BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese government has declared victory in cleaning up what it considers rumors, negativity and unruliness from online discourse, while critics say the moves have suppressed criticism of the government and ruling Communist Party.
(Reuters) - Mega Millions rule changes aimed at creating bigger and faster-growing jackpots boosted the potential top prize for Friday's drawing to an estimated $230 million, but no winning ticket had been sold, pushing higher the potential haul, lottery officials said. If the winner chose to take a cash prize instead of an annuity, it would amount to $139 million, according to the Mega Millions website. By comparison, the largest jackpot in history stands at $656 million and was won in the Mega Millions lottery in March 2012. The rule changes went into effect on October 22 and since no one matched all the numbers drawn on Tuesday, the November 29 jackpot was expected to keep growing to an estimated $230 million, some $125 million if the winner chose a cash prize.
The post-Thanksgiving shopping rush sparked incidents of violence across the United States as a police officer was injured breaking up a fight, a shopper was shot in the leg over a TV and a Walmart was evacuated, according to police and media reports. The holiday shopping incidents also included a suspected shoplifter shot by police in a Chicago suburb and a woman spitting on another woman's child in an argument over baby clothes.
MIAMI (AP) — The Miami neighborhood where inaugural poet Richard Blanco grew up, in many ways, resembles Cuba his family left behind. Down the street, a man sells avocados from a small table. His favorite bakery, a few blocks north, serves guava pastries and cafe con leche.
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Tucked away in one of northern New Mexico's pristine mountain canyons is an old log cabin that was the birthplace not of a famous person, but a top-secret mission that forever changed the world.
By Suzanne Barlyn, Phil Wahba, Marina Lopes and Dhanya Skariachan NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. retailers' controversial choice to kick off the U.S. holiday shopping season early, on Thanksgiving, may not pay off as much as they had hoped. Eager to entice cautious consumers, especially with six fewer shopping days this year than in 2012, many retailers launched sales on Thursday's U.S. holiday, traditionally a day for family, friends and football games. Even Macy's Inc's flagship store in New York City opened then for the first time in its 155-year history, at 8 p.m. Some U.S. shoppers played along, hitting the Internet and stores on Thanksgiving. "It's a lot less than I thought," said Alison Goodwin, from Horsham, Pennsylvania, who ventured to an area mall on Friday seeking gifts and maybe something for herself.
By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The website at the center of President Barack Obama's healthcare reforms will be down for an extended period overnight on Friday as the government pushes to complete upgrades by a November 30 deadline, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said. The website, HealthCare.gov, will be down from 9 p.m. EST on Friday until 8 a.m. EST on Saturday, CMS said. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Sandra Maler)
The holiday shopping season kicked off early, as several retailers began offering deals on Thanksgiving. Many people complained about the early start and the mad rush for deals — yet they went shopping anyway. Deals aren't over yet, as big retailers believe they must continue offering them to lure shoppers.