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U.S. job growth slows to 156,000 as unemployment slightly rises

WASHINGTON—U.S. job growth slowed in August as employers added 156,000 jobs, still enough to suggest that most businesses remain confident in an economy now in its ninth year of recovery from the Great Recession. The unemployment rate ticked up from 4.3 per cent to a still-low 4.4 per cent, the Labor Department said Friday. Job growth in June and July …

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Passengers describe harrowing conditions in hours-long Air Transat tarmac delays

OTTAWA—Passengers who were trapped aboard two Air Transat jets earlier this summer described hours on end of sweltering heat, a lack of water and the stench of vomit in the cabin as a federal agency began hearings Wednesday into their ordeal. One witness said she saw flight attendants outside on the Ottawa tarmac taking selfies alongside one stranded plane amid …

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Can pumpkin spice keep its mojo? Products hitting shelves earlier than ever

Retailers this year are reaching peak pumpkin before most consumers have changed out of their summer shorts. Think Christmas creep, but orange: A slew of pumpkin-flavoured products inspired by fall are turning up earlier each year, arriving in July and August as a harbinger of a season that this year doesn’t officially begin until Sept. 22.   Social media is …

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Google releases AR software for Android smartphones

SAN FRANCISCO—Google has had impressive augmented reality technology for years, but few ways to get millions of people using it. The company thinks it has software to fix that now. Tango, Google’s 3-D mapping system launched as a skunk works project in 2014, used cameras and depth sensors to re-create surroundings on mobile devices and locate users within that new …

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How to have the money talk before school starts

I’ve learned from experience that it’s best to share any final pearls of wisdom with your son or daughter well before pulling away from the dormitory on move-in day. In fact, do it well before leaving the house for the 10-hour road trip. You will probably talk about making good choices with friends and the social scene, offer a reminder …

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Sears pulls funding from student drama festival

A competitive drama showcase for high schools across Ontario that has run for 71 years faces an uncertain future after learning that main sponsor Sears Canada is pulling out. “Knowing how easily dramatic arts get swept under the rug in secondary schools, I just feel sad for future students,” said Taryn Dougall, a theatre artist based in Toronto who took …

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Spotify one step closer to going public after reaching deal with Warner Music

Spotify Ltd. signed a new global agreement with Warner Music Group, giving the online-music pioneer long-term deals with all three major record labels as it prepares to go public. Warner Music, owned by billionaire Len Blavatnik, announced the deal earlier this week via social media. Terms weren’t disclosed. Spotify, the biggest on-demand streaming service with more than 60 million paying …

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U.S. launches probe into recent string of endangered right whale deaths

PORTLAND, MAINE—Fearing an existential threat to one of the largest mammals in the sea, the United States government has launched an investigation into a string of deaths of endangered North Atlantic right whales. At least 13 of the whales have been found dead this year off Atlantic Canada and New England, an unprecedented number experts say threatens the survival of …

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Closure of more U.S. Sears locations not necessarily bad news, some say

Charisse Jones and Nathan Bomey USA Today Sears Holdings said Thursday that it would close another 28 Kmart locations as it continues its cost-cutting campaign amid a precipitous decline in the department-store sector. The company also posted declining sales and profits, but the results outpaced analyst expectations and led to a surge in its stock price. The Kmart closures add to …

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With no official presence in Iran, Apple moves to shut down Iranian apps

TEHRAN—Officially, Apple has no presence in Iran. Because of U.S. sanctions against the country, the company’s iPhones are not legally available for sale here, and Apple does not offer a version of its App Store in the country. That has not stopped Iranians from snapping up millions of iPhones smuggled in from places like Dubai in the United Arab Emirates …

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