$63 million lottery jackpot apparently goes unclaimed
LOS ANGELES — Luck may have run out for the winner of a California lottery jackpot: The person has apparently let $63 million slip by.
Nobody showed up at a state lottery office by 5 p.m. Thursday with the ticket or submitted a verified claim for the prize, lottery spokesman Alex Traverso said.
A lawsuit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles seeks to have a judge declare a winner. Brandy Milliner contends that he turned in the ticket but officials told him it was too damaged. Traverso said the lottery is looking into that claim and others for the August jackpot.
It will be the largest unclaimed prize in California Lottery history if none of the claims pans out; the money will go to the state's schools.
A California winner also has not come forward to share in the Jan. 13 multistate Powerball prize of $1.6 billion. Two other winning tickets were sold in Florida and Tennessee, but only the Tennessee winners have claimed their cash. — AP
Planned Parenthood video activist turns himself in
HOUSTON — An attorney for an anti-abortion activist said Thursday that his client does not plan to accept a proposed plea deal for charges related to making undercover Planned Parenthood videos.
Terry Yates, the attorney for David Daleiden, who faces a felony and a misdemeanor charge, said he is prepared to head to trial if he can't quash the indictment and isn't interested in a probation offer that would keep Daleiden out of prison.
Daleiden, 27, surrendered to authorities Thursday and was released on bail. His next hearing is March 28.
Sandra Merritt, another activist also charged in connection with the videos, turned herself in Wednesday. Both were indicted on a charge of tampering with a governmental record, a felony. Both are expected to plead not guilty. — AP
IRS says computer problems resolved after outage
WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS said Thursday that it had resolved a computer system outage and was again accepting electronically filed tax returns.
The agency said it resumed processing individual and business tax returns Thursday afternoon, a day after a "hardware failure" forced the shutdown of several tax processing systems. — AP
Corruption case snares most leaders of Texas city
DALLAS — Almost every top official in a remote south Texas city was arrested Thursday under a detailed federal indictment that accuses them of taking kickbacks from contractors and sending city workers to help an illegal gambling operator.
Crystal City's mayor, city manager, mayor pro tempore, one of three councilmen and a former councilman were all arrested under an indictment obtained by the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Antonio.
A second councilman is already charged in a separate case with smuggling Mexican immigrants. That leaves just one councilman not facing federal charges in Crystal City, a town of about 7,100 people about 50 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. — AP
Last occupiers at wildlife refuge are facing charges
PORTLAND, Ore. — The four remaining occupiers at an Oregon wildlife refuge are facing charges, according to court documents released Thursday.
A newly unsealed indictment names 16 defendants, including the holdouts, standoff leader Ammon Bundy and other occupiers arrested last week.
Also named is Kenneth Medenbach, who was arrested after being caught driving a government vehicle to a supermarket.
A federal grand jury charged all with felony conspiracy, accusing them of using intimidation to prevent federal officers from doing their work at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
The holdouts have said they are not leaving without a guarantee that they won't be arrested. — AP