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TransCanada Corporation has asked the U.S. State Department to pause its review of the presidential permit application for the Keystone XL pipeline.

The company sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday, saying it believes there is sound precedent for making the request to pause the review.

That adds a new wrinkle to one of the biggest Canada-U.S. political irritants of recent years, involving a proposed pipeline from Alberta to Texas.

TransCanada's letter asks the U.S. government to delay its decision on a border-crossing permit, pending the resolution of a dispute in Nebraska over the route.

If heeded, the request...

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