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AP’s Today in History for January 10th
Thomas Paine publishes “Common Sense;” World’s first subway opens in London; Beatles first album hits U.S. store shelves.
Breakfast Tune I Want To Hold Your Hand – Banjo of the Beatles classic
Something to Think about, Breakfast News & Blogs Below
Lottery officials have said no ticket has matched all six Powerball numbers. That means the record $949.8m jackpot is expected to soar to $1.3bn for Wednesday’s drawing, which would make it the first time in US history that a lottery has broken the $1bn mark.
The odds to win were one in 292.2m, and the numbers drawn were 32-16-19-57-34 and Powerball number 13.
Officials with the Multi-State Lottery Association, which runs the Powerball game, said they expected about 75% of the possible number combinations would have been bought for Saturday night’s drawing. …
Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau condemns attack on Syrian refugees
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday condemned an attack on Syrian refugees who were pepper-sprayed during a welcome event in Vancouver, an incident police are treating as a hate crime.
The group of newly arrived Syrians, which included children, was sprayed by an unknown bicyclist as they gathered outdoors on Friday for a welcome function at the Muslim Association of Canada Centre, Vancouver police said.
“This isn’t who we are – and doesn’t reflect the warm welcome Canadians have offered,” Trudeau wrote on Twitter on Saturday. …
VW emissions scandal set to overshadow Detroit Motor Show
On Sunday night, as Detroit fills with auto journalists and car executives, Volkswagen will hold a media party at Fishbone’s, the Cajun-themed restaurant in the city’s Greektown neighbourhood. It’ll be the opening salvo in a PR offensive the German company will be hoping can finally turn the tide after arguably the worst year in its history.
Three months after the revelation that Volkswagen Group was using an illegal software fix called a “defeat device” to circumvent US environmental regulations on about 600,000 of its diesel-powered passenger cars, the company will showcase its new vehicles at the US’s largest car show on Monday.
The unveiling, however, is sure to be overshadowed by news that the Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that could result in about $48bn in fines and penalties. …
Deaths Reported as MSF-Linked Hospital Bombed in Yemen
Sarah Lazare, Common Dreams
A Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)-supported hospital in northern Yemen was bombed Sunday morning, killing at least four people and wounding eleven—marking the third attack in as many months against a facility associated with the medical charity.
MSF said in a statement that it “cannot confirm the origin of the attack” on the Shiara Hospital, which is located in the Razeh district. But the organization noted that “planes were seen flying over the facility at the time.”
The Saudi Arabia-led coalition, which has been waging an aerial assault on Yemen for nearly ten months with the backing of the United States, was responsible for the two other bombings of MSF-linked facilities. …
- It’s Not Just Shkreli: Another Pharma Giant Hikes Drug Prices
Sarah Lazare, Common Dreams
- Atlanta police stop and put gun to head of rapper after he withdraws $200,000 from his bank
Tom Boggioni, Raw Story
- National Labor Board takes McDonald’s to court
Ned Resnikoff, Al Jazeera
Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac
BEAVER, Pa. (AP) — A grenade that led authorities to evacuate a county courthouse was a gag gift intended for the newly elected sheriff, authorities said Thursday.
Beaver County Sheriff Tony Guy ordered the evacuation as a precaution Wednesday after the box addressed to him was X-rayed along with other incoming mail.
The novelty gift included a disarmed World War II grenade mounted on a plaque with a sign reading, “Complaint department. Take a number.” A numbered plastic ticket was attached to the grenade’s pin. …
Cat Refuses To Leave Supermarket No Matter How Many Times He’s Kicked Out
Hudson Hongo, The Dodo
You can take him outside. You can ask him to leave. But he’ll just come back. Stronger. Angrier. Fluffier.
Since last year, a mysterious cat has been surprising shoppers in England, regularly appearing on one grocery store’s shelves despite repeated removal attempts by staff.
The defiant feline was first spotted in the Sainsbury’s supermarket back in November, having already perfected his strange routine of hanging out, getting removed by security, and walking right back in. …