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This NY Plumber Neglected His $136M Winning Lottery Ticket for Over a Month

He hid the winning ticket behind a pipe in his basement

A plumber in New York cashed in on a $136 million lottery ticket Thursday, taking home a massive cash prize he nearly squandered.

Anthony Perosi, 56, had the winning Powerball ticket in his possession for over a month before he even checked it. A friend told him the winnings had gone to a schoolteacher and he believed her.

“A few days after the drawing, I was talking with a friend of mine, and she told me the winning ticket was purchased at the 7-Eleven on Page Avenue,” Perosi said Thursday, according to WABC New York. “I said that’s where I bought my ticket, and she told me she heard that a school teacher won it.”

That was in March.

One fateful day in April, though, after having some trouble with his truck Perosi went down to his basement where he’d kept his ticket pinned in a “lucky” spot behind a pipe. And lucky it was.

The Staten Island native said he thought he was having a heart attack when he saw the winning numbers. He called his 27-year-old son over to confirm. The two said Thursday it’s been surreal ever since.

The elder Perosi doesn’t plan on letting his new-found wealth change him, though. “I want to continue to work, but will be able to relax a little more and not have any worries financially,” he said.

[WABC New York]

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Family of Boston Terrorism Suspect ‘Unaware of Any Radicalization’

Usaamah Rahim was killed Tuesday after authorities said he lunged at them with a large knife

A lawyer for the family of a man killed by terrorism investigators in Boston earlier this week said Thursday they were shocked by accusations that he was radicalized by extremists and were under no suspicion that had been the case.

Usaamah Rahim, 26, was shot and killed Tuesday after authorities say he lunged toward them with a large knife that he bought on the Internet. An FBI affidavit filed Wednesday stated Rahim had initially planned to behead someone outside Massachusetts, but later changed his mind to “go after” the “boys in blue” instead, a reference that officials took to mean police. The document states Rahim discussed his plans with at least two people, including 26-year-old David Wright, who was charged Wednesday with conspiring to conceal or destroy evidence.

Earlier on Thursday, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans told NBC that Rahim was allegedly plotting to behead conservative blogger and anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller. But Evans called the idea “wishful thinking.”

“The family is unaware of any radicalization,” Ronald Sullivan, an attorney for Rahim’s family and a Harvard Law professor, said during a news conference. Sullivan said the family is ready and willing to “enter into a joint relationship with investigators to get to the truth.” Rahim’s private burial was scheduled for Friday.

TIME Music

Watch Ed Sheeran and The Roots Cover ‘Trap Queen’

The English singer blesses the Internet with another unlikely cover

Ed Sheeran and The Roots collaborated for a soulful take on Fetty Wap’s most popular tune and it’s better than you could have guessed.

Sheeran is no stranger to surprising viewing audiences with unlikely musical covers. Just this week, the cherubic crooner appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where he made some of the most hardcore metal hits sound like folksy lullabies.

On Thursday, he did it again. Only this time he didn’t make “Break Stuff” sound like something your grandma could jam along to. The English singer blessed the Internet with an acoustic cover of the hit song “Trap Queen,” making selling drugs and counting money with bae sound like lovely post-brunch activities.

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TIME Television

These Jeopardy Contestants Couldn’t Name the Attorney General

The $600 question even came with a visual clue

The answer was literally staring them in the face.

On a Wednesday episode of Jeopardy, contestants were prompted to identify Attorney General Loretta Lynch. The $600 question even came with a visual clue—an image of America’s newly minted “top cop” was flashed across the screen as host Alex Trebek asked the three contestants to identify her.

Not one hit the buzzer. “The lady’s name is Loretta Lynch,” Trebek said.

Not a bad case for requiring more students to take a basic civics course, is it?

Watch the full clip below.

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Sarah Palin Says Media Ignored ‘Pedophile’ Lena Dunham While Shaming Duggars

Daughter Bristol Palin also wrote about "double standards" in the "liberal media"

Bristol and Sarah Palin lashed out at the media Thursday for its response to the scandal surrounding reality TV star Josh Duggar, comparing his family’s treatment with that of Lena Dunham after passages in her memoir were labeled evidence of child abuse.

