Winning Powerball Ticket Bought in West Virginia
Someone who bought a lottery ticket in West Virginia won the $314.9 million jackpot in yesterday's Powerball drawing, a lottery official said.
Multi-State Lottery Association's drawing manager, Sue Dooley, said no other information on the winner would be immediately released late yesterday. An unexpected Christmas Day run on Powerball tickets pushed the already huge $280 million jackpot to $314.9 million just before numbers were drawn, making it the multistate lottery's largest prize ever.
The numbers in last night's drawing were 5-14-16-29-53, and the Powerball was 7. The prize would be the third-largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history.
Joe Mahoney, a spokesman for the Multi-State Lottery Association, said the jackpot grew after holiday sales were much higher than expected. Powerball, the nation's largest lottery game, is played in 23 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Woman Pleads Not Guilty
To Arranging False Marriages
LOS ANGELES -- A woman pleaded not guilty to charges she brokered fake marriages for Middle Eastern and North African men seeking U.S. citizenship.
Sharon Whiteside, 45, of Los Angeles was arrested earlier this month by police detectives and FBI agents assigned to a Joint Terrorism Task Force.
"We have no indications that any of these people have terrorist connections," police Lt. Adam Bercovici said. "But it is an area we are looking at, because we know other people, with similar operations, have been linked to terrorism."
Whiteside was charged with three counts of filing a false document and was held on $100,000 bail.
Authorities believe she arranged phony marriages between low-income women in the United States and foreign men, most from the Middle East and North Africa. She may have set up about 200 marriages over several years, authorities said.
The fee for arranging the bogus marriages ranged from $4,000 to $10,000, with the women also receiving as much as $1,000 a month while the men waited for a year to pass before they could end the marriage and still keep their citizenship, authorities said.
Ore. Man Sought in Deaths
Of Wife, Three Children
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Police warned that a devoutly religious man charged with the murder of his pregnant wife and three young children was on the loose, considered armed and dangerous.
Edward Morris, 37, was charged with seven counts of aggravated murder in the deaths of his wife, Renee, 31, and their children, Bryant, 10; Alexis, 8, and Jonathan, 4. Their bodies were found Saturday in the snowy Tillamook State Forest.
The FBI also issued a federal arrest warrant for Morris, indicating officials believe he has fled the state -- and possibly the country.
Police continued to search for his car, a gray 1993 Dodge Caravan that they described as in very good condition, with Oregon license plates.
-- From News Services