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POSTED January 1, 2012 7:42 p.m.

PRICEY PICKS: POWERBALL TICKETS DOUBLING TO $2: DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Get ready to pay more for Powerball: Ticket prices are going up to $2.
Lottery organizers hope the price change will entice more people to play because jackpots are getting bigger and the odds of winning are improving.
The move is a strategy to differentiate the game from Mega Millions, another big-money, multi-state lottery game that sells for $1 a ticket. Both games are sold in 42 states, plus the U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington D.C. Both have drawings twice a week but are played on different nights.
Lottery officials say they are betting players will like the variety and changes made in the game. But some players say the price increase may keep them from playing as often or not at all.
The price change takes effect Jan. 15.
68 OCCUPY PROTESTERS ARRESTED IN NYC ON NEW YEAR'S EVE: NEW YORK (AP) — Dozens of Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested on New Year's Eve as they tore down barricades surrounding New York City's Zuccotti Park, the former home of their encampment that was dismantled several weeks ago.
About 500 protesters gathered in the park Saturday evening, where they rang in the new year with songs and their now-familiar chant of "We are the 99 percent."
About 11 p.m., after a relatively quiet evening, some protesters began to tear down the barricades that have surrounded the park since New York police officers evicted Occupy Wall Street members on Nov. 15, protesters said Sunday. Police then moved in.
"They (police) got very aggressive and started pushing people and pepper-spraying people," protester Jason Amadi, 27, of San Jose, Calif., said Sunday. "I got pepper-sprayed in the face."
CELEBRATORY GUNFIRE CRITICALLY WOUNDS FLA. BOY, 12: RUSKIN, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say they believe celebratory New Year's gunfire falling from the sky critically injured a 12-year-old Tampa Bay-area boy.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said the boy's family was sitting outside their Ruskin home around 1 a.m. Sunday and watching fireworks.
Sheriff's office spokesman Larry McKinnon said the boy's mother saw him fall to the ground, bleeding from his nose and eyes. She drove him to a hospital, where doctors determined he had suffered a gunshot wound from a bullet that entered the top of his head.
McKinnon said the boy remains hospitalized in Tampa in critical condition with the bullet still in his head.
Detectives say no one nearby had been firing a gun. They say the boy apparently was struck by celebratory gunfire that could have been fired miles away.
NEW YEAR'S GUESTS LOCKED OUT AT DENVER MARRIOTT: DENVER (AP) — New Year's guests at a Denver Marriott were locked out of their rooms when the clock struck midnight and their room keys stopped working.
The 628-room Denver Tech Center Marriott says a room key malfunction kept guests out of their rooms from midnight until about 3 a.m. The hotel's general manager, Jennifer Atkins, says it wasn't immediately known whether the malfunction was related to the year change.
KUSA-TV in Denver reports that fights broke out among the locked-out guests and that some revelers got sick in the hallways. Denver police were called to the scene but said no one was seriously hurt. Atkins said she couldn't confirm reports of fights and vomiting in the hallways.
DIVERS RECOVER BODIES OF 2 BOYS WHO FELL IN CANAL: MARICOPA, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona authorities say they've recovered the bodies of two boys from an 11-foot-deep irrigation canal.
Pinal County Sheriff's Office spokesman Elias Johnson says an 8-year-old special needs child apparently fell in the canal in Maricopa Sunday afternoon and his two brothers, ages 9 and 11, slid down the canal's steep embankment while trying to save him.
Johnson says the boys didn't know how to swim. He says the 9-year-old was able to make it out of the canal and ran home to get help.
\HUNTING MASS. TROOPER ACCIDENTALLY SHOOTS WOMAN: NORTON, Mass. (AP) — An off-duty state trooper who was hunting in southeast Massachusetts shot and wounded a 66-year-old woman who was out walking her two dogs when he mistook her pets for a deer.
The woman was shot in the torso while walking on a wooded path in Norton about 5 p.m. Saturday. Police said the trooper called 911 after realizing he had mistaken the tails of the two retrievers for a deer's tail.
The unidentified woman who lives in Norton was taken to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment. Authorities provided no further information on her condition.
State police on Sunday said investigators determined the shooting was an accident. The name of the trooper, who also lives in Norton, was not released because he faces no charges. The investigation continued.

 

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