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5:50 pm
Sat January 18, 2014

The NFL: Big Business With Big Tax Breaks

MetLife Stadium in New Jersey will hold the 2014 Super Bowl. The stadium gets a break on local property taxes.
Julio Cortez AP

Originally published on Sun January 19, 2014 11:04 am

If you're a football fan, Sunday is kind of like Christmas.

Two conference championship games will determine the teams that advance to the Super Bowl, and the matchups couldn't be more exciting: Denver vs. New England (Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady). And some would say the other game, pitting San Francisco against Seattle, might just feature the two best teams in the league.

America shows its love for the sport in many ways beyond breathless anticipation of big games. It also gives back to the National Football League with tax breaks and publicly funded stadiums.

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The Two-Way
4:58 pm
Sat January 18, 2014

Hoboken Mayor Says Christie Administration Held Sandy Aid 'Hostage'

Originally published on Sun January 19, 2014 10:06 am

The mayor of Hoboken, N.J., says the administration of Gov. Chris Christie told her if she did not back a local development deal, her city would not receive the aid she asked for to rebuild after Super Storm Sandy.

Dawn Zimmer, a Democrat, made the comments about the Republican administration in an interview with MSNBC on Saturday.

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The Two-Way
3:14 pm
Sat January 18, 2014

Watch: The Metrodome Roof Deflates In 35 Minutes

Fans cheer on Dec. 29, during the last NFL football game ever played at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.
Ann Heisenfelt AP

Originally published on Sat January 18, 2014 3:32 pm

The roof of the Metrodome in Minneapolis was deflated one last time this morning.

Thirty-one years worth of history were symbolically released in 35 minutes, after officials from the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority opened the vents and turned off the fans:

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Shots - Health News
2:55 pm
Sat January 18, 2014

Western Scientists Look To Chinese Medicine For Fresh Leads

Workers prepare Chinese traditional medicine for customers in Beijing.
Alexander F. Yuan AP

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 8:08 am

In the quest for new treatments, U.S. researchers are looking to traditional Chinese medicines, some of the oldest remedies in the world.

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The Two-Way
1:51 pm
Sat January 18, 2014

Missouri Bill Would Add Firing Squad As Death Penalty Option

This is the execution room at the Potosi Correctional Center in Potosi, Miss., as it looked on Jan. 17, 1990. Death by lethal injection was the method used at the prison.

Originally published on Sat January 18, 2014 3:28 pm

A bill introduced in the Missouri Statehouse adds a firing squad as an option for carrying out the death penalty in the state.

The bill would give the state another option besides lethal gas and lethal injection, which has run into speed bumps because pharmaceutical companies have halted the sale of one of the drugs used in those executions.

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