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TODAY'S HEADLINES
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TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS
Lottery official: Winning Mega Millions ticket sold in Maryland; unknown if others sold
A Maryland Lottery official says the winning Mega Millions ticket was purchased at a retailer in Baltimore County.
(By Associated Press)

The early line on Mitt Romney's 'veepstakes'
The habitually cautious Mitt Romney is less likely to pick a game-changing running mate and more likely to choose someone he sees as ready to be president.
(By Philip Rucker)

Obama, Romney aim fire
President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney delivered dueling political speeches about the president's leadership of the nation.
(By Amy Gardner and Philip Rucker)

White House sees more pain for Iran as it clears way for further sanctions
Tougher sanctions against Iran clear final hurdle as U.S. seeks to pressure Iran into concessions on its nuclear program.
(By Joby Warrick and Brad Plumer)

Michelle Singletary: Dreaming of Mega Millions
COLUMN | Why I threw away common sense and bought a ticket.
(By Michelle Singletary)

NATION
Clinton meets with Gulf nations over missile defense
Secretary of State Clinton meets with the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council over a regional missile defense system.
( by Karen DeYoung , The Washington Post)

U.S. concerned about treatment of envoy to Russia
Ambassador Michael McFaul has suggested that Russian journalists from state-controlled television may have hacked his phone and e-mail account.
( by Peter Finn , The Washington Post)

Panel recommends publication of papers on 'engineered bird flu'
Ruling comes after panel learns that papers don't tell how to make the mutated strains and that similar strains exist in chicken flocks overseas.
( by David Brown , The Washington Post)

White House sees more pain for Iran as it clears way for further sanctions
Tougher sanctions against Iran clear final hurdle as U.S. seeks to pressure Iran into concessions on its nuclear program.
( by Joby Warrick and Brad Plumer , The Washington Post)

Hearings show our dependence on military space technology
Fine Print's Walter Pincus takes a look at the U.S. military's dependence on space.
(, The Washington Post)

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METRO
Ursula Mattheisen, conservation activist
The Falls Church homemaker volunteered with and supported conservation groups, receiving an award from the Izaak Walton League.
(, The Washington Post)

Md. House subsidizes offshore wind
The O'Malley-backed project could become the nation's first Atlantic offshore wind farm.
( by Greg Masters , The Washington Post)

Warm March may set D.C. record
With the month ending Saturday, it appears likely to be the warmest March on record in Washington. In addition, the first quarter of this year may be the warmest first quarter ever recorded.
( by Martin Weil , The Washington Post)

As D.C. picks legal pot-growers, a new store caters directly to them
Trays, lighting, soil, tools — if you need it to grow plants in a controlled, indoor space you'll find it at weGrow, "the first hydro store to come out and say that our products are used to cultivate medical marijuana."
( by Rachel S. Karas , The Washington Post)

Praise and worship leaders play key roles
The emergence of the praise leader in modern evangelical churches has taken the praise and worship experience to new levels.
( by Hamil R. Harris , The Washington Post)

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POLITICS
Md. House subsidizes offshore wind
The O'Malley-backed project could become the nation's first Atlantic offshore wind farm.
( by Greg Masters , The Washington Post)

Va. plans changes in prisoner isolation
Criticized for its confinement practices, the state plans more transfers, other adjustments at the super-maximum Red Onion facility.
( by Anita Kumar , The Washington Post)

3 join Allen on Va. GOP primary ballot
The ex-senator will have to fight them off for a shot at reclaiming his seat. Tim Kaine is unopposed for the Democratic nod.
( by Ben Pershing , The Washington Post)

The early line on Mitt Romney's 'veepstakes'
The habitually cautious Mitt Romney is less likely to pick a game-changing running mate and more likely to choose someone he sees as ready to be president.
( by Philip Rucker , The Washington Post)

Obama, Romney aim fire
President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney delivered dueling political speeches about the president's leadership of the nation.
( by Amy Gardner and Philip Rucker , The Washington Post)

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STYLE
Carolyn Hax: The right words for those in mourning
Readers give advice on what to say to those who are grieving.
(, The Washington Post)

Georgetown's top dog gets an apprentice
Georgetown University gets a mascot-in-training, a four-month-old bulldog puppy nicknamed J.J.
(, The Washington Post)

Music review: Nero's future looks bright
The British musical duo, along with vocalist Alana Watson, showcased their debut album, "Welcome Reality," at the 9:30 Club on Thursday.
( by Megan Buerger , The Washington Post)

At Current TV, Olbermann out, Spitzer in
The network ends its relationship with the famously fractious "Countdown" host.
(, The Washington Post)

On Love: 'You're perfect for me. You're my counterpoint.'
Erik Johnson and Ellen Shatzen, who met while they lived in the same apartment building, were great together. All he had to do was start ignoring her.
(, The Washington Post)

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SPORTS
Scrubb, Bulldogs in command
BASEBALL | Andre Scrubb retires the the last 11 batters in order and also has two hits, helping Hylton to a 6-1 victory over Westfield.
( by Preston Williams , The Washington Post)

TV and radio listings: March 31

(, The Washington Post)

Maicon Santos leads United
Brazilian scores two goals and the attack is lively throughout a 4-1 victory over Dallas that marks D.C. United's first win this season.
( by Steven Goff , The Washington Post)

