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Commerce Dept. backs tariffs on imported aluminum and steel

WASHINGTON — The Commerce Department is urging President Donald Trump to impose tariffs or quotas on imported aluminum and steel, which it calls a natural security threat.
German reporter freed from Turkish jail, pending trial

German reporter freed from Turkish jail, pending trial

BERLIN — A German reporter detained in Turkey for more than a year was released from jail pending trial, even as six other journalists and newspaper employees were sentenced Friday to life imprisonment by a Turkish court.
Khodorkovsky plots out a long game: a post-Putin Russia

Khodorkovsky plots out a long game: a post-Putin Russia

LONDON — He once was Russia's richest man, and then for 10 years its most famous prisoner. Now Mikhail Khodorkovsky wants to try a new mantle: godfather of Russian democracy.

Saban Brands picks Hasbro as Power Rangers toy licensee

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Saban Brands has chosen Hasbro as the master toy licensee for its popular Power Rangers line, ending a 25-year partnership with Bandai. The new deal will allow Hasbro Inc.
Air Canada adding more planes to Rouge for use on domestic routes

Air Canada adding more planes to Rouge for use on domestic routes

MONTREAL — Air Canada is looking to cut operating costs and defend against competition from upstart low-cost competitors by adding more planes to its Rouge fleet and flying them on regional routes within Canada.
Enbridge Q4 hit by special items but adjusted earnings above estimates

Enbridge Q4 hit by special items but adjusted earnings above estimates

CALGARY — Enbridge Inc. said Friday that it hit record oil shipping volumes in December as rising Western Canada production filled up the extra capacity the company has been adding to its system.

December's manufacturing sales slip from November's record high: StatCan

OTTAWA — Canada's manufacturing sales in December were $55.5 billion, which was down 0.3 per cent from a revised record high for November, Statistics Canada reported Friday.
Manitoba selects mix of organizations to handle marijuana retail sales

Manitoba selects mix of organizations to handle marijuana retail sales

The Manitoba government has selected a mix of organizations to handle retail sales of recreational pot when it is legalized across Canada later this year, including licensed producers, a medical clinic operator and First Nations communities.

Dog food is withdrawn over concerns about euthanasia drug

SAN FRANCISCO — The J.M. Smucker Co. is withdrawing some shipments of dog food amid reports that it could be tainted with traces of a drug used to euthanize animals.

ATB Financial forecasts modest economic growth in Alberta this year

CALGARY — Alberta's Crown-owned bank is forecasting moderate economic growth this year, but no big drop in the province's jobless rate. ATB Financial is projecting GDP will increase by 2.8 per cent.