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The gambling industry's national trade group predicts that 1-in-5 American adults will make a bet on Sunday's Super Bowl between the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs. The American Gaming Association says over 50 million U.S. adults plan to bet on the game, wagering a total of $16 million. That's more than twice the amount that was expected to be wagered on last year's Super Bowl. Sports betting is legal in 33 states plus Washington, D.C., this year, up from 30 states last year. The group's survey finds bettors evenly split, with 44% backing the Eagles and an identical 44% putting their money on the Chiefs.

Pittsburgh-area voters are participating in special elections to fill three vacancies in the state House of Representatives. The results Tuesday may resolve a stalemate over majority control that's left the chamber in limbo for the past month. If Democrats sweep all three districts, which they also won in November, it will give them a 102-101 majority. It's been 12 years since Republicans have not been able to determine what gets voted on in the House. Republicans had a 113-90 majority last year but Democrats flipped just enough seats to control the chamber. But one reelected House Democrat died of cancer in October and two others resigned after being elected to higher offices.

Authorities say a man having a “mental health crisis” shot and killed one police officer, wounded a second and fired at a third before being injured in a shootout Monday in western Pennsylvania. The officers had answered a domestic disturbance call in McKeesport, near Pittsburgh. The McKeesport police chief identified the slain officer as 32-year-old Sean Sluganski, who had worked for the department full-time for two years. The chief also said the officer who was wounded has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home. The alleged shooter is in stable condition and facing charges.

Crews in Ohio have released toxic chemicals from five cars of a derailed train near the Pennsylvania state line to reduce the threat of an explosion. Flames and black smoke billowed high into the sky from the derailment site. Norfolk Southern Railway confirmed Monday evening that the cars were draining and that burning was underway as planned. Authorities were monitoring the air quality to make sure that toxic fumes weren't spreading. Ohio's governor earlier ordered residents near the site to evacuate because of the risk of death or serious injury. Officials believe most have left. Pennsylvania's governor said residents of that state near the derailment site also had left but he urged people within a 2-mile radius to keep their doors and windows closed as a precaution.


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