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Winners to take the lump sum...Stocks continue worst-ever January...Gunfire, explosions in West Africa

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 15, 2016 at 2:51 p.m.



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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee couple that won a share of the $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot says they are going to take the lump sum cash payout because they are "not guaranteed tomorrow." John and Lisa Robinson -- and their dog -- appeared at a news conference today at the Tennessee lottery headquarters after their winning ticket was verified by lottery officials. The lump sum payout for one-third of the jackpot is about $327 million. The couple say the first thing they will do is pay off their daughter's student loans. They also say they will go to work on Monday. Two other winning tickets were sold in California and Florida.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks have never before done this badly over the first two weeks of the year. Stocks plunged again today after the market was rattled by yet another tumble in the price of oil. It sank below $30 a barrel today, slamming energy companies. There was also a government report showing a dip in retail sales. The Dow industrials finished 390 points lower, after being down by more than 500 points earlier in the day. The S&P 500 lost 44 points. The Nasdaq fell 126 points.

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Witnesses say gunfire has erupted near an upscale hotel in the capital of the West African country of Burkina Faso. And they say explosions can be heard. An Associated Press reporter near the scene says several cars were on fire outside the hotel. It's not clear who was behind the attack, but jihadists have attacked hotels before in neighboring Mali.

HALEIWA, Hawaii (AP) — Two Navy ships have joined the search for the crew members from two Marine Corps helicopters that collided and went down off the Hawaiian island of Oahu last night. Each helicopter carried six crew members. One woman who lives near the beach says she heard two booms that were loud enough to shake her house. Searchers have found debris scattered across an area of about two miles.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — For the first time, a major casino company is going to charge people to park on its properties on the Las Vegas Strip. MGM Resorts International says it will charge $10 or less for overnight self-parking at Bellagio, Mirage, MGM Grand and its other casino-hotels. It's a move that could bring in millions of dollars of revenue each year. Las Vegas is increasingly catering to visitors who come for other pricey attractions besides gambling.

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