Obituary - John McCain, who survived torture and ran for the US presidency

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Senator John Sidney McCain III, who has died of brain cancer aged 81, was in many ways in a class of his own. A storied war veteran and 36-year fixture in the US Congress, he forged a career unlike any other in recent American political history.

Nationwide Recall for 18 Tons of Potentially Contaminated Beef Products

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Over 18 tons of beef products have been recalled due to possible contamination with staphylococcal enterotoxin and clostridial toxin according to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Pinnacle Foods, Inc, of Fort Madison, Iowa, is making the recall of the heat-treated, shelf stable products due to a potential "processing deviation" that may have led to contamination. There are no confirmed reports of illness.

Deadline to Return Census of Agriculture is Monday

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The deadline to return the US Department of Agriculture's 2017 Census of Agriculture is February 5. The questionnaire was mailed to every producer in the country by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service as part of a regular five-year data collection cycle.

While the form can be returned by mailed by the deadline, ag producers have the option to complete the survey online at A code from the mailed survey is required in order to submit survey information electronically.

US Marshal Killed Serving Warrant on Fugitive

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A Deputy United States Marshall was killed Friday while serving an arrest warrant on a fugitive in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

According to the United States Marshals Service, Deputy US Marshal Christopher David Hill, 45, and two other officers were shot while attempting to arrest Shayla Lynette Towles Pierce at a home in Harrisburg. An unidentified man at the home began shooting at officers, who returned fire and killed the man.

Deputy Hill was taken to a local hospital where he died. The other officers had non-life-threatening injuries and were treated.

Nearly $600 Million Up for Grabs Saturday Night

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While one lucky winner in Florida will walk away with $450 million from Friday night's Mega Million lottery drawing, you still have a chance to win an estimated $570 million in the Powerball drawing Saturday night.

One - or possibly more - winners can choose an annuity that would pay out the full amount over 29 years, or opt for a lump-sum cash payout estimated at over $358 million before taxes. If there is more than one winner, the prizes will be split evenly across the group.

Odds of winning the top prize are one in over 292 million.

Colorado Sends Fire Engines to Support California Wildfires

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Colorado is sending 17 fire engines to support California wildfire operations. The request was made Tuesday through the National Interagency Resource Ordering and Status System.

The engines and crews left the state Wednesday, and will support firefighting efforts in southern California. They are traveling to Chino, California, where they will then be assigned to specific locations and tasks. The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control expects a second group of fire engines may also deploy to California later in the week.

Flags at Half-Staff Thursday to Remember Pearl Harbor

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Flags will be lowered to half-staff Thursday in recognition of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Flags should be at half-staff until sunset Thursday.

The day marks 76 years since more than 2,400 people died in a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, by Japan. The attack prompted the United States to enter World War II.

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day was established in 1994, however it is not a federal holiday.