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Mega Millions jackpot rises to $970 million with no winners Tuesday

Mega Millions jackpot rises to $970 million with no winners Tuesday

You didn’t win Mega Millions’ top prize on Tuesday. The upside is that the game’s second-largest jackpot in history will be up for grabs on Friday. The Mega Millions jackpot is rising to an estimated $970 million for those who’d like their prize in an annual payment, or $716.3 million for a lump-sum option, after…

Tight security at capitols across the country as Joe Biden is inaugurated

Tight security at capitols across the country as Joe Biden is inaugurated

The US Capitol in Washington, DC, and state capitols across the country are under tight security as President-elect Joe Biden was inaugurated on Wednesday. After a pro-Trump mob attacked the US Capitol two weeks ago, the FBI warned of possible armed protests at the Capitol and all 50 state capitols in the days leading up…

Today begins 1-20-21, the beginning of a string of palindrome dates

Today begins 1-20-21, the beginning of a string of palindrome dates

The next ten days are sure to be historic, and it’s not just because of the inauguration. Wednesday marks the beginning of a slew of palindrome dates, which are dates that can be read the same forward and backward. For 10 consecutive days, from 1/20/21 to 1/29/21, the dates are mirrored. And, according to the…

An ASL interpreter for Hawaii’s Covid-19 press briefings has died of the virus

An ASL interpreter for Hawaii’s Covid-19 press briefings has died of the virus

An American Sign Language interpreter who helped keep the deaf community informed during Covid-19 press briefings in Hawaii has died from the virus. Patty Sakal, 62, passed away on Friday morning at Alvarado Hospital Medical Center in La Mesa, California during a trip to visit family, her sister Lorna Mouton Riff told CNN. Her health…

Right-wing extremists and their supporters use Christian website to raise funds

Right-wing extremists and their supporters use Christian website to raise funds

Before Proud Boys member Nick Ochs was arrested and charged in connection with the insurrection at the US Capitol, he raised $300 on the Christian-oriented website GiveSendGo.com to help get him to DC. Following Ochs’ arrest, a supporter turned to GiveSendGo to raise money for his legal defense, a campaign that has garnered nearly $20,000…

Hiland Dairy recalls batch of chocolate milk, saying it may contain food-grade sanitizers

Hiland Dairy recalls batch of chocolate milk, saying it may contain food-grade sanitizers

A batch of chocolate milk has been recalled after it was discovered that some could contain food-grade sanitizers. Hiland Dairy is recalling half-pint, 1% low fat, chocolate milk, sold in small cartons, produced in Norman, Oklahoma, the company said in an announcement. Consuming food-grade sanitizers could cause illness. Affected products were distributed to these areas,…

Baseball Hall of Famer Don Sutton dead at 75

Baseball Hall of Famer Don Sutton dead at 75

Hall of Fame baseball player Don Sutton died Monday night at the age of 75, his son tweeted Tuesday. “Saddened to share that my dad passed away in his sleep last night. He worked as hard as anyone I’ve ever known and he treated those he encountered with great respect…and he took me to work…

11 ways kids can take part in the presidential inauguration

11 ways kids can take part in the presidential inauguration

If kids were actually going to school, they’d likely be watching Wednesday’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on television and getting a civic lesson or two. But in the pandemic, most of them are learning remotely. What’s a parent to do? Here are some fun and educational ways to get your kids involved in this…

For the first time in NFL history, a woman will officiate at the Super Bowl

For the first time in NFL history, a woman will officiate at the Super Bowl

Sarah Thomas already made history when she was named the first permanent female NFL official in 2015, and became the first female to officiate an NFL playoff game in 2019. Now, she’s about to take her accomplishments up a notch. Thomas has been selected to be part of the officiating crew for Super Bowl LV…

NBA star Kyrie Irving bought George Floyd’s family a house

NBA star Kyrie Irving bought George Floyd’s family a house

Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving bought a house for the family of George Floyd, who died last year at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. Former NBA player Stephen Jackson, who was a close friend of Floyd’s, discussed the gift and the outpouring of support for Floyd’s 7-year-old daughter, Gianna, on “The Rematch”…

College Board will no longer offer SAT’s optional essay and subject tests

College Board will no longer offer SAT’s optional essay and subject tests

The SAT’s optional essay and subject tests have been nixed by the College Board, the latest step away from standardized testing in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. “As students and colleges adapt to new realities and changes to the college admissions process, College Board is making sure our programs adapt with them. We’re making…

Boston-based political scientist accused of acting as an unregistered agent of Iran

Boston-based political scientist accused of acting as an unregistered agent of Iran

A Boston-based political scientist and author has been arrested and charged with acting as an unregistered foreign agent of the Iranian government. Federal prosecutors said Kaveh Lotfolah Afrasiabi, 63, was to make an initial appearance in US District Court in Massachusetts Tuesday after his arrest one day earlier at his home in Watertown on charges…

US accuses China of ‘genocide’ of Uyghurs and minority groups in Xinjiang

US accuses China of ‘genocide’ of Uyghurs and minority groups in Xinjiang

The US has officially determined that China is committing genocide and crimes against humanity against Uyghur Muslims and ethnic and religious minority groups who live in the northwestern region of Xinjiang. “This genocide is ongoing, and…we are witnessing the systematic attempt to destroy Uyghurs by the Chinese party-state,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said…