If you have a few dollars and dreams of riches untold, the coming week could be a game-changer for you.
Two national lottery games – Mega Millions and Powerball – are sporting huge jackpots this week.
The Mega Millions drawing set for Tuesday has the second largest jackpot in the game’s history, worth $654 million (or $372 million with the cash option). That’s $2 million short of the game’s record jackpot of $656 million.
Add to that a hefty $345 million Powerball jackpot, and you’re looking at nearly a billion dollars in lottery money being up for grabs this week.
The Powerball jackpot is the 17th largest in the game’s history. The cash payout on the $345 million would be $199 million.
How did we get the chance to play for such jackpots? You can thank all those who played and didn’t hit the jackpot. The Mega Millions jackpot has been building since July 24, the last time the grand prize jackpot was won.
The Powerball game has not seen a grand prize winner since Aug. 11.
The Mega Millions numbers drawn Friday were 04-24-46-61-70. The Megaball was 07. The Megaplier was 3.
One ticket sold in Arkansas matched all five numbers, but did not match the Megaball number. That winning ticket is worth $3 million because the person who purchased the ticket purchased the “Multiplier” option which tripled the $1 million prize.
The Powerball numbers drawn Saturday were 11-14-32-43-65 and the Powerball was 15. The Power Play was 3. Two players – one in Nebraska and one in Michigan – matched the five numbers, but not the Powerball number. Each of those tickets is worth $1 million.
The baby will be the seventh in line to the British throne after his or her grandfather, uncle, cousins, and father. The baby is due in Spring 2019.
The Duchess of Sussex – known as Meghan Markle until her May wedding to Britain’s Prince Harry – is pregnant, Kensington Palace announced Monday.
“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019,” Kensington Palace tweeted.
In a second post, the palace added: “Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”
Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, “is very happy about this lovely news, and she looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild,” the palace said in a statement, according to People magazine.
Reporters from multiple news outlets said the palace would not say whether Meghan had told her father, Thomas Markle, that she was pregnant.
The news came as Meghan and Harry began a 16-day tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga, The Associated Press reported.
A trip to Kmart for snow shoes made a family increase by eight new members. Shasta Riederer took her boys to the Bismarck store last week to find new snow boots, but when they found a pair something rolled of the boot. The boys told their mom.
“He goes, ‘Mom, look,’” Riederer told WDAY. “I thought it was Vienna sausages rolling around the floor until they started moving, but then we heard them squeaking.”
Apparently a family of mice made the warm boots their home. When it was all said and done, Riederer counted seven newborns and mama, WDAY reported.
The boys asked mom if they could take the little family home, and since the store didn’t have mice in its inventory, they happily obliged.
“I let the kids take them home, let them get a fish tank for them, kids put them in there and they were happy ever since,” Riederer told WDAY.
Two of the babies have died, according to a post by Riederer.
Riederer said she will release the remaining members of the mice family to the wild once they’re old enough, WDAY reported.
As for the Kmart, store officials said they checked other footwear for signs of animals, and none were found, but they did bring in pest control to spray the store, WDAY reported.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has released an analysis of her DNA showing that she has Native American ancestry.
An analysis of Warren's DNA sample showed she had a Native American ancestor in her family dating back six to 10 generations, according to WFXT. The release of the analysis comes after President Donald Trump has mocked her repeatedly for her claim that she has Native American blood, and repeatedly questioned her ancestry.
A Stanford professor, Carlos D. Bustamante, who was awarded a MacArthur genius grant for his work tracking population migration via DNA, performed the analysis of the DNA. His report says the majority of Warren's ancestry is European, but there is strong evidence to suggest that she has a Native American ancestor.
Warren's office also released a video to YouTube, "Elizabeth Warren's family story," which directly addresses the attacks on her heritage by the President and includes interviews with her family. A "Fact Squad" website with links to the DNA report and supporting documents was also launched.
Last month, Warren spoke about her future during a town hall in western Massachusetts on Sept. 30. She said she'll take a "hard look at running for president" after the November elections.
Warren, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, is running for re-election in November against GOP state Rep. Geoff Diehl, who was co-chairman of Trump's 2016 Massachusetts campaign.
She has been at the center of speculation that she might take on Trump in 2020.
An Oklahoma man is behind bars after his own dog led deputies to him during a search, officials said.
