia Slams Trump's 'Aggressive' North Korea Rhetoric, Tells Tillerson it is 'Unacceptable'

According to the Treasury, Kim is allegedly a " key figure " in a project aimed at finding a way to switch North Korean rockets from liquid to solid fuel. "If the USA wishes to live safely, it must abandon its hostile policy towards the DPRK and learn to co-exist with the country that has nuclear weapons and should wake up from its pipe dream of our country giving up nuclear weapons which we have developed and completed through all kinds of hardships", a statement carried by the official ... Read More »

Rupani sworn in as CM of Gujarat second time

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Vijay Rupani , 61, is all set to swear in as Gujarat Chief Minister in the state capital Gandhinagar, in a ceremony that is twin as a huge show of power by the BJP. Besides them, the new government of Gujarat will have eight Cabinet ministers and 10 ministers of State . Naranpura MLA Kaushik Patel , who is seen as close to BJP national president Amit Shah , has been sworn-in as Cabinet minister . Read More »

Modi inaugurates Metro's Magenta line section

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Once fully operational by March next, the Magenta Line (Botanical Garden-Janakpuri West) will ferry approximately 3.60 lakh commuters every day, Delhi Metro estimates. At the new Kalkaji Mandir station, ceramic murals of Lotus Temple, ISKCON Temple and nature-themed artworks, and paintings showing birds have been displayed. Read More »