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Mega Millions players would spend $1.6B on bills, charity

Mega Millions players would spend $  1.6B on bills, charityCHICAGO (AP) — With the Mega Millions lottery jackpot at a record $ 1.6 billion, people are snapping up tickets across the U.S.



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'Dine-and-dash' dater allegedly left 10 women with hefty restaurant bills, telling one: 'Order whatever you want'

'Dine-and-dash' dater allegedly left 10 women with hefty restaurant bills, telling one: 'Order whatever you want'A “dine-and-dash” dater is facing years in prison for allegedly forcing a string of first dates to pay for their expensive meals by sneaking out of upscale restaurants after he had finished eating. Appearing in court in Pasadena for his preliminary hearing, Mr Gonzales listened as women testified about their experiences dating the alleged tab-skipper. Martha Barba said she was due to meet Mr Gonzales at a Chipotle outlet in July 2016, before he convinced her into a meal close by at an upscale eatery called Houston’s.



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Paul Manafort 'Approved Every Penny' of Bills, According to His Bookkeeper

Paul Manafort 'Approved Every Penny' of Bills, According to His BookkeeperThe testimony counters his defense that he left details of spending to others



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These Are The Immigration Bills Lawmakers Are Set To Vote On This Week

These Are The Immigration Bills Lawmakers Are Set To Vote On This WeekLawmakers are expected to vote on two immigration bills in the House this week



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Democrats push 'Medicare for All' bills, but not all in the party are onboard

Democrats push 'Medicare for All' bills, but not all in the party are onboardMinnesota Rep. Keith Ellison and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders have introduced bills for universal health care, which will be a tough sell for many in their own party.



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'Dreamers' left in limbo as Senate rejects immigration bills

'Dreamers' left in limbo as Senate rejects immigration billsWASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate left hundreds of thousands of "Dreamer" immigrants in limbo Thursday, rejecting rival plans that would have spared them from deportation and strengthened the nation's border security. Senators dealt President Donald Trump an especially galling defeat as more than a quarter of fellow Republicans abandoned him on an issue that helped propel him to the White House.



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Senate Votes Down Multiple Bills To Help Dreamers After Veto Threat On Bipartisan Proposal

Senate Votes Down Multiple Bills To Help Dreamers After Veto Threat On Bipartisan ProposalWASHINGTON ― The Senate was supposed to spend the week discovering what it could pass to help undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.



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Saudi Arabia detains 11 princes after protesting utility bills

Saudi Arabia detains 11 princes after protesting utility billsEleven princes in Saudi Arabia have been arrested for staging a sit-in protest at having to pay their own utility bills, after the kingdom announced subsidies would be cut as part of a major economic overhaul. The princes had gathered at Qasr al-Hokm palace in the capital Riyadh to demand the cancellation of a recent decree that halted state payment of water and electricity bills for royal family members. The government is currently trying to reduce its dependence on oil revenues. Public spending has been targeted, including the lifting of some government subsidies. The economic reforms have been linked to the arrest of more than 200 princes in an anti-corruption purge in November spearheaded by Prince Mohammed bin Salman. They have led to tension within the royal Al-Saud family which counts thousands of members – only a handful of whom wield direct influence over the kingdom. Saudi families arrive outside a stadium to attend an event in the capital Riyadh  Credit: AFP All those detained over the weekend, arrested for disturbing the peace, were thought to be sons of the deposed King Saud bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. Prince Mohammed has sidelined his cousins to become heir to the throne and has since consolidated his grip on the kingdom's economy. Saudi officials estimate that corruption and embezzlement has cost the kingdom at least $ 100 billion over decades. Reports suggest the Saudi authorities have demanded money in return for releasing the Saudi princes held at the Ritz Carlton hotel for nearly two months. They want at least $ 6 billion (£4.4bn) from Prince al-Waleed bin Talal, one of the world’s richest men. The 11 princes were being detained at Al-Hayer prison south of Riyadh, the capital, pending trial. "No one is above the law in Saudi Arabia. Everyone is equal and is treated the same as others," the statement said.



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Quality of fake 'supernotes' found in Seoul fan suspicions that North Korea is forging $100 bills

Quality of fake 'supernotes' found in Seoul fan suspicions that North Korea is forging $  100 billsSuspicions are growing that North Korea has resumed forging $ 100 dollar bills that are so realistic that they are virtually indistinguishable from genuine currency. It took a team of forgery specialists at South Korea's KEB Hana Bank to confirm that a single $ 100 bill found at a branch in Seoul in November was a fake. The discovery has triggered alarm because authorities have no idea how many similar "supernotes" – named because they are so similar to real banknotes – are now in circulation. While previous "supernotes" were dated either 2001 or 2003, the new forgeries are dated 2006 and are even more sophisticated in the ink, the printing processes and the material that they use. The forgeries also change colour when they are viewed from a different angle, just as genuine notes should, while the slightly rough texture of the note has also been accurately copied, a spokesman for Hana Bank told South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper. The quality of the forgeries has immediately led to suspicion falling on North Korea, which has a track record of forging foreign banknotes in order to earn hard currency for the regime. Pyongyang is also in increasingly dire need of funds as international sanctions imposed due to the regime's ongoing development of nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles begin to bite. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un visiting Mount Paektu in Ryanggang Province Credit:  AFP "It seems that whoever printed these supernotes has the facilities and high level of technology matching that of a government", Lee Ho-jung, a bank spokesman said. "They are made with special ink that changes colour depending on the angle, patterned paper and Intaglio printing that gives texture to the surface of a note". Another bank source told The Hankyoreh newspaper, "To print supernote-level forgeries, you need a minting corporation-level production line in place, which costs hundreds of billions of won. "This makes if difficult for ordinary criminal organisations to produce them". Earlier versions of supernotes have been around for at least 15 years, with US government officials estimating in 2006 that as much as $ 250 million worth of fake $ 100 bills could be in circulation worldwide. Case study | Counterfeit cash in the UK In recent years, Pyongyang appears to have scaled back its forging operation, which is reportedly overseen by the shadowy Division 39, although that may have changed given the pressure that the regime is now under. In the past, North Korea was believed to distribute the bills overseas through criminal groups and by transporting them abroad through the diplomatic pouch to embassies from where they could be slipped into circulation. In December 2011, the Irish High Court dismissed an application from the US to extradite Sean Garland, the alleged chief of staff of the Official Irish Republican Army, in connection with passing fake supernotes. Mr Garland had been observed travelling to Moscow and visiting the North Korean embassy in the company of a number of former KGB officials. Fake notes were later allegedly smuggled into Ireland and the UK and exchanged for pounds or other currencies.



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Las Vegas Shooting Victims Are Turning To GoFundMe For Help With Medical Bills

Las Vegas Shooting Victims Are Turning To GoFundMe For Help With Medical BillsIn a nation politically incapable of preventing mass shootings, and where the right to quality affordable health care is not guaranteed, online fundraising sites are filling the gap to help pay for very expensive U.S. medical bills, like in the case of many survivors of the Las Vegas massacre.



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