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By Leanne Italie THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Classic Blue is Pantone Color Institute’s colour of the year

NEW YORK — In these uneasy times, as we move along to a new decade, the Pantone Color Institute has reached back in time to calming, confident Classic Blue as its colour of the year for 2020.

The colour is an anchor offering stability, constancy and connection, said Laurie Pressman, vice-president of the global purveyors of colour consulting, trendspotting and analysis.

Top of mind: ‘Justice’ is Merriam-Webster’s word of the year

NEW YORK — Racial justice. Obstruction of justice. Social justice. The Justice Department. Merriam-Webster has chosen “justice” as its 2018 word of the year, driven by the churning news cycle over months and months.

The word follows “toxic,” picked by Oxford Dictionaries, and “misinformation,” plucked by Dictonary.com.

Kid ride-ons explode with cars, tractors, monster trucks

NEW YORK — Mercedes or Mustang? John Deere or Jeep? Electric ride-ons for kids are busting out all over this holiday season.

Target will add nearly a quarter-million square feet of new space for toys across more than 500 stores. Some of that real estate will show off a broad selection of ride-ons and other large toys.