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Ohio seeks drug reversing lethal injection process if needed

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio's prisons agency is trying to obtain a drug that could reverse the lethal injection process if needed by stopping the effects of another drug previously used in problematic executions.
Pop-up shops bounce into malls as short-term leases benefit retailers, landlords

Pop-up shops bounce into malls as short-term leases benefit retailers, landlords

TORONTO — For the second year in a row, a shop selling dolls with back stories that celebrate Canada popped up for a limited time in a Toronto mall.
Millennials are falling behind their boomer parents

Millennials are falling behind their boomer parents

MILWAUKEE — Baby Boomers: your millennial children are worse off than you.
As talks loom, 'hard Brexit' option raises fear of tariffs

As talks loom, 'hard Brexit' option raises fear of tariffs

LONDON — Is it cod or haddock? That's the sort of question that will matter to Britain if it leaves the European Union's tariff-free single market and ends up operating under rules overseen by the World Trade Organization.

Ex-Playboy executive Victor Lownes dies at 88

LONDON — Victor Lownes, a former executive of Playboy who helped forge the brand's hedonistic ethos and put much of the swing into the "Swinging London" era, has died at 88.
US wholesale prices rise 0.3 pct., led by costlier gas, food

US wholesale prices rise 0.3 pct., led by costlier gas, food

WASHINGTON — U.S. wholesale prices rose 0.3 per cent in December, led higher by more expensive gas, food and cars. The producer price index, which measures price changes before they reach consumers, increased 1.
PR effort? Questions surround Trump's hotel profits pledge

PR effort? Questions surround Trump's hotel profits pledge

WASHINGTON — It's a public relations win for the president-elect: Donald Trump's company says it will donate profits from any foreign governments that use his hotels. In practice, however, the public may never know if any money changes hands.

More pay, greater confidence lifts US retail sales 0.6 pct.

WASHINGTON — Americans stepped up their auto buying and holiday shopping in December, reflecting a boost in confidence after the election and a solid increase in hourly pay. The Commerce Department says retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 0.
Nintendo: Nintendo Switch game console to launch in March

Nintendo: Nintendo Switch game console to launch in March

TOKYO — The Nintendo Switch video game console will sell for 29,980 yen (about $260) in Japan, starting March 3, the same date as its global rollout in the U.S. and Europe.
China overtakes US in screens but cinemas sit empty

China overtakes US in screens but cinemas sit empty

ZHUOLU TOWN, China — The brightly-decorated 3-D cinema in this town outside Beijing is showing the latest Chinese and Hollywood films, to row after row of empty red seats.