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Man who split Powerball prize shields identity

Phoenix

Man who split Powerball prize shields identity

Lottery officials announced Friday that a married man in his 30s from a wealthy Phoenix suburb has claimed his half of the $587.5 million Powerball jackpot. The man decided to remain anonymous after he bought $10 worth of tickets. The man and his lawyer met with lottery officials Friday, and he opted to take the cash option of $192 million before taxes.

Guatemala

Attorney: McAfee is in good health

A lawyer for software company founder John McAfee said Friday that the self-styled fugitive is feeling better after suffering chest pain and that he has filed three separate legal appeals in hopes his client can stay in Guatemala, where his political asylum request was rejected. Police in neighboring Belize want to question McAfee in the fatal shooting of a U.S. expatriate who lived near McAfee's home on a Belizean island.

Elsewhere

PAKISTAN: The Pakistani Taliban now has its own Facebook page. The Pakistani insurgent group's spokesman, Ehsanullah Ehsan, confirmed that it had put a page called Umar Media TTP on the social media website.

CONGO: The United Nations says preliminary investigations by the U.N. peacekeeping force in Congo indicate that Congolese army soldiers committed rapes, looting and other human rights violations after retreating from the key city of Goma following its capture by M23 rebels.

Times wires

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    Preps

    Less than 24 hours after the NBA Draft, analysts have already begun looking ahead to 2018.

    Tampa Catholic star Kevin Knox finishes a layup during the McDonald's All-American game in March at the United Center in Chicago. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
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    Editorials

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    College

    TAMPA — A certain University of South Florida academic may be an unpopular and insensitive bully, but he did not break USF rules, a lengthy legal review has concluded.

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    Wildlife

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    A video, shot by Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency wildlife officers Amy and Bubba Spencer on one of their trail cameras, shows two bucks on their hind legs and flailing in an open field. [Facebook]

  5. Pedestrian dies after being struck by vehicle near USF Tampa campus

    Accidents

    A pedestrian was killed near the University of South Florida Tampa campus on Friday after he was struck by a car on Fletcher Avenue, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.