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Brad's morning edition. Check back this afternoon for more jokes from Brad.
* There were two winning tickets in Tuesday's $636 Mega Millions drawing. You know the jackpot is large when Bill Gates could be spotted hanging at a Speedee Mart asking potential lotto winners to sign the Giving Pledge.
* The Gretna couple that won the Powerball lottery picked up their ceremonial check Tuesday. From now on, that's how I'm paying my property taxes -- with a ceremonial check. "The actual check will come in several weeks."
* The couple accepted their check at Nebraska's State Capitol, surrounded by elected officials. Who says our politicians don't care about the little guy? All you gotta do is win half of $122 million, and they want to meet you.
* After the ceremony, the couple bought the Capitol building.
* Gov. Dave Heineman supports OPS' 2.0 GPA rule for student-athletes. Now, if we can only get some kind of minimum intellectual requirement to serve in the Nebraska Legislature.
* Nebraska's Bryan Slone kicked off his gubernatorial campaign with a rally in Gering. Interesting stat: The population of Gering is half as large as the number of candidates currently running for governor of Nebraska.
* According to a new study, mushrooms create their own weather. The Omaha City Council is getting ready to vote on a proposal to build a giant 'shroom over town.
* The tallest Christmas tree in the country stands at 162 feet in Idaho. It's also known as "Dad's worst nightmare." "How are we gonna get that thing home?" "We'll rent a semi. Come on, Dad."
* You know your Christmas tree is too tall when there are peregrine falcons nesting atop the star.
* Boston recently hosted the 14th Annual "Santa Speedo Run," with participants in Speedos and Santa caps. The money goes to charity ... to pay for therapy for people who witnessed any of the first 13 Santa Speedo Runs.
* The crew of a Canadian airline asked passengers what their dream Christmas gift would be, and when the passengers arrived at their destination, the gifts were waiting at baggage claim. On Christmas Eve, flight attendants on airlines in the U.S. also give back by tossing raw meat into a cabin of starving passengers who have been stuck on a runway for nine hours.
* I'm used to U.S. commercial flights where crews take advantage of being stuck on the tarmac over the holidays to sell you a fruitcake.
* A Christmas item for kids: a pizza-shaped bean bag chair. This is great. Now, when American kids are not eating or dreaming about junk food, they can be sitting atop it.
* The odds of any one ticket winning Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing were equal to being killed by a flying toaster oven. (I made this one up.)
* The new person in charge of the Obamacare website is a former Microsoft executive. That's opposed to the old guy that the administration found working at a Pep Boys.
* Sen. Rand Paul is "seriously considering" a presidential bid. I don't think even Mitt Romney ever seriously considered running for president.