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• A single mother from the small community of Redfield, Iowa, has claimed her share of a nearly $700 million Powerball prize. Iowa Lottery officials confirmed Monday that Lerynne West was one of two winners of a $688 million jackpot drawn Oct. 27. She'll share the prize with an as yet unidentified person who bought the other winning ticket in New York City. West opted for the cash option, which will pay her an immediate $198.1 million, minus taxes. The 51-year-old worked for a health insurance organization, but says she retired last week. West overcame odds of 292.2 million to one to win. West said she dreamed of winning a jackpot, but "once you have won, you realize the responsibility and the impact you can make, and all the frivolity goes out the window."

• It's official: The Spice Girls are coming back for a British stadium tour next summer. The band plans to take the stage without fashion designer Victoria Beckham, who performed as "Posh Spice" during the group's 1990s pop heyday. The lineup includes Melanie "Sporty Spice" Chisholm, Emma "Baby Spice" Bunton, Melanie "Scary Spice" Brown and Geri "Ginger Spice" Horner. On Monday, the band said that Beckham would not take part because of business commitments but "will always be one of the Spice Girls and remains aligned with Emma, Mel B, Melanie C and Geri in preserving their unique legacy." The tour will mark the first time the group has performed together since the 2012 Olympics. June dates have been scheduled in Manchester, Coventry, Sunderland, Edinburgh, Bristol and London.

• U2 frontman Bono has a message for the U.S. Congress: Thanks for ignoring President Donald Trump. Trump has sought to slash hundreds of millions of dollars from U.S. funding for AIDS programs at home and abroad, but Bono says members of Congress "have so far turned down this president's request to cut AIDS funding -- right and left in lockstep together on this." His message to them? "Thank you for your leadership." For the third time, Bono is organizing a charity auction to raise money for the fight against HIV/AIDS. Sotheby's announced details Monday of the Dec. 5 sale in Miami to benefit (RED), the charity founded by Bono in 2006. Two previous sales, in 2008 and 2013, raised $68 million. Almost 37 million people worldwide have HIV, with nearly 22 million of them receiving antiretroviral therapy. The number of annual infections has fallen by almost half since 1996, to 1.8 million, and the number of deaths has halved since 2004. Bono said that the big strides in prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS are being threatened by a slackening of global resolve. "There's this gathering consensus and momentum -- and now people are looking the other way, and it's just the wrong moment," he said.

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