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Balloon hit power lines before crashing, killing 16, officials say

A hot air balloon hit high-tension power lines before crashing into a pasture in Central Texas, killing all 16 on board, according to federal authorities investigating the worst such disaster in U.S. history.

Pope Francis returns home from global youth rally, visit to Auschwitz

Pope Francis encouraged hundreds of thousands of young people at a global gathering Sunday to “believe in a new humanity” that is stronger than evil and refuses to see borders as barriers.

Winning $487 Million Powerball Ticket Sold in New Hampshire

Folks in New Hampshire are eager to learn who among them holds the winning ticket to a $487 million Powerball jackpot. New Hampshire lottery officials tell television station WMUR someone bought the winning ticket at the local Hannaford supermarket in Raymond, a southern New Hampshire town of about 10,000.

Powerball numbers chosen

The numbers for tonight’s Powerball are 11-17-21-23-32. The Powerball is 5 and the Power Play is 2 (eleven, seventeen, twenty-one, twenty-three, thirty-two; Powerball: five; Power Play: two).

 
Western wildfires destroy homes, close trails, discourage tourism

Blazes have destroyed dozens of homes in several Western states and scared away tourists from California’s dramatic Big Sur coast, which is near a wildfire burning in hard-to-reach forested ridges that fire crews will likely be battling for another month.

 
Hot air balloon crashes in Texas, at least 16 feared dead

A hot air balloon carrying at least 16 people caught on fire and crashed in Central Texas on Saturday, and there did not appear to be any survivors, authorities said.

 
2 San Diego police officers shot, 1 fatally, during late-night stop

Two San Diego police officers were shot — one fatally — after a late-night stop turned into a gunfight, triggering a massive manhunt that led to the capture of one wounded suspect in a ravine and an hours-long SWAT standoff Friday that ended with officers finding no one inside the home they had surrounded.

 
Florida reports first local transmission of Zika virus in US

Florida’s governor on Friday reported the first evidence of local Zika virus transmission in the continental United States, saying testing of four residents showed they were likely infected by mosquito bites.

 
6 state employees face charges in Flint water crisis

The Michigan attorney general’s office on Friday charged six state employees with misconduct in office and other crimes stemming from the lead-contaminated water crisis in Flint.

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