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at 16:11 on April 24, 2014, EDT.

C.D. Howe report says temporary foreign workers program has boosted joblessness

OTTAWA - A new report by the C.D. Howe Institute is harshly critical of the federal government's controversial temporary foreign workers program, saying it has spurred joblessness in western Canada.

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at 15:58 on April 24, 2014, EDT.

Quebec's 2013-14 deficit jumped to $3.1 billion from $2.5 billion: Couillard

QUEBEC - Quebec's new premier says the province's deficit for the most recent fiscal year is $600 million more than projected.

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at 15:31 on April 24, 2014, EDT.

FDA approves Roche genetic test as an alternative to pap smear for cervical cancer screening

WASHINGTON - Federal health regulators have cleared a genetic test from Roche as the first U.S.-approved alternative to the pap smear, the decades-old mainstay of cervical cancer screening.

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at 15:15 on April 24, 2014, EDT.

A look at what farmers expect to plant this crop year

OTTAWA - A Statistics Canada survey between March 24 and March 31 asked 11,500 farmers in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta about their planting intentions for grains, oilseeds and specialty crops.

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at 11:59 on April 24, 2014, EDT.

Caterpillar's 1st quarter profit climbs 5 per cent, 2014 forecast also rises

Caterpillar's first-quarter earnings rose 5 per cent, and the construction equipment maker raised its 2014 forecast. But the company also said Thursday that a mining equipment sales slump is still hurting results.

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at 15:07 on April 24, 2014, EDT.

General Motors 1Q results worst since 2009 due to recall costs; CEO says sales holding up

DETROIT - The cost of recalling nearly 7 million cars and trucks sank General Motors' first-quarter profit, but the company's CEO said the much-publicized recalls have yet to cut into sales.

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at 14:59 on April 24, 2014, EDT.

Canadians can bank on low interest rate environment for years to come: Poloz

OTTAWA - Canadians can expect to enjoy relatively cheap borrowing costs for some time to come — perhaps years — even after the economy returns to full capacity and the Bank of Canada starts hiking interest rates, bank governor Stephen Poloz said Thursday.

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at 14:43 on April 24, 2014, EDT.

Earnings news, miners support TSX, traders cautious amid worsening Ukraine crisis

TORONTO - The Toronto stock market was higher mid-afternoon Thursday amid positive earnings news and despite rising tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

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at 14:14 on April 24, 2014, EDT.

Sherritt says Glass Lewis recommends backing company board nominees

TORONTO - Proxy advisory firm Glass, Lewis & Co. has recommended clients support the Sherritt International Corp.'s director nominees and resolutions in the mining company's fight with a dissident shareholder group.

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at 13:50 on April 24, 2014, EDT.

Marlboro maker Altria's 1Q profit falls on lower cigarette sales, year-ago comparison

RICHMOND, Va. - Altria Group Inc.'s first-quarter profit dropped 15 per cent as the Marlboro maker sold fewer cigarettes and its year-ago results benefited from lower expenses from a longstanding legal settlement.

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at 13:22 on April 24, 2014, EDT.

Money matters: Alberta government passes $43-billion budget for 2014-15

EDMONTON - The Alberta government has officially approved its $43-billion budget for 2014-15.

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at 13:19 on April 24, 2014, EDT.

Shaw chases listeners in partnership with streaming music company Rdio

Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.B) is getting into the streaming music business through a partnership with digital service Rdio.

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