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Wireless industry, carriers volunteer to offer anti-theft software on smartphones by 2015

SAN FRANCISCO - A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that the biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft.

China's economic growth slows to 24-year low of 7.4 per cent, raising risk of job losses

BEIJING, China - China's economic growth slowed to a 24-year low of 7.4 per cent in the first quarter, raising the risk of job losses and a potential impact on its trading partners.

Critics say Ottawa missing critical opportunity to bolster apprenticeships

OTTAWA - Stakeholders are disappointed that the Conservative government has declared its massive new federal-provincial infrastructure project open for business - with nary a mention of apprenticeships.

Sweet gas, ski resorts get a pass from province on environmental reviews

VANCOUVER - The B.C. government is exempting about 99 per cent of the natural gas produced in the province from automatic environmental assessment reviews.

Alberta Energy Regulator toughens rules to cut possible effect of gas emissions

CALGARY - Alberta's energy regulator is toughening rules to reduce the potential negative effects of energy industry gas emissions.

CBS wins another Nielsen week with help from basketball and its roster of hit TV series

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Hoops and series hits have handed CBS another winning week, the Nielsen ratings company said.

Embattled Ontario Liberals set crucial budget date for May 1

TORONTO - Ontario's governing Liberals will table their crucial budget on May 1, a high-stakes document that could turn into an election platform if both opposition parties refuse to support it.

NDP questions government handling of Heartbleed at Canada Revenue Agency

OTTAWA - Two New Democrat MPs have written to the minister in charge of the Canada Revenue Agency asking her to explain what they say are discrepancies in the timeline of the Heartbleed security bug.

Muskrat Falls project costs going up, power may be delayed: Nalcor Energy CEO

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Costs for the $7.7-billion Muskrat Falls hydro project are going up and the date for first power from the dam may be delayed, says the head of Newfoundland and Labrador's Crown energy corporation.

TSX slightly higher on China growth worries, escalating Russia/Ukraine tensions

TORONTO - The Toronto stock market closed with a small gain Tuesday amid concerns about China's growth and worsening tensions between Ukraine and Russia.

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