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For ‘Amtrak Joe’ Biden, Baltimore rail tunnel visit personal
Author: CHRIS MEGERIAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ulysses S. Grant was still president when workers finished the Baltimore and Potomac Tunnel, which connected Philadelphia and Washington through rail travel for the first time.

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This ‘Incredible’ dad built Boeing’s first 747. His son finished the last
Author: Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times

SEATTLE — More than five decades after the first 747 took flight, the last “Queen of the Skies” has come off the Everett assembly line. To mark the moment, we spoke with workers who built the iconic airplane and witnessed the last 747’s construction.

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Wall Street stalls ahead of mammoth week with Fed, earnings
Author: STAN CHOE, AP Business Writer

NEW YORK — Stocks are stalling on Wall Street Monday ahead of a week full of potentially market-moving events, from decisions on interest rates around the world to earnings reports from the biggest U.S. companies.

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China accuses Washington of abusing export controls
Author: Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) — China’s government on Monday criticized U.S. controls on technology exports as a trade violation, after Japan and the Netherlands agreed to join Washington in limiting Beijing’s access to materials to make advanced processor chips they say can be used in weapons.

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Automakers Renault, Nissan to make cross-shareholdings equal
Author: YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan and Renault have agreed to equalize the stakes they hold in each other, both sides said Monday, ironing out a source of conflict in the Japan-French auto alliance.

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Cowlitz County Board of Health approves bylaws that conflict with state law
Author: Katie Fairbanks, The Daily News

LONGVIEW — The Cowlitz County Board of Health Tuesday approved bylaws inconsistent with state law, further restricting who can join as citizen members.

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Will Europe’s ban on Russian diesel hike global fuel prices?
Author: DAVID McHUGH, AP Business Writer

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Europe is taking another big step toward cutting its energy ties with Russia, banning imports of diesel fuel and other products made from crude oil in Russian refineries.

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Puget Sound Energy rethinks pilot program to move people off natural gas
Author: Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times

SEATTLE — After drawing criticism from environmental and clean power advocates, Puget Sound Energy is rethinking the structure of a $15 million pilot program that could help boost the use of heat pumps and other electric appliances.

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Washington health, LGBTQ orgs praise plan to allow more gay men to donate blood
Author: Elise Takahama and Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday its plans to ease restrictions on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, overturning a decades-long rule that LGBTQ organizations, Seattle blood banks and local public health leaders say they’re thrilled to see lifted.

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Camas planting event Friday part of Cowlitz Tribe’s effort to bring back first food
Author: Katie Fairbanks, The Daily News

TOLEDO — In a muddy field northwest of Toledo, multicolored flags marked the thousands of spots where natural color will push through this spring, signaling the return of one of the most significant plants to the Cowlitz Indian Tribe.

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