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  • The secret service agent assigned to first lady Jacqueline Kennedy has broken his long silence with a memoir of the time, "Mrs. Kennedy and Me."

    Clint Hill, the former agent who was code named Dazzle, told the "Today" show he was on the scene for major joyful eventslike the birth of John F. Kennedy, Jr. Hill said he paced the floor like "an expectant father."  Hill was also at the first lady's side for vacations in Hyannisport, Mass., and trips abroad.

    But the moment that has haunted the agent was the day the president was shot, Nov. 22, 1963. As footage from the day shows, Hill was riding the sideboard of the car behind the president and first lady in the Dallas motorcade. As the bullet pierced the president's skull, Hill is seen running from his car to the president and first lady's car while Jackie leans over the back of the car.

    When Hill reached her, he helped her retrieve some of the splatter from the shot. He recounted, "She said, 'They shot his head off.' She said, 'Oh, Jack,

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  • The best readers’ comments on Mega Millions

    Tammy Redlen (C) and Sierra Luchien (L) are jubilant as they walk in Bluebird liquor store after waiting in line for nearly three hours to purchase their Mega Millions lottery ticket on March 29, 2012 in Hawthorne, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

    The Mega Millions $640 million jackpot produced three winning tickets on Friday night. After the drawing, as the nation began to settle down from its lottery frenzy, thousands of Yahoo! readers commented on not beating the odds in order to strike it rich.

    Some of the comments were hilarious, others showed honesty. And, as always, a few were a little too disturbing for general consumption.

    Here are the top 10 editors' picks:

    10) Maggy (Providence, Rhode Island): "I guess 1,2,3,4,5 with a Mega ball of 6 was a bad choice?"

    9) Stugots: "Oh well I was going to split it with all the Yahoo comment posters maybe next week."

    8) Brian (Mt. Prospect, Illinois): "Guess i told my boss 'to shove it' a little earlier than i should have..."

    7) Gracie: "I won Ten Dollars, Please no Phone calls."

    6) Queenie: "Is any Lotto money still going to ED-Joo-KAY-shun?"

    5) Norman: "Well honey, there is bad news and there is good news.......the bad news is that we didn't win anything in the MegaLottery......the

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  • Earth Hour observed all over the world

    What does it look like when the world turns out all the lights?

    A glimpse will be offered today when millions of participants all over the globe -- from Egypt's Tahrir Square to Washington D.C.'s National Cathedral -- are expected to turn their lights off for an hour in honor of Earth Hour.

    Sydney's symbolic Opera House and Harbor Bridge were a couple of the first places to go dark, as Australians took part in the global effort to raise awareness over climate change and show the need for sustainability. The event takes place worldwide on Saturday from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time, during which time people are encouraged to turn off their lights for 60 minutes.

    The landmark India Gate in New Delhi, India as it is lit, at left, and then in darkness when the lights are turned out for one hour to mark Earth Hour, Saturday, March 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Mustafa Quraishi)

    The Associated Press reports that hundreds of landmarks around the world, including New York's Empire State Building, Big Ben in London, the Great Wall of China and Tokyo Tower, will all go dark for an hour.

    It only makes sense that Sydney would be one of the first to celebrate the darkness, since Earth Hour began in the

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