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a.MKE: Syrian refugees, St Paul bridge closing, unclaimed lotto and Microsoft's smartphone 9.3.13

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The United Nation's refugee agency reported the number of Syrians that have fled their war-ravaged country has now risen above 2 million. More than half are children aged 17 or younger. A year ago, that number was 230,671.

The St. Paul bridge, which spans the Milwaukee River will close today for construction work and won't reopen until June. Businesses and agencies in the Historic Third Ward like the Pritzlaff Building, BP gas station, post office and Amtrak station will remain open. Detours will be posted.

Microsoft announced late Monday night that it will buy Nokia's mobile phone business, a deal that pits Microsoft squarely against Apple and Google in the smartphone business. The $7.2 billion acquisition gives Microsoft control of the second-largest mobile phone manufacturer in the world. Apple and Google control 86% of the smartphone market.

Wisconsin has more than $50 million in unclaimed lottery winnings going back to 1997. Unclaimed winnings from games including Powerball, Mega Millions, Supercash and Pick 4 in the most recent fiscal year amounted to $2.8 million.  Winners have 180 days to claim prizes. Unclaimed dollars are sent to the lottery's property tax relief fund.