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Mega Millions jackpot up to $640M after no big winner
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A giant Mega Millions jackpot has grown larger to an estimated $640 million after another drawing without a winner. No one won the lottery game’s top prize Tuesday night, making it 21 straight drawings without anyone matching all six numbers. The next drawing will be Friday night. The huge jackpot comes less than two months after the largest lottery prize ever, a $2.04 billion Powerball prize that was won Nov. 8 in California. The reason for all the big prizes is simple. Long odds ensure there are few winners and the long streaks of lottery futility allow jackpots to grow ever larger week after week. The odds of winning a Mega Millions jackpot is one in 302.6 million.
80-year-old California store owner who shot robber dies
NORCO, Calif. (AP) — An 80-year-old Southern California liquor store owner who shot a would-be armed robber with a shotgun has died. Norco Market & Liquor in Riverside County says Craig Cope died Tuesday morning. Cope became a local celebrity when a masked man came through the door, pointing a semiautomatic rifle. Cope shot him once. Video shows the man running outside and screaming “He shot my arm off, he shot my arm off!” before fleeing in a stolen car. He and three others were later arrested at a hospital. KABC-TV reports that after the shooting, Cope suffered a heart attack but recovered before having a disabling stroke in October.
Germany: Former Nazi camp secretary, 97, appeals conviction
A 97-year-old woman is appealing against her conviction in Germany of being an accessory to more than 10,000 murders when she was a secretary to the commander of the Nazis’ Stutthof concentration camp. The Itzehoe state court gave the defendant a two-year suspended sentence on Dec. 20 for being an accessory to murder in 10,505 cases and an accessory to attempted murder in five cases. The court said Wednesday that both the defense and a lawyer for a co-plaintiff have filed appeals to the Federal Court of Justice. It wasn’t immediately clear when the federal court would consider the case.
Rain, floods in Philippines leave 29 dead, dozens missing
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Heavy rains and floods that devastated parts of the Philippines over the Christmas weekend have left at least 29 dead and 25 missing. Officials say more than 86,000 people are still in emergency shelters after bad weather disrupted Christmas celebrations in the eastern, central and southern Philippines. Most of the deaths are from drowning while among the missing are fishermen whose boats capsized. The weather bureau says a new low pressure area may bring moderate to heavy rains within the next 24 hours to the same areas affected by the floods.
It’s no typo: 60-21-10 stat line for Mavs’ Doncic goes viral
DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic’s unreal stat line on his latest triple-double has gone viral. The Dallas superstar scored a franchise-record 60 points with a personal-best 21 rebounds and 10 assists. His improbable tying jumper with 1.0 second left in regulation off his intentionally missed free throw set up the first 60-20-10 triple-double in NBA history. Current and former NBA stars along with current and former teammates took to Twitter to marvel at the latest from the three-time All-Star. Doncic topped Dirk Nowitzki’s franchise record of 53 points.
Finland gets floating LNG terminal to replace Russian gas
HELSINKI (AP) — Finland’s first floating liquefied natural gas terminal has been moored at the southern port of Inkoo where it will supply the Nordic country, which was cut off from Russian gas imports earlier this year amid the war in Ukraine. The 291-meter-long and 43-meter-wide offshore support vessel Exemplar, which sailed to the Baltic Sea from Spain earlier December, has a capacity of 68,000 tons and is scheduled to be operational from early 2023. FSRU Exemplar will ensure future availability of gas in Finland, state-owned Gasgrid Finland said. Its arrival Wednesday will also enable deliveries to the Baltic states — Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania — and possibly also to Poland through the undersea Balticconnector pipeline between Finland and Estonia.
Mexico’s president asks residents to reject drug gang gifts
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president is appealing to the country’s citizens not to accept holiday handouts and gifts from drug gangs. His comments came after videos posted online showed garish pickup trucks handing out loads of gifts while bystanders described the drivers as members of the Jalisco drug cartel. Authorities have not confirmed the source of the gifts, but President Andrés Manuel López Obrador confirmed that some drug gangs were looking to resume such giveaways to gain the support of the local population. López Obrador said that local residents in some communities have tried to protect traffickers, stop drug seizures or oppose the installation of National Guard bases intended to fight drug trafficking.
Japan to require COVID-19 tests for all visitors from China
TOKYO (AP) — Japan will require COVID-19 tests for all visitors from China as a temporary emergency measure against the surging infections there after Beijing largely abandoned its “zero-COVID” policy. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced Tuesday that those who test positive will be quarantined for seven days at designated facilities and their samples will be used for genome analysis. Infections are expected to rise as Japan heads into New Year’s holidays marked by parties and travel, when infections are expected to rise. Last week India also mandated tests for travelers from China, Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea and Thailand, while ordering quarantine for those with symptoms or testing positive. India has also begun randomly testing 2% of international passengers arriving at aiports.
Feds: Vanishing right whale must remain on endangered list
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal officials say the fading North Atlantic right whale will remain protected under the Endangered Species Act and requires a series of protective steps to stave off extinction. The whales number only about 340 and they have declined in population in recent years. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a review of the whale’s status on Tuesday that said the whale is continuing to decline and has not met many of the recovery criteria outlined in its recovery plan. Protection of the whale is a source of dispute between conservationists and commercial fishermen because one of the top threats to the animals is entanglement in fishing gear.
Staff gives South Dakota governor flamethrower for Christmas
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem got a hot Christmas gift from her staff — literally. The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports Noem’s staff gave her a Pulsefire LRT flamethrower with an engraved plate of the state motto “Under God, the people rule.” A video posted to Twitter on Sunday shows Noem decked out in camouflage torching a pile of cardboard boxes on a snowy farm. According to Tennessee-based ammunitions company MidSouth Shooters, a Pulsefire LRT costs about $650. Noem spokesperson Ian Fury says no tax dollars were used to buy the flamethrower.
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