From the Wires

Customers swarm Colorado cannabis clubs

BBC: The first state-licensed marijuana industry opened in Colorado at the start of the new year.

Blustery winter weather could not deter Colorado's cannabis consumers from turning out in large numbers on 1 January, dubbed Green Wednesday, to see history in the making.

Residents aged 21 and over can buy 1oz (28g), while those from out of the state can purchase up to 0.25oz.

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Sherritt International Corp. is selling coal business

Toronto-based Sherritt International Corp. is selling its coal business for nearly $900 million to focus more on its core nickel and oil operations.

American Express to pay $75.7M settlement

AP: American Express has agreed to pay at least $75.7 million to end an investigation by regulators into some discontinued card products.

Retailers pursue last minute online sales

Reuters: More customers this year will be able to pick up online orders in stores on Tuesday, the last shopping day before Christmas.

U.S. weather on wild ride

CNN: Plummeting temperatures are on tap for much of U.S.

Customers sue Target

BBC: US retailer Target is being sued by at least 11 customers over a credit card security breach in which information on 40 million cards was stolen.

AOL expects Huffington Post to turn profit

CNN: The Huffington Post has yet to turn a profit for AOL, falling far short of executive Tim Armstrong's projection at the time of the acquisition three years ago.

Dennis Rodman in North Korea to train basketball team

CNN: Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is in North Korea for his third visit of "basketball diplomacy."

NBA sole female referee speaks out

CNN: Violet Palmer didn't set out to be a trailblazer, but as the only female referee in the NBA today, that's exactly what she's become.

The saga of Candy Crush

BBC: Candy Crush Saga - the "match-three" mobile game - was the highest grossing app on both iPhone and iPad in 2013.

WhatsApp now one-third the size of Facebook

CNET: Mobile messaging app WhatsApp now has more than 400 million users each month.

Zuckerberg cashing out on $2.3B in stock

USA Today: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is selling $2.3 billion of holdings to help pay taxes.

Target confirms credit-card data breach

USA Today: Target stores have been hit by a major credit-card attack, affecting up to 40 million accounts.