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  • In this Oct. 28, 2014 photo, customers shop at a Century 21 Department Store in Philadelphia. The Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for October on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    US consumer spending edges up 0.2 per cent in October after no change in September

    Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press and Christopher S. Rugaber And Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON – U.S. consumers spent modestly more in October, a slight improvement after no gain at all in the previous month. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that consumer spending rose 0.2 per cent last month, while September was revised from a decline to a flat reading. Income grew 0.2 per cent in October. Spending is

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  • In this Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 photo, job seekers Stevens de la Pena, foreground left, and Eduardo Perez, foreground right, fill out a job application at a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. The Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

    Applications for US unemployment benefits top 300,000 for first time in nearly 3 months

    Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, pushing total applications above 300,000 for the first time in nearly three months. The Labor Department says weekly applications rose 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 313,000, the highest level since the first week of September. The four-week average, a less volatile measure,

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  • In this Sept. 30, 2014 photo, Westmont Borough Parks & Public Works crew member Tom Holbay uses a John Deere tractor to remove the fallen elm leaves from the median of Luzerne Street in Johnstown, Pa., while Jim Carbaug trails behind to clean up the rest. John Deere reports quarterly financial results on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/The Tribune-Democrat, Thomas Slusser)

    Deere 4th-quarter results surpass estimates, but shares skid on farm equipment maker’s outlook

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK, N.Y. – Deere’s fourth-quarter results were stronger than Wall Street expected but it says its farm equipment sales and profits will keep falling in its new fiscal year as the sector remains weak. Its shares fell more than 2 per cent in premarket trading on Wednesday. Deere & Co. says its annual net

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  • Danny Lidgate sprinkles icing sugar on a homemade pumpkin pie in the kitchen behind his butchers shop in Holland Park in London, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Butcher Danny Lidgate, whose 160-year-old shop C. Lidgate, butcher and charcuterie, has been in the same family for five generations, says Americans just keep gobbling up the big broad-breasted heritage Bronze turkey. Put simply, business is very good indeed. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

    Return of the Pilgrims: British businesses make sure Americans gobble it up in style

    Danica Kirka, The Associated Press

    LONDON – Big-breasted turkeys in butcher shop windows. Harvest displays of pumpkin and corn. Sandwich boards describing groaning feasts. Thanksgiving isn’t a holiday in Britain, but you might be forgiven for being fooled. It’s not hard to find someone to talk turkey, never mind sell you one. That’s because there are so many Americans in

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  • B.C. government gives environmental green light to three LNG projects

    The Canadian Press

    VICTORIA – Three proposed multibillion-dollar liquefied natural gas projects in northern B.C. have been awarded the environmental green light by the provincial government. The ministries of Environment and Natural Gas Development now have environmental assessment certificates for two pipelines and one export facility. The Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission pipeline and the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission

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  • Focus on the Markets

    The Canadian Press

    The Canadian dollar closed at 88.87 cents U-S, up 29-100ths from Monday’s close. The S-and-P/T-S-X composite index was up 58.24 points to 15,073.65. Volume at 4:15 p.m. Eastern Time was 434.80 (m) million shares. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 2.96 points to 17,814.94. The Standard-and-Poor’s 500 index was down 2.38 points to 2,067.03.

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  • Anti-pipeline grandma willing to go to jail by violating B.C. court order

    The Canadian Press

    BURNABY, B.C. – An 84-year-old retired librarian says she’s willing to violate a court injunction and go to jail as she and other anti-pipeline protesters take a stand against fossil fuels by interfering with survey work in Burnaby, B.C. Barbara Grant joined activists near Burnaby Mountain on Tuesday to demonstrate against Kinder Morgan’s proposed plan

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  • A list of the top 20 prime-time programs in the Nielsen ratings for Nov. 17-23

    The Associated Press

    Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Nov. 17-23. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership. 1. NFL Football: various teams, CBS, 26.36 million. 2. NFL Football: Dallas at N.Y. Giants, NBC, 22.38 million. 3. “NCIS,” CBS, 18.1 million. 4. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 17.19 million. 5. “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 16.86 million. 6. “Sunday Night

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  • Alimentation Couche-Tard Q2 profit surges 25 per cent to US$286.4 million

    Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press

    MONTREAL – Alimentation Couche-Tard’s net income surged 25 per cent to US$286.4 million in the second quarter of its fiscal year despite a dip in revenues blamed largely on a higher U.S. dollar. The Quebec-based convenience store operator, which reports in U.S. currency, says profits excluding one-time charges were $313 million or 55 cents per

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  • BC Ferries expects to save millions by converting largest vessels to LNG by 2018

    The Canadian Press

    VICTORIA – BC Ferries plans to convert its two largest vessels to liquefied natural gas in an effort to save fuel costs after sinking $126 million into marine diesel fuel last year. The company announced Tuesday that it has the BC Ferries commissioner’s approval to upgrade the Swartz Bay-to-Tsawwassen route ships. BC Ferries says it

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  • Smart Set stores closing down

    Richard Dettman

    The women’s wear stores are owned by Reitmans, which says the 107 locations will be closed in the next 12 to 18 months. The Montreal-based firm says about 76 of them will be converted to its other brands.

  • US bank earnings rose 7.3 per cent in 3Q, helped by loan growth and higher revenue

    The Associated Press and Ken Sweet, The Associated Press

    NEW YORK, N.Y. – U.S. bank earnings rose 7.3 per cent in the July-September quarter from a year earlier, as banks reduced their expenses and continued to lend out more money, which help drive up revenue. The data issued Thursday by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. showed a robust picture as the banking industry continues

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  • In this Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 photo, a customer shops at the new Century 21 Department Store in Philadelphia. The Conference Board releases the Consumer Confidence Index for November on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    US consumer confidence slips in November after October surge

    Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON – U.S. consumer confidence fell in November following a big gain the previous month, as Americans became less bullish about the economy and jobs. The Conference Board said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index fell to 88.7 in November, down from a seven-year high of 94.5 in October. Conference Board economist Lynn Franco said

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  • Stocks open higher following strong US economic growth figures

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK, N.Y. – U.S. stocks are opening higher after news that the U.S. economy grew at a solid 3.9 per cent annual rate in the July-September quarter. The rate of growth reported by the government early Tuesday was even faster than first estimated. The expansion gave the U.S. its strongest six months of growth

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