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Michelle Obama to appear on Fallon's 'Tonight Show'

First lady Michelle Obama travels to New York City today for several events and appears on The Tonight Show, joining host Jimmy Fallon's debut week. After Fallon's first show Monday, USA TODAY TV critic Robert Bianco said Fallon is an easy-to-like TV persona with a gentle style that seems well-suited to Tonight.

Olympics highlights

Today is the women's figure skating long program and women's hockey. Some have called the Team USA vs. Team Canada match-up at noon ET one of the best best rivalries of the Winter Games.

Winning ticket in $425M jackpot sold in Calif.

The first Powerball winner of 2014 bought the ticket at a Chevron Station in Milpitas, Calif. The winning numbers of 1, 17, 35, 49 and 54, with Powerball number of 34 and Power Play number of 3 were selected last night around 11 p.m. ET. The jackpot is estimated at $425.3 million, with a cash payout option of $242.2 million, making it one of the largest in U.S. history.

Severe storms take aim on central and eastern U.S.

The first major severe weather outbreak of the season is forecast to wallop portions of the central and eastern USA today and Friday. While the biggest threats will be powerful wind gusts, flash flooding and large hail, a few tornadoes are also possible, AccuWeather predicts.

Shaky truce in Ukraine unravels

Despite a truce called by Ukraine's protest leaders and the president they aim to oust, street fighting between protesters and police in the center of Kiev continued on Thursday, as the number of people reported dead in the conflict continues to rise.

Bonus! First Bitcoin ATM headed to Austin

Bitcoin — the virtual currency that has ignited the imagination of techies, investigators and investors — is coming to Texas. Today, organizers will unveil the USA's first Bitcoin ATM machine, tucked in the backroom of a downtown Austin bar. And just in time for SXSW, the three-week interactive/film/music conference that begins Mar. 7.

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