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  • MINNEAPOLIS— Poultry producers and scientists have been hoping warmer weather would knock down a virulent strain of bird flu that has hammered the Midwest, but the virus recently took its biggest toll yet, hitting a farm in Iowa that held nearly 10 percent of the state's egg-laying chickens. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that the deadly H5N2...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 30 Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    SYDNEY- Reserve Bank of Australia to release the minutes of its April policy meeting- 0130 GMT. GENEVA- European Central Bank Supervisory Board Chair Daniele Nouy speaks at the International Center for Monetary and Banking Studies- 1630 GMT. STOCKHOLM- Sweden's Riksbank Deputy Governor Henry Ohlsson takes part in panel debate- 1115 GMT.

  • TORONTO, April 20- Rogers Communications Inc posted an unexpected 17 percent drop in quarterly profit on Monday as the cable, phone and media company struggled to hold on to customers during a period of industry-wide turbulence. The Toronto- based company, already struggling to maintain its leading position in the wireless industry, had to deal with regulatory...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, April 20- Intermediate producer Legacy Oil+ Gas Inc formed a special committee on Monday to deal with hedge fund FrontFour Capital's move to gain seats on its board, the first major case of shareholder activism in Canada's oil patch since last year's sharp drop in crude prices. Calgary- based Legacy, which has assets in southern Alberta and light...

  • Rogers Communications misses 1Q profit forecasts Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 5:42 PM ET

    Toronto _ Rogers Communications Inc. on Monday reported first-quarter net income of $201.7 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 51 cents per share. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $2.51 billion.

  • Brookfield Canada reports 1Q results Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 5:21 PM ET

    TORONTO _ Brookfield Canada Office Properties on Monday reported a key measure of profitability in its first quarter. The real estate investment trust, based in Toronto, said it had funds from operations of $8.5 million, or 33 cents per share, in the period. The real estate investment trust, based in Toronto, posted revenue of $104.2 million in the period.

  • TORONTO, April 20- Canada's Rogers Communications Inc posted an unexpected 17 percent drop in quarterly profit on Monday as the cable, phone and media company struggled to hold on to customers during a period of industry-wide turbulence. During the quarter, the Toronto- based company had to deal with regulatory changes in both its wireless and television...

  • Canadian National Railway posts 1Q profit Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 4:51 PM ET

    Montreal _ Canadian National Railway Co. on Monday reported first-quarter earnings of $556.9 million. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 66 cents per share. Canadian National Railway shares have increased 4 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • OTTAWA, April 20- The dive in oil prices last year means the budget that Canadian Finance Minister Joe Oliver delivers on Tuesday will contain fewer big treats for voters in October's election than the Conservative government had hoped. But oil is a major Canadian export and with oil prices roughly halving between June 2014 and January 2015, government...

  • NJ Transit proposes fare hikes, service cuts Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 2:02 PM ET

    Among the increases would be a 75- cent hike for a one-way ride from Metropark to New York, which currently costs $10. Shorter rides, such as from Clifton to Hoboken, Cranford to Newark and Brick Church to Summit, would rise 25 cents. One-way fares between Trenton and New York, the two endpoints of the Northeast Corridor Line, would rise $1.25 to $16.75, an 8 percent...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, April 20- Intermediate producer Legacy Oil+ Gas formed a special committee on Monday to deal with hedge fund FrontFour Capital's move to gain seats on its board, the first major case of shareholder activism in Canada's oil patch since last year's sharp drop in crude prices. Calgary- based Legacy, which has assets in the foothills of southern...

  • April 20- A controlling stake in Cirque du Soleil, which grew from a ragtag group of street performers in Canada into a global circus and entertainment colossus, will be sold to a U.S. private equity fund and its Chinese partner, Cirque du Soleil said on Monday. `. The deal to sell the stake, the size of which was not disclosed, to a group led by Texas- based TPG Capital LP...

  • TORONTO— The founder of the Cirque Du Soleil said Monday he is giving up the majority stake in his circus troupe that has wowed audiences worldwide for 30 years and propelled him from street performer to billionaire. What was once a small troupe of vagabonds has grown to a 4,000- person operation headquartered in Montreal that will now be controlled by the U.S....

  • NEW YORK— A group made up of Wal-Mart workers is asking labor regulators to go to court to force the discounter to rehire all 2,200 employees affected by the abrupt temporary closing of five stores a week ago. Wal-Mart says it closed the stores to fix plumbing issues. "This is a new low, even for Wal-Mart," Venanzi Luna, an eight-year Wal-Mart worker and member of OUR...

  • April 20- Founder Guy Laliberté has agreed to sell control of Cirque du Soleil, the world's largest theatrical production company, for about $1.5 billion, the Globe and Mail reported, citing sources familiar with the matter. Laliberté is slated to sell majority control of the Canadian performance company to private equity firm TPG Capital LP and Fosun...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— Maine fishmonger Glen Libby made a disheartening discovery on Easter Sunday brunch— the cold water shrimp on the menu at a restaurant up the street from his fish market were from Canada, not the northeastern New England states. Canadian imports of the sweet, quarter-sized crustaceans are turning up more in American restaurants and seafood...

  • Bird flu confirmed on second farm in Ontario, Canada Saturday, 18 Apr 2015 | 9:27 PM ET

    TORONTO, April 18- Preliminary testing has confirmed the presence of H5 avian influenza on a second Ontario farm, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said on Saturday. Canadian authorities earlier this month confirmed the presence of H5 avian influenza on a turkey farm near Woodstock, Ontario. Since the beginning of the year, H5N2 has been found in birds in U.S....

  • Correction: Bird Flu story Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 6:24 PM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— In a story April 16 about bird flu, The Associated Press reported erroneously that recent outbreaks had led to the death of more than 2.5 million turkeys and chickens. USDA veterinarian: Bird flu outbreak could be' devastating'. Top USDA veterinarian: Bird flu outbreak may last for years and be' devastating' to poultry.

  • BISHKEK, April 17- The ruling coalition in Kyrgyzstan's parliament said on Friday the Central Asian country should seek to raise its representation on Centerra Gold's board, rejecting calls to nationalize the flagship venture with the Canadian investor. Kyrgyzstan and the Toronto- listed miner have been in talks since 2013 on a deal that would involve the...

  • TORONTO, April 17- Two of Canada's largest pension funds, shareholders of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, said on Friday they will demonstrate their unhappiness with CIBC's executive pay structure at the lender's annual meeting next week. CIBC named Victor Dodig as its chief executive last year, replacing Gerry McCaughey, who retired in September 2014.