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Applications for US jobless aid rise to still-low 258,000

WASHINGTON — More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but applications are still at a low level that points to a healthy job market.
Stocks mixed ahead of US vote seen as Trump bellwether

Stocks mixed ahead of US vote seen as Trump bellwether

TOKYO — Global stocks were mixed Thursday, as investors awaited a vote in the U.S. Congress on health care legislation that is seen as a bellwether for President Donald Trump's ability to deliver on campaign promises of tax and regulatory reforms.

Premier Brad Wall says he's happy with long-term view in tough budget

REGINA — Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says he knows that some people won't be happy with the new provincial budget.
Leaders need votes for health bill on eve of House showdown

Leaders need votes for health bill on eve of House showdown

WASHINGTON — The top Republican legislative priority in peril, President Donald Trump dangled possible changes to the health care bill Wednesday aimed at placating conservatives threatening to torpedo the legislation.

Federal investments appear to match B.C. housing, transit initiatives: de Jong

VANCOUVER — The federal budget appears to be in line with British Columbia's approach to affordable housing, child care and transit, Finance Minister Mike de Jong said Wednesday, calling a new $11.

Federal budget's $30M for Alberta's oil and gas industry for orphan wells: Notley

EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says $30 million the federal government is giving to the province for the oil and gas industry is good news.
Koch network spending millions to stop GOP health care bill

Koch network spending millions to stop GOP health care bill

WASHINGTON — The conservative Koch network is promising to spend millions of dollars to defeat the health care overhaul backed by President Donald Trump and top House Republicans.

Scallop fishing area to be closed down amid harvest conflict

PORTLAND, Maine — The federal government is shutting down scallop fishing in a key New England fishing area amid an ongoing conflict over the harvest of the valuable shellfish.

Husky spill in southwest Alberta estimated at 25,000 litres; cleanup going well

CALGARY — Husky Energy says about 25,000 litres of crude oil leaked from one of its pipelines in southwestern Alberta last week.

Puerto Rico's sole deal with bondholders in jeopardy

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The sole tentative debt restructuring deal that Puerto Rico reached after two years of negotiations is in jeopardy after federal control board officials said Wednesday that they would support the U.S.