Lottery winner cuts it close
A 69-year-old California grandmother has come forward to claim a $23 million lottery jackpot after the winning ticket languished in her car's glove compartment for months and almost expired. Julie Cervera of Victorville received her winnings Friday after lottery officials did a media blitz in hopes of identifying her. The ticket was bought in May and left in the car. With 180 days to claim the prize, Cervera had only until Nov. 25 to cash in. When she found out she had won, Cervera said, "I was like, 'No way!' "
King balcony will open to public
The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis plans to open to the public the balcony where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot. The museum was built around and includes the old Lorraine Motel, where King was staying when he was assassinated in 1968. Visitors had been able to see the balcony where King was shot but couldn't stand on it. Officials hope to open the balcony to the public on Nov. 19.
Pigeon's remains include war note
Experts say the skeletal remains of a pigeon discovered in the chimney of a house in southern England carried a message from World War II. Historians at Bletchley Park, Britain's war-era code breaking headquarters, said Thursday that the bird was almost certainly returning from Nazi-occupied France during the June 1944 D-day invasion. They said a radio blackout imposed on Allied forces at the time meant that messages about the progress of the invasion were dispatched by pigeon across the English Channel. What the message says remains unknown, and curators are trying to unravel it.