On the Radar: Two Mega Millions winners, new Congress, female fighters in Gaza
Two people matched all six Mega Millions numbers and will split $355 million.
January 5th, 2011
10:01 AM ET

On the Radar: Two Mega Millions winners, new Congress, female fighters in Gaza

Who won the lottery? - That question seems to be on everyone's mind after it was announced that two tickets, one sold in Idaho and another in Washington state, matched all six numbers in Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing.

Early Wednesday nearly every Google trend dealt with the lottery. Now all people want to know is who are the two lucky people who will split the $355 million jackpot. So far, lottery officials haven't identified them. But once they do, their names are likely to become well-known.

Congress goes back to work - The new Congress convenes Wednesday, and the initial focus for Republicans, fresh off their 2010 midterm election victories, will start off symbolic, with the legislative meat to be served later.

House Speaker John Boehner recently laid out his vision for the upcoming session, vowing to make the "people's House" more transparent. His first order of business will be passing a new set of rules for the legislative chamber.

Republican and Democratic leaders then will launch the new Congress, pledging to make job creation their No. 1 priority. After that point, bipartisanship may be tricky.

Women fighters in Gaza - With faces covered and guns loaded, Palestinian militants are training among the sand dunes of Gaza. Shouts of "Allahu Akbar" - God is great - are followed by intense target practice. These militants are preparing to fight their sworn enemy, the state of Israel.

But there is a difference - they are women.

Training alongside men, they say they are ready to go into battle and are calling on more Palestinian women to join what they call the resistance against Israel. CNN was given rare access to some of these women inside Gaza. The militant group insisted the location be kept secret, so we were blindfolded in the back of a car and driven to a house. CNN's Paula Hancocks talks to Palestinian women, who explain why they are willing to die in a fight against Israel.

Jackson doctor's hearing - The pretrial hearing for Dr. Conrad Murray continues Wednesday as a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge decides whether there is probable cause to try him on an involuntary manslaughter charge in the death of pop star Michael Jackson.

The hearing, which began Tuesday, is expected to last two or three weeks, with 20 to 30 witnesses testifying. On Tuesday, Jackson's former security chief testified that Murray seemed not to know how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation as he waited for paramedics to arrive at the singer's house on June 25, 2009, the day the entertainer died.

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  1. THThite

    Best part about the lottery: the winners will never invest or live off the interest possible for the rest of their lives. They'll go and buy cars that'll sit in the garage, buy a new house on a whim, choose not to pay taxes, and have it all taken away. Excite! 🙂

    January 5, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ceasar

    Are you suggesting that skittles and D.C. tap water are the root of all evil?

    January 5, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff Dolt

    Studies have shown "The American people" is a more effective control statement then "People of the United States."

    January 5, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Dolt

    It is a statement more soothing to those recently assimilated from latin climes.
    Not to be mistaken for GOP code for "pull the wool."

    January 5, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. Richard in Texas

    According to Speaker Boehner jobs creation will be number one right after we have nonsense vote to repeal the healthcare law and then suit up to fight againts the food safety law that was just signed. Oh and making sure that President Obama is a one term president. After those things then jobs creation. I swear.

    January 5, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  6. Frank

    People of the United States of America,
    Arab (Palestinian) terrorists have been responsible for more Airline Hijackings and murders of American Citizens starting in the 1960's until today.There have always been female resistance fighters so this occurring in Gazza is no suprise.As an American,I would like to see these people totally destroyed for the amount of death and pain they have inflicted on the United States because of it's support of Israel.Not that it matters but, I am not a Jew, but I support the Jewish people.The Jews have been on the land now called Israel since around 3000 B.C..The Arab world has fought 2 major wars with Israel in the last 40 plus years and lost.If the Arab world wants to sacrific their women to try and defeat Israel so be it.

    January 5, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Marco

    I played the lotto yesterday even though my family's assets are worth around 4 million, with 75k to 150k/year in expendable income (depending on economic situations). If I were to win, I still would "hog" all that money to myself and family. Charitable donations, pffft, year right.....nig... please.

    January 5, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Marco

    Can anyone explain why it is mandatory to make one public appearance upon winning the lotto? Why are the winners not permitted any privacy? Why must it be announced to the world so that the winner's "friends" and "family" (you know, the ones related by rumor) suddenly come out of the wood work with their hands out. If I were to win the lotto, it would force me into hiding (with the exception of immediate family of course).

    January 5, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. drap

    @ Marco could you help pay for my CPR lessons?

    January 5, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Stickemup

    If i won all that money i would build a hore house like hugh hefner and walk around with a robe on all day and instead of snow bunnies i would have chocolate bunnies

    January 5, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Stickemup

    Then again only a white dude could pull that off legal pimping how about that

    January 5, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |

    if i one. i'd put my camro in the space shuttle and launch it into space. then i'd get a space suit and a scuba gear, hook the scuba gear to the carb and fire it up in outterspace while listening to megadeth.

    then when we landed i'd move to baja california and make a house out of weed.

    January 5, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |