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Photos: Brian Blanco/Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

While legal wagers on the election aren't offered through U.S. sportsbooks, betting operators have launched free contests to drive sign ups and engagement.

Driving the news: DraftKings' $100,000 pool has attracted nearly 400,000 entries, and those who pick the winner overall and in 11 states have a chance to win.

  • FanDuel's "Bet The Ballot" contest asks, "Who will win the U.S. presidency? (Joe Biden: -175; Donald Trump, +138)," plus other questions like, "Will Trump win at least one state Hillary Clinton won in 2016?"

Meanwhile in Europe, it's legal to bet on the U.S. presidential election, and more than $1 billion is expected to be wagered, according to British betting firm GVC.

  • England-based Betfair has already seen $369 million worth of bets, with 50.6% of the money bet on Biden as of 3pm ET on Monday.
  • Action has also caught fire at offshore sportsbooks like Betonline.ag, which says the election has surpassed the Super Bowl in terms of dollars bet.

What to watch: Sports betting is on the ballot in three states: Maryland, Louisiana and South Dakota.

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Sep 4, 2019 - Sports

The NFL's slow embrace of sports betting

Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The NFL is embracing sports betting this season in ways that it never would before the Supreme Court legalized the activity across the nation in 2018.

Why it matters: Last September, the NFL called for Congress to step in and regulate legalized sports betting. This September, the NFL is opening its season with a full-fledged casino partner (Caesars) and an official data distributor (Sportradar) for the first time ever.

Justice Department closes Emmett Till murder probe

A faded photograph is attached to the headstone that marks the gravesite of Emmett Till in Burr Oak Cemetery in Chicago. Photo: Scott Olson via Getty Images

The family of Emmett Till announced Monday that the Department of Justice has formally closed its second investigation into the 1955 murder of Emmett Till.

Why it matters: The DOJ reopened the probe in 2018 after the white woman at the center of the case reportedly recanted her allegation that Till, a Black 14-year-old, sexually harassed her prior to his murder.

GOP Rep. Devin Nunes to retire, will be CEO of Trump media org

Rep. Devin Nunes. Photo: Dylan Hollingsworth/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), who serves as the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, will retire at the end of the year and become CEO of Trump's new media organization.

Why it matters: Nunes, once considered a moderate member of the party, became one of the fiercest defenders of former President Donald Trump throughout both of Trump's impeachments and the Intel committee's Russia investigation.