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Sheriffs from Colorado, elsewhere sue state over legal pot 


(AP) — Ten sheriffs from three different states sued Colorado Thursday for legalizing marijuana.

All-women's Wellesley College to admit transgender students

(AP) — Wellesley College is joining a growing list of women's colleges that accept transgender students.

Snuggie seller settles charges that it deceived customers

(AP) — The company behind the Snuggie, Perfect Bacon Bowl and other "As Seen on TV" products has agreed to pay $8 million to settle charges that it deceived customers.

Plane skids off LaGuardia runway, crashes into fence; 6 hurt

AP) — A plane from Atlanta skidded off a runway at LaGuardia Airport while landing Thursday, crashing through a chain-link fence and coming to rest with its nose perilously close to the edge of an icy bay.

Mayor to NYC business leaders: Start pay at $13 an hour

(AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio, promoting his message of income equality and empowering the less fortunate, pressed influential New York City business leaders on Thursday to raise their workers' starting pay to $13 an hour.

AbbVie to buy leukemia drugmaker Pharmacyclics for $21B

(AP) — AbbVie will spend about $21 billion to buy fellow drugmaker Pharmacyclics in a bid to add another major revenue producer to a product portfolio that already includes the world's top-selling drug, the anti-inflammatory Humira.

US productivity falls at faster pace, labor costs rise

(AP) — U.S. worker productivity was even weaker than first thought from October through December while labor costs rose at a faster rate.

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage drops to 3.75 percent

(AP) — Average long-term mortgage rates have fallen for the first time in four weeks and remain near historic lows reached in May 2013.

Ringling Bros. phasing out iconic elephant acts by 2018

(AP) — The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will phase out the show's iconic elephants from its performances by 2018, telling The Associated Press exclusively that growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision.

Size matters: Phones as big as they can get for easy use

(AP) — There was a time you could count on phones getting larger each year. Samsung's runaway success with the big-screen smartphone even spurred Apple to release a supersized model last fall. But if phones get any bigger will they be too hard to use?