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Giant Powerball Jackpot Winner Claims Record Prize

Gloria MacKenzie of Florida showed up at the lottery office Wednesday — revealing herself as the winner of last month's record Powerball jackpot. The 84 year old opted to take her winnings in a lump sum, rather than over time.
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Spy Agency's Collection Of Phone Records Reopens Controversy

A court order has allowed the National Security Agency to collect data on millions of Verizon customers' phone calls. Some lawmakers and privacy advocates have expressed concern about government overreach. The White House is defending the practice.
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NSA Collects Verizon Customers' Records

The National Security Agency is collecting the phone records of millions of Americans for three months. The news was first reported by the Guardian newspaper. The request for the records was placed with a special intelligence court days after the Boston bombings.
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Samantha Power Picked To Take Over For Rice At U.N.

President Obama has named a former journalist and activist to represent him at the United Nations. If confirmed, Samantha Power will replace Ambassador Susan Rice, who is returning to the White House to become national security adviser. Power's supporters see her as a voice of conscience in the Obama administration, an advocate for humanitarian interventions.
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NBA Purists Swoon Over Spurs' Style Of Play

The NBA Finals begin Thursday night in Miami. Though they haven't won a championship since 2007, the San Antonio Spurs have remained in the hunt because of their style of team play. The Spurs will face the Miami Heat.
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Is Obamacare Hurting Hiring By Small Businesses?

The Affordable Care Act, which has become known as Obamacare, will require small businesses with 50 or more employees to offer health care coverage to their workers. Some have suggested that could be discouraging hiring by small businesses.
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Sgt. Bales Avoids Death Penalty By Pleading Guilty To Afghan Attack

Sgt. Robert Bales told a military court on Wednesday that he killed 16 Afghan villagers during a late-night rampage last year. His admission is part of a plea deal that will likely allow Bales to escape the death penalty.
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6 Dead After Building Collapses In Philadelphia

At least six people have died in Wednesday's collapse of a commercial building in Philadelphia. More than a dozen victims have been rescued from the rubble.
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First U.S. Assembly Plant For China's Lenovo Opens In N.C.

The Chinese computer maker is trying to boost its brand and U.S. market share as other high-tech firms, including Motorola, plan to manufacture here. North Carolina officials say the plant in Whitsett is a sign of manufacturing's return from overseas.

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