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UniverSoul Circus comes back to Atlanta

ATLANTA -- The UniverSoul Circus is making its way back home to Atlanta, just in time for Black History Month. 

The circus will open on February 9 and will run through February 26. 

This year, UniverSoul features an improv comedy troupe, various contortionists, a comedy act, elephants, tigers, dancers and a trapeze act. 

The circus is known for it's "unique brand of high energy audience interaction and thrilling circus artistry". 

Tickets generally cost between $15 and $30.  They are on sale, now, at the UniverSoul box office located at Turner Field

Powerball jackpot rises to $250 million

Powerball jackpot rises to $250 million

ATLANTA – Powerball has soared to staggering heights. Wednesday’s jackpot has jumped to $250 million after no one matched all the winning numbers in Saturday’s drawing.

One Georgia Lottery player won $10,000 in Saturday’s drawing. The lucky ticket was purchased in Pooler.

The Powerball jackpot has been growing since Dec. 28 and has rolled 12 times.

 Powerball offers two payment options: the $250 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments, or the cash option, which is approximately $156 million.

 Powerball tickets are $2 per play.

 As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Powerball will benefit education in the state of Georgia.

CDC | Too many kids breathe others' smoke in cars

CDC | Too many kids breathe others' smoke in cars

CHICAGO -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it's worried about the amount of second-hand smoke being inhaled by teens and middle-schoolers in cars.

In the first national estimate of its kind, a report from government researchers says more than 1 in 5 high school students and middle schoolers ride in cars while others are smoking.

The report says this kind of secondhand smoke exposure has been linked with breathing problems and allergy symptoms, and more restrictions are needed to prevent it.

The CDC says there is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke.

With widespread crackdowns on smoking in public, private places including homes and cars are where people encounter secondhand smoke these days. Anti-smoking advocates have zeroed in on cars because of research showing they're potentially more dangerous than smoke-filled bars and other less confined areas.

The research was released online Monday in Pediatrics.

U.S. unemployment down, 243,000 jobs added

U.S. unemployment down, 243,000 jobs added

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- The U.S. unemployment rate fell in January for a fifth straight month, to 8.3 percent, as the economy added nearly a quarter-million jobs.

The jobless rate -- down from December's 8.5 percent -- is the lowest in almost three years. The rate is now eight-tenths of a percentage point under what it was last August, the U.S. Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

BLS' separate survey of employers showed that nonfarm payroll jobs rose by 243,000 last month, with businesse adding 257,000 positions and a slight drop in private-sector employment.

Many economists had expected less payroll growth, according to surveys.

It said that private-sector job growth was widespread in January, with large increases in professional and business services as well as leisure, hospitality and manufacturing.

It was the fourth straight month of job gains nationwide.

Milton and McEachern top the Super 25 boys, girls polls

ATLANTA -- The Milton boys and McEachern girls continue to lead the top the Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.Net Super 25 polls for this week. The computer generated polls for metro Atlanta teams are produced each week by USA Today.

   Columbia, Douglas County, Westlake, and Shiloh complete the top 5 for boys. Wesleyan, Norcross, North Gwinnett, and Parkview make up the girls top 5..

Powerball jackpot swells to $170 million

Powerball jackpot swells to $170 million

ATLANTA - Georgia residents have another chance to win a big lottery prize on Wednesday night. The Powerball jackpot is estimated at $170 million to a single winner. 

And it only takes $2 for a chance to win. 

The Georgia Lottery Powerball offers two payment options: the jackpot prize can be paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments or the cash option which, after taxes, is approximately $106 million. So, choose your numbers wisely. 

All proceeds from Powerball benefit education in the state of Georgia. 

SUPER BOWL RECIPES | Healthy options for the big game

ATLANTA -- Meagan Mohammadione, a nutritionist with Emory Healthcare, offers healthy alternatives to some popular Super Bowl snacks.

Fresh Herb Vegetable Dip

2 16-ounce containers low-fat cottage cheese
1/4 cup fresh chopped chives
1/4 cup fresh chopped basil
1/4 cup fresh chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Combine ingredients and mix well. Add black pepper to taste.

(A tasty alternative is to substitute the herbs and garlic for honey and cinnamon to make a fruit dip.)

Nutrition Information
Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Calories: 70
Fat: 1.5g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Cholesterol: 6mg
Sodium: 308mg
Carbohydrates: 3g
Protein: 10g