From the Wires

Fatality from bird flu confirmed in Canada

BBC: An Alberta resident has died from the H5N1 avian influenza strain, becoming the first fatal case in North America.

China lifts ban on foreign game consoles

BBC: The move paves the way for firms such as Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft to enter a lucrative market.

More jobs added than expected in U.S.

WSJPrivate-sector payrolls rose by 238,000 in December, the highest gain since November 2012.

JPMorgan to pay $1.7B in Madoff case

USA Today: JPMorgan Chase must pay $1.7 billion to settle criminal charges from the Bernard Madoff case.

Lindsey Vonn injured, will miss Sochi Olympics

CBS: The 29-year-old will skip the Winter Games in Russia due to a right knee injury.

Legal pot costs more than black-market marijuana

Forbes: Taxes on legal marijuana have made its prices much higher than its black-market counterpart.

U.S. service industries expand slower than predicted

Bloomberg Businessweek: December's forecast shows uneven progress for the largest part of the United States' economy.

December auto sales miss expectations

Reuters: The top automakers in the United States did not meet December sales expectations, but 2013 still stands at the best year for the industry since the recession.

Cheerios drops GMOs

USA Today: General Mills says it will stop using genetically modified ingredients in its original Cheerios cereal.

Construction spending in U.S. at its highest

Reuters: Construction spending in the United States is at its highest level in nearly five years.

Construction spending increased 1 percent to an annual rate of $934.4 billion, the highest level since March 2009, the Commerce Department said on Thursday. It was the eighth straight month that construction spending increased.

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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.