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Mystery: How Did Million Dollar Lottery Winner End Up Dead From Cyanide?

In Chicago last summer, Urooj Khan jumped for joy when he realized he had a winning ticket in the Illinois later. A month later, one day after his check was issued, Khan was dead. Authorities recently figured out that the cause was a lethal dose of cyanide. Now they're investigating.
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'Enough,' Says Giffords As She Launches Campaign For New Gun Laws

When children are gunned down in their classrooms, the former congresswoman says, it's time for change. Two years ago, she was shot and seriously wounded by a gunman who went on to kill six people and wound another 12.
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Future Of U.S. Troops Looms Over Afghan Leader's Visit

President Hamid Karzai is in Washington this week for meetings with President Obama and other officials. One of the key issues to be discussed is the number of American troops to remain in Afghanistan after 2014, when the bulk of U.S. and NATO forces leave.
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Can You Get A Flu Shot And Still Get The Flu?

Vaccination is still the best way to avoid getting sick, but it's not 100 percent protective. Some people may get infected with a strain of flu that isn't covered by this year's vaccine. For others, the shots just don't work.
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Huell Howser, A Favorite Public TV Personality, Dies At 67

Huell Howser, a fixture of public television in California, has died at 67. Howser hosted the popular public TV program California's Gold, which celebrated the state's unique stories and people. The Tennessee native charmed audiences with his folksy enthusiasm for finding rich stories in the everyday.
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Health Spending Increases Remain At Record Lows

Economists have calculated that spending on health care continued to increase slowly in 2011, at a rate similar to the two previous years. Researchers point to the stagnant economy for holding back health inflation.
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Why Hagel? Let Us Count The Reasons

President Obama wants Nebraska Republican Chuck Hagel to run the Pentagon. Hagel's confirmation would put four men with close ties from their Senate days at the center of the nation's foreign policy and national security policymaking. And that's something Obama is willing to fight for.
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In The Market For A Very Large Garage? Call NASA.

NASA is facing a conundrum of large proportions; shuttle-sized, in fact. Now that the shuttle program has ended, NASA is no longer using shuttle facilities and equipment. That includes everything from a launch pad to space in the building where rockets were assembled. So NASA is conducting a secret auction. Orlando Sentinel staff writer Scott Powers explains what NASA is selling, why, and who the buyers might be.
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Notre Dame Battles Alabama For BCS Football Glory

Tom Goldman talks to Melissa Block about the college football championship game in Miami. Undefeated Notre Dame battles No. 2 Alabama for the Bowl Championship Series title.
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Hagel Nomination Could Face Resistance From GOP Over Israel, Iran

President Obama rounded out his second term national security team on Monday. He nominated former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense and chose counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan to lead the CIA. Already, Hagel has encountered opposition from some in the GOP who question his commitment to Israel, and Brennan is sure to face questions about his tenure at the CIA under President George W. Bush.

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