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NEW YORK (AP) — Americans overlooked shortages, spiking prices and uncertainty over the omicron variant to break spending records during the critical holiday shopping season. But figures released Friday show that after spending robustly early in the holiday season, consumers sharply slowed their purchases from November to December.

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It wasn't exactly reefer madness Monday as California launched the first legal retail sales of marijuana, but those who could find the drug celebrated the historic day, lining up early for ribbon cuttings and offerings from joints to weed. California joins a list of other states and the District of Columbia, where so-called recreational marijuana is allowed. The federal government continues to classify pot as a controlled substance.

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Want that charcoal mask or the smoky-eye look but don't want to spend a lot? There are lots of options for the holiday shopping season to look your best. And the shopping experience is becoming more enjoyable. Walmart and Target both have revamped their beauty areas, and many website offer high-end brands at more affordable prices.

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