James L. Ayer's arrest came Saturday, three days after sheriff's deputies served a search warrant for methamphetamine and firearms at a Wagoner County barn that was turned into a house.
When deputies entered the house Wednesday, they said they found Carrie Metcalf hiding inside and arrested her on other warrants.
Drugs and firearms were found during the search, deputies said.
Investigators later identified Ayer as another suspect. He had been on the run from police until his arrest this weekend, officials said.
Deputies said they spotted Ayer's car Saturday and pulled him over. Ayer got out of the car, ran from deputies and hid in a nearby field, officials said.
Searchlights were put up in the area while officials looked for Ayer. Deputies were able to see a dog's eyes glowing and looking at them, according to the incident report. When deputies went toward the dog, they found Ayer hiding, the report said.
Deputies said they later found out that the dog that helped them was Ayer's personal pet.
A 40-pound pizza you can only find in New York City goes for $2,000.
However, the owner of Champion Pizza said every penny he makes off the cheeseburger pie will go toward Hurricane Florence victims in North Carolina.
The pizza has five layers and takes a lot of preparation.
It’s so big that at least two people have to load it into the oven, and the pizza has to be split in half to fit.
The pizza is sold at seven locations across New York City.
"I wish or I hope like someone who likes pizza and makes $100,000 – you never know – maybe someone will buy that,” owner Hakki Akdeniz said.
Sears Holdings has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in White Plains, New York, multiple news outlets are reporting.
The iconic company, which owns Sears and Kmart, said early Monday that it will shutter 142 of its stores “near the end of the year” in addition to 46 closures announced this summer. A list of the affected locations was not immediately available.
As of August, Sears Holdings owned 506 Sears stores and 360 Kmart locations, USA Today reported.
The company also announced Monday that Eddie Lampert “has stepped down from his role as chief executive officer of the company” but “will remain chairman of the board,” according to a news release.
"Over the last several years, we have worked hard to transform our business and unlock the value of our assets," Lampert said in a statement. "While we have made progress, the plan has yet to deliver the results we have desired, and addressing the Company's immediate liquidity needs has impacted our efforts to become a profitable and more competitive retailer.
He added: "As we look toward the holiday season, Sears and Kmart stores remain open for business and our dedicated associates look forward to serving our members and customers."
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Smokers’ rights groups and civil liberties advocates contend that the growing trend of not hiring smokers in Ohio is discriminatory and could lead to bans against hiring others at risk of missing work.
“What about women of childbearing age? Will they be next?” Pam Parker, co-founder of Opponents of Ohio Bans, asked. “If tobacco were illegal, I would be totally behind what these companies are doing, but it’s not.”
Parker’s group and others are backing a bill expected to be introduced soon in the Ohio legislature by State Rep. Stephen Dyer, D-Green, that would make it illegal to refuse to hire people who use tobacco products outside the workplace.
“While I applaud the idea of a drug-free workplace, a ban on tobacco redefines the concept,” Dyer said.
Thirty states and the District of Columbia have made it illegal for employers to make employment decisions based on off-duty smoking. Two states — California and Connecticut — prohibit discrimination on the basis of all legal behavior.
While the American Civil Liberties Union is opposed to nicotine-free hiring policies, Ohio’s “employment at will” laws prevent the organization from doing anything about it, Mike Brickner, a spokesman for the ACLU in Ohio, said.
“We have always taken the position that employers should not have the right to regulate outside-employment activities, but Ohio employers have such huge leeway under the law” it’s no use fighting it in court, he said.
Premier Health Partners, the parent of Miami Valley and Good Samaritan Hospitals, has taken the toughest stand against tobacco thus far in the Dayton area. This year, it began assessing an annual $520 surcharge on health care benefits for employees who admit to smoking or chewing tobacco, lighting up cigars, or living in a household where others smoke.
Premier does not test employees for tobacco use.
At Kettering Health Network facilities, including Kettering and Grandview medical centers, employees are not permitted to smoke during breaks, even if they’re off campus, because they’ll return to work smelling of tobacco, said Leslie Grooms, Kettering’s network director of compensation and benefits.
The no-smoking, no-smell policy is for the safety and comfort of their patients, she said. Just the smell of cigarette smoke “could cause a negative reaction in asthma patients” and others with lung conditions, she said. “And, certainly, it’s not something you want around newborns.”
Smoking has been on the decline in Ohio since 1995, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Back then, about one in four Ohio adults were smokers (26 percent). Today, the proportion is fewer than one in five (18 percent).
