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Second winner of $636M lottery jackpot comes forward PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 03 January 2014 15:47

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — California Lottery officials say the second of two winners of the $636 million Mega Millions jackpot has come forward to claim the prize.

Steve Tran of Northern California came forward Thursday afternoon, 16 days after officials revealed there were two winning jackpot tickets.

The other winner, Ira Curry, is from Georgia and came forward to claim her prize Dec. 18. Lottery officials there say she opted to take the lump sum payment of about $120 million after taxes.

The winning ticket in California was purchased at a gift shop in San Jose. The gift shop owner will receive $1 million.

The jackpot is the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history. It started its ascent Oct. 4. Lotto officials say 22 draws came and went without winners.

Some $336 million in tickets were sold for the Dec. 17 drawing.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 January 2014 15:49
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Car in Walker crash may have been going 100 mph PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by ANDREW DALTON, Associated Press   
Friday, 03 January 2014 15:46

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A coroner's report says the Porsche carrying "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker may have been going 100 mph or more before it crashed, killing both Walker and the driver.

 

The report released Friday by the Los Angeles County coroner's office says that Roger Rodas, Walker's friend and financial adviser, was driving the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT at an unsafe speed, estimated by witnesses to be 100 mph or more.

The report also says no alcohol or drugs were detected in the system of either man on the day of the fiery one-car crash.

It says the Nov. 30 deaths have been ruled accidents and were due to combined traumatic and thermal injuries.

Investigators found no mechanical problems with the Porsche or problems with the roadway.


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(Updated) Obama proposes firearm background check changes PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent   
Friday, 03 January 2014 14:14
HONOLULU (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday announced a pair of executive actions aimed at strengthening federal background checks for gun purchasers, with a particular focus on limiting firearm access for those with mental health issues.

One proposed rule change aims to clarify terminology used by federal law to prohibit people from purchasing a firearm for mental health reasons. The administration said states have complained that some wording is ambiguous, making it difficult to determine who should be blocked from buying a weapon.

A second proposed rule change would give hospitals and other entities covered by patient privacy provisions more flexibility in the information they provide to the background check system. However, the administration said the rule change would not require reporting on general mental health care or legally prohibit someone from having a firearm solely because they sought treatment.

The White House announced the proposals while President Barack Obama was vacationing in Hawaii.

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Author of Lincoln mystery letter identified PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 03 January 2014 11:58

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — It's been more than 25 years since workers renovating Abraham Lincoln's home in Springfield found a letter fragment in a mouse's nest inside a wall, but researchers think they've finally identified the mystery letter's author.

The clue was a mention of poetry.

Lincoln had exchanged several letters with a newspaper editor about poetry and politics. So Stacy Pratt McDermott, an associate editor of The Papers of Abraham Lincoln, set about comparing the handwriting on the fragment with a letter that Andrew Johnston had written to Lincoln in 1865 and a note that Johnston had written in 1872 on an old letter from Lincoln.

The match was unmistakable.

Besides solving a mystery, the discovery sheds light on a lesser explored aspect of Lincoln's character.

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At least nine have died in winter storm PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by RODRIQUE NGOWI, Associated Press SYLVIA WINGFIELD, Associated Press   
Friday, 03 January 2014 10:18

BOSTON (AP) — A blustery winter storm that dropped nearly 2 feet of snow has led to at least nine deaths in the eastern half of the country.

Slick roads have caused traffic deaths in Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois.

A massive pile of salt fell on a worker at a suburban Philadelphia storage facility, killing him.

And authorities say a woman with Alzheimer's disease froze to death after she wandered away from her rural western New York home.

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