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RUN-D.M.C. Suing Walmart, Amazon for Trademark Infringement

Amazon, Walmart and other retailers are being sued for $50 million for allegedly infringing on the trademark of iconic rap and hip-hop group RUN-D.M.C. The stores “are trading on the goodwill” of the band and confusing consumers by “advertising, manufacturing, selling and distributing multiple products” that erroneously imply the group endorsed the merchandise, according to the lawsuit filed Thursday in …

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Randall The Handle’s NFL Picks for Week 17

BEST BETS Texans (9-6) at Titans (8-7) LINE: TENNESSEE by 3 Someone had to win this lousy division. The Titans were in position to at least have this game decide it, but that was before they laid an egg in Jacksonville last week. Houston’s ugly win over Cincinnati sealed the deal and the Texans will head to the playoffs as …

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Daniel Alfredsson’s No. 11 Retired During Emotional Ceremony

OTTAWA — Number 11 in the rafters, No. 1 in the hearts of Ottawa fans. Former Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson was the toast of the town Thursday night when his No. 11 was officially retired during an emotional ceremony before the club faced the Detroit Red Wings. On those many nights where he helped the Senators find success, his goals …

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Shanahan Preaching Patience as Maple Leafs Rebuild Progresses

TORONTO — As far as fashion statements go, Brendan Shanahan is sending mixed messages. It is Thursday morning at the MasterCard Centre, and Shanahan has joined the likes of Curtis Joseph, Darcy Tucker, Paul Coffey and Tie Domi in a spirited game of shinny as they prepare for the Centennial Classic Alumni game at BMO Field Saturday. He’s easy to …

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Hockey Canada Happy with World Junior Host Cities, Just not Back-to-back Years

Scott Smith doesn’t have the benefit of turning back the clock. If he did? The incoming president of Hockey Canada wouldn’t recommend having the world junior hockey championship in Toronto and Montreal in back-to-back years in Canada (2015 and 2017). “I have no reservations about the fact we came to Toronto and Montreal,” Smith said on Thursday. “I think that …

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DeRozan Becomes Raptors’ all-time Leading Scorer in Loss to Warriors

OAKLAND — It came as most of his scoring does and from an area no longer valued by today’s NBA. It was extremely fitting as that mid-range pull-up jumper that pushed DeMar DeRozan past Chris Bosh and made him the Raptors all-time leading scorer is exactly what has made DeRozan such a valuable commodity to the only team he has …

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TSX Edges up After Holiday Closures as U.S. Markets Retreat

After being closed for two days, Toronto’s main stock index finished in positive territory Wednesday as oil prices rose to their highest level all year. The S&P/TSX composite index gained 32.95 points at 15,361.10, buoyed by advancing gold, materials and energy stocks. The Toronto market had been closed on Monday and Tuesday to observe the Christmas and Boxing Day holidays. …

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Pipelines Voted Canadian Press Business Story of the Year

CALGARY—The increasingly divisive debate over pipelines, with the economic benefits and environmental concerns they carry, has been selected as The Canadian Press business story of the year. In an annual survey of newsrooms across the country, pipeline development edged out another politically charged issue — real estate — by a single vote, a reflection of how the two stories competed …

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Task Rabbit Falling Just Short of Startup Success

NEW YORK—TaskRabbit was founded in 2008 with a big idea. On the company’s website and app, people make money by assembling strangers’ Ikea furniture or cleaning their bathrooms. There’s nothing particularly exciting about other people’s chores, but Leah Busque, a former IBM engineer who started the company, had grand ambitions. “Our mission is to revolutionize how people work,” she told Bloomberg TV last year. TaskRabbit showed up on the heels of the iPhone, when …

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Volkswagen Financial Acquires Vancouver-based PayByPhone

Vancouver-based parking payment company PayByPhone has been acquired by Volkswagen Financial Services AG. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Founded in 2001, PayByPhone bills itself as one of the fastest growing mobile-payments companies in the world, processing more than $250 million in payments annually. PayByPhone says its mobile web, smartphone and smartwatch applications are used by more than 12.5 …

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