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$699.8M Powerball jackpot won; J&J seeks COVID-19 booster approval; Facebook whistleblower before Congress
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$699.8M Powerball jackpot won; J&J seeks COVID-19 booster approval; Facebook whistleblower before Congress

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Portions of the South are expected to get as much rainfall over the next couple days as they normally would see over the whole of October. CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri has the forecast.

Today is Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. Let's get caught up.

Here are today's top stories, celebrity birthdays and a look back at this date in history:


TOP STORIES

Lottery Jackpot

The $699.8 million ticket was the first jackpot won on a Monday night since Aug. 23, when the game launched a third weekly drawing, officials said. According to California Lottery's Twitter account, the winning ticket was sold in Morro Bay, located along the state's central coast.

$699.8M Powerball jackpot won, ticket sold in California

After 40 drawings without a big Powerball winner, a single ticket sold in California matched all six numbers and was the lucky winner of the nearly $700 million jackpot prize, officials said.

The winning numbers drawn Monday night were 12, 22, 54, 66 and 69. The Powerball was 15.

Thanks to nearly four months of futility and final ticket sales, the Powerball jackpot climbed to $699.8 million, making it the seventh largest in U.S. lottery history. No one had won the game's grand prize since June 5.

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J&J seeks US clearance for COVID-19 vaccine booster doses

Research from Johnson & Johnson shows a COVID-19 booster dose at either two or six months revved up immunity even further. FDA's advisers will review that data next Friday and vote on whether to recommend boosters.

J&J seeks US clearance for COVID-19 vaccine booster doses

Johnson & Johnson asked the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday to allow extra shots of its COVID-19 vaccine as the U.S. government moves toward expanding its booster campaign to millions more vaccinated Americans.

J&J said it filed a request with the FDA to authorize boosters for people who previously received the company's one-shot vaccine. While company said it submitted data on several different booster intervals, ranging from two to six months, it did not formally recommend one to regulators.

J&J previously released data suggesting its vaccine remains highly effective against COVID-19 at least five months after vaccination, demonstrating 81% effectiveness against hospitalizations in the U.S.

But company research shows a booster dose at either two or six months revved up immunity even further. FDA's advisers will review that data next Friday and vote on whether to recommend boosters.

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Congress Facebook Whistleblower

After recent reports in The Wall Street Journal based on documents she leaked to the newspaper raised a public outcry, Frances Haugen revealed her identity in a CBS “60 Minutes” interview aired Sunday night. She insisted that “Facebook, over and over again, has shown it chooses profit over safety.”

Ex-Facebook employee bringing sharp criticisms to Congress

A former Facebook data scientist has stunned lawmakers and the public with revelations of the company’s awareness of apparent harm to some teens from Instagram and her accusations of dishonesty in its fight against hate and misinformation. Now she is coming before Congress.

Frances Haugen has come forward with a wide-ranging condemnation of Facebook, buttressed with tens of thousands of pages of internal research documents she secretly copied before leaving her job in Facebook’s civic integrity unit. Haugen also has filed complaints with federal authorities alleging that Facebook’s own research shows that it amplifies hate, misinformation and political unrest, but the company hides what it knows.

Haugen is set to testify to the Senate Commerce subcommittee on consumer protection at a hearing Tuesday.

Separately Monday, a massive global outage plunged Facebook, Instagram and the company’s WhatsApp messaging platform into chaos, only gradually dissipating by late Monday Eastern time. For some users, WhatsApp was working for a time, then not. For others, Instagram was working but not Facebook, and so on.

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Click on the links below for full version of today's top stories. Keep scrolling for a look back at this day in history and today's celebrity birthdays:

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

APTOPIX Spain Volcano

A worker cleans the ash from the tables of a restaurant as lava flows from a volcano on the Canary island of La Palma, Spain on Monday Oct. 4, 2021. More earthquakes are rattling the Spanish island of La Palma, as the lava flow from an erupting volcano surged after part of the crater collapsed. Officials say they don't expect to evacuate any more people from the area, because the fiery molten rock was following the same route to the sea as earlier flows. (AP Photo/Daniel Roca)

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TODAY IN HISTORY

In 2011, Steve Jobs, the Apple founder and former chief executive who’d invented and master-marketed ever sleeker gadgets that transformed eve…

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