July 24, 2014

After keeping up their late mother's tradition of playing the lottery, 17 siblings won a $20.1 million jackpot in New Jersey.

The Endreson brothers and sisters — all between the ages of 53 to 76 — started a lottery pool after their mother's death in 2004; they put their money together to take care of funeral expenses, and decided to use the leftover funds to start playing in honor of their mother, who dreamed of winning and buying bungalows on the Jersey Shore.

The Endresons had a rough year in 2012, with four siblings losing their homes during Superstorm Sandy, and a brother dying shortly after. "[This] couldn't have come at a better time," family spokeswoman Marie McHenry said.

The family chose to take a lump sump payment of $14 million, the New Jersey Lottery said, which comes out to $10 million after taxes. McHenry didn't divulge how the money would be split, but it will be shared with their late brother's three children. When asked what their mother, Flossie, would say about the big win, one sibling yelled, "Hallelujah!" Catherine Garcia

Voting Rights
1:45 a.m. ET

On Tuesday, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) issued an executive order granting voting rights to about 140,000 nonviolent felons who have completed this sentences. "Once an individual has served his or her time and paid all restitution, society expects them to reintegrate into their communities and become law-abiding and productive citizens," Beshear said at a news conference. "A key part of that transition is the right to vote."

Beshear noted that Governor-elect Matt Bevin (R) or some future governor can reverse his order, and urged the state legislature to amend the state constitution. Bevin has been supportive of restoring some felon voting rights, but his transition team said it had no prior warning of Beshear's order and needs to study it. Kentucky was one of three states, along with Iowa and Florida, where felons were barred from voting for life unless they received a special exemption from the governor. These restrictions disproportionately affect African-Americans, and in Kentucky, more than 22 percent of black voters are disenfranchised, three times the national average and among the highest rates in the nation, according state Sen. Gerald Neal (D).

Brennan's order automatically restores voting rights for newly released felons who were not convicted of violent or sex crimes, bribery, or treason. Felons already out of prison will have to fill out a form available online or at parole and probation offices. Eligible felons will also get back the right to hold public office but not possess a firearm and are not pardoned of their crimes.

"This disenfranchisement makes no sense," Beshear said. "It makes no sense because it dilutes the energy of democracy, which functions only if all classes and categories of people have a voice, not just a privileged, powerful few. It makes no sense because it defeats a primary goal of our corrections system, which is to rehabilitate those who have committed crimes." Peter Weber

what a gift
1:22 a.m. ET
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Donald Trump revealed on Tuesday he has a secret weapon when it comes to national security: He has the ability to foresee all kinds of terrible things way before they happen.

"Another thing I predicted is terrorism," the Republican presidential candidate said during an event in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. "Because I can feel it. My father always used to say... everything you touch just turns to gold, and he's got a great sense of location and business and things." The modern-day Nostradamus said that before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, he predicted the rising threat of Osama bin Laden in a book, The Washington Post reports. If someone had actually read that book, he believes the World Trade Center would never have been hit. "I saw he was making trouble," Trump said. "He had a big mouth, and he was talking. Not that I know, but I watch, and I see, and I wrote.... That's what it's about: It's about vision, folks.... If we took him out, we would have two beautiful buildings standing there instead of one okay building, all right?"

He reiterated other familiar talking points, including his new claim that he saw American Muslims cheering in New Jersey after the attacks. He insisted there is coverage of the celebrations but the "liberal media" is hiding the evidence, and said he's received "hundreds of phone calls" from people saying they too saw people cheering. Trump also brought onstage a man in the audience dressed like him, saying, "This is what I call a real supporter." Speaking to the man's wife, Trump then asked: "Are you happy with your husband? She said yes! She fantasizes that he's really the real Donald Trump." If Trump predicted that comment would make everyone uncomfortable, he'd be right. Catherine Garcia

Watch this
12:13 a.m. ET

Maybe Adele should have started off "Hello" with a ukulele. On Tuesday night, The Tonight Show posted a video of Monday's guest, Adele, singing her hit song in a small greenroom with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, using a dinky drum machine and a bunch of instruments you might find in a grade school music class. These "classroom instrument" sessions are almost always a great way to show off a singer and the song, and "Hello" suffers little or nothing from being stripped down to, in some cases, acoustic toys. Still, it would be nice if The Roots left the kazoos at home next time. Watch below. Peter Weber

12:11 a.m. ET

President Obama presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to several notable names in entertainment, sports, and politics Tuesday, including filmmaker Steven Spielberg, baseball legend Willie Mays, singer and actress Barbra Streisand, and Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md).

