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Mega Millions jackpot reaches record-breaking $667 million; Powerball jackpot is $345 million

UPDATE 11:15 p.m.: Mega Millions numbers drawn Tuesday night were 69-45-61-3-49 and the Mega Ball was 9. It is not yet known if there is a winner.

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If you have a few dollars and dreams of riches untold, the coming week could be a game-changer for you.

Two national lottery games – Mega Millions and Powerball – are sporting huge jackpots this week, now topping a billion in total combined winnings.

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The Mega Millions drawing set for Tuesday has the second largest jackpot in the game’s history, worth $667 million (or $372 million with the cash option). That breaks the game’s previous record jackpot of $656 million.  

Related: 7 biggest lottery jackpots in US history

Add to that a hefty $345 million Powerball jackpot, and you’re looking at nearly a billion dollars in lottery money being up for grabs this week.

The Powerball jackpot is the 17th largest in the game’s history. The cash payout on the $345 million would be $199 million.

Related: 7-time lottery winner shares tips for winning Powerball

How did we get the chance to play for such jackpots? You can thank all those who played and didn’t hit the jackpot. The Mega Millions jackpot has been building since July 24, the last time the grand prize jackpot was won.

The Powerball game has not seen a grand  prize winner since Aug. 11. 

The Mega Millions numbers drawn Friday were 04-24-46-61-70. The Megaball was 07. The Megaplier was 3. 

Related: Which Powerball numbers have hit most often? Will choosing them improve your odds?

One ticket sold in Arkansas matched all five numbers, but did not match the Megaball number. That winning ticket is worth $3 million because the person who purchased the ticket purchased the “Multiplier” option which tripled the $1 million prize.

The Powerball numbers drawn Saturday were 11-14-32-43-65 and the Powerball was 15. The Power Play was 3. Two players – one in Nebraska and one in Michigan – matched the five numbers, but not the Powerball number. Each of those tickets is worth $1 million.

YouTube back up after long outage

UPDATE 11:00 p.m. Oct. 16: YouTube announced on Twitter that its sites and platforms are back up and running nearly two hours after outages were reported.

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A wide outage has been reported for YouTube.

The popular video-sharing website said it is aware of the reports.

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“Thanks for your reports about YouTube, YouTube TV and YouTube Music access issues,” the company said on Twitter. “We’re working on resolving this and will let you know once fixed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and will keep you updated.”

The Verge reported that global users started noticing the platform's websites and mobile apps were down around 9:20 p.m. Eastern time.

Ex-employee threatened former co-workers if he didn’t get final paycheck, police say

Police said a former Kroger grocery story employee in Alpharetta, Georgia, is accused of calling the store and threatening to kill everyone inside if he didn’t receive his final paycheck.

Demarious Merkerson allegedly complained that his last paycheck didn’t come quickly enough after he lost his job.

“The ex-employee didn’t like that,” Alpharetta Police Department spokesman Howard Miller said. “(He) continued to call and harass the people that worked there to the point he was actually threatening to kill everybody if he didn’t receive his money.”

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Miller said that officers responded to the location twice because of the calls, and after confirming the threats, they arrested Merkerson on Oct. 3 on charges of felony terroristic threats.

“The problem is we don’t know if they’re bluffing,” Miller said. “The person could be desperate and very serious and show up to the location with a weapon or something else and start going on his word to start harming or killing people.”

“The safety of our employees and our customers is our top priority and we appreciate the Alpharetta Police Department’s prompt assistance,” a Kroger spokesman said in a statement. “As this is an ongoing investigation, we cannot comment further at this time.”

Merkerson remains in the Fulton County Jail without bond, according to jail records.

Sheriff: Grandmother charged with murder after found toddler dead in oven

A 48-year-old grandmother has been charged with first-degree murder in connection to the death of her 20-month-old grandchild, authorities said.

Bolivar County Sheriff Kevin Williams said Carolyn Jones was charged Tuesday in the death of Royalty Marie Floyd. Williams said the cause of death is still under investigation, but the toddler’s body was found stabbed and burned in an oven in a Shaw, Mississippi, home.

