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  • Players hold breath as $700M Powerball jackpot drawing nears

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Lottery players across the U.S. are scooping up $2 Powerball tickets in hopes of beating the odds and winning a massive $700 million jackpot as Wednesday night’s drawing nears. The Powerball drawing will be at 9:59 p.m. CST. Some details about the game and the giant prize: WHAT IS POWERBALL AND HOW DOES THE GAME WORK? Powerball is played in 44 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, all of which collectively […]

  • About 200,000 traveled to southern Illinois for the eclipse: officials

    CARBONDALE, Ill. — Tourism officials in southern Illinois say about 200,000 people traveled to the 16-county region to watch the total solar eclipse. Carbondale officials estimate that the recent solar eclipse attracted up to 50,000 people to the city. Illinois Office of Tourism Director Cory Jobe says visitor spending in Carbondale is estimated to be $7 million. Southern Illinois University Carbondale spokeswoman Rae Morrow Goldsmith says an estimated 30,000 people gathered on campus to watch the eclipse, including 14,000 at […]

  • Auto theft suspect arrested after stopping to watch eclipse

    KISSIMMEE, Flor. –Authorities in Florida say an auto theft suspect who wanted to watch the moon blot out the sun instead has a blot on his record. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said on its Facebook page that Jocsan Rosado was arrested Monday after he parked what deputies say was a stolen car to watch the eclipse. Deputies say Rosado stole the vehicle, and unbeknownst to him, was being followed by detectives with the auto theft unit. Deputies say he […]

  • Bryant nicked, lefty Rizzo plays 3B, Cubs beat Reds 13-9

    CINCINNATI  — With the Cubs comfortably ahead, Joe Maddon added to his lore as a manager who’s not afraid to go against tradition and have some fun, too. Maddon had left-handed Anthony Rizzo play third base in the ninth inning — filling in while Kris Bryant went for precautionary X-rays on his hand — as Chicago finished off a 13-9 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. Why not? “Looking at it, the only thing left was (catcher Alex) Avila at third, […]

  • Missing U of I scholar’s family appeals to Trump for help finding her

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — On Thursday, the parents of a Chinese woman who was abducted while studying at the University of Illinois spoke out for the first time since an arrest was made. Investigators have said they believe 26-year-old Yingying Zhang is dead, although her body hasn’t been found. The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that Zhang’s mother and younger brother flew to Illinois on Saturday. Her father and boyfriend have been in the U.S. since June 17. Last week, the family sent a […]

  • Group of Cleveland Browns players protest, kneel during national anthem

    CLEVELAND — Kneeling and bowing their heads, the Cleveland Browns bonded over something bigger than football. More than a dozen players formed a circle on the team’s sideline Monday night and prayed in silent protest during the national anthem. The group, which included veterans, rookies, starters and backups, gathered in front of some water coolers and behind their teammates who stood on the sideline shortly before the Browns hosted the New York Giants. In the aftermath of the recent racially charged […]

  • Parents killed, kids hospitalized after family falls off New York cliff

    CATTARAUGUS COUNTY, N.Y. — When William and Amanda Green took their two boys on a weekend outing, they headed for the Zoar Valley Gorge, a rugged area not far from their Buffalo, New York, home that includes waterfalls, forests and cliffs that plunge as much as 40 stories. But a summer hike turned tragic when both parents were found dead Sunday near a creek at the bottom of the gorge. Their 4-year-old son, Alexander, was nearby with severe injuries, and their […]

  • Car strikes 2 women watching eclipse, 1 dies

    HYDEN, Ky. — Authorities say two women watching the eclipse while standing on a sidewalk in Kentucky were struck by a car, and one has died. State Police Trooper Jody Sims says the car crossed the center line and hit a utility pole and the pedestrians Monday in Hyden, about 120 miles (190 kilometers) southeast of Lexington. Sims says 23-year-old Mackenzie P. Hays was pronounced dead, and 41-year-old Rhonda Belcher was flown to the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington. […]

  • Sanchez, Abreu power White Sox past Twins 7-6 in 1st game

    CHICAGO — Yolmer Sanchez homered and drove in four runs, Jose Abreu hit his 25th of the season and the Chicago White Sox held on to beat the Minnesota Twins 7-6 in the first game of a doubleheader Monday. Carlos Rodon (2-4) pitched effectively into seventh inning for the fifth straight outing to earn his first win since July 3. The left-hander allowed two runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings while striking out nine. Jorge Polanco hit a […]

  • Cosby hires Michael Jackson’s lawyer for sex assault retrial

    PHILADELPHIA — Bill Cosby has hired Michael Jackson’s former lawyer to represent him at his November retrial on sexual assault charges in Pennsylvania. Cosby’s spokesman announced Monday that the 80-year-old comedian is bringing in Tom Mesereau to lead a retooled defense team. Lawyers from the first trial in June had said they wanted off the case. Mesereau won an acquittal in Jackson’s 2004 child molestation trial. He has also represented boxer Mike Tyson, actor Robert Blake and rap mogul Marion […]