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Craigslist closes personals sections in US, cites measure

SAN FRANCISCO — Americans looking for love or companionship on Craigslist can't make a connection. The classified ads site on Friday has taken its personals section offline in the United States. The action comes after the U.S.
US new-home sales dipped in February, but demand is solid

US new-home sales dipped in February, but demand is solid

WASHINGTON — Sales of new U.S. homes slipped 0.6 per cent in February, a third straight monthly decline. But year to date, sales are up 2.2 per cent compared with 2017 in a sign that buyer demand remains solid.
DHX Media CEO says strategic review going well, should be complete by June 30

DHX Media CEO says strategic review going well, should be complete by June 30

HALIFAX — Executives of DHX Media told its annual shareholders meeting in Halifax that they expect a strategic review of its options to be complete by June 30, at the end of its fiscal fourth-quarter and 2018 financial year.
US durable goods orders rise at fastest pace since June

US durable goods orders rise at fastest pace since June

WASHINGTON — Led by a surge in demand for commercial aircraft, orders for long-lasting manufactured goods in the U.S. rebounded in February, reversing a January drop, to rise at the fastest pace since June.
AP News Guide: Facebook's widening crisis over user data

AP News Guide: Facebook's widening crisis over user data

NEW YORK — Facebook is facing the most serious crisis in its 14-year history as it deals with fallout from a major leak of user data to political consultants associated with the 2016 Trump campaign. Here's a look at the scandal and what it means.
Africa's young professionals embracing 'gospel of bitcoin'

Africa's young professionals embracing 'gospel of bitcoin'

KAMPALA, Uganda — In a sleek new high-rise in Uganda's capital, an enthusiastic lecturer described his financial success with the cryptocurrency bitcoin while his earnings were projected on a screen.
Crowdfunding campaign to save Toys "R" Us doesn't include Canadian stores

Crowdfunding campaign to save Toys "R" Us doesn't include Canadian stores

TORONTO — Toy company executive Isaac Larian is hoping to keep Toys "R" Us's Canadian operations from going out of business, but a $1 billion crowdfunding campaign he launched to rescue the company doesn't include the country's stores.
Behind Facebook's baby step fixes: Defending its ad business

Behind Facebook's baby step fixes: Defending its ad business

NEW YORK — Wondering why Facebook seems to be taking baby steps to address the biggest scandal in its history? Stronger safeguards on user data might damage Facebook's core business of using what it knows about you to sell ads that target your intere
Israeli firm says it can turn garbage into bio-based plastic

Israeli firm says it can turn garbage into bio-based plastic

KIBBUTZ ZEELIM, Israel — Hawks, vultures and storks circle overhead as Christopher Sveen points at the heap of refuse rotting in the desert heat. "This is the mine of the future," he beams.