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Quebec Liberal majority victory positive for economy, business leaders

MONTREAL - Quebec's new Liberal majority government must work to revive the province's economy and create jobs, business leaders said Tuesday.

Jury awards $1.3 million to comic George Wallace in personal injury claim against Vegas resort

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - A Nevada jury is awarding comedian George Wallace $1.3 million in damages for a leg injury he says he suffered while performing at a Las Vegas Strip resort in 2007.

Weather Channel returns to DirecTV with cut to reality TV show programming

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Weather Channel is returning to DirecTV with a significant compromise that affects all of its viewers: it promises to focus more on the weather.

Toronto stock market gains as commodity prices rise, Wall Street stays flat

TORONTO - The Toronto stock market held its positive stance on Tuesday afternoon as commodity prices strengthened and traders relaxed concerns that some sectors may be overvalued.

Prince Edward Island delivers budget with estimated deficit of $39.6 million

CHARLOTTETOWN - The government of Prince Edward Island is projecting a deficit of $39.6 million for the 2014-15 fiscal year in a budget that focuses on fiscal restraint.

Calif. bill inspired by 'Blackfish' documentary would end orca shows at SeaWorld in San Diego

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A proposed California bill would force SeaWorld San Diego to stop using killer whales in its iconic shows and to release them from their tanks, the latest blowback that the exotic animal attraction has faced after a documentary criticized the marine park's animal welfare practices.

Loonie higher as US dollar loses position on political tensions in Ukraine

TORONTO - The Canadian dollar was higher again Tuesday, extending its recent gain to heights it hasn't seen since early this year.

US employers posted more job openings in February, a sign that hiring will pick up

WASHINGTON - U.S. employers posted more job openings in February, a sign that hiring will likely improve in the months ahead.

EU's top court nixes snooping legislation, strengthens privacy rights

BRUSSELS - The European Union's top court on Tuesday dealt a blow to law-enforcement agencies' spying on phone and internet records, saying the lives of citizens should not be "the subject of constant surveillance."

Signs of cooling in the housing market grow as starts and permits slip

OTTAWA - Signs of a cooling in the Canadian housing market piled up on Tuesday as both the pace of housing starts and building permits slowed.

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