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**FILE** President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Thomas J. Donohue, left, listens as AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka, right, testifies before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on transportation infrastructure Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) **FILE**

Business groups hail breakthough on trade

- The Washington Times

American business groups were quick to hail the congressional deal on new legislation Thursday that renews President Obama’s authority to negotiate major new trade deals with Europe and Asia.

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FILE - Real estate mogul and Michigan billionaire A. Alfred Taubman is shown in his office in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., in this April 4, 2007 file photo.  Taubman, whose business success and philanthropy was clouded by a criminal conviction late in his career, died Friday night April 17, 2015  at his home after a heart attack. He was 91 (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Philanthropist, shopping mall developer Taubman dies at 91

Associated Press

A. Alfred Taubman, the self-made Michigan billionaire whose philanthropy and business success - including weaving the enclosed shopping mall into American culture - was clouded by a criminal conviction late in his career, has died. He was 91.

Tunnel vision: Engineering marvel faces high-speed traffic

- Associated Press

To begin with, the road was unlike anything most drivers had ever encountered in the United States: Four lanes of superhighway cutting from just west of Harrisburg to just east of Pittsburgh - straight, level and true. A road that for the first time in Pennsylvania history would bend the earth to its needs rather than the other way around, cutting travel time between the two cities by more than six hours.

Colorado transplants find piece of Americana in McCook

- Associated Press

He's joined the Lions Club. She's joined the Piecemakers Quilt Club. And because of a house, Kim and Joe Harrington have begun a new chapter in their life in what Joe calls "doing the small town American experience."

Beekeepers along with firefighters and WSDOT workers attempt to clear the freeway of bee hives that spilled off of a semitruck along northbound Interstate 5 on Friday, April 17, 2015 north of Seattle. The truck had just merged onto Interstate 5 around 3:30 a.m. Friday when it tipped on its side, dumping its load of 448 hives.  The driver was not hurt, but the bees became more active as the sun rose and the weather warmed, and Seattle television stations reported that firefighters sprayed a layer of foam on some of the boxes, killing the bees for safety.  (Mark Mulligan /The Herald via AP)

Highway abuzz with millions of bees after big truck tips

Associated Press

A tractor-trailer carrying millions of honeybees overturned on a highway north of Seattle early Friday, scattering hives and sending white-suited beekeepers scrambling to save as many insects as they could.

Pacific Gas & Electric trucks pass a road block staffed by Fresno County Sheriff, Fresno Police and California Highway Patrol officers at Herndon Avenue and North Weber Avenue following an explosion after a gas line was ruptured on Friday, April 17, 2015 in Fresno, Calif. The gas explosion closed both directions of a major highway in Central California and injured at least 15 people, four of them critically, authorities said Friday. (Eric Paul Zamora/The Fresno Bee via AP)

Gas-line blast closes major highway, injures at least 11

- Associated Press

A large gas pipeline exploded into a tower of fire Friday in Central California, closing both directions of a major highway in the region and injuring at least 11 people, three of them critically, authorities said.

Pastors puzzle over selling off vacant parish properties

- Associated Press

The Rev. Thomas M. Higgins, pastor at Holy Innocents Roman Catholic Church in Juniata Park, is not just the spiritual leader of a vast area of Lower Northeast Philadelphia. He's also a busy property manager.

Minnesota woman farms cattle without heavy machinery, crops

- Associated Press

Driving up the long, narrow dirt driveway of Rolling Hills Traeger Ranch near Avon, you may think this is just like every other beef cattle operation in central Minnesota. However, Christina Traeger, 39, is no ordinary beef cattle farmer.

NC governor pitching proposal to borrow $3B with referendum

Associated Press

Gov. Pat McCrory says North Carolina must make investments in the state's infrastructure such as the up to $3 billion in bonds he's proposing to benefit future generations, as residents today benefit from financial decisions of past generations.

New Jersey's bond rating takes another hit over pensions

- Associated Press

New Jersey's bond rating was downgraded this week over the state's pension contribution shortfall, marking the ninth time since Gov. Chris Christie took office in 2010 that a major agency has lowered its rating for the state.

Lawmakers put off discussion on erasing education board

- Associated Press

The leaders of the Legislature's budget committee decided Friday not to consider approving language in Republican Gov. Scott Walker's budget that would eliminate a 71-year-old state board that regulates for-profit colleges and investigates student complaints.