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Powerball Jackpot rises to $550 million

By AnneClaire Stapleton

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Wednesday’s Powerball drawing could be one for the history books, with the jackpot rising to a record $550 million.

The prize for last Saturday’s Powerball was $325 million — the fourth-largest in the game’s history. For the 15th consecutive time, no players matched the winning numbers, which were 22, 32, 37, 44, 50 and Powerball 34.

The top prize now increases to an estimated $550 million, the largest in the history of the multi-state lottery game. The figure has risen in recent days as more people than expected bought tickets, said Chuck Strutt, executive director of the Multi-State Lottery Association.
In 2006, the game handed out its largest prize to date — $365 million — to eight co-workers at a Nebraska meat-packing plant.

Family says body found in Norfolk has been identified

Norfolk, Va. – Phylicia Robinson’s family tells NewsChannel 3 that Norfolk police notified them that the body found yesterday is Phylicia Robinson. 

The body was found by Jamiel Graves’ mother in a closet in their apartment, which was in the same duplex where Robinson lives.

Graves is under arrest in Virginia Beach for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Mandi Myers.  She was found dead on Monday.

Robinson has been missing since early October.

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Holiday Mail for Heroes event in Virginia Beach

Come out and make cards for our troops to support the Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign!

For the 5th year, NewsChannel 3 is partnering with the American Red Cross to mail cards to our troops around the world.

Last year we collected 12,000 cards for our troops.

During our last big card signing event two weekends ago, people took action to sign 836 cards at the Light Up the Town Parade.

Dea King with the Red Cross says so far, we have collected more than 8,500 cards this campaign.

Upcoming card signing events:

1. Holiday Parade at the Beach

Location: Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Date: Saturday, Dec. 1

Time: 4-6:30PM

The Red Cross tent will be next to the judges’ platform at 25th Street.

Value the Veterans event in Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach, Va. – The City of Virginia Beach invites the public to come out and show support to our troops today at the Value the Veterans event.

The event will be held from 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m on Wednesday, November 28, at the Windsor Woods Library. That’s located at 3612 South Plaza Trail.

The event will include books, hands-on activities, crafts, and more.  Registration is required by calling 385-2630.

Come out and support your local heroes!

Beach police search for Burger King robbery suspect


Virginia Beach, Va. – Detectives are asking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect in the photos above.

Police say on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 8:50 p.m., an armed unknown black male entered the Burger King located at 3952 Holland Road.  The masked suspect approached and then jumped over the front counter.  The suspect displayed a weapon and demanded money from Burger King employees.

According to police, the suspect is described as a black male, 6’3-6’4, 215-230 lbs, and wearing a black sweater, black beanie cap, blue jeans and black boots.  

Police are asking for anyone with information about this crime to call the Virginia Beach Crime Solvers Office at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or text VBTIP with your information to CRIMES (274637).  Callers and texters remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 if their information leads to an arrest.

Tobacco companies ordered to admit deception

By Bill Mears

(CNN) — Tobacco companies have been ordered by a federal judge to publicly admit, through advertisements and package warnings, that they deceived American consumers for decades about the dangers of smoking.

Federal Judge Gladys Kessler issued her ruling Tuesday in one of the last legal steps settling liability in the long-running government prosecution of cigarette makers.

Beach firefighters reveal how they handled jet crash in magazine article

The crashing Navy fighter jet is hurtling so fast the surveillance camera catches if for just two frames.

The first, a grey smudge in the corner, and the second, what looks like a wing screaming by. 

In the video, you can see the fireball reflected on the side of the pickup truck. The camera shakes, but keeps sweeping side to side, revealing what happened in the moments after a two-seat Navy Hornet, fully loaded with fuel, crashed into an apartment complex. Unbelievably, no one was killed and all the injuries were minor.

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Several Beach firefighters, including Mike Barakey, revealed this month in a magazine article how they handled the catastrophe. Barakey was first on the scene and told dispatchers all the 911 callers were right.

“Confirming three buildings on fire and one Navy jet down. I could actually see the tail section,” says Barakey.