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Ticket prices are predictably high for the Los Angeles Lakers' next two home games, with LeBron James poised to break the NBA scoring record. James is 36 points from passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The Lakers play at home Tuesday against Oklahoma City. And if King James doesn't set the mark that night, he'll try again Thursday when the Lakers host Milwaukee. Some tickets for that game have been listed for as much as $100,000 apiece.

The gambling industry's national trade group predicts that 1-in-5 American adults will make a bet on Sunday's Super Bowl between the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs. The American Gaming Association says over 50 million U.S. adults plan to bet on the game, wagering a total of $16 million. That's more than twice the amount that was expected to be wagered on last year's Super Bowl. Sports betting is legal in 33 states plus Washington, D.C. this year, up from 30 states last year. The group's survey finds bettors evenly split, with 44% backing the Eagles and an identical 44% putting their money on the Chiefs.

The Ghana Football Association says former Chelsea and Newcastle forward Christian Atsu has been rescued from the rubble of a collapsed building following the powerful earthquake that struck Turkey and neighboring Syria on Monday. The GFA says Atsu is receiving treatment but didn't give details of any injuries. The Ghana international plays for Turkish club Hatayspor. His condition had been unconfirmed overnight. The Ghana FA posted an update on its official Twitter site on Tuesday saying: “We’ve received some positive news that Christian Atsu has been successfully rescued.” The earthquake has left more than 5,000 people dead.

In the years leading up to Tyre Nichols’ deadly arrest, Memphis police have been dogged by a confluence of dangerous trends, including a chronic shortage of officers and a struggle to bring in recruits. Former recruiters told The Associated Press of a growing desperation to fill hundreds of slots that drove the department to increase incentives and lower standards. A $15,000 signing bonus was accompanied by elimination of requirements of either college credits, military service or previous police work. All that’s now required is two years’ work experience. And the department even sought waivers to hire applicants with criminal records.

Boeing says it plans to cut about 2,000 jobs from the aerospace company’s finance and human resources departments in 2023. A statement by the Virginia company says the jobs will be reduced “through a combination of attrition and layoffs” this year. The Seattle Times reports the company, which has been one of Washington state's largest private employers, plans to outsource about a third of the eliminated positions to India. A Boeing official tells the Times the other positions will be eliminated as the company makes reductions in finance and human resources support services.

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The numbers have been drawn for an estimated $747 million Powerball jackpot and players must now wait to learn whether there is a big winner. The numbers drawn late Monday night were 05, 11, 22, 23, 69 and the Powerball 07. Lottery officials normally take hours before announcing whether there has been a winning ticket sold. The jackpot now stands as the ninth-largest in U.S. history. The $747 million jackpot is for winners who opt for an annuity paid over 29 years. Higher interest rates have allowed those annuity payments to increase compared with earlier jackpots, when rates were lower. Most winners prefer cash, which for Monday night’s drawing would be $403.1 million.

Authorities say a man having a “mental health crisis” shot and killed one police officer, wounded a second and fired at a third before being injured in a shootout Monday in western Pennsylvania. The officers had answered a domestic disturbance call in McKeesport, near Pittsburgh. The McKeesport police chief identified the slain officer as 32-year-old Sean Sluganski, who had worked for the department full-time for two years. The chief also said the officer who was wounded has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home. The alleged shooter is in stable condition and facing charges.

Harry Whittington, the man who former Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot while they were hunting quail on a Texas ranch 17 years ago, has died. He was 95. Family friend Karl Rove said Whittington died Saturday in Austin. Before Whittington was thrust into the national spotlight after the accidental shooting, the attorney was long known for helping build the Republican Party in Texas into the dominant force it is today and for being the man governors went to when they needed to clean up troubled state agencies. Rove, an influential Republican strategist and former adviser to former President George W. Bush, said Whittington was “a man of enormous integrity and deep compassion."

A new report says nearly 150 New York City police officers committed misconduct, including using excessive force, while responding to the 2020 protests over the killing of George Floyd. The report released Monday by the city's Civilian Complaint Review Board also says many officers disciplined by the police department received punishment that was less than the panel recommended, and some were not disciplined at all. The board says more than 600 complaints could not be investigated because officers could not be identified. The NYPD objected to many of the report's conclusions and said it omitted the fact that officers were responding to dangerous situations while protecting the city.

Authorities released audio and video related to last month’s fatal police shooting of a stabbing suspect near Los Angeles. Meanwhile the man who was stabbed says the attack was random, and that he initially thought he’d only been punched before realizing he was bleeding. The stabbing victim was interviewed by Fox 11 in a hospital room where he was continuing his recovery following the Jan. 26 attack by a man using a wheelchair in the city of Huntington Park. Police Chief Cosme Lozano says his agency is cooperating with the sheriff’s department, which is leading the investigation into the shooting.

Disbarred lawyer Tom Girardi had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on charges he embezzled millions of dollars from clients he represented during a once prominent career. Girardi's court appearance Monday in Los Angeles comes after federal prosecutors there and in Chicago accused him last week of stealing more than $18 million from clients. Girardi, whose estranged wife starred on “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," was disbarred last year, and creditors are seeking $500 million from his firm in bankruptcy court. Defense attorneys say the 83-year-old has Alzheimer's and they are seeking an exam to see if he's competent to stand trial.

New York City is ending its COVID-19 vaccination mandate for municipal employees including police officers, firefighters and teachers. Mayor Eric Adams says the vaccine mandate will end Friday. Adams said Monday that with more than 96% of city employees and more than 80% of city residents having received their initial vaccine shots, this is the right moment for this decision. The vaccination mandate for city employees was one of the last pandemic measures still in place in New York City. The city ended its vaccine requirement for employees of private businesses last November.

Republican Kelly Craft is facing turbulence over a recent ad about her bid to become Kentucky's next governor. The commercial aims to connect with voters by highlighting the state’s struggles with drug addiction. In it, Craft calls the fight against drug abuse personal and says she’s experienced “that empty chair" at her table. Questions soon arose about that as people sought details. Craft has since disclosed that a “close family member” of hers went to rehab and overcame addiction. That's prompting backlash from people who interpreted the “empty chair” described in the ad as referring to someone who died of addiction.

An estimated 12.4 million people watched the Grammys on Sunday either on CBS or the Paramount+ streaming service. The Nielsen company says that's a significant rebound from the COVID-19-affected events of 2021 and 2022, both of which reached slightly less than 9 million viewers. Sunday's presentation of music's biggest night featured live performances by Lizzo, Harry Styles and Bad Bunny, along with a tribute to 50 years of rap history. Viewership didn't rebound to the pre-COVID years; in 2020 Nielsen said 18.7 million people watched the show. Nielsen didn't have a breakdown of who watched on TV and who streamed it this year.

Officials say a polar bear that killed a young mother and her baby Jan. 17 in western Alaska was likely an older animal in poor physical condition. However tests have come back negative for pathogens that affect the brain and cause aggressive behavior. A state wildlife veterinarian collected and examined samples from the bear’s head a day after it was killed. The results of analysis indicate it was an adult male and in poor health. Standard tests conducted on tissues are negative for rabies, toxoplasmosis, distemper and avian influenza. State and federal wildlife officials say there is no definitive explanation as to why the bear was in poor condition.

The 65th Grammys were back in full swing Sunday. Once again, Beyoncé was in the running for the top honor, and once again, the show ended with someone else winning album of the year. This year was widely seen as a chance for the Grammys to honor the superstar with a marquee award, especially on a night where she could have (and did) become its most decorated artist. Instead, Harry Styles won, and a line from his acceptance speech sparked criticism. Styles remarked that moments like that didn't happen to people like him very often, but some viewed the comment as white privilege. Beyoncé, they noted, had lost the honor four times already to white artists.

A man charged with attacking police with a machete near New York's Times Square on New Year's Eve has been transferred to U.S. custody and made his initial court appearance. Trevor Thomas Bickford, handcuffed and shackled at the ankles, shuffled into a Manhattan federal courtroom Monday for an initial appearance. Charges in a federal complaint allege he tried to murder officers and employees of the U.S. government. In a soft voice, he answered routine questions from a U.S. magistrate judge before he was returned to a federal jail. His court-appointed lawyer did not seek bail.

The future of Austin’s top city executive plunged into jeopardy Monday as outrage boiled over power outages that have left thousands of people without electricity in the Texas capital for nearly a week and are likely to drag on for days longer. Austin Mayor Kirk Watson called an emergency meeting for later this week that will put City Manager Spencer Cronk’s job on the line. The move reflected the growing discontent in Austin over slow repairs to power lines following a deadly ice storm that left residents with no sense about when their electricity might finally return. The city’s utility warned Sunday in the face of growing criticism that full power restoration may not happen until Feb. 12.

Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith anticipates the NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 19 will help build Utah into a destination for other major sporting events. Expansion in infrastructure aided the Jazz in bringing back the coveted game, which they last hosted in 1993. Multiple hotels have opened up near Vivint Arena within the last five years. There’s been downtown Salt Lake City development projects and an expansion of Salt Lake City International Airport. All-Star weekend will include a men’s college basketball game between Grambling State and Southern on Feb. 18 at the Huntsman Center. A concert will feature Pitbull at the Salt Palace Convention Center that night.

Months after being stabbed repeatedly as he prepared to deliver a lecture, Salman Rushdie is blind in his right eye, struggles to write and at times has “frightening” nightmares. But, he said during his first interview since the stabbing, he still has a feeling of gratitude. “Well, you know, I’ve been better,” he told The New Yorker’s David Remnick. “But, considering what happened, I’m not so bad.” The interview appeared on the eve of the publication of his new book, “Victory City," which he completed before the attack. He called his attacker an “idiot” but otherwise said he held no anger.

