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January 1, 2001



Powerball jackpot rises

None of the tickets sold for the Powerball game Saturday night matched all six numbers drawn to win the $10 million jackpot. The prize goes to an estimated $12 million for Wednesday.

There also was no winner Saturday night in the Kansas Cash drawing, worth an estimated $280,000. Today's drawing will be worth an estimated $310,000.


Travel initiative scuttled

A Taiwanese tourist boat that had set sail for China to end a five-decade ban on direct travel between the longtime rivals turned back to Taiwan today. The reason for scrapping the voyage was not immediately clear.

Taiwanese officials blamed bad weather in the narrow straits between the tiny islet of Kinmen and China's southeastern port of Xiamen. But a port official in Xiamen, who refused to be named, said he believed the trip was canceled for political reasons, saying neither Taiwan nor China wanted to have direct links inaugurated by a private group.

The boat returned to Kinmen within 30 minutes of leaving. The trip was seen as possibly ushering in a new era of cooperation between the countries.

St. Lucia

Church attack kills nun

Machete-wielding men stormed a Roman Catholic church Sunday, hacked at worshippers and set some on fire, killing a nun and injuring at least 13 others in the Caribbean island nation of St. Lucia.

More than 400 people were attending Mass at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in the capital of Castries, with many lined up to receive Communion, when several attackers entered the church, police said.

One of the men doused worshippers with what appeared to be kerosene or gasoline, while another used a blowtorch to set them on fire, witnesses said. The men also burned the carpet running down the center aisle.

The attackers then made their way to the altar, where they set fire to the priest, Father Charles Gaillard. He was listed in serious condition with severe burns.

Police identified the nun who died as Sister Theresa Egan, 72, of Ireland.


Princess Margaret ailing

Princess Margaret is ill and has undergone medical tests, Buckingham Palace said Sunday night.

Margaret, 70, who is the younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II, was absent from the royal family's Christmas Eve and Christmas Day church services.

Margaret had been in bed at the royal Sandringham estate during the holidays, and a doctor visited Saturday and again Sunday, said a palace spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity. The palace did not comment on the nature of the illness or the treatment.

Margaret suffered serious burns to her legs and feet in an accident in the Caribbean in 1999. The previous year she suffered a stroke.

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