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$30 million? I don’t need no stinkin’ $30 million

At some point, it seems, Cliff Lee figured it wasn’t about the money anymore. Baseball’s hottest free agent could have had $150 million and a spot on the biggest stage in the game with its most successful team — the New York Yankees, winners of 27 World Series. Instead, the star pitcher got up from the table and left $30 million behind. He picked the Philadelphia Phillies, winners of just two titles in more than a century — and a team that brusquely traded him after he led them into the World Series in 2009. The Phillies will give him
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Fat women are often poor women

Women who are poor are much more likely to be obese but men are not, U.S. government researchers said on Tuesday in a report that contradicts some common perceptions. They found income does not greatly affect whether a man is obese but that education seems to affect both sexes. “Among men, obesity prevalence is generally similar at all income levels, with a tendency to be slightly higher at higher income levels,” the team at the National Center for Health Statistics wrote. Obesity is a growing problem for U.S. policymakers. Two thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, with 72 million
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Gun fight at California mall leaves mother dead, five wounded

A mother loading her 2-year-old son into an SUV was killed Tuesday and five others were wounded in a gunbattle at a strip mall in south Sacramento, authorities said. Two men were inside Fly Cuts & Styles barber shop just before 1 p.m. when two other men came in and started shooting, said Sacramento County Sheriff‘s Sgt. Tim Curran. The men in the barber shop were armed and returned fire, Curran said. The gunbattle apparently moved into the parking lot with at least one of the suspects getting into a white sedan. Curran said the gunfire continued as some of
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Gunman opens fire on school board, then kills himself

A gunman opened fire at a school board meeting Tuesday, sending spectators scrambling before he exchanged shots with a security guard and then killed himself, police said. No one besides the gunman was injured. Witnesses said the gunman walked up to a podium, spray painted a red “V” with a circle around it before he began firing. Bay District School board member Ginger Littleton said she hit the gunman in the arm with her purse when some of the people in the room were ordered out. “In my mind, that was the last attempt or opportunity to divert him,” she
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Televisions just not a Best Buy this Christmas

Best Buy Co.’s third-quarter net income fell more than expected as it lost sales of lower-priced TVs and laptops to competitors, and more expensive 3-D and Internet-connected TVs failed to catch on. Shares of the largest U.S. electronics chain fell nearly 15 percent Tuesday as the results raised fears over Best Buy’s holiday season. The company also cut its guidance below analyst expectations. Best Buy benefited when Circuit City went out of business last year. Now it’s getting squeezed between online sellers like Amazon.com and discount stores like Walmart and Target. All sharply reduced prices on flat-screen TVs to drive
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Are we ready for gross-out chick flicks?

Natalie Portman thinks gross-out, juvenile humor isn’t just for guys. She believes women appreciate lewd humor, too. In the January 2011 issue of Vogue magazine, the Academy Award-nominated actress says she’s started her own production company and is interested in making comedic films like “The Hangover” for women. In the article, Portman says women are typically “not allowed” to be “beautiful and funny.” She also believes it’s frowned upon for females to be vulgar. Her latest movie “Black Swan” is now in theaters. The January issue of Vogue goes on sale nationwide December 21. ___ Online: http://www.vogue.com/ http://www.foxsearchlight.com/blackswan/
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Obama tax deal drives up rates

What the Federal Reserve giveth, Obama taketh away. The U.S. central bank’s $600 billion stimulus plan was supposed to lower interest rates. But President Barack Obama‘s tax deal with Republicans, by rekindling fears of budget deficits in the bond market, has pushed them higher. As the Fed meets this coming week, the surprise shot in the arm from the fiscal authorities might strengthen the case of hawks at the central bank, who think the economy is already growing of its own momentum. They could argue to scale down the $600 billion in bond purchases announced in November. “The shift to
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Cowboys almost upset Vick, Eagles

Michael Vick faked a handoff and threw deep to DeSean Jackson, a perfect strike for 60 yards. With that one play, the Philadelphia Eagles sent the Dallas Cowboys a strong message — we’re coming after you. Philadelphia kept coming, mostly with big plays. Jackson turned just four catches into 210 yards and LeSean McCoy ran for a career-high 149, lifting the Eagles to a 30-27 victory over the Cowboys on Sunday night and strengthening their grip on first place in the NFC East. “We put the pedal to the metal,” said Philadelphia coach Andy Reid, who also had to be
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Arena collapse moves game

Brett Favre is getting help from the Minnesota Vikings‘ medical staff, the athletic trainers and perhaps even the weather gods as he tries to keep his incredible consecutive starts record going. The Vikings’ home game against the New York Giants was moved to Monday night in Detroit after the Metrodome‘s inflated roof collapsed in a snowstorm early Sunday morning. The delay has given Favre more time to heal his sprained right shoulder, with his NFL-record streak of 297 straight regular season starts hanging in the balance. “Joke goin round is Gods Tryin to preserve Bretts streak record,” Vikings receiver Bernard
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A&P files for bankruptcy

The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., once the nation’s largest grocer, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it struggles with enormous debt and increased competition from low-priced peers. The 151-year-old company, based in Montvale, N.J., operates 395 stores around the Northeast under the A&P, Waldbaum’s, The Food Emporium, Super Fresh, Pathmark and Food Basics grocery stores banners. The filing was widely anticipated. The company — known to most as A&P — has been bleeding red ink for some time. According to the filing submitted late Sunday in bankruptcy court in White Plains, N.Y., the company listed total
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