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“I’ve been doing law enforcement for 25 or 26 years now,” Williams told The Associated Press. “This is one of the most horrible things I’ve seen in doing law enforcement. The hardest part ... is to see a child victim.”

Authorities said Royalty lived with Jones. The toddler’s mother works in Memphis, Tennessee, according to a neighbor who spoke with WHBQ.

The toddler’s body was found Monday night by Jones’ brother, Williams said. He called local police and the Bolivar County Sheriff’s Office was in turn called for assistance.

Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain told The AP investigators are working to determine when the toddler died and if it was before she was placed in the oven.

The child’s body was transported to the crime lab for an autopsy.

Jones is in jail with bond set at $500,000.

'Love & Hip Hop' star Erica Mena, boyfriend Clifford Dixon arrested

“Love & Hip Hop” star Erica Mena was arrested over the weekend in Johns Creek, Georgia, after an incident with her boyfriend, Clifford Dixon.

According to police paperwork obtained by WSB, someone called police on Mena and Dixon after allegedly hearing an argument between the two.

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Officers said they interviewed witnesses and discovered Mena and Dixon had been fighting and Dixon had kicked down a locked door.

Dixon was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing. Mena was arrested on possession of marijuana charges.

Mena was featured on Season 7 of “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” and was previously on a number of other reality and TV shows.

Video showing 12-year-old rapper Lil C-Note arrested at Atlanta mall draws outrage

viral video showing a white police officer arresting a 12-year-old black boy at an Atlanta mall has drawn outrage online from some who say it’s merely the latest example of white officers being too aggressive with children of color.

Cobb County Police Chief Michael Register said the department has launched an internal investigation into the incident, which occurred Oct. 6 at Cumberland Mall, but added that so far he has seen no evidence the officer violated any rules. 

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“The officer was in his legal rights to detain the juvenile,” Register said. “We take any incident like this very seriously.”

According to Toya Brown, a manager at Patchwerk Recording Studios, the boy is Corey Jackson, who raps under the name Lil C-Note.

Brown said Corey has appeared on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” and recently toured with J. Cole, Young Thug and Jaden Smith.

The department did not release the name of the officer, who is still on active duty, citing a pending investigation.

The video, which contains explicit language, starts with the officer holding the boy by the arm. It is unclear how the confrontation began.

“You’re 12?” the office is heard asking the boy. “You’re about to go to jail. You’re going to go to a youth detention center if you don’t (inaudible).”

A woman, who later identifies herself as Corey’s aunt, can be heard off-camera defending him.

“I have his father on the phone and you won’t even speak to him,” she said to the officer.

“Yup,” the officer replied.

The camera is jostled as an apparent altercation breaks out and the video ends with the officer calling in the incident as another officer restrains the boy. It has been viewed thousands of times and drew heated criticism from some corners.

“Look how this officer (is) touching this young kid,” filmmaker Jason Pollock wrote when he shared the video on Twitter Monday. “He would never be treating a little white kid like this.”

Register said there was more to the story than what is seen in the video, saying that Corey had recently been issued a criminal trespass warning for selling CDs at the mall. Register said security saw him again and called the Cobb officer, who was working part-time for the mall.

When the officer arrived, Register said Corey was “verbally combative,” refused to answer questions and then made to leave, at which point the officer “got physical control” of him. 

Register said Corey “pushed or swung at” the officer and then his aunt “physically attacked” him. Eventually, they were both taken into custody, and the child was released to his father, who was also at the mall that day.

Register said Corey is being charged with felony obstruction and misdemeanor criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. His aunt is being charged with felony obstruction and misdemeanor criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and providing a false name to law enforcement, according to Register.

Register said charging the child with a felony was at the discretion of the officer.

The incident is not the first time Cobb County police have come under scrutiny. A 2017 study by the International Association of Chiefs of Police found the department plagued by “perceptions of racism,” although the study said it found no evidence of discrimination.

