Powerball jackpot climbs to estimated $675M

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A lottery official says the estimated prize for this weekend's Powerball drawing is the largest jackpot of any lottery game in U.S. history.

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California weathers El Nino, but wild weather not over

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The worst storm in a series of storms has come and gone without serious consequences for California, but the El Nino-driven weather was still causing problems around the state.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press

Oregon tribe: Armed group 'desecrating' their land

BURNS, Ore. (AP) — The leader of an American Indian tribe that regards an Oregon nature preserve as sacred issued a rebuke Wednesday to the armed men who are occupying the property, saying they are not welcome at the snowy bird sanctuary and must leave.

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Efforts made to protect homeless as storm hits California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The most powerful El Nino storm yet this week pushed onto the California coast Wednesday as police and outreach teams kept an eye on Los Angeles riverbeds where thousands of homeless people live and would be vulnerable to flash flooding.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press

North Korea says it tested H-bomb to widespread skepticism

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Soon after the ground shook around its nuclear testing facility, North Korea trumpeted its first hydrogen bomb test — a self-proclaimed "H-bomb of justice" that would mark a major and unanticipated advance for its still-limited nuclear arsenal.

  • Written by FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press