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3 winners in 2 states hit $448M Powerball jackpot

Three tickets matched all six numbers in Wednesday's Powerball lottery drawing and will split a $448 million jackpot, authorities said on Thursday.

The Multi-State Lottery Association said two of the winning tickets were sold in New Jersey, while the third was in Minnesota.


Dallas-area shooting spree leaves 4 dead, another 4 wounded

Four people were killed and four others were wounded Wednesday night in two separate but related shootings, one of which involved an explosive device, not far apart in Dallas and a nearby suburb, police said.

 

The suspect has been identified as Erbie Bowser, who identifies himself on his Facebook page as a former Dallas Mavericks dancer, CBS Dallas station KTVT-TV reports. Bowser was arrested at the second crime scene in DeSoto, Texas, outside Dallas. Charges against the suspect are still pending. Family members said that Bowser was looking for his ex-girlfriend at both of the houses.

 

The first shooting happened around 10:30 p.m. at a Dallas home. Two people there were shot and killed, and two more people were wounded, Dallas police Sgt. Warren Mitchell told media outlets.


Perry Vetoes Texas Equal Pay Bill

 

WASHINGTON -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has vetoed a bill meant to prevent wage discrimination against women.

An aide to state Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D), who authored the equal pay bill, HB 950, said Perry's office called on Friday to say he had vetoed it. State Sen. Wendy Davis (D), who introduced the Senate version of the legislation, told the Texas Tribune that she had received the same call.

In a statement, Thompson said she was "deeply disappointed" and "heartbroken."

"Women will still have to struggle to receive their equal pay for their equal work," she said.


Oil will be flowing through new Texas pipeline by 2014

 

Oil could be flowing through TransCanada’s Gulf Coast Pipeline by the end of the year, clearing up the logjam in Cushing, Okla., and sending thousands of barrels per day to refineries near Nederland.

The 485-mile pipeline is more than 85 percent complete, said David Dodson, a spokesman for Calgary, Canada-based TransCanada.

"Almost all of the pipeline has been built. What we have left are some tie-ins where we go under a road or go under a waterway," Dodson said.


Man drowns in Plano golf course pond

 

Plano police officers pulled a man's body from a pond at Watters Creek Golf Course early Sunday morning. The individual was later pronounced dead at Medical Center of Plano.

According to a statement from Plano Fire-Rescue, homeowners near the golf course reported hearing a man calling for help at around 1 a.m.

Police were first to arrive at the scene, and they gave CPR to a man they had found in the water.

A homeowner told investigators, however, that the person heard yelling said there was another person with him before going under water.


Texas executes 500th inmate since 1976

(CNN) -- Kimberly McCarthy on Wednesday evening became the 500th prisoner executed in Texas since 1976, when the death penalty was reinstated in the state, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

McCarthy was pronounced dead at 7:37 p.m. ET at the Texas State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas, said department spokesman John Hurt.

The 52-year-old former occupational therapist was convicted in 1997 of murdering her 71-year-old neighbor, Dorothy Booth, a retired college professor.


Health care overhaul will spur clinic growth

 

t's not your imagination. Retail health clinics are a common sight in Houston today, and a new report says the Affordable Care Act will double the number of clinics nationwide by the end of 2015.

New York City-based Accenture (NYSE: ACN) said in a report this week a wave of newly insured patients — as a result of the ACA — will spur growth of retail clinics across the country.

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Smoking employees cost $6,000 a year more, study finds

 

Smokers cost their employers nearly $6,000 a year more than staff who don’t smoke, researchers said on Monday in what they say is the first comprehensive look at the issue.

And in what some might see as a dark twist, they’ve taken into account any savings that might come because smokers tend to die younger than non-smokers, drawing less in pension costs.

The findings support a growing trend among employers to not only ban smoking in the workplace, but to refuse to hire smokers in the first place, argues Micah Berman of Ohio State University, who led the study.


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New Jersey poised to become second state to ban anti-gay therapy

 

The New Jersey Assembly voted on Monday to ban so-called conversion therapy, taking a step toward becoming the second U.S. state to prohibit licensed therapists from counseling gay and lesbian youths to change their sexual orientation.

The bill passed by a 56-14 vote, with seven abstentions, and it was expected to be adopted by the state Senate in a vote on Thursday.

Governor Chris Christie in March said he opposed the practice of conversion therapy, but on Monday his office declined to comment on whether he would sign or veto the bill.


Suspension puts early end to season for Texas Rangers’ Nelson Cruz

Nelson Cruz accepted his punishment Monday, stripping the Rangers of their leader in home runs and RBIs for the remainder of the regular season.

Cruz, in the midst of an All-Star year, was the biggest name among the dozen players who accepted 50-game suspensions from Major League Baseball for receiving performance-enhancing drugs from Biogenesis of America, a defunct anti-aging clinic in Miami. It was the largest mass suspension in baseball since February 1986, when 13 players were penalized in fallout from the Pittsburgh cocaine trials.

The star outfielder said in a statement that he made “an error in judgment” in seeking help from Biogenesis to recover strength lost because of a gastrointestinal infection. Cruz said he dropped 40 pounds from November 2011 to January 2012 because of helicobacter pylori, a microaerophilic bacterium that attacks the stomach’s protective mucous lining.

Cruz would be eligible to return to play if the Rangers make the playoffs.

Milwaukee third baseman Ryan Braun previously agreed to a 65-game suspension for receiving PEDs from Biogenesis. New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who made his season debut shortly after the penalties were issued, said he will appeal his suspension, which would run through the 2014 season.

Despite losing their biggest bat, Rangers chief executive officer Nolan Ryan and general manager Jon Daniels voiced their support for MLB commissioner Bud Selig, who issued the suspensions.