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  • EU lawmakers fail to approve tar sands oil veto Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:56 PM ET

    BRUSSELS, Dec 17- An attempt by some European politicians to veto the import of tar sands oil failed on Wednesday after a European Parliament vote, giving a boost to Canada but dismaying green campaigners. After years of lobbying from Canada, the European Commission published a new plan in October on reporting the greenhouse gas intensity of transport fuels.

  • Bird flu found in wild birds in Washington state - USDA Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:18 PM ET

    Dec 17- Two strains of avian influenza have been confirmed in wild birds in Washington state, near the U.S. border with Canada, but there is no immediate cause for public health concerns, U.S. agriculture officials said on Wednesday. The other strain, H5N8, was found in captive gyrfalcons that were fed hunter-killed wild birds, the USDA said. Neither virus has been...

  • Protections blocked, but sage grouse work goes on Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:21 AM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— U.S. wildlife officials will decide next year whether a wide-ranging Western bird species needs protections even though Congress has blocked such protections from taking effect, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Wednesday. President Barack Obama signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill late Tuesday with a provision that barred money from...

  • BlackBerry launches Classic in last-ditch effort Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK— BlackBerry is returning to its roots with a new phone that features a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones— and most smartphone customers— have embraced touch screens. With the Classic, BlackBerry is courting its core customer, the business user. And that is true, "CEO John Chen said at the gadget's launch event, tellingly held...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 17- BlackBerry Ltd launched its long-awaited Classic device on Wednesday, a smartphone it hopes will help it win back market share and woo those still using older versions of its physical keyboard devices. The Waterloo, Ontario- based mobile technology said the new device, which bears a striking similarity to its once-bestselling Bold and Curve...

  • Dec 17- Canadian oil producers Husky Energy Inc and Penn West Petroleum Ltd slashed their 2015 capital budgets due to a slide in crude oil prices. Penn West, one of Canada's largest conventional oil producers, also cut its dividend to 3 Canadian cents per share from 14 Canadian cents. Penn West and Husky join several Canadian oil producers such as Cenovus Energy...

  • US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 8:56 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations— a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations. President Barack Obama's dramatic announcement in Washington— seconded by Cuban President Raul...

  • Dec 17- Husky Energy Inc, Canada's No. 3 integrated oil company, said it expects its capital spending to drop by a third in 2015 compared with 2014, becoming the latest Canadian producer to scale back spending as oil prices fall. Husky, controlled by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka- shing, said it would spend about $3.4 billion in 2015, with about three-quarters going...

  • VANCOUVER, Dec 16- British Columbia will go ahead with building the Site C hydroelectric dam, Premier Christy Clark said on Tuesday, even as the controversial project's estimated cost rose to as much as C $8.78 billion. Critics say the dam, planned for the Peace River in northeastern British Columbia, will flood farmland and destroy wildlife habitat and heritage...

  • *Repsol to buy Canada's 5th largest oil producer. *Repsol offers 56 pct premium to Talisman market value. MADRID, Dec 16- Spain's Repsol has agreed to buy Talisman Energy, Canada's fifth-largest independent oil producer, for $8.3 billion as the drop in oil prices pushes energy companies to take the plunge on big M&A deals.

  • VANCOUVER, Dec 16- The gridlock at U.S. West Coast ports that has forced McDonald's to ration French fries at its Japanese restaurants and interrupted supplies to retailers such as Lululemon is unlikely to be alleviated by routing cargoes through Canada, whose Pacific ports face their own problems. Tensions are mounting as talks to resolve longstanding...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 16- The new Republican-controlled Senate's first act in January will be approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday. McConnell told reporters that the bill would be based on a measure that failed in the Senate last month that was co-sponsored by North Dakota Republican John Hoeven and Louisiana...

  • Small natural gas leak reported at Mich. pipeline Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 2:20 PM ET

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.— A small volume of liquid natural gas seeped into the atmosphere this month from a "pinhole" opening in an Enbridge Energy Partners LP pipeline in the Upper Peninsula, officials said Tuesday. The Dec. 8 leak near Manistique was from a pipe known as Line 5, Enbridge spokesman Jason Manshum told The Associated Press. "This small leak is a wake-up call...

  • OTTAWA, Dec 16- Even dramatically lower oil prices will not prevent the Canadian government from balancing its budget next year, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Tuesday. Even with dramatically lower oil prices, we will balance the budget, "he told reporters in Quebec City. On Nov. 12, the federal government released a fiscal update projecting a surplus of C...

  • OTTAWA, Dec 16- Even dramatically lower oil prices will not prevent the Canadian government from balancing its budget next year, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Tuesday. "You should be under no doubt that the government will balance its budget next year. Even with dramatically lower oil prices, we will balance the budget, "he told reporters in Quebec City.

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Dec 16- Encana Corp, Canada's largest natural gas producer, said on Tuesday it will boost capital spending next year to focus on its profitable shale oil fields, bucking an industry-wide move to cut spending as oil prices tumble. Encana, which is increasing oil and natural gas liquids production under the direction of Chief Executive Doug...

  • Dec 16- Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative, India's largest fertilizer producer, said it was suspending plans for a nitrogen fertilizer factory in Bécancour, Québec as its cost estimate exceeded C $2 billion. IFFCO and its Canadian partner La Coop fédérée, which had earlier estimated the project to cost C $1.6 billion, said they would look for partners...

  • Union sues to block sale of Bucksport paper mill Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 7:17 AM ET

    BUCKSPORT, Maine— A union representing some workers at the 84- year-old Verso Paper mill has filed a federal lawsuit to halt the sale of the facility. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, representing 59 employees, is asking the court to block the sale to a scrap metal company and open the way for a buyer that would keep the mill...

  • FACTBOX-ADM's and Olam's cocoa businesses Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 4:49 AM ET

    Dec 16- Olam International Ltd's $1.3 billion deal to buy Archer Daniels Midland Co's cocoa business will create one of the world's top cocoa bean processors and traders, rivalling Barry Callebaut AG and Cargill Inc.. The Chicago- based firm has eight cocoa bean processing facilities: Ontario, Canada; Koog aan de Zaan and Wormer, the Netherlands; Mannheim, Germany;...

  • Southwest bag workers picketing over flight delays Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    For years, Dallas- based Southwest was the most punctual of big U.S. airlines, but it stumbled after trying to squeeze in more flights into its schedule. Southwest has also prided itself on keeping its employees happy, believing that would guarantee good service for its customers. "That recipe is kind of gone and it's profits over people and that's not acceptable,"...