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at 08:55 on March 05, 2015, EST.

Applications for US unemployment aid reach a 10-month high but still point to solid job gains

WASHINGTON - The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since May, though the level of applications remains at a level consistent with steady hiring.

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at 09:15 on March 05, 2015, EST.

SNC-Lavalin reports $1.15B fourth-quarter profit, boosted by AltaLink sale

MONTREAL - SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (TSX:SNC) says it earned $1.15 billion, up from $92.6 million a year ago, boosted by the sale of AltaLink.

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at 09:13 on March 05, 2015, EST.

Ringling Bros. Circus eliminating elephant acts by 2018 amid public concerns

POLK CITY, Fla. - The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will phase out the show's iconic elephants from its performances by 2018, telling The Associated Press exclusively that growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision.

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at 09:01 on March 05, 2015, EST.

US productivity falls at 2.2 per cent rate in fourth quarter, weaker than first estimated

WASHINGTON - U.S. worker productivity was even weaker than first thought from October through December while labour costs rose at a faster rate.

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at 08:38 on March 05, 2015, EST.

Canadian dollar lower, Bank of Canada strikes neutral tone, oil prices higher

TORONTO - The Canadian dollar was slightly lower Thursday, giving back some of the strong gain of the previous session on indications the Bank of Canada won't be cutting rates again any time soon.

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at 08:32 on March 05, 2015, EST.

High-end home sales expected to slip in Calgary this spring: realtor

TORONTO - Sotheby's International Realty says a contraction in Alberta's economy will cause sales of high-end homes in Calgary to slip this spring, creating opportunities for deal-hungry buyers.

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at 08:24 on March 05, 2015, EST.

TSX to open little changed: China cuts growth target, Encana to tap markets

TORONTO - The Toronto stock market looked set to open little changed amid lower expectations for Chinese economic growth and major news from the oilpatch.

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at 07:54 on March 05, 2015, EST.

Libyan state oil corporation declares 11 oil fields non-operational after suspected IS attacks

TRIPOLI, Libya - Libya's state-run oil corporation has declared 11 oil fields in the country non-operational after attacks by suspected Islamic State militants, opting for a force majeure clause that exempts the state from contractual obligations.

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at 03:59 on March 05, 2015, EST.

Woman who accuses Silicon Valley firm of sex discrimination set to testify

SAN FRANCISCO - The woman at the centre of a sex discrimination lawsuit against one of Silicon Valley's most prestigious venture capital firms is set to take the stand in a case that has focused attention on the treatment of women in the high-tech and venture capital fields.

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at 19:41 on March 04, 2015, EST.

Pharrell tells jury he didn't copy Marvin Gaye's music for hit song 'Blurred Lines'

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Grammy-winning singer Pharrell Williams says he wasn't trying to copy the late Marvin Gaye's music for the hit song "Blurred Lines," but he was trying to evoke the feeling of late 1970s tunes.

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at 19:34 on March 04, 2015, EST.

China sets official economic growth target of about 7 per cent for 2015; inflation at 3 per cent

BEIJING, China - China has set an official economic growth target of about 7 per cent for this year, according to a work report to be delivered Thursday by the country's premier.

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