In separate posts, Bristol and Sarah Palin blast the “liberal media” for reacting with furor over news that Duggar had inappropriately touched his younger sisters, some of whom were sleeping, while downplaying passages from Lena Dunham’s recently published memoir in which she describes looking at her sister’s vagina and bribing her for kisses as a child.

TLC has pulled episodes of the Duggar family’s hit show amid the scandal and Josh stepped down from his position at the Family Research Council. Dunham released a statement apologizing for triggering painful responses by including the offending passages in the memoir.

But both Palins believe the media response has been uneven. “I can’t believe how crazy the media is going over the Duggar family compared to the big fat yawn they gave Lena Dunham when she wrote in her book that she sexually experimented with her sister,” Bristol Palin wrote in a blog post. “The double standards make me sick.”

The former Alaska Governor had much harsher words for the differences in treatment, calling Dunham a “pedophile” and members of the media “disgusting hypocrites.”

“I’m not defending the Duggar boy’s obvious wrongdoing over a decade ago,” Palin wrote on Facebook. “I’m not an apologist for any sexual predator, but I’m sickened that the media gives their chosen ones a pass for any behavior as long as they share their leftwing politics.”

Dunham has yet to remark on the Duggars or the Palins.


Feds Say Fracking Has Little Impact on U.S. Drinking Water

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Alex Milan Tracy—Sipa USA/AP Schlumberger trucks with 2000 horsepower pumps direct water, sand and chemicals over 11,000 feet into the ground to create a fracture at a completion site on the Jonah Field in Sublette County, Wyo., pictured on April 9, 2015.

EPA report says no evidence of "widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States"

The controversial oil and gas extraction technique of hydraulic fracturing — commonly known as “fracking”— has no “widespread” impact on American drinking water, according to a new report released by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Fracking, when water-based mixtures are pumped at a high pressure into geologic formations to extract oil and gas, has long been criticized by environmentalists who claim the wastewater from the process can pollute nearby freshwater supplies such as springs, lakes and rivers. The report, however, found “no evidence that these mechanisms have led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States.”

The report does note some specific instances, however, when some parts of the fracking process have contaminated drinking wells or otherwise impacted the American water supply, but authors note the number of cases is “small compared to the number of hydraulically fractured wells.”

The fracking industry has been partly responsible for a revolution in the shale oil industry, lifting U.S. production to 9.3 million barrels a day in early 2015 — up from 5.6 million barrels a day in 2010. However, the worldwide fall in oil prices since last year has shrunk demand for the method of extraction, with many fracking companies forced to slash costs or shut down operations.

The report warns there are some activities both above and below ground that could have an adverse impact on the water supply, including water withdrawals at places with low water availability, spills, poor treatment of wastewater, and the way water moves in and out of fracking areas. The study’s authors note that municipalities, tribes, and federal officials should use the report to keep future contamination from occurring.

The reports authors say while the findings could mean contamination is rare, it could also be a result of limited data on resources before and after fracking begins and the lack of a definitive link between some instances of contamination and fracking activities.

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Rick Perry Announces Presidential Bid

Hopes for better fate than in doomed 2012 campaign

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry became the 10th Republican to officially run for president on Thursday.

In a speech in a Dallas suburb, the long-serving Texas governor attempted to turn back the clock on his failed 2012 attempt, which foundered when he fell short against other Republicans in debates, famously forgetting one of his own campaign platforms mid-answer—his “oops” moment.

On Thursday, Perry said, “It’s time for a reset.”

“We have the power to make things new again,”he said, “to project America’s strength again and to get our economy going again. And that is exactly why I am running for President of the United States of America.”

Read More: Read Full Text of Rick Perry’s Campaign Launch

Perry has sought a low-key rehabilitation, seeking to rebuild his reputation with interviews meant to show his command of the issues. As a former governor, he also hopes to differentiate himself from a field thick with Republican senators, including Sens. Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham.

