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des moines, iowa» The es­ti­mated jack­pot for Wed­nes­day night’s Powerball draw­ing has soared to $450 mil­lion thanks to strong sales.

Multi-State Lottery As­so­ci­a­tion of­fi­cials on Tues­day in­creased the ex­pected prize from $400 mil­lion be­cause of fast sales for the largest lottery jack­pot in nearly a year.

No one has won Powerball’s big­gest prize since Nov. 4. The jack­pot now is the sixth-largest ever in North Amer­ica. And if there is no win­ner af­ter Wed­nes­day night’s draw­ing, the prize will keep climb­ing.

The big­gest jack­pot was a $656 mil­lion Mega Mil­lions prize won in 2012. The last time Powerball had grown this large was in Fe­bru­ary 2015, when three win­ners split a $564.1 mil­lion prize.

Powerball is played in 44 states, in­clud­ing Colorado, as well as the Dis­trict of Columbia, U.S. Vir­gin Is­lands and Puerto Rico.

El Niño ties record for strength.

Me­te­o­rol­o­gists say the cur­rent El Niño has stormed its way into the record books, ty­ing 1997-98 as the strong­est recorded.

Mike Halpert, deputy di­rec­tor of the fed­eral Cli­mate Pre­dic­tion Cen­ter, said ini­tial fig­ures for Oc­to­ber-Novem­ber-De­cem­ber match the same time pe­riod in 1997 for the strong­est El Niño. Me­te­o­rol­o­gists mea­sure El Niño based on how warm parts of the cen­tral Pa­cific are for three con­sec­u­tive months. Records go back to 1950.

El Niño is the nat­u­ral warm­ing of the cen­tral Pa­cific that changes weather world­wide, in­clud­ing bring­ing more rain to Cal­i­for­nia.

Halpert said what really mat­ters is what El Niño does dur­ing Jan­uary, when its im­pact peaks.

Judge de­lays Camille Cosby de­po­si­tion

B spring­field,mass.» A fed­eral judge has agreed to post­pone the de­po­si­tion of Bill Cosby’s wife in a Mas­sachusetts law­suit that ac­cuses the co­me­dian of de­fam­ing sev­eral women.

Camille Cosby had been sched­uled to be de­posed Wed­nes­day in Spring­field by lawyers for the women who said Bill Cosby sex­u­ally as­saulted them decades ago.

Last week, U.S. Mag­is­trate Judge David Hen­nessey de­nied a mo­tion by Camille Cosby’s lawyers to throw out the sub­poena.

She ap­pealed and on Mon­day asked Hen­nessey to put off the de­po­si­tion un­til the ap­peal is heard.

The judge agreed Tues­day to the post­pone­ment, say­ing it would be un­fair to deny Camille Cosby her right to ap­peal.

Par­lia­ment will de­bate ban on Trump B

lon­don» Bri­tish law­mak­ers will de­bate a pe­ti­tion call­ing for U.S. pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Don­ald Trump to be banned from the coun­try over his re­marks about Mus­lims — and a ri­val pe­ti­tion say­ing he should be al­lowed in.

More than half a mil­lion peo­ple signed an on­line pe­ti­tion call­ing for Trump to be blocked af­ter he called last month for a tem­po­rary ban on Mus­lims en­ter­ing the United States. Al­most 40,000 peo­ple backed one say­ing he should not be barred.

Un­der Bri­tish law any pe­ti­tion that gets 100,000 sig­na­tures must be con­sid­ered for par­lia­men­tary de­bate.

The House of Com­mons Pe­ti­tions Com­mit­tee said Tues­day that both pe­ti­tions would be de­bated Jan. 18.

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