Phelps wins 400 IM final in Indianapolis
After swearing he had given up the event, Michael Phelps wins the 400 individual medley final at the Indianapolis Grand Prix.
( by Amy Shipley , The Washington Post)

Gonzaga's wait is lifted
Two goals each from juniors Patrick Myers and Alex Corboy and a strong defensive effort lift Gonzaga to its first victory over Georgetown Prep in lacrosse.
( by Eric Detweiler , The Washington Post)

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WORLD
Burmese activist committed to win
Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Friday that Burma's andmark weekend elections will be neither free nor fair because of widespread irregularities, but she vowed to continue her candidacy for the sake of the long-repressed nation.
( by Todd Pitman , The Washington Post)

Clinton meets with Gulf nations over missile defense
Secretary of State Clinton meets with the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council over a regional missile defense system.
( by Karen DeYoung , The Washington Post)

U.S. concerned about treatment of envoy to Russia
Ambassador Michael McFaul has suggested that Russian journalists from state-controlled television may have hacked his phone and e-mail account.
( by Peter Finn , The Washington Post)

Opposition in Syria condemns slow efforts to end bloodshed
Rebels call for weapons ahead of "Friends of Syria" conference.
( by Alice Fordham , The Washington Post)

White House sees more pain for Iran as it clears way for further sanctions
Tougher sanctions against Iran clear final hurdle as U.S. seeks to pressure Iran into concessions on its nuclear program.
( by Joby Warrick and Brad Plumer , The Washington Post)

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LIVE DISCUSSIONS
Talk about Travel
Have a travel-related question, comment, suspicion, warning, gripe, sad tale or happy ending? The Post Travel section's editors and writers are at your service.
(, vForum)

CANCELED: Carolyn Hax Live: Advice columnist tackles your problems (Friday, March 30)
Advice Columnist Carolyn Hax takes your questions and comments about the strange train we call life.
(, vForum)

'Idol' goodbyes, Katie Couric, and '30 Rock' live: Lisa de Moraes' TV Column Live
Post TV columnist Lisa de Moraes chats with readers about the latest in television!
(, vForum)

Real Wheels Live
Live online discussion with Real Wheels columnist Warren Brown about car-buying and the auto industry.
(, vForum)

The Fix Live: Can Romney take Obama on foreign policy?
The Fix's Chris Cillizza discussed Romney's attempt to discredit Obama in foreign affairs, and the latest in political news.
(, vForum)

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TECHNOLOGY
Over 50K Visa and Mastercard credit cards compromised
Credit card data — enough to create counterfeit cards — has been stolen from Visa and Mastercard users, Visa confirmed today.
( by Meghan Kelly | VentureBeat.com , VentureBeat.com)

RIM's former co-CEO Jim Balsillie out from board of directors

( by Sean Ludwig | VentureBeat.com , VentureBeat.com)

Is Google planning iPad competitors?
Google expects to launch an online store for tablets, emulating the Apple/Amazon model for selling merchandise, a report says.
( by Hayley Tsukayama , The Washington Post)

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EDITORIAL
How Russia can ease Assad out
The goal is to remove Syria's brutal dictator
( by Jane Harman , The Washington Post)

Oil shock? Not likely.
The undue worry about a crisis with Iran.
( by Steve A. Yetiv , The Washington Post)

Meeting Israel halfway on Iran
It is possible to give diplomacy a chance to work.
( by Dennis Ross and David Makovsky , The Washington Post)

District voters speak
As council members smell of scandal.
(, The Washington Post)

Fear and blood in Florida
Appalling presumptions in the Trayvon Martin case.
(, The Washington Post)

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BUSINESS
Data breach could affect millions of users
Electronic payment processing company says its "card data may have been accessed;" Visa, Mastercard say consumers won't be held accountable for false purchases.
( by Brady Dennis , The Washington Post)

Apple, Foxconn labor pact awaits industry reaction
An announcement by Apple and supplier Foxconn to overhaul working conditions in overseas factories is putting pressure on other companies to follow suit.
( by Sarah Halzack and Ariana Eunjung Cha , The Washington Post)

Challengers to lead World Bank ask for 'a fair chance'
The U.S. nominee is expected to become the bank's next president, but two challengers from developing countries argue that, on merit, they are the stronger candidates.
( by Howard Schneider , The Washington Post)

SEC: Funds limit restructuring options
After spending millions of dollars for a management consultant to analyze its operations, the Securities and Exchange Commission said a shortage of money will limit its ability to act on the recommendations.
( by David S. Hilzenrath , The Washington Post)

Mega Millions jackpot surges to $640 million
The jackpot for the Mega Millions lottery game has swelled to an epic size.
(, The Washington Post)

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News Alert: Breaking News: Maryland official says winning record Mega Millions ticket sold in Baltimore County

   
The Washington PostSaturday, March 31, 2012 1:31:13 AM
NEWS ALERT

Maryland official says winning record Mega Millions ticket sold in Baltimore County


An official with the Maryland lottery says a record $640 million winning lottery ticket has been sold in Maryland, and there could be others nationwide, the Associated Press reports.

Carole Everett, director of communications for the Maryland Lottery, says the winning Mega Millions ticket was purchased at a retailer in Baltimore County. She said it's too early to know any other information about the lucky ticket-holder or whether others were sold elsewhere in the nation.


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