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By Leanne Italie THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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.

Mark the season of romance with some special chocolates

NEW YORK — Got a chocolate lover? Why not mark the season of romance with something special just for them.

With an ancient love connection the Aztecs believed chocolate was an aphrodisiac and built-in marketing opportunities that include Valentine’s Day, the purveyors of chocolate offer their wares in a variety of price ranges, flavour combinations and just plain fun factor.

Dictionary.com chooses ‘complicit’ as its word of the year

NEW YORK — Dictionary.com announced Monday that “complicit” is the site’s word of the year in a contentious 2017.

Site lexicographer Jane Solomon says numerous events, from politics to natural disasters, drove more people to look up “complicit” at particular times of the year. Overall, she said, look-ups of the word increased nearly 300 per cent over 2016.