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Powerball fever...Health subsidy errors...Drug lord again in custody

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 9, 2016 at 2:10 a.m.



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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials with the Multi-State Lottery Association, which runs the Powerball game expect about 65 percent of the possible number combinations to have been bought for tonight's estimated $800 million jackpot. That means the odds are growing that someone will win. If not, the next drawing is expected to soar past $1 billion before taxes.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The IRS has released preliminary figures showing about 1.4 million households failed to properly account for financial help for health insurance under President Barack Obama's law. That would put subsidies at risk if they want to keep coverage. A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services says it believes most of the people affected no longer have health law coverage, though it's still a potential complication.

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Notorious drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is back in the same Mexican prison he escaped from before after Mexican marines faced down .50-caliber sniper guns and a loaded grenade launcher to recapture him. Calls are already coming into the Mexican government to extradite him as soon as possible to the United States. Experts say a quick extradition is unlikely.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Another effort is about to be made to end Afghanistan's long war. Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States will hold talks in Pakistan's capital on Monday to search for ways to revive negotiations. The talks do not include the militant Taliban.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - An annual procession in the Philippines has drawn a million Roman Catholic Filipinos and a lot of extra security. About 5,000 police and soldiers were deployed to secure the daylong procession of a centuries-old statue of Jesus Christ known as the Black Nazarene. It's one of Asia's largest religious festivals.

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