With health insurance costs continuing to climb when employers are also being squeezed by a recession, smokers may be just the first targets of insurance-driven hiring policies, said Mary White, a professor of ethics at Wright State’s Boonshoft School of Medicine.
Similar policies based “on aging, on weight, on whatever criteria they choose (to lower their insurance costs) might be considered,” she said.
“If we’re content to deny health care coverage to one of every six people in this country, we’ll just let it keep going” to ever larger categories of people, she said.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will visit Florida and Georgia on Monday to survey damage from Hurricane Michael.
The couple is slated to tour the wreckage from the storm in the Florida Panhandle, the Associated Press reported Sunday. The White House has yet to provide additional trip details.
Vice President Mike Pence is also expected to visit south Georgia towns damaged by the storm on Tuesday, although his office has yet to confirm those plans. He scrapped a trip to Atlanta last week because of the hurricane.
Trump spoke with Gov. Nathan Deal on Saturday to discuss recovery efforts. The president “expressed his concerns and said the federal government is fully available and committed to helping state and local agencies,” the White House said.
“People have no idea how hard Hurricane Michael has hit the great state of Georgia,” Trump tweeted Friday. “I will be visiting both Florida and Georgia early next week. We are working very hard on every area and every state that was hit - we are with you!”
Trump declared a state of emergency in Georgia on Wednesday, a designation that allows the state to tap into federal money, debris removal and other services to supplement local cleanup and rebuilding efforts.
The Category 4 storm made landfall in the Florida Panhandle Wednesday afternoon and pounded portions of southern and Middle Georgia with rain and wind. It was the first major hurricane to enter Georgia since 1898, according to WSB-TV meteorologist Brad Nitz.
Michael has killed at least 18 people, including 11-year-old Sarah Radney in Seminole County, and left at least 400,000 Georgians without power. It has also devastated crops in southern Georgia, including cotton and pecans. Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black estimated the damage could take a $1 billion toll on the state’s economy.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Black took an aerial tour of the damage earlier Sunday.
The Associated Press and staff writer Greg Bluestein contributed to this article.
Stacey Abrams emerged from her SUV on a busy Midtown Atlanta street corner on Sunday with a declaration to make to the throngs of voters attending the Atlanta Pride Parade, the annual celebration of LGBT rights in the heart of the city.
“We’re here because we stand together, because we know that allies do not run from fights. And because we know we all have pride in Georgia,” she told cheering supporters, adding: “We stand with you and not against you.”
Shortly after, she became the first major-party nominee for governor to march in the parade, a vibrant spectacle that attracted just about every major corporation in Atlanta, dozens of political candidates and tens of thousands of Georgians.
Her contingent, led by a group that included U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson and former 6th District hopeful Jon Ossoff, hoisted rainbow-colored flags and stark-blue Abrams signs.
Then came Abrams, riding atop a white jeep with a crown of colorful balloons, and waving to supporters who chanted her name along the parade route.
This was not Abrams’ first march in the parade. She and her rival for the Democratic nomination, former state Rep. Stacey Evans, both participated in the event last year before the primary.
But her focus on the event, which came after a round of Sunday morning TV appearances, underscored another shift in Georgia politics. Democrats have increasingly tried to use LGBTQ equality as an offensive tactic ahead of the midterm elections.
Other statewide Democrats have embraced gay rights, for certain, but didn’t put it at the heart of their campaigns. The U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage and shifting political views on LGBTQ rights has helped cement a new Democratic approach.
It’s a strategy that was reflected down the ticket, too, with several other statewide candidates including Sarah Riggs Amico, the lieutenant governor nominee, also taking a high-profile role in the parade.
Much of the LGBTQ discourse in this election has revolved around the “religious liberty” legislation, a debate that has dramatically escalated since the last midterm vote in 2014.
Gov. Nathan Deal bucked his party in 2016 by vetoing a version of the bill, and some conservatives have vowed to revive it. In the run-up to the GOP primary, Republican Brian Kemp and most of the other contenders for governor vowed to sign the measure into law.
He and other supporters see it as a noncontroversial way to defend against what they view as a siege on Christian values and provide more legal protection to the faith-based. Opponents argue it amounts to legalized discrimination and warn of boycotts and other economic fallout if it’s adopted.
