5 things you need to know Friday

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Despite his scathing remarks about President Donald Trump and his family in an upcoming book, former White House adviser Steve Bannon called Trump ‘a great man” on his satellite radio show Wednesday night and said he still supports the president. (Jan. 4)

Think the worst of the weather is behind us? Think again. Thursday’s “bombogenesis” led to the cancellation of 4,000 flights. The travel woes could continue Friday. While airlines cancelled hundreds of flights Friday, passengers will get some relief with flights slated to resume at 7 a.m. at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. Even colder temperatures are also forecast Friday in major East Coast cities such as Boston, Philadelphia, New York and Washington. Bundle up. 

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Twenty years ago Friday, Sonny Bono went missing. The California congressman who became a star as half of Sonny & Cher, went skiing on Jan. 5, 1998, at a Lake Tahoe resort with his family. His wife, Mary, and kids skied to the first stop area, but Sonny wasn’t there. After 6 p.m., the sheriff told Mary they had found a body; Sonny had collided with a tree and was dead. Twenty years later, Mary Bono says the anniversary of his death still hits her hard. “On the fifth, it just happens to me every year,” she said. “I will go into a little funk. It’s just weird because I don’t believe in that stuff. But, on that day, I just have to shut the curtains and stay inside. It just takes a toll on me.” 

Sonny Bono, elected to Congress in 1994 after beginning his life in politics as the mayor of Palm Springs, Calif., died 20 years ago on Jan. 5, 2018. (Photo: Jym Wilson, USA TODAY)

Based on the headliners alone, Coachella promises to be a memorable one this year. Beyonce is returning to the stage, along with Eminem and The Weeknd. The two-weekend desert fest takes place in Indio, Calif., April 13-15 and April 20-22. Tickets, which start at $429, go on sale at noon PT Friday. The full lineup is seriously lit this year, with a mix of rap, R&B, rock, pop and electronic music from acts such as Cardi B, Migos, HAIM, Fleet Foxes, War on Drugs and Kygo.

The 2018 Coachella lineup is here and better than ever.

Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot, scheduled for 11 p.m., now has the potential to become its fourth largest prize ever.  No one matched all six numbers, including the Mega Ball, in Tuesday night’s drawing and the Powerball Wednesday night, so the jackpot rolled over yet again. The odds of winning the $418 million top prize is more than 1 in 302 million. If you do win big, however, there are clear rules experts suggest you follow and traps to avoid. 

The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in more than 302 million. You have a better chance at all these other extraordinary things.

Contributing: The Associated Press


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