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November 4, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels, as expected, did not extend a one-year, $14.1-million qualifying offer to pitcher Jason Vargas by Monday's deadline, so they will not receive draft-pick compensation if the free-agent left-hander signs elsewhere. Monday's decision does not preclude the Angels from pursuing a multi-year deal with Vargas, who had a 9-8 record and 4.02 earned-run average in 24 starts during an injury-plagued 2013 season, and there appears to be interest in such a deal on both sides. But beginning Tuesday, Vargas can negotiate with all 30 teams.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2013 | By Susan King
In 1961, Disney songwriting stalwarts Robert and Richard Sherman struggled with adding tunes to the "Mary Poppins" screenplay. Oh, they had plenty of ideas - some Oscar-winning ones, as it turned out. But the process of persuading the story's author that the songs would serve the material was a grueling one. That long and aggravating attempt to take "Mary Poppins" from the written page to the big screen is at the heart of "Saving Mr. Banks," a...
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October 31, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels have only one free agent, pitcher Jason Vargas, and they have until 2 p.m. Monday to decide whether to extend a one-year, $14.1-million qualifying offer to the left-hander who went 9-8 with a 4.02 earned-run average in 24 starts during an injury-plagued 2013 season. The Angels are not expected to make that offer because it would push them up against the $189-million luxury tax threshold for 2014, but that wouldn't preclude them from pursuing a multiyear deal with Vargas, who has expressed a desire to remain in Anaheim.
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October 31, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez and Mike DiGiovanna
A dozen Dodgers became free agents Thursday, including second baseman Mark Ellis, whose $5.75-million option for 2014 was declined by the team. Ellis, 36, was a finalist for the Gold Glove but became expendable when the Dodgers signed Cuban import Alexander Guerrero this month to a four-year, $28-million contract. Ellis could still return to the Dodgers if he is willing to accept a reduced role, as the Dodgers would like to re-sign him in case Guerrero isn't ready to play in the major leagues on opening day. Guerrero, 26, will be playing in the United States for the first time.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2013 | By Inkoo Kang
"Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm 64?" sang a twentysomething Paul McCartney in his semi-confrontational love song, an interrogation of romantic commitment through the trials of physical decay. For Jason DaSilva, the documentary filmmaker behind "When I Walk," McCartney's question is neither abstract nor remote. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 25 and robbed of his mobility and motor skills in a frighteningly short spell, DaSilva can't help asking his girlfriend over a bowl of noodles whether she'll feed him when he can't hold a spoon anymore.
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October 28, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Olivia Wilde and fiance Jason Sudeikis are having a baby! Reps for the "Her" star and the "Saturday Night Live" alum confirmed to People on Sunday that they're expecting their first child together.  After the baby news broke, Wilde took to Twitter to thank her fans and solicit some advice. "WOW. You guys are awesome. So kind. Thank you thank you thank you!" she  wrote , adding, "PS. Babies eat mostly salsa right?" It is unclear how far along she is or when the baby is due.  "They are incredibly happy," a source told the mag. "They're very excited to welcome a new member into their family.
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October 28, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
A tour bus carrying country singer Jason Aldean and company hit and killed a pedestrian in the wee hours Monday in Indiana. The 36-year-old "Night Train" singer has since gone online to confirm the accident and express his condolences. Albert Kennedy of Vincennes, Ind., "walked out into the middle of the roadway" around 1:30 a.m. and was struck by the bus, ABC News reported . He was confirmed dead at the scene.  A sheriff who talked to TMZ said Kennedy was often seen walking around town but had no explanation for why he went into traffic.
NATIONAL
October 26, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
CONCHO, Okla. - Darren Black Bear and Jason Pickel hadn't even planned to send invitations to their upcoming wedding. They're small-town people, they said, and planned an intimate, no-frills celebration of their love. "I intended to tell people, 'Hey, we're getting married. Come on down and have dinner,'" Pickel said, laughing. Then, during an interview in his Oklahoma City apartment, his cellphone vibrated: yet another media request. And then came another. Since word about their upcoming nuptials spread, Pickel and Black Bear have been thrust into the spotlight over one of the most hot-button issues in this state.
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October 24, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Prince George's christening portraits have arrived! OK, now we can officially gush about how cute Prince George is ... Prince William and his wife, Catherine, the former Kate Middleton, baptized their 3-month-old baby Wednesday and have unveiled four highly anticipated official family portraits that were shot by celebrity photographer Jason Bell after the 35-minute ceremony. The tiny prince, who will eventually be named the head of the Church of England when he is crowned, was christened during a small private ceremony at the Chapel Royal in London's St. James's Palace by the Archbishop of Canterbury , Justin Welby.
SPORTS
October 23, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
The quarterback carousel continues to spin in Cleveland, where the Browns said Jason Campbell will start Sunday's game at Kansas City. Browns Coach Rob Chudzinski announced the move Wednesday in a morning meeting with reporters. “He's been productive, given us leadership, gives us the best chance to win,” the coach said. Cleveland is 0-4 with Weeden as a starter this season, most recently losing to Green Bay on Sunday, 31-13. Weeden was replaced by third-stringer Brian Hoyer, who gave the team an unexpected lift until suffering a season-ending knee injury.
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