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Brace yourself for more wintry weather. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, leading the groundhog to forecast six more weeks of winter.

A lawmaker in Mississippi wants to ban restaurants from serving food to obese customers. He says he never even expected his plan to become law.

Jailed quarterback Michael Vick can keep nearly $20 million in bonus money he received from the Atlanta Falcons following a ruling Monday by a federal judge.

Preventing obesity and smoking can save lives, but it doesn’t save money, researchers report. It costs more to care for healthy people who live years longer, according to a Dutch study that counters the perception that preventing obesity would save health systems millions of dollars.

Yahoo Inc. finds itself in a tough spot as its board mulls Microsoft Corp.’s unsolicited $42 billion takeover offer. If the Internet pioneer doesn’t want to sell to one of its biggest rivals, then its best bet may be turning to help from another foe, Google Inc.

A federal judge ruled that President Bush cannot exempt the Navy from environmental laws banning sonar training that environmentalists argue is harmful to whales.

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