Marie Holmes, Powerball winner.

Powerball winner emerges as single mother of 4

A single mother with four children emerged as the winner of a massive jackpot with the North Carolina Education Lottery on Monday, claiming $127 million in a lump sum.

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Humpback whale successfully freed from entangled gear

The entangled whale was first spotted on Feb. 13 heading up Hawaii’s Hamakua coastline. Due to lack of standby support, the remote location and poor weather and sea conditions, officials could not immediately respond.

A Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 photo shows the exterior of the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. A video released late Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, purported to be by Somalia’s al-Qaida-linked rebels, urges Muslims to attack shopping malls in North America, Britain and other Western countries, specifically mentioning the Mall of America in Minnesota, the West Edmonton Mall in Canada, and the Westfield Mall in Stratford, England. (AP Photo/Star Tribune, Jerry Holt)

Shoppers seemingly undeterred by vague mall threats

Mary Lamminen, of St. Paul, said while shopping Sunday that she’s more afraid of the cold weather than the threat made by al-Qaida-linked rebels that urges Muslims to attack shopping malls.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson speaks with Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee Vice Chair Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe during the committee's session on cyber security during the  National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. Several Republican governors are urging GOP congressional leaders to stand firm next week in opposing legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security if it doesn't also overturn President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Homeland Security chief: Budget impasse could harm states

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said if Congress fails to agree to a new budget for his department by the end of Friday, inaction by lawmakers would lead to staff furloughs that could harm the U.S. response to terrorist threats and warnings, such as the one late Saturday that names Minnesota’s Mall of America.