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In this Wednesday, Aug.7, 2013 photo, farmer Ben Burgess examines a rice field for a type of low-yield rice near Coy, Ark. Arkansas agriculture and business groups applauded the Cuba trade, travel and diplomatic policy announced by President Barack Obama on Wednesday, ArkansasOnline reported. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston) **FILE**

Farm groups still face hurdles in opening Cuba market

U.S. agricultural interests have long been among the most vocal opponents of the trade embargo with Cuba, arguing U.S. farmers were missing out on hundreds of millions of dollars in sales to the island. Published April 21, 2015

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has threatened to veto a bill proposed before the state legislature in Lincoln that would abolish the use of capital punishment in the Cornhusker State, which hasn't executed a prisoner since 1997. (Associated Press)

Nebraska legislature weighing abolishing death penalty

A move to end the death penalty in one of the nation's reddest states cleared a key hurdle Thursday as Nebraska's unicameral legislature easily advanced a bill that would abolish capital punishment. Published April 16, 2015

The Segway was once pitched by inventor Dean Kamen as the future of 21st century transportation and "would be to the car what the car was to the horse and buggy." Now, the New Hampshire-based Segway, Inc. has been bought by Beijing-based scooter manufacturer Ninebot Inc. (Associated Press)

Former Chinese rival in deal to buy Segway

There will be a new pair of hands on the handlebars of the Segway, as a former Chinese rival has acquired the ungainly two-wheeled scooter that never lived up to its early billing as the future of 21st century transportation. Published April 15, 2015

FILE - In this April 22, 2014 file photo, a worker cleans a Tesla Model S sedan before a event to deliver the first set of cars to customers in Beijing. Tesla Motors on Thursday, March 19, 2015 said it is updating its Model S electric car to help ease drivers' worries about running out of battery charge.  (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File) **FILE**

Tesla gets green light to rev up Maryland sales network

Electric car pioneer Tesla moved a big step closer to bringing its model of direct sales to customers to Maryland as the Maryland General Assembly this week approved a bill lifting a blanket state ban on the practice. Published April 14, 2015

In this Thursday, April 9, 2015 photo, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks at the Atlantic Council in Washington.  The IMF predicted Tuesday, April 14,  that the American economy will grow 3.1 percent this year and next, a performance the fund characterized as "robust." But the U.S. outlook was down from the IMF's January forecast of 3.6 percent growth in 2015 and 3.3 percent growth in 2016. The American economy advanced 2.4 percent last year.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

IMF cuts growth forecast for U.S., sees pickup in Europe, Japan

A stronger dollar and weaker demand in its major trading partners will cut into U.S. growth through 2016, the International Monetary Fund said in a new survey Tuesday, while the forecast is a bit sunnier for Europe and Japan. Going into this week's annual spring meetings of the IMF and World Bank in Washington, IMF economists now predict that the American economy will grow 3.1 percent this year and next, down from January's forecast of 3.6 percent growth in 2015 and 3.3 percent growth in 2016. Published April 14, 2015

In this Saturday, April 4, 2015 photo, Iranian and U.S. banknotes are on display at a currency exchange shop in downtown Tehran, Iran. Should Iran reach a final nuclear accord with world powers that loosens sanctions, the economic opening could give moderates a major boost ahead of crucial parliamentary elections next February. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Traders cautious as questions loom over Iran nuke deal

The Obama administration admits that a lot of questions remain over whether last week's nuclear breakthrough with Iran will produce a final deal, and for now, the markets appear to be hedging their bets as well. Published April 6, 2015

In this Dec. 9, 2014 photo, Adrian College student Abby Slusher studies in her dorm  in Adrian, Mich.  (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) **FILE**

Freshmen face big financial decisions unarmed, study finds

Today's college students are facing major financial transactions earlier than ever, but their ability to manage basic personal money decisions has not kept pace, according to a major new survey released Thursday. Published April 2, 2015

In this Friday June 17, 2011, file photo, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II waves as she arrives by carriage on the fourth day of the Royal Ascot horse race meeting at Ascot, England. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

Queen Elizabeth's royal retinue ponders a revolt

The royal retainers are revolting: Queen Elizabeth II's Windsor Castle staff began voting Tuesday on what would be the first-ever labor "strike" against the British monarch, with unhappy workers say they face appalling working conditions, inferior pay and long hours keeping the castle's tourist operations humming. Published March 31, 2015

In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, Russell Neal, left, gives job information to job seeker Queena Moise, foreground second from right, at a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. The U.S. Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits the week ending Jan. 17, 2015 on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) **FILE**

Finding jobs tough for older, unemployed workers

A new survey released Monday by the seniors' lobby AARP has some disheartening results for workers aged 45 to 70 who find their way back into the labor force after a layoff or an extended period without a job. The new post, in many cases, can't match the pay and benefits of the old one. Published March 30, 2015

A woman and a young girl stand at a fountain at the Stanford Shopping Center, a Simon Property Group property, in Palo Alto, California. Analysts say the unsolicited $22.4 billion offer by Simon to acquire Macerich Co., reflects the attractiveness of upscale malls while more down-market properties struggle to adapt and survive. (Associated Press)

Takeover bid shows mauling of classic shopping malls

The hostile takeover bid launched this week involving the industry's two biggest players shows the profound changes rocking the classic American shopping mall, which once dominated the market and the culture but now faces a challenge of how to stay relevant. Published March 11, 2015

British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon, speaks during a news conference with Defense Secretary Ash Carter, Wednesday, March 11, 2015, following their meeting at the Pentagon.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ** FILE **

British defense minister defends planned spending levels

Britain's defense secretary said Wednesday that his country is committed to keeping defense spending at the NATO's suggested rate of 2 percent of GDP, even as Prime Minister David Cameron scrapes to find creative ways to cut the government's bills. Published March 11, 2015

U.S. Park Service maintenance supervisor sweeps snow off stairs at the Lincoln Memorial with the statue of Abraham Lincoln visible in the background on Thursday. As much as 9 inches of snow blanketed the greater D.C. area on Thursday. The National Weather Service has forecasted temperatures in the 50s next week. (associated press)

Snow harries drivers, thrills sledders

Extreme weather can bring out the best and worst in people, and Thursday's snowstorm across the D.C. region was no exception. Published March 5, 2015

Gregory Dean, 64, had been with the Seattle Fire Department for 44 years before stepping down in December. (Associated Press)

Bowser taps ex-Seattle fire chief to lead D.C. fire and EMS

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Monday her selection of former Seattle Fire Chief Gregory Dean to lead the District's fire department, which has been long troubled by morale issues, union disputes, and training and readiness concerns. Published March 2, 2015

Maryland Gov.-Elect Larry Hogan addresses members of the state senate in Annapolis, Md., Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, the first day of the 2015 legislative session. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Larry Hogan proposes small business tax cuts for Maryland

New Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday introduced a plan to eliminate “burdensome” personal property taxes on small businesses make Maryland more attractive to businesses and investors. Published February 18, 2015