Powerball jackpot climbs to $400M
des moines, iowa
No one hit the Powerball jackpot this weekend, so the money will roll over and create a roughly $400 million prize for Wednesday’s drawing.
The midweek jackpot remains below the record $590.5 million jackpot won in May by an 84-year-old Florida woman. As it stands, it would be the third-largest Powerball jackpot and the fourth-largest lottery prize on record. Saturday’s winning numbers were 21, 24, 36, 42 and 45; the Powerball was 15.
Rescuers find body of snowboarder
mount hood, ore.
A dozen rescuers armed with chain saws and other tools chipped away at tons of ice and snow Sunday to recover the body of a 25-year-old snowboarder killed when an ice tunnel collapsed on Oregon’s Mount Hood.
The snowboarder, Collin Backowski, of Colorado, was traveling with five companions when the collapse hit Saturday. The others tried to dig him out but could not break through the ice.
Hood River Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Tiffany Peterson said that after removing tons of debris by hand, searchers found Backowski where he had been buried by 8 to 10 feet of snow and ice.
Egypt: Clock ticking on sit-in standoff
Egypt’s highest security body warned Sunday that the clock is ticking for a peaceful end to the standoff over sit-ins by supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, suggesting that authorities will break up the protests unless mediation efforts produce results soon.
More than a month after the military overthrew Morsi, thousands of the Islamist leader’s supporters remain camped out in Cairo, demanding his reinstatement. Egypt’s military-backed interim leadership has issued warnings for them to disperse or security forces will move in.
Also Sunday, authorities announced that a court case accusing the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and his powerful deputy of inciting violence will start Aug. 25. Morsi hails from the Brotherhood.
Churches urge peace after disputed poll
Zimbabwean church leaders urged Sunday worshippers to pray for peace after disputed elections gave longtime President Robert Mugabe a landslide victory in the presidential and parliamentary vote.
The Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe asked its followers Sunday to wait for “dialogue to resolve outstanding issues with self-control and tolerance.”
Robot on board
Japan has launched the world’s first talking humanoid robot “astronaut” toward the International Space Station.
Kirobo — derived from the Japanese words for “hope” and “robot” — was among 5 tons of supplies and machinery on a rocket launched Sunday from Tanegashima, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, said.
The childlike robot was designed to be a companion for astronaut Koichi Wakata and will communicate with another robot on Earth, according to developers. Wakata is expected to arrive at the space station in November.
Obama turns 52
Instead of “Hail to the Chief,” President Barack Obama most likely heard strains of “Happy Birthday” this weekend.
Obama, who turned 52 Sunday, spent part of the day at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland.