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Growers struggle with glut of legal pot in Washington state

(AP) — Washington's legal marijuana market opened last summer to a dearth of weed. Some stores periodically closed because they didn't have pot to sell. Prices were through the roof.

Wet Seal files for bankruptcy in effort to stay afloat

(AP) — The Wet Seal Inc., a teen clothing retailer, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in an effort to keep its remaining stores open.

US factory output rises 0.3 percent in December

(AP) — U.S. factory production rose in December as manufacturers churned out more furniture, computers and clothing, offsetting a decline in autos.

US stocks end lower after bank earnings fall

(AP) — The stock market is ending lower following weaker earnings from banks.

China's Xiaomi takes aim at Apple with new phone 


(AP) — Rising smartphone star Xiaomi is moving upmarket and taking aim at Apple's iPhone.

Las Vegas sports books lobby for bets on Olympics, Oscars 


(AP) — A race for a gold medal could bring lots of green for gamblers in Nevada if state officials approve requests from sports books and a casino owner to allow wagering on Olympic events.

Flu vaccine not working well; only 23 percent effective 


(AP) — As predicted, this year's flu vaccine is doing a pretty crummy job. It's only 23 percent effective, primarily because it doesn't include the bug that is making most people sick, according to a government study released Thursday.

Target to shut 133 Canada stores to stem massive losses 


(AP) — Target is giving up on Canada.

Chicago strip club gets neighborhood award for cleanliness

(AP) — A Chicago strip club has received an award for its efforts at dressing up the neighborhood.

Obama to renew push for paid leave for working parents

(AP) — Renewing a push for paid leave for workers, President Barack Obama on Thursday will call on Congress, states and cities to pass measures to allow tens of millions of workers to earn up to a week of paid sick time a year, the White House said.