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A Mega Millions sign displays the estimated jackpot of $1.35 billion as a customer purchases a Mega Millions ticket.

Maine gets 1st Mega Millions jackpot with $1.35B grand prize

The winner overcame steep odds of 1 in 302.6 million, which led to three months of drawings without a claim on the jackpot.

 | AP

A Mega Millions lottery slip

How much money do lotteries generate and how much goes to winners?

While the winner of the Mega Millions jackpot is set to make a considerable fortune, other groups stand to make a lot as well.

 | Justin Boggs

Grand Canyon National Park

Visit U.S. national parks for free on these days in 2023

Admission is free on January 16 and four additional days throughout the year. Mark your calendars and enjoy the great outdoors.

 | Simplemost and Sarah Kuta

Newport News Superintendent of Schools George Parker

School searched 1st-grader's backpack before teacher shot

Police learned through their investigation that a school employee was notified of a possible gun at Richneck Elementary before the Jan. 6 shooting.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

President Joe Biden speaks on the phone.

Experts: Handling of presidential documents leaves room for error

After classified documents of President Biden's were found in an insecure location, experts have highlighted problems with government processing.

 | Kellan Howell

Two men look at their phones outside of City National Bank.

Justice Department settles $31 million redlining case in Los Angeles

The DOJ settlement — the largest in its history — was in regards to allegations City National Bank redlined from 2017 to at least 2020.

 | James Packard

Mega Millions tickets are displayed at a gas station.

Millions prepare for Friday's Mega Millions jackpot draw

The $1.35-billion Mega Millions draw is the second biggest jackpot in the lottery's history.

 | Maura Sirianni

A woman works on a computer.

How you can use new salary transparency laws to negotiate your pay

A 2022 research article found evidence that pay transparency causes increases in both the equity and equality of pay.

 | Chloe Nordquist

A person looks at his demolished home after a tornado.

Rescuers seek survivors after storms kill at least 9 across South

Nine people died, others were injured and many homes were damaged from a giant storm that spawned tornadoes in the South.

 | AP and Scott Withers

Assistant A.G. of the DOJ's Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney Martin Estrada of the California central division

Bank to pay $31M redlining settlement, DOJ's largest ever

The DOJ says City National Bank avoided marketing and underwriting mortgages in majority Black and Latino neighborhoods in Los Angeles County.

 | AP

A homeless person's tent out in the rain.

Climate change making the homeless population even more vulnerable

Americans who experience homelessness often feel the impacts of extreme weather events first.

 | Chris Conte

Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore discusses recent fatal police shootings during a news conference

LAPD under scrutiny after 3 men die during or after police encounters

Takar Smith, Keenan Anderson and Oscar Sanchez died after interactions with the LAPD. Smith and Sanchez were shot by officers.

 | James Packard

A snowmaking machine churns out manufactured snow.

Manufactured snow might be the future of winter sports

With unpredictable weather and warming temperatures, ski resorts are increasingly creating their own snow.

 | Meg Hilling

Wind blows snow as skiers compete in the Winter Olympics.

Can the Winter Olympics survive climate change?

The Winter Olympics have already been postponed due to climate change and lack of quality snow, leaving many to wonder how the Games will go on.

 | Scripps News Staff

A lion raises his head above long grass.

New law will shake up the exotic animal industry in the US

The Big Cat Public Safety Act has put an end to would-be "Tiger Kings" nationwide and changed the private ownership industry for exotic animals.

 | Scripps News Staff

A Southwest Airlines passenger jet takes off.

Computer breakdown sows chaos across US air travel system

A system used for air travel broke down late Tuesday, leading to all planes being grounded for some time.

 | AP and Clayton Sandell

A rainy street near the Golden Gate Bridge is shown.

California crews try to recover from week's flooding as rain restarts

Heavy rain that caused flooding, sinkholes and closed roads is starting back again as crews still try to repair damage from the week's earlier storms.

 | James Packard

Gary McKee of Cumbria, England, spent every day of 2022 completing a marathon.

Man who ran marathon 365 days consecutively: Believe in yourself

In the process, McKee raised a lot of money for charity— over $1.4 million.

 | Justin Boggs

A sign promotes awareness of human trafficking

January is human trafficking awareness and prevention month

Homeland Security estimates that globally human trafficking is a $150 billion a year enterprise, exploiting 25 million people.

 | Cat Sandoval

The information booth in the center of the main concourse at Grand Central Terminal.

Did COVID-19 put us in a time warp?

Research indicates the pandemic changed our perception of time.

 | Scripps News Staff

Former Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg

Trump executive Allen Weisselberg sentenced to 5 months in jail

Weisselberg was promised this sentence in August when he agreed to plead guilty to 15 tax crimes and to testify against the Trump Organization.

 | AP

A photo and the names of four University of Idaho students who were killed near campus is displayed before a basketball game.

University of Idaho students return to campus after arrest in killings

Despite a suspect in custody, the University of Idaho still has resources on campus to ensure students feel comfortable and safe.

 | Scripps News Staff

Gov. J.B. Pritzker hugs gun control advocate Maria Pike.

Illinois bans semiautomatic weapons, critics vow court challenge

The ban covers dozens of types of rifles and handguns, .50-caliber guns and attachments, and it puts limits on rounds rifles and handguns can hold.

 | AP

A Mega Millions lottery slip.

New Mega Millions jackpot of $1.35B is game's 2nd highest

The only Mega Millions jackpot larger than Friday’s prize is the $1.53 billion won in South Carolina in 2018, Mega Millions said.

 | AP

Robert Fratta, a former suburban Houston police officer on death row.

Texas executes ex-officer who hired 2 people to kill wife

The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles last week unanimously declined to commute the ex-officer's death sentence to a lesser penalty.

 | AP

Medical workers aid injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston

Court weighs tossing Boston Marathon bomber's death sentence

The bomber is making a renewed push to avoid execution after the Supreme Court last year reinstated the death sentence imposed on him.

 | AP

Children at a vigil

Questions remain in shooting of Virginia teacher by 6-year-old student

A 6-year-old first-grader at an elementary school in Newport News, Virginia, shot a teacher during an altercation in a classroom.

 | Jamal Andress

A person uses a credit card.

Americans are breaking records with credit card debt. Here's why

Inflation has plunged many Americans further into financial debt, especially with credit cards, and fears of a recession may worsen the cycle.

 | Scripps News Staff

A sign in Times Square reads "Gun Free Zone."

Shootings in New York City are costing taxpayers millions of dollars

A new report found New York City taxpayers have paid nearly $40 million to treat gunshot wounds in the city's hospitals.

 | Axel Turcios

A variety of shelters make up one of the homeless camps along the American River Parkway in Sacramento, Calif.

For homeless youth, sometimes finding a place to live isn't the answer

The goal of Street Youth Ministry, a non-profit, is not to find teenagers housing, because many of them just don't want that.

 | Chris Conte