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  • High holiday: Pot fans join 420 smoke-out in San Francisco

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thousands of marijuana enthusiasts simultaneously exhaled a giant cloud of smoke that rose above San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park precisely at 4:20 p.m. Friday, the annual April 20 high holiday. An estimated 20,000 people flocked to the park’s so-called Hippie Hill for the annual 420 celebration of all things pot and […]
  • Boston Globe places columnist Kevin Cullen on paid leave

    BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Globe has placed columnist Kevin Cullen on paid leave as an examination of his work is conducted. The paper said Friday it’s asking a third party to conduct the probe. The Globe didn’t detail what prompted the review. The Globe was awarded a 2014 Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of […]
  • CDC expands warning in E. coli outbreak from Arizona lettuce

    PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Centers for Disease expanded its warning Friday surrounding a multistate E. coli outbreak tied to tainted romaine lettuce from Arizona, which has now sickened more than 50 people. The agency said information from new cases of illness prompted them to caution against eating any forms of romaine lettuce that may […]
  • Recalls this week: electrical safety switches, toys

    More than 1 million electrical safety switches are being recalled because of a faulty switch. Other recalled consumer products this week include toy xylophones, ski bindings, and decorative cushions. Here’s a more detailed look: ELECTRICAL SAFETY SWITCHES DETAILS: Square D brand General Duty 30 & 60A, 120/240-volt, 2-phase and 3-phase NEMA 3R safety switches. The […]
  • Remains of Czech cardinal return home from Vatican

    PRAGUE (AP) — The remains of a Czech cardinal who faced persecution from the Nazis and Communists have been returned to his homeland from the Vatican almost 50 years after his death. A Czech military plane landed in Prague with the remains of Cardinal Josef Beran Friday. He will be buried at Prague’s St. Vitus […]
  • Walmart tests new employee dress code at some stores

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Retail giant Walmart is testing a new dress code that gives employees more freedom. Under the pilot program at fewer than 100 stores, workers can wear solid color blue jeans instead of khaki-colored or black denim pants. They also can wear a solid-color shirt of their choosing instead of solid blue […]
  • Furniture designers explore what it is to be sustainable

    MILAN (AP) — Designers are confronting what it means to be sustainable at the Milan Furniture Show. There is the tried and true — durable, sometimes luxurious classic pieces that can be passed down through generations. Increasingly, the focus is also on materials and sourcing, ensuring that they exploit neither workers nor the environment. Perhaps […]
  • Kentucky Derby: Big party leads way to 2-minute horse race

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — There’s bourbon-tasting and hot air balloons, fashion shows and fireworks, a belle and a ball, and the event that started it all, the Pegasus Parade. From the time the Kentucky Derby Festival starts in mid-April, the party doesn’t stop — not until the horses run for the roses on the first […]
  • The Latest: 2,500 attend public viewing for Barbara Bush

    HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the death of former first lady Barbara Bush (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Officials say around 2,500 people have walked past a casket holding former first lady Barbara Bush during a public viewing at a Houston church. The viewing began at noon Friday and was continuing until midnight. A […]
  • Fairfax bids $300 million for Toys R Us’s Canada business

    NEW YORK (AP) — Canada’s Fairfax Financial Holding has placed a bid of $300 million to buy Toys R Us’s Canadian operations in bankruptcy. According to court papers filed late Thursday, the bidder is taking on a role of a “stalking horse” in a court-approved auction set for Monday in New York. That means it […]