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Spain set to strip Catalonia of powers over independence bid

Spain set to strip Catalonia of powers over independence bid

BARCELONA, Spain — The crisis over Catalonia's quest for independence escalated Thursday, as Spain's central government prepared the unprecedented step of stripping the wealthy region of some of its self-governing powers after its leader refused to a

CSA survey finds 51 per cent of firms reported cyber security incident last year

TORONTO — A report by the Canadian Securities Administrators says just over half of registered firms surveyed reported a cybersecurity incident last year.
'Murder insurance' or protection in self-defence cases?

'Murder insurance' or protection in self-defence cases?

ATLANTA — The National Rifle Association is offering insurance for people who shoot someone, stirring criticism from gun-control advocates who say it could foster more violence and give gun owners a false sense of security to shoot first and ask ques

Postmedia reports fourth-quarter profit as sale of Infomart boosts results

TORONTO — Postmedia Network Inc. reported a $40.3-million profit in its latest quarter, boosted by the sale of its Infomart business. The media company said Thursday the profit amounted to 43 cents per share for the quarter ended Aug.

BP chairman who presided over Gulf spill crisis to retire

LONDON — Energy firm BP announced Thursday that Carl-Henric Svanberg, the chairman who presided over the company during the Deepwater Horizon spill, has decided to retire.
EU leaders to May: match Brexit promises with real proposals

EU leaders to May: match Brexit promises with real proposals

BRUSSELS — European Union leaders told British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday to match her goodwill pledges to boost Brexit negotiations with concrete proposals if she really wants to start discussing a future trade deal by December.
What investors should look for to spot fraudsters before it's too late

What investors should look for to spot fraudsters before it's too late

TORONTO — When former financial planner Daniel P. Reeve was convicted this month of defrauding 41 investors out of about $10 million, it was a bitter lesson.
China's conflicted goals: Freer markets, more party control

China's conflicted goals: Freer markets, more party control

BEIJING — China's ruling Communist Party is expanding its role in business even as it promises freer markets and support for entrepreneurs on the eve of President Xi Jinping's second five-year term as leader.
Trump's health subsidy shutdown could lead to free insurance

Trump's health subsidy shutdown could lead to free insurance

WASHINGTON — If President Donald Trump prevails in shutting down a major "Obamacare" health insurance subsidy, it would have the unintended consequence of making free basic coverage available to more people, and making upper-tier plans more affordabl

Facebook bug puts Pittsburgh users in Philadelphia for a day

PITTSBURGH — Facebook users in Pittsburgh and other western and central Pennsylvania locations have found themselves transplanted to Philadelphia for a day.