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Powerball jackpot climbs to $550 million; Mega Millions at $418 million

Published: Thursday, January 04, 2018 @ 2:35 AM
Updated: Thursday, January 04, 2018 @ 2:35 AM

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2:26 a.m. EST Jan. 4: The Powerball jackpot has climbed to an estimated $550 million – or $347.9 million cash – after no tickets matched all six numbers in Wednesday night’s drawing.

The winning numbers were 02-18-37-39-42 with a Powerball of 12.

One ticket sold in Florida won the Match 5 Power Play prize of $2 million, while tickets sold in California, Florida, North Carolina, New York and Oregon matched five numbers for a $1 million prize.

The next drawing is Saturday.

12:10 a.m. EST Jan. 4:

The Powerball numbers for Wednesday, Jan. 3:

02-18-37-39-42  Powerball: 12

Earlier, Powerball officials announced that Wednesday’s jackpot was an estimated $440 million.

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1:52 a.m. EST Jan. 3:

The Mega Millions jackpot has climbed to an estimated $418 million – a $261.5 million cash payout – after no ticket matched all six numbers Tuesday. 

Two tickets matched five numbers – one worth $4 million in Florida and another worth $1 million in Ohio, according to the Mega Millions website.

The numbers in Tuesday’s drawing were 1-42-47-64-70 with Mega Ball 22 and a Megaplier of 4x.

ORIGINAL STORY: Nobody won the Mega Millions jackpot on Friday night. That means Tuesday’s jackpot now stands at an estimated $343 million.

If  you think luck will be on your side, think again. The odds of winning the grand prize for Powerball are 1 in 292.2 million. 

But if the numbers are in your favor, Powerball has two winning options -- either a 30-payment annuity for the entire $440 million, or a one-time cash prize of $278.3 million.

For Mega Millions, the annuity is $343 million with the one-time cash payout of $215 million. The odds of winning Mega Millions are about 1 in 258 million, CBS News reported.

FILE PHOTO: Lottery balls are seen in a box in San Lorenzo, California.(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Watch: Good Samaritans lift car off trapped victims after crash

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 7:49 AM

Good Samaritans Rescue Car Crash Victims, Lift Vehicle

An amazing feat of strength was caught on camera.

Four people were hurt when they were hit by a car that crashed on a sidewalk in Washington, D.C. Tuesday. Police said a pickup hit a sedan when it took a turn too wide, WJLA reported. The sedan jumped the curb and ran into pedestrians. 

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But it was the actions of bystanders that is what people are focusing on. They rushed to the car to try to pull the pedestrians from under the wreckage. The group of people actually lifted and moved the car off two people and the entire thing was caught on video, WJLA reported.

WRC reported more than a dozen people rushed to help.

In all four people were hit by the car and were injured in the crash, but police said they were all conscious and breathing, taken to area hospitals, WJLA reported.

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Boston city officials vote to change Yawkey Way back to Jersey Street

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 11:46 AM

FILE PHOTO: Fans walk down Yawkey Way before the opening day game between the Boston Red Sox and the Pittsburgh Pirates at Fenway Park on April 3, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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FILE PHOTO: Fans walk down Yawkey Way before the opening day game between the Boston Red Sox and the Pittsburgh Pirates at Fenway Park on April 3, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts.(Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The City of Boston has voted to change the name of Yawkey Way.

After multiple delays, the commission voted unanimously Thursday to change the name of Yawkey Way back to its original Jersey Street.

The Red Sox organization initially petitioned the city to change the name of the street outside the ballpark from Yawkey Way back to the previous name of Jersey Street weeks ago. 

The late Tom Yawkey, former team owner, has been called racist by some, in part over the long delayed racial integration of the ball club.

Defenders of the Yawkey name believe the name change would harm the reputation of the philanthropic Yawkey Foundation.

Yawkey Foundation issued a statement shortly after the vote.

The City of Boston Public Improvement Commission has the final say over street names.

About a month ago, the commission took about two hours of heated opinions from both sides, tabling the issue for two weeks.

Two weeks ago, the Red Sox organization sent a letter standing by its petition, but asking for a delay in the vote so the public would have more time to weigh in.

Just last week, team president Sam Kennedy told sports radio station WEEI the Sox still want the street name changed. 

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GQ magazine calls Bible 'foolish,' lists it among books 'you don't have to read'

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 1:46 AM

GQ Magazine Lists Bible As Book 'You Don't Have To Read'

The Bible’s been around for centuries, but GQ magazine is like, eh? What’s so great about it? 

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The Good Book makes the mag’s list of “21 Books You Don’t Have to Read.” While allowing “there are some good parts,” the post calls the Bible “repetitive, self-contradictory, sententious, foolish and even at times ill-intentioned.”

Instead, GQ suggests, how about “The Notebook" by Agota Kristof? It’s billed as “a marvelous tale of two brothers who have to get along when things get rough.”

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The Bible finds itself in the company of works by J.D. Salinger, Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway on the list of books that GQ is just not that into. “Catcher in the Rye” is dinged as being “without any literary merit whatsoever.” “Huckleberry Finn” is tedious, meandering and hamfisted, GQ says. Hemingway’s sentences? Too short. Even Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” makes the roster of books to skip.

Here’s the entire list, which includes contributions by various writers.

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Strangers helping strangers: NYC subway turns into math classroom

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 11:17 AM

Man Helps Father Relearn Elementary Math on Subway to Help Son

In a world that feels like it is delving into chaos, the kindness of strangers is exactly what we need.

Denise Wilson was on the subway to Brooklyn last week when she noticed a conversation between two complete strangers that just had to be documented.

“He was just telling this guy, ‘I’m in my 40s and all of this is new to me, so I’ve got to re-learn this to teach my son because he failed a math test,” Wilson told WCBS.

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The type of math at the center of the problems? Fractions. 

The man sitting next to Corey Simmons said he used to be a math teacher and started going over the worksheets in the middle of the train.

“Everything he got wrong or was confused about, he broke it down and corrected him,” Wilson wrote in her Facebook post.

So today omw from work the guy in the red sat down opend up his folder and started reading a few stops later the guy...

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After the impromptu tutoring session, Simmons and the math tutor -- Wilson didn’t get his name -- got off the train at different stops.

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Simmons said that he’s about half way to understanding fractions, but there was something more important than math that came out of the chance meeting.

“You need help sometimes, and you shouldn’t want to bite your tongue, to not ask for the help. So don’t feel shy to ask someone for help. It’s OK,” Simmons told WCBS.

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