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Personal threats a job perk for Congress

Growing hazard for members of Congress: Threats — both real and perceived. Pennies tinged in red, purported to be in blood, arrive at the office of outgoing speaker Nancy Pelosi, along with a message that says “no more blood for war.” The red turned out to be paint but the message is clear. FBI documents obtained by Politico under the Freedom of Information Act show the agency has investigted 236 threats against members of Congress over te last decade and while some, like the red-tinged Pelosi pennies, are more nuisance than threat, many others are serious threats. “It’s interesting that
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Hefner decides to wed another Playmate

Hugh Hefner, the 84-year-old founder of Playboy magazine, is engaged…again. Hefner proposed to 24-year-old Playmate Crystal Harris on Christmas Eve. The Playboy tycoon used Twitter to announce his upcoming nuptials. “After the movie tonght, Christal and I exchanged gifts. I gave Ctrstal a ring. A truly memorable Christmas Eve. A truly memorable Christmas Eve. When I gave Crystal the ring, she burst into tears. This is the happiest Christmas weekend in memory.” Hef didn’t clarify that the ring was an engagement one until a followup tweet the next day when he said “Yes, the ring I gave Crystal is an
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Teena Marie dead at 54

R&B singer Teena Marie, known by many as the “Ivory Queen of Soul,” died over the weekend at age 54 after a career that included hit songs and a constant battle with prescription drugs. To Marie, race wasn’t an issue. “Overall my race hasn’t been a problem,” she told Essence magazine last year. “I’m a black artist with White skin. At the end of the day you have to sing what’s in your own soul.”‘ But drug dependency was also in Marie’s soul.  She told The Associated Press last year that she successfully battled a long fight with prescription drugs.’
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Rotten weather stalls post-Christmas sales

Nothing frustrates a nervous retailer looking for a big return during post-Christmas sales than the depression that comes from a massive East Coast snowstorm that shuts down the shopping malls and keeps shoppers home for the day. After the best holiday season since 2007, retailers from the Southeast to New England looked outside as blizzard-level snowstorms struck.  With forecasts calling for up to 20 inches of snow in Philadelphia and Boston the post-holiday shopping mood was mired in snowdrifts. “The forecast will tend to keep shoppers at home,” Scott A. Bernhardt, chief operating officer at weather research firm Planalytics told
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