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5 Things to Know Today

Here are some interesting and important things to know for the coming week.

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From a record-breaking lotto jackpot to how to avoid the flu this season, here are five things you need to know for the coming week:

1. Feeling lucky? Go buy a lotto ticket today—or five. The Mega Millions jackpot jumped to $550 million (the fourth biggest prize ever) on Saturday after no winning ticket was sold. The next drawing is on Tuesday.

2. Even though flu season is well underway, it’s not too late to get a flu shot, NBC News reports. Taking a few minutes to stop by the pharmacy or doctor's office for a shot or nose spray could keep you out of the hospital or even save your life. The vaccine prevented 6.6 million cases of flu and 80,000 hospitalizations last year, according to the CDC.

3. The Chronicle of Higher Education has released its annual study on compensation for presidents at private colleges. The study, which uses data from federal tax documents, ranks compensation for the 2011 fiscal year (the most recent time period the data was available). So who are among the highest paid university presidents? The University of Chicago's Robert J. Zimmer and Northeastern University's Joseph E. Aoun, who made about $3.6 million and $3.1 million, respectively.

4. Mailing your Christmas gifts this week? This article gives great tips on how to save on shipping. Refer to this handy shipping cost comparison chart for more info. 

5. Americans are spending more on mental health. But it's not enough, says a new report timed to the one-year anniversary of the school shootings in Newtown, Conn. The White House promised another $100 million to help communities provide services.

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