Winning Mega Millions tickets were purchased in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland, the Associated Press reported. The ticket holders will split the $640 million jackpot, perhaps the largest such prize in history, a lottery official said.
At a time when the US job numbers have started to improve, the looming cuts in defense budget can play spoilsport. The Pentagon said last week thousands of jobs can be lost across the defense industry if lawmakers do not act decisively to ensure that the possible $500-billion cuts are prevented. Frank Kendall, the Defense Department’s acting undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, said the defense budget cuts would force the Pentagon to break many hard-won contracts with the industry