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SOMEONE IS SITTING ON A GOLD MINE
Would you throw away a quarter million dollars? If you bought the winning ticket for the Aug. 21, 2009, Mega Millions drawing at Giant Food in Leesburg, you're about to.
Unless the winner claims the ticket by 5 p.m. on Feb. 18, the ticket will expire, and will be worth no more than any other piece of paper. (Loudoun Times)
ANOTHER METRO FARE INCREASE IN THE FORECAST
Faced with big budget challenges, Metro is discussing fare increases again, just weeks after approving an emergency 10-cent fare hike.
The 10-cent fare increase will begin on February 28 and will run until June 26.
The budget for the next fiscal year -- which starts in July -- is large: $189.2 million. (WTOP)
'DEAD' COLOMBIAN WOMAN MOVES ARM AT FUNERAL HOME
A Colombian woman declared dead of a heart attack moved one of her arms just as an undertaker was about to embalm her, doctors said Wednesday.
CAT STEW? THIS GUY LOVES IT!
Italian state TV has suspended a cooking show host who shocked the nation by saying cat stew is a Tuscan delicacy he swears he has enjoyed many times.
RAI TV confirmed on Wednesday that it had suspended Beppe Bigazzi, the 77-year-old host of a popular morning program that offers food tips and recipes in a country fiercely proud of its cuisine. (MSNBC)