CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia fire chief who starred in an Oscar-nominated documentary about battling drug abuse in ground zero of the nation’s opioid epidemic took the stand in a landmark trial Friday against three large drug distributors.

TORONTO - The Ontario Securities Commission is moving to ban deferred sales charges on mutual funds — a move that will harmonize the watchdog's policy on such fees with the rest of the country.

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VANCOUVER - Telus Corp. chief executive Darren Entwistle said Friday that the telecommunications company will be able to reduce capital spending to $2.5 billion a year or less in 2023, after an accelerated investment plant announced this week.

OTTAWA - The national unemployment rate was 8.1 per cent in April. Statistics Canada also released seasonally adjusted, three-month moving average unemployment rates for major cities. It cautions, however, that the figures may fluctuate widely because they are based on small statistical samp…

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TOKYO - Trains packed with commuters returning to work after a weeklong national holiday. Frustrated young people drinking in the streets because bars are closed. Protests planned over a possible visit by the Olympics chief.

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BILLINGS, Mont. - Longstanding protections for wild birds would be restored under a proposal unveiled Thursday to bring back prosecutions of avian deaths by industry that were ended under former President Donald Trump.

FRANKFURT - Volkswagen Group's after-tax profit rebounded strongly to 3.4 billion euros ($4.1 billion) in the first three months of the year as sales rebounded in China, the company's largest single market, and as customers went for the more profitable models in the company's lineup. Sales o…

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LONDON - The Bank of England has kept interest rates on hold as it forecast the fastest annual pace of growth for the British economy since early on in World War II, largely as a result of the rapid rollout of coronavirus vaccines.