Obama said the recipients contributed "to America's strength as a nation," and pointed out the different ways they made a difference in the country. Mays, he said, "helped carry forward the banner of civil rights. It's because of giants like Willie that someone like me could even think about running for president." Spielberg creates films that are "marked by a faith in our common humanity," and NASA mathematician Katherine G. Johnson had the task of calculating trajectories for the first U.S. mission in space and the Apollo 11 moon landing. "If you think your job is pressure-packed, hers meant that forgetting to carry the one might send somebody floating off into the solar system," Obama said.

Other honorees include composer Stephen Sondheim; conductor and violinist Itzhak Perlman; singer Gloria Estefan; music producer Emilio Estefan; veterans activist Bonnie Carroll; singer James Taylor; former Indiana Rep. Lee Hamilton; and former EPA head William Ruckelshaus. Baseball great Yogi Berra; Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to Congress; Indian treaty rights advocate Billy Frank Jr.; and civil rights activist Minoru Yasui were all honored posthumously. Yasui took a stand in 1942 by ignoring the military curfew for Japanese Americans and going for a walk in Portland, and Obama said his legacy has "never been more important. It is a call to our national conscience, a reminder of our enduring obligation to be the land of the free and the home of the brave, an America worthy of his sacrifice." Catherine Garcia

happening now
November 24, 2015

Following the release of a video showing the fatal officer-involved shooting of a black teenager, hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Chicago Tuesday night.

Some shouted "16 shots," referring to the number of bullets allegedly fired during the Oct. 20, 2014, shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, USA Today reports. Others carried posters and called for an end to the violence that has plagued Chicago. Three people have been detained for unknown reasons, WGN reports, and other protesters said they would make their way to 17th and State to show their solidarity. Catherine Garcia

November 24, 2015

David Canary, a legendary soap opera star who won five Daytime Emmy awards, died Nov. 16 of natural causes in Connecticut. He was 77.

Canary was famous for playing twins Adam and Stuart Chandler on All My Children, winning five Outstanding Actor Awards and earning 16 nominations between 1985 and 2008. He started his acting career working in theater in New York before transitioning to film and television. He also appeared in Hombre with Paul Newman and Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Peyton Place, Another World, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Talk show host Kelly Ripa, who played Canary's daughter on All My Children, said on Twitter she was "so sad to learn of the passing of the great David Canary. A[n] incredibly talented actor. A wonderful man. I was lucky to know you." Canary is survived by his wife, Maureen; son Christopher; daughter Kathryn; brother John; and one grandson. Catherine Garcia

that's not jesus
November 24, 2015

Hearing cries coming from a nativity scene, a maintenance worker at a Catholic church in Queens, New York, found, tucked away in a manger, a newborn baby.

Police say the baby was just four or five hours old when he was discovered, swaddled in towels. The Rev. Christopher Heanue of Holy Child Jesus Church said it's likely the infant was in the crèche for about 30 minutes before he was found, and his umbilical cord was still attached. "I believe that this mother came with her child and was able to find in this crèche — a place where Jesus will be welcomed — a place where her child will be welcomed," he told The Wall Street Journal.

Under New York State law, as long as a child is left in a safe place, it is not a crime to abandon a baby, and police still do not know the identity of the mother or whoever dropped off the infant. A couple in the church is interested in adopting the baby, Fr. Heanue said, and the boy would be a "gift to our parish, our community. The Holy Child Jesus, that's our namesake. It's a welcoming home for this child, most especially." Catherine Garcia

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