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Man sues lottery for $340m error in win

John Cheeks, a Washington DC man, is suing Powerball and the DC Lottery after believing he had won a $340 million jackpot in January 2023, only to have his claim denied. The confusion arose from a technical error, with test Powerball numbers that matched Cheeks' ticket being accidentally posted on the website for three days. Cheeks is now suing for damages, claiming the entire jackpot plus interest he would have earned. His lawyer argues that the lottery's negligence in posting erroneous numbers warrants compensation. Cheeks, hopeful for justice, plans to open a home trust bank if successful. The case raises questions about the integrity of lottery operations and the accountability of institutions offering life-changing opportunities. The next hearing is scheduled for 23 February, with the odds of winning the jackpot being extremely rare, at one in 292.2 million. sources

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Feb 20 2024, 1 am

40-year-old man sentenced to 20 years for killing girlfriend

An Indian-origin man, M Krishnan, has been sentenced to 20 years in jail in Singapore for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend, Mallika Begum Rahamansa Abdul Rahman, who he beat to death in January 2019. Krishnan, 40, pleaded guilty in court last week, admitting to assaulting Mallika after she confessed to having relationships with other men. The judge noted that Krishnan's intermittent explosive disorder and alcohol consumption contributed to his violent behavior. Despite his disorder, the judge emphasized Krishnan's repeated domestic abuse and sentenced him to the maximum penalty of 20 years in jail. The court heard that Krishnan had a history of socially unacceptable behavior and violence while intoxicated, with the prosecution urging a strong message against such violence. sources

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Apr 23 2024, 6 am

Trump accused of paying hush money to porn star

Former President Donald Trump is facing trial for allegedly corrupting the 2016 election by paying hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels to cover up a sexual liaison. Prosecutors claim Trump falsified business records to hide a $130,000 payment to Daniels, with the intention of influencing the election in his favor. Trump's defence argues that the payment was to protect his reputation, not election fraud. The trial involves testimony from key figures like Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen and David Pecker, who ran the company that owned the National Enquirer. Trump's lawyer criticized the prosecution's case, calling it an attempt to embarrass the former president. The trial comes as Trump, seeking a return to the White House, faces multiple legal challenges. sources

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Apr 23 2024, 6 am

Elon Musk to Challenge Australia Order on Stabbing Videos

Elon Musk has announced that his social media platform X will appeal against an Australian court order requiring it to remove videos of a church stabbing incident in Sydney. The injunction was obtained by Australia's internet watchdog, compelling X to hide footage showing a Sydney bishop being attacked during a live-streamed sermon. Musk expressed concerns about censorship and stated that the content in question has been restricted in Australia pending a legal appeal, with the videos stored only on US servers. Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese criticized Musk as an "arrogant billionaire" for disregarding the distress caused by the videos and vowed to take necessary action against him. The case is set to return to court later this week, with X currently blocking the videos in Australia but still accessible in other regions. The incident involving Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel has raised tensions in the community, with authorities attributing the spread of the video on social media platforms to exacerbating the situation. sources

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Apr 23 2024, 7 am

Australia PM criticizes Elon Musk for arrogance in video ban

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese criticized Elon Musk, owner of X, for resisting calls to remove violent content related to the recent stabbing of an Assyrian church bishop in Sydney. The federal court granted an injunction to hide some posts about the attack, with Albanese calling Musk an "arrogant billionaire" for opposing the government's request. Videos of the attack, where a 16-year-old has been charged with a terrorism offense, were posted online, leading the eSafety commissioner to request the removal of certain posts. Despite blocking the content in Australia, X refused to do so globally, prompting further criticism from Albanese. Musk, in turn, defended his platform's commitment to free speech and truth, sparking a heated debate over social responsibility and censorship. The court will reconsider the matter on Wednesday, as tensions between Musk and Albanese continue to escalate. sources

