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Smoke 'em if ya got 'em, as legalized marijuana takes hold

Smoke 'em if ya got 'em, as legalized marijuana takes hold

PORTLAND, Maine — It's a green Monday in Maine. The first tangible results of state voters' decision to legalize marijuana are being felt as possession and home growth of marijuana becomes legal.
Google launches fund that could donate $4M to ACLU, others

Google launches fund that could donate $4M to ACLU, others

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google has created a crisis fund that could raise up to $4 million for four immigrant rights organizations.

US pending home sales increased in December

WASHINGTON — More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in December. The increase possibly reflects more people scrambling to purchase homes as mortgage rates have been rising and increasing the costs of ownership.

Kodak celebrates Academy Award nominations for film movies

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Kodak says some of Hollywood is still hanging on to film, pointing to 29 Academy Award nominations for movies captured on its 35 mm and 16 mm Motion Picture Film stock as proof of its success.
Japanese arcade pioneer and 'Father of Pac-Man' has died

Japanese arcade pioneer and 'Father of Pac-Man' has died

TOKYO — Masaya Nakamura, the "Father of Pac-Man" who founded the Japanese video game company behind the hit creature-gobbling game, has died. He was 91. Nakamura, who died on Jan. 22, founded Namco, part of Bandai Namco, in 1955.
Toyota sold 10.2 million vehicles worldwide, fewer than VW

Toyota sold 10.2 million vehicles worldwide, fewer than VW

TOKYO — Toyota has relinquished the title of the world's biggest automaker, reporting Monday that it sold 10.175 million vehicles worldwide in 2016, fewer than Volkswagen's 10.31 million. General Motors reports its tally next week.

US consumer spending up 0.5 per cent in December

WASHINGTON — Consumers boosted spending in December at the fastest pace in three months, giving the economy some momentum going into 2017. Consumer spending advanced 0.5 per cent in December, a major improvement over the modest 0.
A commuter's dream: Entrepreneurs race to develop flying car

A commuter's dream: Entrepreneurs race to develop flying car

WASHINGTON — Even before George Jetson entranced kids with his cartoon flying car, people dreamed of soaring above traffic congestion. Inventors and entrepreneurs have long tried and failed to make the dream a reality, but that may be changing.

Saputo moves to buy remaining 12% of Australia's Warrnambool dairy business

MONTREAL — Saputo Inc. is moving to buy out the minority shareholders of an Australian cheese and dairy producer that it acquired in 2014 after a hard-fought takeover battle. The Montreal-based company's Australian subsidiary is offering A$8.
Starbucks to hire 10,000 refugees over next 5 years

Starbucks to hire 10,000 refugees over next 5 years

WASHINGTON — Starbucks says it will hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years, a response to President Donald Trump's indefinite suspension of Syrian refugees and temporary travel bans that apply to six other Muslim-majority nations.