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#5: Gold Coins
One of the rarest of all U.S. gold coins sold for a record $2.4 million dollars. The 207 year-old gold “Quarter Eagle” was worth $2.50 when it was minted in 1808. One side of the coin depicts Lady Liberty, and an Eagle is on the other side. The 1808 quarter Eagle was one in a collection of 128 coins that sold for a total $25 million at the auction. Among them, a quarter from 1796 went for nearly $1.6 million dollars, matching a previous record.

#4: Dave Letterman
It’s the end of an era. The stars came out and the crowds lined up to say farewell to Dave Letterman. After three decades, Dave Letterman ended his late night TV gig with a heartfelt goodnight and goodbye to viewers. He went out with a star studded bang. The final top ten list included Jerry Seinfeld, Peyton Manning, Jim Carrey and many other big stars. Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, along with President Obama also bid farewell to the longtime late night host.

#3: Filibuster 
After 10 hours and 30 minutes, Senator Rand Paul gave up the Senate floor late Wednesday night. It ended what his office calls his filibuster over National Security Agency Surveillance Programs and the Patriot Act. His marathon came more than two years after a 13-hour filibuster by the Kentucky Republican. This time, Paul protested the NSA’s Dragnet Surveillance Programs targeting Americans.

#2: California Oil Spill
An oil spill on a California beach could be much worse than first thought. The Joint Information Center for the Refugio says over 100,000 gallons of crude oil might have spilled from the ruptured pipeline instead of the initial 21,000 gallons loss estimate. The oil spill that happened west of Santa Barbara on Tuesday has created a nine-mile slick. The pipeline has since been shut off. The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management says a Houston-based company named “Plains All American Pipeline” is responsible for the spill.

#1: Takata Recall
A major automotive recall due to faulty Takata airbags could mean the vehicle in your driveway may not be as safe as it could be. The massive recall will not be easy to implement. In fact, it could take years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration web site has set up a special page just for this recall and it could take several weeks for the site to list all of the vehicles affected by the recall. The NHTSA suggest checking back on its website to make sure your vehicle is on the list.

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