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Bill could shield utilities from California wildfire costs

Bill could shield utilities from California wildfire costs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California's Legislature will be asked to protect utilities from possible bankruptcy by shielding them from billions of dollars in liability linked to this year's deadly swath of wildfires, it was reported Tuesday.
Thanksgiving air-travel rush gets off to a good start

Thanksgiving air-travel rush gets off to a good start

Thanksgiving travellers got help from favourable weather in most of the U.S Tuesday, but flight delays piled up at airports around the country by day's end. Wet and frigid forecasts threaten to made driving more challenging in the next day or two.
European privacy search engines aim to challenge Google

European privacy search engines aim to challenge Google

LONDON — In the battle for online privacy, U.S. search giant Google is a Goliath facing a handful of European Davids.
US says China hacking increasing ahead of Trump-Xi meeting

US says China hacking increasing ahead of Trump-Xi meeting

BEIJING — A U.S. government report ahead of a meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping accuses China of stepping up hacking aimed at stealing American technology as a tariff dispute escalated.
Metro reports $145M Q4 profit, Jean Coutu acquisition boosts sales

Metro reports $145M Q4 profit, Jean Coutu acquisition boosts sales

MONTREAL — Metro Inc. says it earned $145 million in its latest quarter as its sales grew by more than 15 per cent compared with a year ago, boosted by its acquisition of the Jean Coutu Group.
EU warns Italy over budget, signals possible legal action

EU warns Italy over budget, signals possible legal action

BRUSSELS — The European Commission warned Italy on Wednesday that its budget plans are in serious breach of the rules underpinning the euro single currency and that the country could face legal action.
Quebec gets its first Netflix original film amid tax, cultural content concerns

Quebec gets its first Netflix original film amid tax, cultural content concerns

MONTREAL — A year ago, Patrice Laliberte was on the verge of abandoning his film career and starting down a more stable path. "I was going to work in video games or something else, I didn’t know.
Asian shares fall on sign of escalating US-China tensions

Asian shares fall on sign of escalating US-China tensions

SINGAPORE — Asian markets fell on Wednesday after a trade dispute between the U.S. and China stalled a weekend meeting, dimming hopes that it could be resolved once their leaders meet. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 dropped 0.
As Facebook faces fire, heat turns up on No. 2 Sandberg

As Facebook faces fire, heat turns up on No. 2 Sandberg

NEW YORK — For the past decade, Sheryl Sandberg has been the poised, reliable second-in-command to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, helping steer Facebook's rapid growth around the world, while also cultivating her brand in ways that hint at aspirations
Backlash at Chinese university shows limits to surveillance

Backlash at Chinese university shows limits to surveillance

BEIJING — A Chinese university's plan to conduct a blanket search of student and staff electronic devices has come under fire, illustrating the limits of the population's tolerance for surveillance and raising the prospect that tactics used on Muslim
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