Mexico blast bodies handed over

Forensic workers in Mexico hand over the bodies of the victims of Thursday’s blast at Pemex headquarters to their relatives for burial.

Iran threat is paramount for new Israeli government: Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday took on the job of forming a new government and said its most important task would be to ensure that Iran does not gain nuclear arms.

Expect an early spring, if Pennsylvania’s groundhog is right

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pennsylvania (Reuters) – Punxsutawney Phil, America’s most famous groundhog, emerged from his burrow on Saturday to the glare of cameras and the cheers of thousands of spectators and offered his annual weather prognostication: An early spring is coming.

Thirty-five killed as militants attack Pakistan checkpoint

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (Reuters) – Militants attacked an isolated army checkpoint in Pakistan’s restive northwest on Saturday, with at least 35 people killed in the initial assault, subsequent crossfire and a rocket attack on a house, officials said.

Super Bowl Prop Bets

$93,889,840.

That’s how much money gamblers wagered at legal sports books in Nevada on last year’s Super Bowl between the New York Giants and New England Patriots, according to USA Today. When the wagers placed with offshore, online sports books and corner store, back-room bookies are factored in, then the number must truly be staggering. At least some of that whopping total amount was wagered on the multitude of “prop bets.”

While a bettor can still wager on the actual outcome of the game, there are also plenty of specific “proposition bets” that don’t necessarily have anything to do with the final result. Will the coin toss land on “heads” or “tails” or will a player other than the starting quarterbacks attempt a pass? How many rushing yards will the fullback rack up? These bets can bring drama to almost every single aspect of the game — and even the broadcast.

Will Alicia Keys pull a Christina Aguilera and screw up the National Anthem? What will be the color of the Gatorade that gets dumped on the winning coach? How long will the postgame hug between the Harbaugh brothers last?

If you have an insatiable urge to make virtually every play or occurrence a win-loss situation, then here are some of the prop bets for Super Bowl XLVII.

(All odds via Bovada)

Nebraska Lieutenant Governor Sheehy resigns over phone scandal

(Reuters) – Nebraska Lieutenant Governor Rick Sheehy, the leading candidate to replace the current governor in the next election, resigned on Saturday after a newspaper investigation raised questions about improper cell phone calls made to women.