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U.S. Federal court stays Massachusetts ban of Zogenix's painkiller

(Reuters) - A U.S. federal court granted Zogenix Inc a preliminary injunction against a ban blocking the sale of its controversial opioid painkiller, Zohydro, in Massachusetts, citing public interest. Last week, the company had sought a restraining order against the ban announced by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, who formally declared a public health emergency stemming from the abuse of opioids.

Manufacturing sales regain peak hit before last recession: StatsCan

OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales rose 1.4 per cent to $51.2 billion in February. The agency says that's the highest sales level recorded since July 2008, the peak that was reached before the last recession began. It says the February gain was largely attributable to higher sales in the transportation equipment industry and the petroleum and coal product industry. Transportation equipment sales rose 4.3 per cent to $8.9 billion, while sales in the petroleum and coal product industry increased 2.9 per cent to $7.5 billion.

Japan starts FY2014 study of methane hydrate potential of 5 areas

The government said Tuesday that it has started a two-month survey of five areas mainly in the Sea of Japan to chart deposits of methane hydrate, a next-generation energy source that is drawing attention in the resource-poor country. The research entered the second year of a three-year project through fiscal 2015. For the current fiscal year starting April, the Natural Resources and Energy Agency will study four areas in the Sea of Japan and one area in the Pacific Ocean near Hokkaido.

Chinese gold demand may rise 20% by 2017: industry body

China's annual demand for gold could jump around 20 percent by 2017 as more of its increasingly wealthy population seek new ways to make money, the World Gold Council predicted on Tuesday. The forecast by the WGC comes after China became the world's largest gold-consuming nation in 2013, overtaking India. Annual demand for gold in the form of jewellery, coins and bars is set to hit "at least 1,350 tonnes by 2017", the WGC said in a report on China. That would represent a rise of nearly a fifth from the country's record consumption of 1,132 tonnes last year.

EXCLUSIVE: Over 60% of female inmates on psychiatric meds; probe launched

TORONTO - Canada's prison watchdog has launched an investigation into the prescribing practices in federal prisons, after it was revealed that more than 60 per cent of female inmates across the country are receiving psychiatric medication. A joint investigation by The Canadian Press and CBC has learned that in August 2013, of 591 female federal inmates in five correctional institutions, 370 were being prescribed at least one psychotropic medication, drugs that impact mood and behaviour.

Wrong address lands Alberta company a fine for shipping prohibited goods to Iran

CALGARY - Putting the wrong address on a $15 shipment of synthetic rubber rings has cost an Alberta company $90,000 for violating legislation which prohibits sending certain products to Iran. Lee Specialties Ltd. of Red Deer pleaded guilty to one charge of violating the Special Economic Measures Act in a Calgary courtroom Monday. The court withdrew two other charges under the Customs Act and the United Nations Act.

Quotes about rate of psychiatric meds prescribed to federal women prisoners

Canada's prison watchdog has launched an investigation into the prescription of psychiatric drugs in federal prisons after learning that more than 60 per cent of female inmates are receiving drugs for mental health illnesses. Here are some quotes:

Scotiabank raises outlook for price of nickel following Indonesian export ban

OTTAWA - Scotiabank is raising its outlook for the price nickel following an Indonesian export ban on unprocessed ore that took effect earlier this year. Nickel prices have been rising following the Indonesian ban that was enacted in an attempt to encourage foreign investment in ore processing in the country. "While the export ban was announced more than 4 years ago with an unchanged starting date of January 2014, few market observers, including ourselves, believed that Indonesia would have the resolve to stick with this agenda," Scotiabank said in a report Monday.

Fish losing survival instinct in acidic oceans

Fish are losing their survival instinct -- even becoming attracted to the smell of their predators -- as the world's oceans become more acidic because of climate change, new research said Monday. The study of fish in coral reefs off the coast of Papua New Guinea -- where the waters are naturally acidic -- showed the animals' behaviour became riskier. "Fish will normally avoid the smell of a predator, that makes perfect sense," lead author Professor Philip Munday from Australia's James Cook University told AFP.

China's tap water cleared of benzene in some areas: Xinhua

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The Chinese city of Lanzhou has cancelled emergency measures in two districts after tests of water samples there found no more cancer-inducing benzene, the state news agency Xinhua reported. Residents in the northwestern city of Lanzhou, Gansu province, rushed to buy bottled drinks on Friday after authorities said benzene had been found in tapwater at 20 times above national safety levels.
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