Seeking to tamp down the controversy, Kemp said in August he would veto any legislation that veers from a federal version of the bill signed by President Bill Clinton.
Abrams contends that the 1993 law is “hostile and discriminatory” and would undercut Georgia’s business reputation, and highlights her opposition at every gathering of corporate types.
That’s a line she held on Sunday, when she assailed Kemp as someone “who will tell you that it’s OK to legalize discrimination.”
The Democratic Party of Georgia, too, echoed that attack and knocked Kemp for skipping the parade in a blaring press release.
Then it added an extra dig that noted, with mocking praise, that he “did advertise on Grindr,” the gay dating app that’s featured some of his digital messaging.
Jenna Bush Hager took to Instagram to post a few photos from her twin sister Barbara’s intimate wedding to Craig Coyne on Oct. 7.
The couple tied the knot at the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, where a small group of family and friends gathered to celebrate the occasion.
Bush Hager posted photos showing a special celebration that included the Bush twins’ grandfather former President George H.W. Bush and their parents former President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush.
Bush Hager was the matron of honor for her sister and included photos of the flower girls and of the two sisters.
A skydiver died Sunday at the Lodi Parachute Center.
The woman, whose name has not been released, was a skilled skydiver with decades of experience who died after her parachute failed to deploy, KTXL reported.
She was using her own equipment, Ian Gregor, a spokesman with the Federal Aviation Administration, which is investigating the accident, told the San Diego Union-Tribune.
This is not the first death at the skydiving facility.
Since the center opened in the 1980s, 19 people have died, KTXL reported. Fifteen people died skydiving from planes at Lodi Parachute Center from 1999 to 2017, KCRA reported.
Twenty instructors at the center were suspended and another 120 needed more training after a United States Parachute Association investigation in September 2016, KCRA reported.
The FBI executed a search warrant at the center earlier this year. Information about that investigation has not been released, KCRA reported.
Bill Dause, the center’s manager, told KTXL agents took hours of skydiving video as well as credit card transaction information.
Dause told the San Diego Union-Tribune he would provide more information about the incident Monday.
President Donald Trump sat down with “60 Minutes” for his first interview with the television news magazine since taking office.
The wide-ranging interview with Lesley Stahl, which aired Sunday night, included Trump’s opinion on climate change in the wake of Hurricane Michael, North Korea and its dictator Kim Jong Un, Chinese tariffs, the future of NATO and even the possibility of more turnover at the White House.
One of the more pressing questions during the interview involved missing Saudi dissident and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi.
Trump pledged to get to the bottom of what happened to Khashoggi, who went into the Saudi Arabian embassy in Istanbul, Turkey, on Oct. 2 to pick up papers he needed to get married and disappeared.
Turkish officials have blamed a Saudi hit squad, accusing the kingdom’s ruling family of ordering the murder of Khashoggi. Turkish officials have said they have audio and video of Khashoggi being tortured and murdered inside the embassy.
Saudi Arabian officials have denied the accusations.
“Nobody knows yet, but we’ll probably be able to find out,” Trump said. “It’s being investigated. It’s being looked at very, very strongly. And we would be very upset and angry if that were the case.”
“As of this moment, they deny it,” the president said. “Could it be them? Yes.”
Trump appeared confident that his administration will find out what happened.
“In the not-too-distant future, I think we’ll know an answer,” he told Stahl.
Trump seemed reluctant to jeopardize a weapons deal with the Saudis, though, and said he didn’t want to “cut that off” and that there are other ways of “punishing” the regime.
“There’s a lot at stake,” Trump said. “And maybe especially so because this man was a reporter. There’s something – you’ll be surprised to hear me say that. There’s something really terrible and disgusting about that, if that were the case … We’re going to get to the bottom of it, and there will be severe punishment.
Turkey and Saudi Arabia agreed last week to conduct a joint investigation into Khashoggi’s disappearance amid international outrage over the journalist’s disappearance.
International media and business groups have also pulled out of an economic summit in Riyadh this week as the fallout and the fear over Khashoggi’s mysterious vanishing has spooked investors and others who may have had business plans with the Saudis.
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies responding to a call about an escaped pig “the size of a mini horse” used Doritos to corral and lure the porker home.
Deputies have gotten previous calls about this particular pig and knew how to get his attention and where to take him, officials said in a post on Instagram.
“They lured him back home with Doritos one of our deputies (had) in her lunch bag,” officials wrote. “They made a trail and he followed.”