Just a few months later, though, a lieutenant was allowed an immediate retirement after he was caught on camera telling a motorist, “We only kill black people, right?”

Since then, Register has won some praise from advocates for measures he has taken to emphasize community policing, but those same measures drew disdain from some in his own department.

On Tuesday, Register promised a full investigation and expressed concern that the incident would further damage community-police relations.

“We’re in this together, and we’ve got to work together,” he said.

Maryland police officer accused of raping woman during traffic stop

A Maryland police officer was arrested Monday and accused of raping a woman during a traffic stop last week, The Baltimore Sun reported.

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Officer Ryan Macklin, 29, a six-year veteran of the Prince George's County Police Department, was suspended without pay, WBAL reported.

Police allege that Macklin forced the woman to perform “a sexual act” while she and the officer were seated in her car in a parking lot in Langley at 1 a.m. Thursday. Macklin was on duty and in uniform, the Sun reported.

According to charging documents, the woman told police that Macklin allegedly attempted to touch her breast before ordering her to move her car behind a store. Then Macklin allegedly forced the woman to perform oral sex on him, and told her he wanted to have sex with her, CNN reported, citing charging documents.

“Within hours of the woman coming forward,” the officer was suspended, police spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan said at a news conference Monday.

Police Chief Henry P. Stawin­ski III called the accusation “highly troubling” while speaking at the same news conference.

According to the Prince George’s County Police Department's website, Macklin was honored as patrol officer of the month in he was honored as patrol officer of the month in March 2014 and September 2014.

Macklin was expected to appear in court via closed circuit television Wednesday, CNN reported.

Vegas brothel owner, GOP candidate Dennis Hof found dead

Dennis Hof, who legally owned a Las Vegas brothel and was a Republican candidate for Nevada State Legislature, is dead, according to state authorities.

The Associated Press reported that an employee at Hof’s Love Ranch brothel contacted police around 11 a.m. Tuesday, according to Nye County Sheriff Lt. David Boruchowitz. He also said Hof was not breathing and was found unresponsive.

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“Preliminarily, there is no indication of foul play,” Boruchowitz said.

Nye County spokesman Arnold Knightly told the Reno Gazette Journal that Nye County Commissioner John Koenig said at a Tuesday commission meeting that Hof “went to sleep last night and didn’t wake up.”

Hof’s campaign manager Chuck Muth echoed that statement on Twitter, saying that he “died quietly in his sleep.”

Related: Photos: Notable deaths 2018

The AP reported that Hof had been campaigning for Nevada State Assembly District 36. He celebrated his birthday Monday night at a hotel on Pahrump, Nevada. Muth told the Reno Gazette Journal that Hof, who turned 72 Monday, was “having the time of his life,” at the celebration.

Porn star Ron Jeremy, a friend of Hof’s, attended the party.

“Ron Jeremy found him this morning when he went to wake him to go to a meeting in Pahrump,” Muth said.

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio attended the party, The AP reported. He supported Hof’s campaign.

“The thing I liked about him: He was with Trump and was for the Second Amendment and lower taxes,” Arpaio told The AP.

Muth said an investigation into Hof’s death is ongoing.

Photos: Notable deaths 2018

Baby alligator walks into South Florida gas station

So, this baby gator walks into a gas station …

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It sounds like a beginning of a bad barroom joke, but attendants at a gasoline station in South Florida were not amused when the reptile strolled into their building early Tuesday, WPLG reported.

“You have a what in where?” the dispatcher at the Miami Gardens Police Department responded to the caller that reported the alligator at a Marathon gas station around 1 a.m., the department said in a tweet.

On its Twitter feed, Miami Gardens police shared photographs of officers Bryan Blanco and Victor Velez posing with the baby gator.

“Thankfully officer Blanco & officer Velez are skilled wildlife handlers,” the tweet read. 

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Blanco and Velez, both skilled wildlife handlers, removed the small reptile, WPLG reported.

After receiving a recommendation from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the police department returned the alligator to its natural habitat, the television station reported. 

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