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Two winners in $636M Mega Millions drawing PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 December 2013 07:01

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The two winning Mega Millions tickets were sold in California and Georgia, lottery officials said Wednesday.

The $636 million jackpot was the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.

One ticket was sold in San Jose, Calif., California Lottery spokesman Alex Traverso said. The other was sold in Georgia, but Mega Millions' lead director Paula Otto said early Wednesday morning that she didn't yet know in which city it had been sold.

Otto, who is also the Virginia Lottery's executive director, said $336 million in tickets were sold for Tuesday's drawing — they had projected $319 million.

"Sales were a little better than we'd anticipated," Otto said. "It was a fun run, it was our first holiday run for either of the big jackpot games."

She said because of the higher sales, the jackpot may be more around $645 million. The final jackpot will be available by midday Wednesday, she said.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 11:26
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New Mexico teacher who said Santa is white on paid leave PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 17 December 2013 14:29

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A suburban Albuquerque teacher who told a black student that Santa Claus is white has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Rio Rancho school district spokeswoman Kim Vesely confirmed the punishment Monday to Albuquerque television stations KOAT and KOB. But she didn't say for how long, and she couldn't immediately be reached for further comment Tuesday.

The teacher's comments came week after students at Cleveland High School were told they could come to class dressed as Santa, an elf or a reindeer.

Michael Rougier says when his ninth-grade son, Christopher, arrived with Santa hat and beard, the teacher asked, "Don't you know Santa Claus is white? Why are you wearing that?"

The incident happened the same week that Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly said both Santa Claus and Jesus were white.


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Doomsday minister Harold Camping dead at 92 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 17 December 2013 14:06

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Harold Camping, the California preacher who used his evangelical radio ministry and thousands of billboards to broadcast the end of the world and then gave up public prophecy when his date-specific doomsdays did not come to pass, has died at age 92.

Family Radio Network marketing manager Nina Romero said Harold Camping, a retired civil engineer who built a worldwide following for the nonprofit, Oakland-based ministry he founded in 1958, died at his home on Sunday. She said he had been hospitalized after falling.

Camping's most widely spread prediction was that the Rapture would happen on May 21, 2011. His independent Christian media empire spent millions of dollars — some of it from donations made by followers who quit their jobs and sold all their possessions— to spread the word on more than 5,000 billboards and 20 RVs plastered with the Judgment Day message.

When the Judgment Day he foresaw did not materialize, the preacher revised his prophecy, saying he had been off by five months. The preacher, who suffered a stroke three weeks after the May prediction failed, said the light dawned on him that instead of the biblical Rapture in which the faithful would be swept up to the heavens, the date had instead been a "spiritual" Judgment Day, which placed the entire world under Christ's judgment.

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Officials: Six Americans killed in Afghanistan crash PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 17 December 2013 11:21

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six U.S. service members were killed Tuesday when a helicopter with engine trouble crashed in southern Afghanistan, U.S. and NATO officials said.

One person on board the aircraft was injured and survived, two U.S. defense officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record.

A statement issued by the NATO International military coalition said the crash was under investigation and that there was no insurgent activity in the area. In Washington an official said they were specifically investigating the cause of "the engine failure."

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Man found alive, woman dead in Alabama apartment blast PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 17 December 2013 10:28

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Birmingham fire official says a woman who was missing after an explosion rocked an apartment complex was found, but died before she was removed from the debris.

Crews also found a man who had been missing alive and freed him from the rubble Tuesday. Seven others suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Birmingham Fire Rescue Service Battalion Chief C.W. Mardis tells The Associated Press the man is in critical but stable condition. The man and woman were unaccounted for after the explosion.

Mardis says both apparently were asleep in a first-floor apartment shortly before the 3 a.m. explosion. The building collapsed, trapping them.

Mardis says the concrete slab from the second flood was on them. Crews used hydraulic jacks and lifting blocks to lift the concrete enough to get to them.


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