They were able to get the swine back home and secured the gate.
“It was fun,” one of the officers said.
Pop star Ariana Grande and fiancé Pete Davidson have called it quits, according to news reports.
Grande and the “Saturday Night Live” cast member were dating just a short time when they announced their engagement last May.
It’s unclear why at this point because neither has issued a statement on what happened, but TMZ is reporting that the decision was mutual and that both “felt the timing wasn’t right.”
The split follows the death of Grande’s former boyfriend, musician Mac Miller, in a reported drug overdoes last month.
Neighbors in Atlanta are coming together to deliver food and water to victims of Hurricane Michael in Florida.
Young and old came together in the city’s Candler Park neighborhood to help load a truck with supplies.
A neighborhood mom posted online asking for donations and within hours, supplies like water and medical supplies poured in, not only from neighbors, but as far away as
Carrie Shevlin, who organized the drive, owns two vacation rentals in hurricane-ravaged Cape San Blas.
On Friday afternoon, she put out a call for help and then went on a Costco run for supplies.
"When I came back, I couldn't even get in my front door," Shevlin said. "The entire front porch was filled. My living room was filled."
There were non-perishable food items, thousands of bottles of water and even cat food.
About 30 people gathered at Shevlin’s house Saturday afternoon to donate, pack boxes and provide support.
"The Cape is such an important place to so many people and to my family, and to see this outpouring of love for a place that's typically called the Forgotten Coast was really nice," Shevlin said.
Carol and Eric Pittman, who Shevlin contacted through Facebook, drove a 26-foot truck from Birmingham to Atlanta.The truck will leave for Gainesville tomorrow and then be flown to people in need in Florida.
Sheviln hopes that when the supplies arrive it will help people to prepare for the long road to recovery ahead.
"I hope it gives them a little bit of hope and gives them the reassurance they are not alone," Shevlin said. "Hang in there, Gulf Country, we're coming. We're going to help you."
A Tampa man was randomly shot in the arm Saturday evening while driving through the Fairview Shores neighborhood, the Orlando Police Department said.
Police said they were called shortly after 8:30 p.m. after someone shot the SUV several times, piercing a window.
Nicole Rawlins, the victim's wife, told Channel 9 she, her husband and their three children -- ages 2, 5 and 11 -- were driving home to Tampa after celebrating a birthday with relatives in the Forest City neighborhood when their GPS system led them astray.
She said she and her husband were searching for directions when he was shot.
"We just heard the sound and just weren't understanding what was happening," Rawlins said. "I thought that balloons popped or something. And when I looked up, I saw the glass."
She said she is grateful her husband wasn't more seriously injured.
"It could have (gone) bad fast," Rawlins said. "Just a split moment and it could have been completely different than just a bullet through an arm."
The Orange County Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting.
No other details were available.
A Georgia kennel worker is out of a job after web camera video allegedly caught him abusing a dog at a facility in DeKalb County.
Rachel Mundy dropped her dog Ava off at Bark and Board in Brookhaven on Thursday so she could head out of town for the weekend, WSB-TV reported.
However, when she checked the online webcam before leaving work, she told the news station she was shocked to see the worker jam his knee into Ava’s throat, knocking the animal’s head into a wall.
“I was like, ‘This is going too far. This is not OK,’” Munday said. “I had to leave work to go pick her up because I couldn’t leave her there for the whole weekend to be treated like that.”
She decided to post the video on Facebook, which caught the eye of the employee’s bosses, according to WSB.
Stewart Wingate, co-owner of Bark and Board, told the news station the employee had never displayed aggression toward an animal before this incident, and he was immediately fired.
“No guest under our care is to receive any physical discipline,” Wingate said. “That is not appropriate — never had been and never will be at all.”
Wingate went a step further and said he is complying with a Brookhaven police investigation into the employee for possible animal abuse.
A 21-year-old sailor in the Navy was arrested Friday after running naked through a parking lot trying to get into parked vehicles.
Bystanders corralled Adrian Gilbert Cardenas until police arrived, WTKR reported.
When James City County police officers arrived, Cardenas fought with bystanders and an officer, then tried to flee before he was shot with a stun gun and taken into custody.
He was taken to a hospital because of his level of intoxication, WTKR reported.
Cardenas, a member of the Navy stationed at Norfolk, has five arrest warrants pending, including a charge of felony assault on a law enforcement officer.
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