Tennessee mother charged after four children stabbed dead

(Reuters) – A Tennessee woman was charged on Saturday in the stabbing deaths of her four children under the age of five, the Shelby County sheriff said.

California wildfire prompts new round of evacuations

(Reuters) – A new wildfire burning through bone-dry grass, shrub and timber has forced the evacuation of dozens of homes in a mountain community in central California and more houses could be in the inferno’s path, fire officials said on Saturday.

Hundreds evacuated in Detroit suburb after gas explosion

(Reuters) – Hundreds of people were briefly evacuated from their homes in the Michigan town of Melvindale on Saturday morning after a car hit a natural gas main at a DTE Energy facility and caused an explosion and fire, police said.

Mondelez’s bid may find gaps in Hershey’s armor

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An elaborate structure put in place to preserve Hershey Co’s ties to its local community has been roiled by scandal, creating an opening that Mondelez International…

Mega Millions Jackpot Grows To $449 Million For Tuesday Drawing

The Mega Millions jackpot has grown to $449 million after a drawing on Friday night produced no winning ticket for the multi-state lottery prize, which now ranks as the seventh largest ever in the United States, officials said.

The lottery is played in 44 states, Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Before Friday night’s drawing, the Mega Millions jackpot of $415 million stood as the 10th largest lottery prize in U.S. history, including other games such as Powerball, lottery officials have said.

The numbers from the drawing on Friday were: 20, 41, 42, 45, 49 and 14, according to the Mega Millions website.

With no winner on Friday night, the jackpot for the next drawing on Tuesday has grown to $449 million, said California lottery spokeswoman Cathy Johnston in a phone interview.

It remains the third largest Mega Millions jackpot in the game’s history, behind a $648 million drawing in 2013. But the $449 million prize would make it the seventh largest jackpot in U.S. history, according to figures from lottery officials.

The odds of winning the jackpot in Mega Millions are one in nearly 259 million.

The $449 million jackpot is worth $313 million if a winner chooses an immediate cash payout instead of an initial payment and then 29 annual payments, according to the Mega Millions website.

The Mega Millions jackpot has been growing since the last winning ticket was sold in Washington state in March, earning the winner $157 million.

In January, three winning Powerball tickets were sold in Florida, Tennessee and California to claim a share of nearly $1.6 billion, the largest prize to have been won on a single lottery game anywhere in the world.

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Sarkozy sets up French presidential bid by quitting party role

PARIS (Reuters) – Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced plans to quit his role as head of France’s Les Republicains party on Saturday, setting up a potential bid to become head of state for a second time.

Former French Prime Minister Michel Rocard dies

PARIS (Reuters) – Former French Socialist Prime Minister Michel Rocard died on Saturday, the office of President Francois Hollande said in a statement.

Bahrain rights group calls for probe into woman’s death

DUBAI (Reuters) – Bahrain should mount an “impartial” investigation into the death of a woman in what the government said was a bombing on Thursday after conflicting stories emerged about how it occurred, a local human rights group said on Saturday.