Mega Millions jackpot soars to $586 million
The Mega Millions jackpot has soared to $586 million amid a frenzy of ticket purchases, a jump that pushed the prize closer to the $656 million U.S. record set last year. Paula Otto, executive director of the Virginia Lottery and Mega Millions' lead director, said ticket sales are ahead of projections for Tuesday night's drawing, increasing the likelihood that the record could fall by then. If the prize goes unclaimed for a 22nd consecutive drawing, the next one likely would shatter the record, set in March 2012, she said.
Obama to meet with tech execs to talk NSA, health care
President Obama is set to meet with several tech executives to discuss the administration's efforts to address problems with the federal online health care exchange as well as the fallout that national security leaks have had on their companies, according to the White House. Among those expected to take part in the White House meeting are Apple's CEO Tim Cook, Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg and Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt.
Dangerous MRSA bacteria expand into communities
A USA TODAY investigation finds that MRSA infections, an antibiotic-resistant bacteria once confined to hospitals and other health care facilities, are much more common than government statistics suggest. They sicken hundreds of thousands of Americans each year in various ways, from minor skin boils to deadly pneumonia, claiming upward of 20,000 lives. The inability to detect or track cases is confounding efforts by public health officials to develop prevention strategies and keep the bacteria from threatening vast new swaths of the population. No drug-defying bug has proved more persistent than MRSA, none has caused more frustration and none has spread more widely. In recent years, new MRSA strains have emerged to strike in community settings, reaching far beyond hospitals to infect schoolchildren, soldiers, prison inmates, even NFL players.
Is Lindsay Lohan planning a tell-all book?
Lindsay Lohan, author? TMZ is reporting that the actress has decided to spill all in a book that she's currently shopping around to publishing houses. And she won't hold back when it comes to sharing details of arrests, her drug abuse, her acting career and her family, reports the site. Still in its early stages, the book started out as a series of journal entries Lohan wrote while in rehab as a therapeutic exercise.
Japan plays defense
Japan's Cabinet adopted a national security strategy and revised defense plans that increase defense spending by 5% over the next five years and call for a larger role in maintaining international stability amid China's rise. The revised defense plans are based on the new national security strategy that reflects Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's drive to raise the profile of Japan's military and for the country to play a bigger international role.