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  • Mega Millions Jackpot-6 Why do lottery players think they can defy odds?

    It's the ultimate fantasy: Walk into a store, plunk down a dollar, and with nothing but luck -- really extraordinary luck -- you win a giant lottery. Suddenly, you're rich as a sultan with enough money to buy an NBA team or your own island. The odds

    December 17, 2013 4 Photos

  • Congress Baby Steps Budget deal may signal era of tiny achievements WASHINGTON (AP) -- People hoping for a government that works better can't decide whether to cheer or lament a bipartisan budget bill that legislative leaders call a breakthrough even as they acknowledge it does little. In an era of low expectations,

    December 16, 2013 1 Photo

  • Mega Millions The Big One Mega Millions jackpot at $656M

    DES MOINES (AP) -- Strong weekend Mega Millions ticket sales easily could push Tuesday's jackpot above last year's record $656 million prize, a lottery official said. No ticket matched the six numbers needed to win Friday's $425 million prize. It was

    December 16, 2013 1 Photo

  • Health Overhaul-Texas Health law seen as eroding coverage WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans who already have health insurance are blaming President Barack Obama's health care overhaul for their rising premiums and deductibles, and overall 3 in 4 say the rollout of coverage for the uninsured has gone poorly. An A

    December 16, 2013 3 Photos

  • Colorado School Shooting-21 Colo. governor visits victim CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- Colorado's governor asked the nation Sunday for prayers for the 17-year-old girl who was critically wounded by a classmate at her suburban Denver high school. Gov. John Hickenlooper also credited security procedures adopted

    December 16, 2013 13 Photos

  • Iowa readies for Medicaid expansion

    DES MOINES (AP) -- Between the troubled federal insurance enrollment website and uncertainty over Medicaid expansion, the months leading up to the kick-off of President Barack Obama's new health care law have been bumpy in Iowa. Now, with weeks to go

    December 16, 2013

  • Tornado-ravaged Ill. village presses rebuilding

    GIFFORD, Ill. (AP) -- A small central Illinois village that was raked by a tornado last month that leveled a third of its homes is rebuilding, with residents undeterred by the recent cold snap or the prospect that some of affected homeowners are movi

    December 16, 2013

  • Federal Pensions Workers' pensions targeted in budget deal WASHINGTON (AP) -- Distinctly unpopular among voters and a scant presence in most congressional districts, federal workers have become an easy target in the hunt for budget savings. Their retirement programs are notably generous compared to the norm

    December 16, 2013 1 Photo

  • Britain Obit O'Toole 'Lawrence of Arabia' star dies LONDON (AP) -- Known on the one hand for his starring role in "Lawrence of Arabia," leading tribesmen in daring attacks across the desert wastes, and on the other for his headlong charges into drunken debauchery, Peter O'Toole was one of the most mag

    December 16, 2013 6 Photos

  • Health Overhaul Sticker Shock-3 Sticker shock may await health insurance buyers

    CHICAGO (AP) -- The next big challenge for the nation's health care law may be sticker shock, when consumers find they're still paying high medical bills after buying low-cost insurance for the first time. With a Dec. 23 deadline looming for anyone w

    December 16, 2013 1 Photo

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