During his speech Thursday, Perry called Texas the “engine of growth” under his leadership and noted his record as governor, highlighting his handling of last summer’s crisis involving unaccompanied minors crossing the Southwestern border.

“If you elect me your president, I will secure that border,” he said.

Still, he faces some trouble back home, as a Texas grand jury indicted him last year on two abuse-of-power charges which claim he broke the law when he threatened and vetoed funding for a district attorney who was arrested for drunk-driving. Perry has denied wrongdoing and called the indictments politically motivated.

In a brief one-minute video posted ahead of the speech, Perry said the United States was showing “weakness abroad” and a “slow recovery economically” and said he would “bridge the partisan divide.”

Perry currently polls at the bottom of the Republican pack, picking up an average of 2.7% support in the Real Clear Politics average of polls. That puts him right at the cusp of being invited on stage at the official GOP debates, which are being limited due to the unusually large field.

Read More: Rick Perry’s Lone Star Do-Over

TIME global trade

Obama: China Could Join Asia-Pacific Trade Deal

President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with leaders from the Trans-Pacific Partnership at the US Embassy in Beijing on Nov. 10, 2014.
Mandel Ngan—AFP/Getty Images President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with leaders from the Trans-Pacific Partnership at the US Embassy in Beijing on Nov. 10, 2014.

“They've already started putting out feelers about the possibilities of them participating at some point,” he said

Correction appended, June 4

President Obama said China had been “putting out feelers” to join a pending trade pact with countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Obama has often used China as a sticking point in his sales pitches for the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership over the past several months. China is not one of the 11 countries involved and Obama has often said the deal itself is necessary to keep China, which has the world’s second largest economy, from writing the rules on trade in the Asia-Pacific region.

But on Wednesday, he hinted that the country may be interested in joining the deal in response to a question posed by Kai Ryssdal, the host of American Public Media’s Marketplace podcast.

“They’ve already started putting out feelers about the possibilities of them participating at some point,” he said, adding vaguely that China had reached out to “us, to Jack Lew, the Treasury Secretary.” Later on Wednesday, Obama is scheduled to meet with the Treasury Secretary in a closed-door meeting at the White House.

Obama also said Wednesday that if the deal is reached and countries in the Asia-Pacific region are agreeing to higher labor, environmental, and non-discrimination standards, “then China is going to have to at least take those international norms into account.”

The interview Wednesday was one of five conducted from the White House in an effort to round up support for the president’s trade promotion authority, which would give him a “fast-track” to push the deal through.

Later in the interview with Ryssdal, Obama said there are “a lot more winners than loser” in the deal, which has faced the fiercest backlash from members of his own party.

Correction: The original version of this story incorrectly described the program Marketplace. It is produced by American Public Media.

TIME People

President Obama to Deliver Eulogy at Beau Biden’s Funeral Mass

Services for Beau Biden will be held in Delaware

President Obama will deliver the eulogy at the funeral mass for Beau Biden, former Attorney General of Delaware and son of Vice President Joe Biden, in Delaware this weekend.

Beau Biden’s life will be honored at a funeral mass Saturday at the St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Wilmington, Del., where Obama will speak, as well as at public viewings nearby on Thursday and Friday, according to the Vice President’s office.

On Thursday, Biden will be laid out at the Legislative Hall, Delaware’s state capitol building, for public viewing between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. The St. Anthony of Padua church will host two viewings on Friday afternoon as well.

All of the memorial events will be open to the public, officials said.

In lieu of flowers, Beau Biden’s wife Hallie has asked for contributions to the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children, which aims to protect children from abuse.

Biden, 46, died Saturday following a battle with brain cancer. He and his younger brother Hunter survived the 1972 car crash that killed his mother and sister. The crash happened shortly before Joe Biden officially took office as U.S. Senator; he would later be sworn in from a hospital room with his children.

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