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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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Smooth sailing so far on $7.5M makeover of Mayflower replica

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) - If you're a fan of the Mayflower II, here's something that will float your boat.

November 23, 2017 | | Nation


Johnny Cash boyhood home considered for historic nod

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The boyhood home of country music icon Johnny Cash is being considered as a nominee for inclusion on the National Register ...

November 23, 2017 | | Nation


Scammers pose as law agency representatives

CINCINNATI (AP) - The U.S. Marshals Service is warning of nationwide scams by individuals claiming to be marshals, court officers, or other law enforcement officials.

November 23, 2017 | | Nation


AP source: Flynn lawyers make a break with Trump legal team

WASHINGTON (AP) - A lawyer for former national security adviser Michael Flynn has told President Donald Trump's legal team that they are no longer communicating ...

November 23, 2017 | | Nation


Wolves’ return to Oregon brings conflict, opportunity

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Wolves were once so plentiful in the abundant forests that would become Oregon that the earliest settlers gathered from far and wide ...

November 23, 2017 | | Nation


Trappers ask court to throw out lawsuit over US fur exports

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Fur trappers are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit from wildlife advocates who want to block the export of ...

November 23, 2017 | | Nation


Sheriff: Las Vegas shooting gunman fired over 1,100 rounds

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The top lawman in Las Vegas says the gunman who killed dozens of people at a concert last month fired more than ...

November 23, 2017 | | Nation


Barton to go mum over disclosed photo, citing probe

WASHINGTON (AP) - Suggesting he's a victim of revenge porn from a jilted lover, Republican Rep. Joe Barton of Texas says he plans to go ...

November 23, 2017 | | Nation


Macy’s parade revels on amid tight security

NEW YORK (AP) - The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade featured balloons, bands, stars and heavy security in a year marked by attacks on outdoor gathering ...

November 23, 2017 | | Nation


Education Dept. wants to narrow civil rights work in public schools

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Education Department wants to narrow the scope of civil rights investigations at schools, focusing on individual complaints rather than systemic problems, according ...

November 23, 2017 | | Nation


Las Vegas pot dispensaries offering Black Friday deals

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Big-box stores won't be the only ones offering discounts to shoppers in Las Vegas this Black Friday. Marijuana dispensaries are rolling ...

November 23, 2017 | | Nation


Bread made of insects to be sold in Finnish supermarkets

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - One of Finland's largest food companies is selling what it claims to be a first: insect bread.

November 23, 2017 | | Nation


‘Share tables’ keep unwanted lunch food out of trash

WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) - As 9-year-old Sabrina Agosto left her school's lunch line, she dropped her carton of milk on the cafeteria's "share ...

November 23, 2017 | | Nation


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