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Obama Lands In Hawaii After End-Of-Year Flurry Of Activity

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President Barack Obama began his Christmas-New Year holiday in Hawaii Saturday after an intense flurry of activity in Washington – signing into law a new $1.1 trillion federal budget and taking other executive action that also signaled the course of his final year at the White House.

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Waiter Turns Over $32,000 Left At Applebee's In California

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An Applebee's waiter in central California turned over $32,000 in cash that a family forgot at a table, an amount that exceeds his annual salary after taxes, because it was the right thing to do, the waiter told Reuters in an exclusive interview on Friday.

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Lottery Insider Could Have Fixed Jackpots In Dozens Of States

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The allegations read like a movie plot: a lottery industry insider installs an undetectable software program in the computers that pick winning numbers so he can know them in advance. He enlists accomplices to play those numbers and collect the jackpots. And they enrich themselves for years until a misstep unravels their high-tech scheme.

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Obama Commutes Sentences of 95, Pardons 2 in Year-End Spree

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President Barack Obama on Friday commuted the sentences of 95 prisoners and pardoned two more, part of an ongoing effort within the White House to rethink a criminal justice system that critics say has resulted in overly harsh and expensive punishment for thousands of drug offenders.

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