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Former President George H.W. Bush remains hospitalized Thursday after being admitted for bronchitis, according to CNN.com.

Bush, 88, has been at Houston's Methodist hospital for the past six days, the article said.

"President Bush has been in and out of The Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center being treated for complications related to his bronchitis," Bush's office said in a statement Thursday, according to a FoxNews.com article. "He is in stable condition, and is expected to be released within the next 72 hours."

A Huffington Post article said Bush's staff expects he'll be released by the weekend.

The article also said his son and former President George Bush has been among the visitors.

Wednesday's Powerball jackpot drawing will be the largest in its history, said AnneClaire Stapleton of CNNMoney.com.

The prize for Saturday's drawing was $325 million, the fourth-largest in history, but no one claimed the jackpot, Stapleton said.

News of the increased pot released on the company's page likely fueled buyers into a frenzy, said Michael Muskal of the Los Angeles Times.

Tickets can be purchased in any of the 42 participating states, Washington D.C. and the Virgin Islands, Muskal said.

Wednesday's jackpot is the second-biggest ever, said Gary Strauss of USA Today. A $656 million Mega Millions jackpot was won by three ticketholders in March.

Despite the frenzy, the odds of winning the jackpot are a mere 1 in 175 million, Strauss said.

Monkey dies in zoo break-in

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Police are searching for two suspects who broke into a Boise zoo and apparently killed a monkey, according to a NBCNews.com article.

The break-in occurred early Saturday, the article said.

Two males wearing dark clothes were spotted around 4:30 a.m., and fled the scene as soon as they spotted the guard, according to a Jacksonsun.com article.

Police searched the zoo, once with a thermal imager, but no one was found, the article said.

Police found blood at the found, and are still trying to determine if it was monkey or human blood, according to a ChicagoTribune.com article.

Police had no motive for the crime, the article added.

President Obama wasted no time in his first press conference after being re-elected, promptly addressing his tax plan, said Jeanne Sahadi of CNN Money.

Obama will push hard to increase taxes on the top one percent of the nation, while striving to prevent tax increases on the rest of Americans, she said.

"We should not hold the middle class hostage while we debate tax cuts for the wealthy," said Obama, as cited in a USA Today article.

Catalina Camia of USA Today, said Obama is pushing for a deal before the holidays.

Obama answered questions in the just over hour long press conference, ranging from the Petreaus scandal to comments made about U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, said Peter Nicholas of the Wall Street Journal.

Obama ended the press conference by refusing to answer a question shouted out by a Bloomberg reporter, citing it would set a bad precedent, Nicholas said.

David Petreaus, the director of the CIA, admitted to an extramarital affair Friday, and resigned his post, said Dana Ford of CNN.

The resignation brought an abrupt halt to a career that saw 37 years of service to the country, Ford said.

According to several sources, Petreaus committed the affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell, said Adam Goldman of the Huffington Post.

The FBI was investigating the affair, after they received a tip that Broadwell might have personal access to his emails, Goldman said.

Greg Miller and Sari Horwitz of the Washington Post said the investigation is not expected to result in accusations of criminal wrongdoing by Petraeus or Broadwell, according to the two law enforcement officials, who spoke on the condition that their names be withheld because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

The Obama administration had expected to make changes in the national security team, but it was widely believed Petreaus' job was safe, Miller and Horwitz said.

Helicopter crash kills two

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Two officers are dead in the aftermath of a helicopter crash in Atlanta, AnneClaire Stapleton of CNN said.

The crash happened late Saturday as police were searching for a missing 9-year-old boy, Stapleton said.

Federal officials are investigating what caused the low-flying helicopter to descend into power lines, causing power outages in local neighborhoods and shopping plazas, according to a USAToday.com article.

The boy was found a few hours after the crash, the article said.

The two officers were identified Sunday afternoon as pilot Richard J. Halford, 48, of Lithia Springs, who had been with the department for 26 years, and Shawn A. Smiley, 40, of Lithonia, a tactical flight officer who joined the department two years ago, Greg Schreier of the AP said.

The families have asked for privacy, and trust funds have been set up at Wells Fargo bank locations to help them, said Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos.

Hurricane Sandy, a superstorm that threatens nearly 50 million people in the most populated area in the United States, gained strength Monday as it approaches the East Coast, said a CBSNews.com article.

The storm has already boasted sustained winds of 90 mph, with even higher gusts, and has gained 10 mph as it moves closer to land, the article said.

Forecasters say the storm should make landfall in Southern New Jersey sometime Monday night, and is expected to collide with a winter storm that's moving south from the Arctic, the article said.

In New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie has urged his citizens to evacuate, said a Los Angeles Times article. Already they have seen some flooding, and more than 35,000 people are without power.

Schools across several states shut down Monday, as well as many non-essential government offices, and even Wall Street, the article said.

Sophia Hollander of the Wall Street Journal says the storm has reduced New York City to a ghost town, as all of the city's public transit system was shut down Sunday morning, prompting many businesses to do the same.

The incoming storm has reduced the cab ride between Manhattan and the financial district to less than 10 minutes, adding that a local wine store is seeing their business boom.

While residents on the East Coast are gearing up for Hurricane Sandy, residents in Hawaii are breathing a sigh of relief after a tsunami warning was downgraded to an advisory Saturday, said Alan Duke and Holly Yang of CNN.

The tsunami, triggered by a massive earthquake in Canada, was forecasted to create waves 3-6 feet high, but only reached a maximum height of 2.5 feet, Duke and Yang said.

Residents were evacuated from their homes Saturday night, but have since been told it is safe to return, said Leezel Tanglao of ABC News.

The 7.7 quake that triggered the tsunami warnings was centered around an island north of Vancouver in Canada, and a 5.8 aftershock was reported just after the first earthquake, Tanglao said.

On Oahu, Hawaii's most populated island, traffic became an issue almost immediately after the tsunami warning was given, and officials urged people to leave their cars and get to higher ground, according to a NBCNews.com article.

Part of the hysteria could be blamed on the disaster in Japan in 2011, which is the last time Hawaii had a tsunami warning, the article said.

Man shot at Georgia Megachurch

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A volunteer staff member at an Atlanta area church was shot and killed Wednesday, according to a CNN.com article.

The victim, who's name has not been released, was leading a prayer group of 20 people when he was shot, the article said.

The suspect fled the scene after the shooting, and is still at large, according to a CBSNews.com article.

The shooting happened at World Changers Church International around 10:30 this morning, the article said.

Police identified the suspect as 52-year-old Floyd Palmer, a former church facilities maintenance employee, said a NBCNews.com article.

The article said 20 to 25 people were in the building at the time of the shooting, but no one else was harmed.

Sprint Nextel agreed Monday to sell 70% of its company to Japanese tech giant Softbank, said Charles Riley of CNNMoney.

The deal, which is worth $20.1 billion, looks to bolster Sprint, who has been struggling to keep up with competitors AT&T and Verizon, Riley said.

Softbank's plan to pay for the share of the company is so complex that the news release explaining it contained three flow charts, among a myriad of other data, said Phred Dvorak and Kana Inagaki of the Wall Street Journal.

Sprint has been struggling since they bought Nextel in 2005, and are currently dealing with a ton of debt, said Peter Svenssonyuri Kageyama of Business Week.

Softbank is Japan's third-largest wireless carrier, and also has holdings in the game company Zynga, Yahoo and recently bought Vodafone's Japan unit, said Riley.

Riley also said Sprint's current CEO, Dan Hesse, will stay in his current job.

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