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Mega Millions jackpot soars to $900 million, second-highest

Oct. 17, 2018 1:00 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Mega Millions jackpot is now up to $900 million. Lottery officials raised the estimated prize Wednesday, less than a day after another drawing without a winner increased the prize to $868 million. Officials say no tickets matched all six numbers to claim the Mega Millions prize...

Nielsen says 10.5 million watch premiere of 'The Conners.'

Oct. 17, 2018 12:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The 10.5 million people who tuned in to ABC to watch the premiere of ABC's sitcom "The Conners" is a classic half-full, half-empty story. It was the first time the old "Roseanne" cast had appeared without Roseanne Barr, and viewers were curious how the sitcom would deal with her absence...

Roseanne's TV son: Filming 'The Conners' without Barr 'odd'

Oct. 17, 2018 12:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — "The Conners" star Michael Fishman says dealing with the cancellation of "Roseanne" reboot was heartbreaking but describes the return of the cast in the revamped show without Roseanne Barr as a gift. Fishman was among "The Conners" stars who came out for the premiere of the show on Tuesday...

Canelo Alvarez inks 11-bout deal with streaming service DAZN

Oct. 17, 2018 12:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Canelo Alvarez has signed an 11-fight deal to have his fights shown on the sports-streaming service DAZN, beginning with his next bout. Alvarez will move up in weight to challenge WBA super middleweight champion Rocky Fielding on Dec. 15 at New York's Madison Square Garden. Golden Boy...

'The Hate U Give' author still calls Mississippi her home

Oct. 17, 2018 12:34 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — If you're looking for a ticket out of Mississippi, earning recognition as a New York Times bestselling author is a good start. That descriptor will take you places, especially when your debut novel has been on that best-seller list for more than 80 weeks and has been adapted for the...

Organizers: 2018 Essence Festival has $280M economic impact

Oct. 17, 2018 12:25 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Essence Festival organizers in New Orleans say this year's event had a record-breaking economic impact on the city. Essence Communications CEO Michelle Ebanks announced Wednesday that growth in festival attendance, which reached more than 510,000 this year, sparked a $280 million impact...

Pakistani police: Suspected drug dealer's sons kill reporter

Oct. 17, 2018 12:10 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani police say the sons of a suspected drug dealer arrested in the country's northwest have killed a local reporter who wrote about their father's case. Wajid Ali, a police official in Haripur district, says Sohail Khan was gunned down because of his article in the Kay-2 newspaper...

Turkish police search Saudi consul's home in Khashoggi case

Oct. 17, 2018 12:04 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish crime-scene investigators entered the residence of the Saudi consul general in Istanbul on Wednesday to search for evidence in the disappearance of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, just as a pro-government newspaper published a gruesome recounting of his alleged slaying. Saudi Arabia's...

Woman convicted of fraud; FBI said she cast 'hoodoo' spells

Oct. 17, 2018 12:00 PM EDT

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — An investment adviser was convicted Wednesday of charges she defrauded investors out of millions of dollars, some of which she used to pay more than $800,000 for prayers by Hindu priests in India to ward off federal investigators. A federal jury deliberated for roughly four hours over...

California surgeon due in court on drug, assault charges

Oct. 17, 2018 11:49 AM EDT

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A California surgeon and his girlfriend are expected to appear in court on charges they drugged and sexually assaulted two women. The Orange County District Attorney's Office says 38-year-old orthopedic surgeon Grant Robicheaux and 31-year-old Cerissa Riley are scheduled to be...