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12:32pm

Thu April 5, 2012
The Two-Way

No One's Claimed Mega Millions Win, Maryland Lottery Official Says

We still don't know who bought the three winning tickets in Friday's $656 million Mega Millions lottery drawing — one in Illinois, one in Kansas and one in Maryland.

And we still don't know what's going on with Mirlande Wilson, the Maryland woman who has made headlines by claiming to have purchased a big winner, but who hasn't yet provided any proof.

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11:58am

Thu April 5, 2012
The Two-Way

'Three Cups' Author Mismanaged Charity, Will Repay $1 Million

Originally published on Thu April 5, 2012 11:59 am

Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea and Stone Into Schools, with schoolchildren in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan.
Central Asia Institute

The author of Three Cups of Tea has agreed to repay $1 million to a charity he founded, after the Montana Attorney General's office found that he had mismanaged the nonprofit by spending charity money on personal items.

The AP reports that Greg Mortenson misspent Central Asia Institute funds on "family vacations and millions on charter flights."

The AP adds Mortenson pretty much had unchallenged control of the non-profit:

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10:46am

Thu April 5, 2012
U.S.

How Lawyer Got Nation Talking About Trayvon Martin

Benjamin Crump (right), the attorney for Trayvon Martin's family, is joined by the Revs. Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson at a protest in Sanford, Fla., last week. Crump has enlisted the help of prominent civil rights activists to draw attention to the case.
Roberto Gonzalez Getty Images

The prosecutor investigating the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., has not yet decided if she will bring charges against the shooter, George Zimmerman.

It took several weeks for the Feb. 26 shooting to draw the nation's attention — after Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Trayvon Martin's family, launched a campaign to get the case before media and civil rights activists nationwide.

Two days after the shooting, the high-profile civil rights attorney started getting calls about the case. "My phone was buzzing," Crump says.

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10:04am

Thu April 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Two Years After W. Va. Mine Disaster: Grief, Anger And Questions Linger

Tonight, in Whitesville, W.Va., mourners will silently walk with candles on sidewalks lined with luminary lights to remember the 29 coal miners who died two years ago today in the nation's worst mine disaster in 40 years.

That memorial will follow a 3 p.m. ET event in Beckley,W. Va., where an honor guard will ring a bell 29 times to mark the moment the Upper Big Branch coal mine erupted in a massive explosion.

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7:05am

Thu April 5, 2012
The Two-Way

LISTEN: Recordings Show How Wife Calmly Took Control To Land Plane

Down safely: Helen Collins successfully landed this small plane after the pilot, her husband, suffered a heart attack.
Door County Sheriff's Office AP
  • Paul Brown reporting
  • Helen Collins: "I Don't Feel Good"

Recordings of the conversations that an 80-year-old Wisconsin woman had with a controller and another pilot after her husband collapsed at the controls of their small plane on Monday show she had a "take-charge attitude in a total emergency," NPR's Paul Brown said earlier this morning on our Newscast.

Indeed, Helen Collins sounds remarkably calm. Her 81-year-old husband John had suffered a heart attack when they were about 10 minutes away from landing at Cherryland Airport in Sturgeon Bay, 150 miles north of Milwaukee. He was later pronounced dead.

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