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Mega Millions jackpot grows to $415 million, next drawing set for New Years Day

Happy new year — you’re a millionaire! That’s how some lucky winner is hoping to bring in the new year after the Mega Millions jackpot drawing came and went Friday without anyone claiming the prize. So the next drawing will be Tuesday, on New Year’s Day, with a prize of $415 million.

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American becomes 1st person to complete solo trek across Antarctica

American Colin O’Brady became the first person to complete a solo journey across Antarctica, unaided and unsupported, after finishing a two-month expedition in frigid temperatures and winds of 30 mph on Wednesday. A day before reaching the Ross Ice Shelf, O’Brady wrote to his followers that he planned on pushing through the last 80 miles […]

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Elon Musk argues comments on Twitter are protected speech in request to dismiss pedo guy lawsuit

Elon Musk has filed a motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed against him by the British cave rescuer who sued the billionaire entrepreneur for calling him a pedophile.

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US troop withdrawal from Syria could take several months

A week after President Trump’s surprising announcement that he was withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria, the U.S. military is drafting a withdrawal plan that could have U.S. troops leaving over several months, according to U.S. officials, who stressed that no final decisions have been made about the planned pace of the withdrawal of U.S. troops […]

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Negotiations to end partial government shutdown at a standstill

On day six of a partial government shutdown, negotiations among Democrats, Republicans and the White House appear to be going nowhere. The impasse has left about 420,000 federal workers working without pay and another 380,000 furloughed.

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American man first to solo across Antarctica unaided

An Oregon man became the first person to traverse Antarctica alone without any assistance on Wednesday, trekking across the polar continent in an epic 54-day journey that was previously deemed impossible. Colin O’Brady, of Portland, finished the bone-chilling, 930-mile (1,500-kilometer) journey as friends, family and fans tracked the endurance athlete’s progress in real time online.

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18-year-old student vanishes after being dropped off at college

Police are searching for an 18-year-old University of Illinois at Chicago student who vanished two weeks ago. Shalyha Ahmad’s family said they dropped her off at a Chicago train station on Dec. 14, but they haven’t heard from her since. The family said they arrived to pick her up from UIC, where she studies liberal […]

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Manhunt underway after suspected gunman kills officer during traffic stop

Authorities are looking for the suspect in the killing of Newman police officer Ronil Singh, 33, Dec. 26, 2018. “If anyone has any information regarding the identity of the suspect, please contact law enforcement immediately so we can get this cop-killer off the streets,” Richardson said. The sheriff’s office described the car as a gray, […]

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GoRefundMe: 1,400 donors to alleged hoax fundraising campaign made whole

The fundraising website GoFundMe has fully refunded every one of about 14,000 people who donated more than $400,000 to a New Jersey trio now charged with concocting a cruel hoax involving a seemingly selfless homeless man, a gas can and a $20 bill.

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Trump claims federal workers support shutdown, want wall

President Donald Trump argued Tuesday that federal workers support his position in the fight with Democrats over billions of dollars in funding for the border wall, four days into a partial government shutdown with no clear end in sight.

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Storm charges across Plains, Midwest during busiest post-Christmas travel day

U.S. air carriers expect 2.78 million passengers to fly on their planes on Wednesday, making it the third busiest travel day of the winter holiday stretch and the busiest post-Christmas, as a powerful storm sweeps through the Plains.

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Alexa crashed on Christmas Day

Amazon this morning said its Alexa devices were among the holiday season’s best-sellers, particularly the Echo and Echo Dot. But the influx of new users setting up their devices for the first time on Christmas Day appeared to be more than Alexa could handle. The service crashed briefly on Christmas, as thousands of new Alexa […]

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Bears head into finale seeking first-round playoff bye

The Chicago Bears head into their final regular-season game with a shot at an opening-round bye and some extra rest for their first playoff appearance in

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Teen wrestler who was forced to cut dreadlocks displayed character, his parents say

The parents of the high school wrestler who was forced to cut his dreadlocks or forfeit a match say they’re overwhelmed by the support their son has received. Charles and Rosa Johnson released a statement through their lawyer, saying their son Andrew has been dealing with the aftermath of the controversial incident. “Wrestling has taught […]

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Suspect kills police dog in shootout outside mall on Christmas Eve, police say

Police in Wellington, Florida, hailed a police dog as a hero for saving the lives of officers in a shootout outside a shopping mall packed with last-minute shoppers on Christmas Eve. The dog, Cigo, was shot and killed by the suspect, police said. Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said law enforcement learned a person […]

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