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State Legislatures To Benefit From Mega Millions

Lucky ticket holders won't be the only beneficiaries of last week's $656 million Mega Millions jackpot. State legislatures will also reap millions from ticket sales. Audie Cornish talks with Charles Clotfelter, an economics and public policy professor at Duke University, about how much states will make from the lottery drawing.
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Federal Agents Bust Marijuana School 'Oaksterdam'

Federal agents busted Oaksterdam University, one of California's most prominent medical marijuana institutions. The raid of the school in downtown Oakland and other dispensaries yesterday brings into sharp focus the disconnect between state and federal policies on medical marijuana.
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FDA To Fund Controversial Research Foundation

In 2007, Congress created a public-private foundation to support research of interest to the FDA. Critics said this amounted to a new way for industry groups to influence the agency's decisions, and any FDA funding for the foundation was blocked for years. That's about to change.
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Under Scrutiny, Some Head Start Programs In Limbo

The Obama administration has proposed big changes for the early childhood education program Head Start. Programs the government has labeled "deficient" must now compete for funds to continue operating. But some argue that turning Head Start into a competitive grants program will not be easy.
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New Rankings Are County-By-County Health Snapshot

Check out the latest County Health Rankings to see, among other things, which areas have the highest and lowest rates of education and income levels, as well access to medical care and healthful foods.
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The Trayvon Martin Story And The Media

After 911 tapes were released, the story of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen who was killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, received a flurry of national attention. Much of the subsequent news coverage is focused not on the case itself, but the narrative constructed by the media.
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A Buyer's Market: The Balance Of Power In Retail

Shopping apps and retail websites give consumers the power to compare prices, read reviews and shop on the go. Stephanie Clifford, business reporter at The New York Times and market researcher Paco Underhill discuss how many brick-and-mortar stores are altering pricing strategies.
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Census Bureau's Website Is Coming Back: 1940 Data Now Viewable

After being paralyzed on Monday by overwhelming demand, the new online archives from the last census before World War II are now searchable. This blogger found his parents' records.

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