Florida's Powerball winners eye new car, massage
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — After cashing in a winning Powerball ticket for $327.8 million, a Florida couple have modest goals for their first purchases: a new car and a massage.
David Kaltschmidt, 55, and Maureen Smith, 70, were introduced at a press conference Wednesday at Florida Lottery headquarters after turning in the second of three winning tickets from last month's record $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot.
Kaltschmidt said he will retire from his job as a manufacturing engineer at Northrop Grumman after working there for 34 years. Smith identified herself as a homemaker.
The husband and wife, together since 1980, are originally from Long Island, New York, but moved to Melbourne Beach in 1991.
Kaltschmidt said they waited until last week to tell immediate family members that they'd won. The winners in California have not publicly come forward yet. — AP
University of Texas leader signs of on new gun rules
AUSTIN, Texas — Concealed handguns will be allowed in University of Texas classrooms but generally banned from dorms under rules begrudgingly approved Wednesday by the school's president, whose hand was forced by a new state law.
Like many who study or work at the school in Austin, President Greg Fenves opposes allowing guns on the roughly 50,000-student campus
Texas' universities had been gun-free zones under the state's previous concealed handgun laws, but the Republican dominated Legislature voted last year to force public universities to allow license holders to bring their guns to campus starting Aug. 1.
"I do not believe handguns belong on a university campus, so this decision has been the greatest challenge of my presidency to date," Fenves said. — AP
Asylum-seekers bring 'ziki fly' to Maine, governor says
AUGUSTA, Maine — Republican Gov. Paul LePage says asylumseekers are the biggest problem in Maine because they bring disease, including AIDS and what he called the "ziki fly."
LePage said Tuesday at a public forum in Freeport that foreign people seeking asylum expose the public to diseases. The "ziki fly" he mentioned was an incorrect reference to Zika, a mosquito-borne virus.
LePage said asylum-seekers also bring hepatitis C, HIV and tuberculosis.
Several people in the crowd responded, "Shame! Shame"
Public health experts say they haven't seen any data linking asylum-seekers to the spread of infectious diseases in Maine. — AP
Obama picks former adviser to lead cybersecurity effort
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Wednesday appointed his former national security adviser, Tom Donilon, to lead a new commission on cybersecurity.
Donilon will serve as chairman of the bipartisan Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. — AP