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Pakistan is prepping a major oil pipeline to run through Iran while its neighbor and rival, India, begins talks with Tehran on a shipping port. (Associated Press)

U.S. rivals not waiting for Iran’s sanctions to come down

- The Washington Times

Italian oil executives visit Tehran, scouting out deals. French farmers and fisheries discuss technological exchanges with their Iranian counterparts. Pakistan prepares to lay down a major oil pipeline through Iran, while rival India opens talks with Iranian officials about developing a major port in the Gulf of Oman to ship Indian goods to Afghanistan.

President Barack Obama listens as NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks to members of the media during their meeting, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama’s Asia trade deal faces mounting opposition in House

- The Washington Times

After a victory in the Senate, President Obama’s push for a huge free-trade deal with Asia faces a higher hurdle in the House, where an unusual coalition of conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats oppose granting him more executive power.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio walks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office at the state Capitol on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in Albany, N.Y. De Blasio is in Albany to make his case for renewing mayoral control of city schools, strengthening the city's rent regulations and changing a tax break for real estate developers to require more affordable housing. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

NYC mayor urges Albany to act on rent rules, schools

- Associated Press

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers to strengthen his city's rent regulations and modify a real estate tax break to require more affordable housing, saying there is no excuse for inaction on issues affecting millions of city residents.

Brownback looks at possible worker furloughs amid budget row

- Associated Press

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's office is working to determine when it would have to inform state workers they would be furloughed if a budget is not passed on time, the governor's spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Committee rejects new emergency government office

Associated Press

Republicans who control the Legislature's finance committee have rejected Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to create a new office to ensure the government continues following a disaster.

House Finance unveils draft spending plan

- Associated Press

The House Finance Committee unveiled a draft state spending plan Wednesday that seeks to dial up pressure on minority Democrats to end a long-running impasse over the budget.

House passes 'mini' capital projects plan

Associated Press

The Illinois House has approved legislation funding capital projects as Democrats make a piecemeal attempt to push a budget through the General Assembly.

Illinois Senate rejects Rauner's priorities, advances budget

- Associated Press

Illinois Democrats agreed to give some of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's priority reforms a platform Wednesday but still voted them down in an exercise that could further fuel a politically charged standoff that's expected to extend the summer.

Tonya Allen, left, president and CEO of The Skillman Foundation, and John Rakolta Jr., CEO of Walbridge speak on Detroit's education struggles at the Mackinac Policy Conference, Wednesday, May 27, 2015 on Mackinac Island, Mich. Prominent Detroit-area business and community leaders say the Republican-led Legislature has no excuse to ignore Detroit Public School's debt because the state ultimately is constitutionally responsible for it.  (Tanya Moutzalias/The Ann Arbor News via AP) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT

Leaders: No excuse for lawmakers to ignore Detroit K-12 debt

- Associated Press

Leaders of a coalition seeking a shake-up in Detroit's public schools implored Michigan lawmakers Wednesday to not ignore the system's educational and financial crises, expressing frustration with the response to two overhaul plans and saying the state ultimately is responsible for the district's operating debt.

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, right, walks with U.S. senator Raul Grijalba, left, after a press conference in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Udall, a New Mexico Democrat who led a four-member Democratic congressional delegation to Cuba, all supporters of lifting the embargo on Cuba, said there appears to be growing momentum to removing at least elements of it, such as the ban on travel. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

US senator in Cuba says normal relations 'weeks away'

- Associated Press

The historic process of restoring long-severed diplomatic relationship between the U.S. and Cuba that began Dec. 17 will likely come to a successful end in a matter of weeks, a U.S. senator said during a visit to the island Wednesday.

Dayton and lawmakers refocus budget fight on education

- Associated Press

With the location of a special session sorted, Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders zeroed in on a budget impasse Wednesday that touches several areas of state government but hinges mostly on the state's public schools budget.

News from around Wisconsin at 5:58 p.m. CDT

Associated Press

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson has appealed a federal court ruling temporarily denying her attempt to remain as chief justice.