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$700 MILLION POWERBALL

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The record-breaking $700 million Powerball jackpot is the stuff of dreams, but it all boils down to math. From the huge prize to the enormous odds against winning it, Saturday night's drawing is a numbers game that gives players good reason to brush up on their algebra, maybe as they stand in line to buy a ticket. A look at some of the statistics:

January 07, 2016 | | Nation


Schools mull medical marijuana policies over student use

AUBURN, Maine (AP) - After years of trying to keep marijuana out of schools, educators across the country are grappling with how to administer cannabis to students with prescriptions for it.

January 07, 2016 | | Nation


Hold the 16-oz drink, limit salt

WASHINGTON (AP) - Better cut down on sugar, especially those 16-ounce drinks, and limit your salt. But you might not need to worry quite as much about eggs.

January 07, 2016 | | Nation


Cancer now No. 1 killer in 22 states

NEW YORK (AP) - Cancer is becoming the No. 1 killer in more and more states as deaths from heart disease have declined, new health statistics show.

January 07, 2016 | | Nation


Feds launch criminal look at Chipotle

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Chipotle said it has been subpoenaed as part of a federal criminal investigation and that sales plummeted 30 percent in December after a series of food scares at its restaurants.

January 06, 2016 | | Nation


IRS watchdog warns of scaled-back service in agency budget plans

WASHINGTON (AP) - The IRS is planning to push you to fire up the computer rather than calling for tax help, but the agency's in-house watchdog says that could freeze out millions of taxpayers or force them to pay for advice.

January 06, 2016 | | Nation


BACKGROUND CHECKS EXPAND

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's move to tighten controls on guns could curb the unregulated buying and selling of weapons over the Internet and at gun shows. But the overall effect on violence in the U.S. could prove to be modest.

January 05, 2016 | | Nation


Sanders vowing to break up banks during first year in office

NEW YORK (AP) - Characterizing Wall Street as an industry run on "greed, fraud, dishonesty and arrogance," Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders pledged to break up the country's biggest financial firms within a year and limit banking fees placed on consumers, should he become president, in a fiery speech on Tuesday.

January 05, 2016 | | Nation


US Navy Pacific Fleet smaller, even as China’s military grows

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) - The U.S. Pacific Fleet is shrinking even as the U.S. and its allies are facing challenges posed by China's growing military power.

January 05, 2016 | | Nation


Leader of armed group wants land transfer, then will go home

BURNS, Ore. (AP) - A leader of the small, armed group that is occupying a remote national wildlife preserve in Oregon said Tuesday they will go home when a plan is in place to turn over management of federal lands to locals.

January 05, 2016 | | Nation


Police say girl abused as mother worked as prostitute in next room

PLEASANT GROVE, Ala. (AP) - Police in Alabama said Tuesday that a 5-year-old girl was sexually assaulted while her mother worked as a prostitute in another room.

January 05, 2016 | | Nation


College begins effort to fire professor for Islam comment

CHICAGO (AP) - Officials of a Christian college in suburban Chicago on Tuesday said they have begun efforts to fire a professor who was placed on leave after asserting that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.

January 05, 2016 | | Nation


Charges considered in fatal dog-mauling of California boy

LINDA (AP) - Authorities were considering Tuesday whether to seek criminal charges against a woman whose pit bull dogs mauled to death her 9-year-old brother in California.

January 05, 2016 | | Nation


Attorney general’s stepdaughter held over disputed taxi fare

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch's stepdaughter was briefly detained at a police station after an argument with an Uber taxi driver over an unpaid fare, police said Monday.

January 04, 2016 | | Nation


GM invests $500m in Lyft, forms partnership

DETROIT (AP) - The automotive industry is placing its biggest bet yet that using a device to hail a ride - with or without a driver - is the future of transportation.

January 04, 2016 | | Nation


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Court orders Arizona tribe to recognize same-sex marriages

PHOENIX (AP) - A tribal court has cleared the way for gay couples to marry on an American Indian reservation in the Phoenix area after a ...

October 29, 2017 | | Nation


High school coach blasts ref who left after anthem

MONROE, N.J. (AP) - A high school football coach criticized a referee who refused to officiate a game after members of the opposing team knelt ...

October 29, 2017 | | Nation


He writes to families of dead troops

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - On a Sunday morning more than two weeks after four U.S. soldiers were ambushed and killed in Niger, Rep. Walter ...

October 29, 2017 | | Nation


Domestic abuse shelters for men help spotlight male violence victims

DALLAS (AP) - A Texas group has opened what's believed to be only the second shelter in the U.S. exclusively for men who are ...

October 29, 2017 | | Nation


House backs $4T budget, tax plan is coming up next

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans powered a $4 trillion budget through the House on Thursday by a razor-thin margin, a close vote underscoring the difficulties that lie ...

October 26, 2017 | | Nation


Crossing Honolulu street? Don’t text to avoid a fine

HONOLULU (AP) - Of all the beautiful scenery to see in Honolulu, officials want to make sure residents and tourists get a good look at the ...

October 26, 2017 | | Nation


JFK files: Thousands released but Trump holds back others

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump blocked the release of hundreds of records on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, bending to CIA and FBI ...

October 26, 2017 | | Nation


GOP targets environmental rules after massive wildfires

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans are targeting environmental rules to allow faster approval for tree cutting in national forests in response to the deadly wildfires in ...

October 26, 2017 | | Nation


Feds agrees to pay tea party groups in suits over IRS scrutiny

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration has agreed to what a lawyer described as a "very substantial" payout to hundreds of tea party groups to settle ...

October 26, 2017 | | Nation


Trump declares opioid emergency but pledges no additonal money

WASHINGTON (AP) - In ringing and personal terms, President Donald Trump on Thursday pledged that "we will overcome addiction in America," declaring opioid abuse a national ...

October 26, 2017 | | Nation


Comcast’s cable customers tumble as cord-cutting picks up

NEW YORK (AP) - Comcast's video upswing could be sputtering out.

October 26, 2017 | | Nation


UPS predicts record holiday deliveries

DALLAS (AP) - UPS expects another record holiday season, with deliveries up 5 percent over last year, as online shopping continues to grow.

October 26, 2017 | | Nation


Hammers, axes help test Trump wall prototypes

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The U.S. government announced Thursday that prototypes for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico have been completed and ...

October 26, 2017 | | Nation


Mom lost baby for 14 months over unpaid fees

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi judge resigned Wednesday after an attorney said the judge prevented a mother from seeing her baby for more than a ...

October 26, 2017 | | Nation


Union Pacific’s 3Q profit up 6% despite challenges

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Union Pacific delivered a 6 percent improvement in third-quarter profit even though it hauled 1 percent less freight and dealt with disruptions ...

October 26, 2017 | | Nation


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