The holder of a winning Mega Millions ticket sold in Maryland claimed a share of the record-breaking $656 million prize but will remain anonymous, state lottery officials announced. Officials will share some details at a news conference Tuesday morning, said Maryland Lottery spokeswoman Carole Everett. An attorney for a Baltimore woman who initially claimed she had the winning ticket, then said she had misplaced it, did not immediately return a call seeking comment. A second winner, in Kansas, also has chosen to remain anonymous. A third winning ticket was sold in Illinois.
Hackers stole personal information on nearly 900,000 people, far more than the 24,000 originally thought to be affected when a computer tracked to Eastern Europe infiltrated a state Health Department server beginning March 30. The information includes Social Security numbers, Health Department spokesman Tom Huduchko said. The password protection on the server, which had recently been installed, wasn't sufficiently secure, Huduchko said. Since the data breach was discovered, state officials have revised the number of victims upward three times.
Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, started a Twitter argument about the health care law over the weekend when he called President Obama "stupid," prompting Obama's chief strategist, David Axelrod, to suggest that a "6-year-old" had hijacked the senator's account to embarrass him. Grassley, 78, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was referring to Obama's remark last week that it would be "unprecedented" for the Supreme Court to overturn the health care law.
Costa Rica's trade attache to Venezuela was kidnapped outside his home near Caracas, and his captors demanded a ransom, the Costa Rican Foreign Ministry disclosed. The abduction of Guillermo Cholele on Sunday night was at least the third kidnapping of a diplomat in recent months. In January, Mexican Ambassador Carlos Pujalte and his wife were kidnapped, and in November, Chile's consul in Caracas was shot and wounded in an abduction. The captives were released within hours in both of those incidents.