World/nation briefs

  • November 25, 2012 - 7:59 PM


Powerball jackpot record $425M

No one won the Powerball jackpot so the top prize increases to about $425 million, the largest jackpot ever for the game. Sales were strong over the holiday week for Saturday's drawing estimated at $325 million. That was the fourth-largest jackpot in the game's history. The jackpot for Wednesday's drawing could go even higher than the estimated $425 million because sales pick up in the days before record drawings, the lottery said. The previous top Powerball prize was $365 million, won in 2006 by ConAgra Foods Workers in Lincoln, Neb.


Jet lands on nation's first carrier

The Chinese military has successfully landed a fighter jet on the Liaoning, China's first seaworthy aircraft carrier, according to a report by Xinhua, the state news agency. China Central Television showed video of the jet landing on the deck of the carrier, put into service in September after years of construction. The video also showed the jet, painted yellow with the number 552 written in red beneath the cockpit, taking off.


19 bodies found in border state

The bodies of 19 people have been discovered in Mexico's northern border state of Chihuahua, 11 apparently long-dead men found in mass graves and eight others who were apparently tortured and killed since Friday. The state prosecutor's office said 11 male bodies were found near the U.S. border about 25 miles southeast of Ciudad Juarez. They apparently were buried two years ago at the height of battles between drug gangs. Prosecutors also said eight bodies had been found near Rosales, about 120 miles southwest of Ojinaga, Texas. The men, apparently kidnapped on Friday, had been shot in the head after being tortured.


Five killed in Shiite procession

A bombing claimed by the Taliban killed at least five people and wounded some 90 others at a Shiite religious procession in northwestern Pakistan, police said, as the minority Muslim sect observes the annual Ashoura holiday. At least 30 have now died in five attacks on Shiites claimed by the Pakistani Taliban over the past five days, while about 100 were wounded in the runup to the holiday, which commemorates the 7th century death of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson. The schism between Sunni and Shiite Muslims dates to that time.


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