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After Shell decision, environmental groups seek Arctic ban, but offshore drilling isn’t dead

ANCHORAGE, Alaska Royal Dutch Shell’s decision to end its quest for oil in the Arctic waters off Alaska sparked jubilation among environmental activists, who said Tuesday that they will seize the opportunity to seek an end to all drilling to in the region.

Judge rules ‘Happy Birthday’ song is public domain, denies publisher’s copyright claim

LOS ANGELES The music publishing company that has been collecting royalties on the song “Happy Birthday To You” for years does not hold a valid copyright on the lyrics to the tune that is one of the mostly widely sung in the world, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

VW: 11 million diesel vehicles fitted with suspect software, setting aside $7.3 billion

BERLIN The crisis enveloping Volkswagen AG, the world’s top-selling carmaker, escalated Tuesday as the company issued a profit warning following a stunning admission that some 11 million of its diesel vehicles worldwide were fitted with software at the centre of a U.S. emissions scandal.

Ethical fund manager encouraged by progress on executive pay at banks

TORONTO A fund manager focused on socially responsible investing has been encouraged by steps that some of Canada’s biggest banks have taken to rein in executive compensation.

But Michelle de Cordova, director of corporate engagement for NEI Investments, says there is still more work to be done to ensure that executive pay practices are fair.

Canada’s government posts a surplus for last year amid election campaign

TORONTO Canada has posted a budget surplus after six straight years of deficits.

The government announced Monday a $1.9 billion Canadian (US$1.4 billion) surplus for last year. It had been predicting a $2 billion Canadian ($1.5 billion) deficit with expectations for a surplus this year.

Dallas Cowboys worth $4 billion to top list of all sports franchises in the world

NEW YORK The Dallas Cowboys are the most valuable sports franchise in the world at a worth of $4 billion, according to Forbes magazine.

America’s Team heads the list of NFL teams for the ninth consecutive year and is first overall among all sports teams for the first time since 2007. The Cowboys made a record NFL revenue of $620 million last season.