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Budget deficit hits $666B, up $80B as tax debate kicks off

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration says the federal budget deficit rose to $666 billion in the just-completed budget year, an $80 billion spike over last year.
Orange is the new white? Unique amber wine creates buzz

Orange is the new white? Unique amber wine creates buzz

BURDETT, N.Y. — The sloping vineyards of New York's Finger Lakes region known for producing golden-hued rieslings and chardonnays also are offering a splash of orange wine.

Institutional investors key to driving increase in women on boards: report

TORONTO — The support of institutional investors is key to driving any meaningful increase in female representation on corporate boards and in the executive suites, a new analysis suggests. The review authored by lawyers at Bay St.
Pope sends rare condolence after Malta journalist is slain

Pope sends rare condolence after Malta journalist is slain

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Friday joined the chorus of shock over the car bomb slaying of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, sending a note expressing his condolences Friday to the overwhelmingly Catholic island nation.

Speciality drug firm Concordia International seeks to cut debt by $2 billion

OAKVILLE, Ont. — Shares of Concordia International Corp. (TSX:CXR) plunged below $1 on Friday after the Ontario-based drug company announced its intention to reduce its debt by more than $2 billion under a proposed recapitalization transaction.
Airbus has no plans to buy out CSeries program after initial partnership deal

Airbus has no plans to buy out CSeries program after initial partnership deal

MONTREAL — Airbus chief executive Tom Enders says the company has no plans to buy out the rest of Bombardier's CSeries program after reaching a deal to take a majority stake on Monday.
Viral smartphone game lets ordinary Chinese 'clap' for Xi

Viral smartphone game lets ordinary Chinese 'clap' for Xi

BEIJING — Ordinary young Chinese may not have paid close attention to Xi Jinping's 3 1/2 -hour speech this week, but they're happy to "applaud" the president in the newest viral phenomenon to sweep China's internet.

Survey says Canadians prefer shopping in store compared with online

TORONTO — A survey done for BMO Capital Markets suggests Canadians prefer shopping in store to ordering online. The bank asked Canadians if they would consider buying different products in five categories from Canadian Tire, Walmart or Dollarama.
Australian car-making ends with last GM plant closing

Australian car-making ends with last GM plant closing

CANBERRA, Australia — The last mass-produced car designed and built in Australia rolled off General Motors Co.'s production line in the industrial city of Adelaide on Friday as the nation reluctantly bid farewell to its auto manufacturing industry.

B.C.'s Greens put ride-hailing on legislature agenda with private member's bill

VICTORIA — The Green party is taking its third run at bringing ride-hailing to British Columbia, tabling a private member's bill to pave the way for transportation companies like Uber and Lyft.