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SAINT JOHN, N.B.

CALGARY - Oilsands companies have agreed to halve the amount of fresh water needed to produce a barrel of oil from steam-driven projects by 2022.

It's the first performance goal set out by the Canadi

OTTAWA - And now it's $1.6 billion.

That's Ottawa's new projection for next year's budgetary surplus following Prime Minister Stephen Harper's $5.8-billion infrastructure announcement.

Canada's surp

OTTAWA - The federal auditor general says some of Canada's battle-scarred veterans are waiting up to eight months before finding out whether they are eligible for mental health disability benefits.

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BOTTOM BROOK, N.L.

LONDON, Ont.

TORONTO - The Canadian dollar was lower Wednesday while the U.S. currency strengthened in advance of the Federal Reserve's afternoon release of minutes from the U.S.

SAN DIEGO - A federal jury in San Diego has hit AutoZone with $185 million in punitive damages after finding that the company retaliated against a pregnant manager, eventually demoting and firing her.

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to advance a $2.5-billion plan to reuse wastewater for drinking, the latest example of how California cities are looking for new suppli

LOS GATOS, Calif.