Tue December 11, 2012
Around the Nation

Phoenix Man Lights Cactus To Celebrate Hanukkah

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 8:55 am



Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. The spirit of Hanukah is aglow in the desert. For the seventh straight year, a man in Phoenix is lighting up the tips of a giant cactus to celebrate the holiday. Mel Kline's cactus is called a saguaro. It has a middle trunk and eight arms, perfect for a menorah. And at 30 feet tall, it attracts hundreds of visitors. The Arizona Republic reports that Kline bought the cactus 35 years ago. His wife wanted a maple tree. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.



Fri December 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Winning Ticket Submitted For Second Half Of Powerball Jackpot

The remaining winner of the $587.5 million Powerball jackpot has come forward to claim their share of the prize, according to lottery officials in Arizona, where the winning ticket was sold, according to ABC 15 TV in Phoenix.

The Nov. 28 drawing produced two winning tickets: one in Arizona, and one in Missouri, where Cindy and Mark Hill have already claimed their share of the prize.

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Mon December 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Bridget Hughes Calls Off Search For Her Hat

Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 1:15 pm

Bridget Hughes and her hat, before it went missing.

The story of Bridget Hughes' missing hat struck a chord with many. It was the floppy hat her mom wore years ago when she had breast cancer and was having chemotherapy. Mom died when Bridget, now a volunteer preschool teacher in New Mexico, was seven.

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Fri November 30, 2012
The Two-Way

At Least One Powerball Winner To Be ID'd Today

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 1:17 pm

A Powerball lottery ticket sits in the machine at the 4 Sons Food Store and Chevron gas station which sold one of two winning Powerball lottery tickets in Fountain Hills, Ariz.
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"I think I am having a heart attack. I think we just won the lottery!"

That's what 51-year-old Cindy Hill of Dearborn, Mo., says she told her husband, Mark, Thursday morning after figuring out that she had, indeed, bought one of the two winning Powerball tickets. Her family can now collect more than $192 million (before taxes) by choosing the game's "cash option."

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Fri November 30, 2012
The Two-Way

Woman's Sad Story About Missing Hat Touches Many Hearts, Goes Viral

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 7:17 am

Bridget Hughes and her hat, before it went missing.
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