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Apr 23 2024, 5 am

Kim Jong Un oversees simulated nuclear counterattack in North Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw a drill simulating a "nuclear counterattack," as reported by the state-run KCNA news agency on Tuesday. The drill, which involved the firing of several short-range ballistic missiles on Monday, was the latest in a series of tests conducted by Pyongyang this year. The missiles, launched from the Pyongyang area, flew approximately 300 kilometers before landing in the waters east of the Korean peninsula. This comes after a previous test of a "super-large warhead" for a strategic cruise missile last week. The report stated that Kim Jong Un was pleased with the "high hit and accuracy" of the rockets used in the drill. The launch occurred shortly after Moscow vetoed UN monitoring of sanctions violations related to North Korea's nuclear and weapons program. sources

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Apr 23 2024, 3 am

Hezbollah launches rockets at Israeli military base

Hezbollah, a Lebanese Shiite militant group and ally of Hamas, has escalated its attacks on Israeli military targets by firing "dozens" of Katyusha rockets at an army headquarters in northern Israel. This retaliation comes after Israeli raids on villages in southern Lebanon. Tensions between Israel and Iran-backed Hezbollah have been high since Hamas's attack on Israel on October 7, leading to frequent cross-border exchanges of fire. The Israeli military reported approximately 35 rockets crossing into northern Israel from Lebanon, prompting a response targeting the sources of the launches. The conflict has resulted in the deaths of 376 people in Lebanon, mostly Hezbollah fighters and civilians, while Israel has reported 10 soldiers and eight civilians killed. The situation remains volatile as both sides continue to engage in hostilities. sources

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Apr 23 2024, 1 am

6.3 Magnitude Quake Strikes Taiwan

Taiwan was struck by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake in the eastern county of Hualien on Tuesday, following a series of tremors throughout the day. The quake, which had a depth of 5.5 km, caused buildings to shake in the capital, Taipei, but there have been no immediate reports of damage. This comes after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Hualien earlier this month, resulting in numerous aftershocks. The island has been on high alert as it continues to experience seismic activity. sources

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Apr 23 2024, 12 am

Maldivians Seek Autonomy in Future Choices: President Muizzu

Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu celebrated his party's "super majority" win in the general elections, emphasizing that the outcome reflects Maldivians' desire for autonomy in shaping their future without foreign interference. The pro-China leader highlighted the importance of upholding Islamic principles and sovereignty, while also hinting at strained relations with India. Muizzu's victory consolidates his power to influence the country's foreign policy, particularly in the strategically significant Indian Ocean region. The opposition Maldivian Democratic Party, led by a pro-India figure, secured only 15 seats in the parliament. Muizzu called for unity among political leaders to focus on national development, signaling a shift towards closer ties with China. sources

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Apr 22 2024, 11 pm

EU may suspend TikTok Lite app feature

The European Union has threatened to suspend a feature on TikTok Lite, a smaller version of the popular app, that rewards users for watching and liking videos, due to concerns about its addictive nature and potential harm to users' mental health, especially minors. The EU has launched a probe into the app and demanded TikTok provide a risk assessment, warning of potential fines and penalties if the company fails to comply. This move is part of the EU's broader efforts under the Digital Services Act to regulate digital platforms more strictly, with TikTok facing similar investigations in the US as well. TikTok has defended its Lite app, claiming it is not available to minors and has limits in place to prevent excessive use. sources

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Apr 22 2024, 11 pm

Key characters in Trump's hush money trial explained briefly

The hush money trial involving former President Donald Trump is underway in New York, with prosecutors alleging a conspiracy to cover up payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels. Trump, facing charges of business fraud and campaign finance violations, must appear in court during the trial, potentially impacting his 2024 election campaign. Key figures in the trial include Daniels, Trump's spurned former lawyer Michael Cohen, prosecutor Alvin Bragg, and Judge Juan Merchan. The defense, led by seasoned lawyers Susan Necheles and Todd Blanche, maintains Trump's innocence, while the prosecution, represented by Assistant District Attorney Matthew Colangelo, accuses Trump of lying about his business records. The trial, a significant moment in US legal and political history, is expected to feature explosive testimony and high-profile witnesses. sources

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Apr 22 2024, 11 pm

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