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National briefs

June 8, 2001

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Iowa: No Powerball jackpot winner

None of the tickets sold for the Powerball game Wednesday night matched all six numbers drawn in Des Moines. Players matching all five numbers and the Powerball would have won or shared the $12 million jackpot.

The prize goes to an estimated $14 million for Saturday. Tickets that match the first five numbers, but miss the Powerball, win $100,000 each, and there were two of those. They were sold in Idaho and West Virginia.

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Wal-Mart pay $1 million in environmental fines

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will pay a $1 million fine to resolve charges that it violated environmental laws while building stores in four states. The chain, which builds more than 300 stores a year, also agreed Thursday to better monitor future construction. The Environmental Protection Agency said that could cost another $4.5 million.

The EPA had accused Wal-Mart of violating the Clean Water Act and illegally discharging dirt from 17 construction sites in Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Washington: Teen killed family after voyeur punishment

A boy accused of killing four family members last December opened fire after he got caught videotaping his teen-age sister in the shower, court documents allege.

Authorities believe 16-year-old William Lembcke shot his parents, brother and 18-year-old sister after the girl found the videos and Lembcke got punished.

Lembcke originally told authorities he shot his family because he was angry that his father had yelled at him for not helping gather firewood. Investigators following the teen-ager's directions found the bodies buried in a snowbank along a road two miles from their home.

New Jersey: Court overturns death sentence

The state Supreme Court reversed the death sentence Thursday of a man convicted of murdering two pizza delivery drivers during a thrill-killing ambush, saying errors were made during his sentencing.

The court upheld the conviction of Thomas Koskovich in the two murders, but in a 4-3 vote ruled that the jury could have been misled about how to consider statements of one victim's mother during sentencing.

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