Officials say a Maryland woman conspired with a neo-Nazi leader in Florida to plan an attack on Baltimore’s power grid in an effort to further their racist mission. A complaint unsealed Monday says Sarah Beth Clendaniel was working with Brandon Russell to plan a series of “sniper attacks” on Maryland electrical substations. Last week's arrests add to a growing list of similar cases as authorities warn the American electrical grid could be a target for domestic terrorists. It isn't immediately clear whether either suspect has a lawyer to speak on their behalf.

A judge has ruled he will allow jurors to hear evidence that disgraced South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh was stealing money from his law firm and clients and committing other financial crimes long before his wife and son were killed in 2021. Prosecutors have said those witnesses to potential financial crimes are key to their case in Murdaugh’s double murder trial and that they show he was desperate to cover up those financial misdeeds. The defense argued prosecutors wanted to smear Murdaugh because they have lots of evidence he stole money but none in the killings. The financial crimes witnesses will likely testify before the jury for the next several days.

Former Chelsea and Newcastle forward Christian Atsu is missing and believed to be trapped under rubble following the powerful earthquake that struck Turkey on Monday and left more than 2,500 people dead.

The trial of a Florida nursing home administrator accused of causing the overheating deaths of nine patients after a 2017 hurricane is underway. Prosecutors during Monday's opening statements accused Jorge Carballo of abandoning his patients, going home after the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills lost power to its air conditioner during Hurricane Irma. They say when the heat rose, he should have ordered patients transferred to the hospital across the street, Carballo's attorneys said he is a scapegoat, that the real blame belongs to Florida Power & Light, which didn't restore power for three days. Carballo is charged with manslaughter. He could get 15 years in prison if convicted.

Bourbon tourism reached new heights last year in Kentucky. Attendance at distilleries along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail surpassed 2 million in 2022 for the first time. The Kentucky Distillers’ Association made the announcement Monday. It says visitors flocked to large and small distilleries as the attractions recovered quickly from pandemic-era restrictions. In the past decade, the “amber adventure” has soared by 370% in attendance. Gov. Andy Beshear says the Kentucky bourbon industry's success isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Spirit companies have invested in new or expanded visitor centers to play up the industry’s heritage.

Day
Temp
Tue
25°
42°
Tue
42°/25°
Mainly sunny. Highs in the low 40s and lows in the mid 20s.

Chance of Rain: 2%

Sunrise: 07:14:41 AM

Sunset: 05:41:54 PM

Humidity: 58%

Wind: ESE @ 7 mph

UV Index: 3 Moderate

Tuesday Night

Clear skies. Low near 25F. Winds light and variable.

Wed
22°
45°
Wed
45°/22°
Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 40s and lows in the low 20s.

Chance of Rain: 4%

Sunrise: 07:13:38 AM

Sunset: 05:43:04 PM

Humidity: 54%

Wind: ESE @ 7 mph

UV Index: 3 Moderate

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy skies. Low 22F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.

Thu
18°
38°
Thu
38°/18°
Abundant sunshine. Highs in the upper 30s and lows in the upper teens.

Chance of Rain: 1%

Sunrise: 07:12:33 AM

Sunset: 05:44:14 PM

Humidity: 45%

Wind: NE @ 7 mph

UV Index: 3 Moderate

Thursday Night

Clear. Low 18F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Fri
24°
43°
Fri
43°/24°
Sunny. Highs in the low 40s and lows in the mid 20s.

Chance of Rain: 2%

Sunrise: 07:11:27 AM

Sunset: 05:45:24 PM

Humidity: 41%

Wind: E @ 7 mph

UV Index: 3 Moderate

Friday Night

Generally fair. Low 24F. Winds light and variable.

Sat
29°
47°
Sat
47°/29°
Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 40s and lows in the upper 20s.

Chance of Rain: 2%

Sunrise: 07:10:19 AM

Sunset: 05:46:34 PM

Humidity: 43%

Wind: NNE @ 5 mph

UV Index: 2 Low

Saturday Night

Mostly cloudy skies. Low 29F. Winds light and variable.

Sun
28°
49°
Sun
49°/28°
Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 40s and lows in the upper 20s.

Chance of Rain: 2%

Sunrise: 07:09:11 AM

Sunset: 05:47:43 PM

Humidity: 48%

Wind: NE @ 5 mph

UV Index: 3 Moderate

Sunday Night

Clear skies. Low 28F. Winds light and variable.

Mon
28°
48°
Mon
48°/28°
Abundant sunshine. Highs in the upper 40s and lows in the upper 20s.

Chance of Rain: 3%

Sunrise: 07:08:01 AM

Sunset: 05:48:53 PM

Humidity: 50%

Wind: NE @ 6 mph

UV Index: 3 Moderate

Monday Night

A few clouds from time to time. Low 28F. Winds light and variable.

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