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Obama names Utah, Nevada monuments despite GOP opposition

Obama names Utah, Nevada monuments despite GOP opposition

SALT LAKE CITY — President Barack Obama designated two national monuments Wednesday at sites in Utah and Nevada that have become key flashpoints over use of public land in the U.S.

Toronto's main stock index pushes higher as oil price sets new 2016 record

TORONTO — After being closed for two days, Toronto's main stock index finished in positive territory Wednesday as oil prices rose to their highest level all year. The S&P/TSX composite index gained 32.95 points at 15,361.

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange: Toronto Stock Exchange (15,361.10, up 32.95 points) : Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Up 29 cents, or 8.45 per cent, to $3.72 on 5.6 million shares. B2Gold Corp.

Ontarians get break on electricity bills Jan. 1 but pay more to heat homes

TORONTO — Tax and regulation changes in Ontario that kick in Jan. 1 will provide some relief from soaring electricity rates while pushing up the cost of home heating, and give first-time home buyers a financial break.

B.C. expects strong 2017 after leading the country in retail sales growth

VICTORIA — The British Columbia government predicts 2017 will be another strong year for retail sales in the province. A news release from the province says new figures from Statistics Canada point to a 6.

Canada's GDP out of top 10 by 2020, China to surpass U.S. by 2030: report

TORONTO — A U.K.-based think-tank says Canada will have the world's 10th largest economy in 2017, but will be overtaken in a few years by South Korea.

Markets Right Now: US stocks edge lower at midday

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local): 11:45 a.m. Real estate investment trusts led a modest slide for U.S. stocks in midday trading.
Asian shares mixed after Nasdaq hits record high

Asian shares mixed after Nasdaq hits record high

TOKYO — Shares meandered in quiet trading in Asia on Wednesday after the Dow Jones industrial average inched closer to 20,000 and the Nasdaq Composite rose to a record high. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 0.1 per cent to 19,423.
Trump names Bush-era veteran and policy newcomer to posts

Trump names Bush-era veteran and policy newcomer to posts

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday appointed an experienced hand from the George W. Bush era to his national security circle and a figure from the Trump Organization to make international deals.
Cuba sees economic shrink despite US detente

Cuba sees economic shrink despite US detente

HAVANA — Cuba announced Tuesday that its economy shrank this year for the first time in nearly a quarter century as a plunge in aid from Venezuela overwhelmed a surge in tourism set off by detente with the United States.