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U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (left) shakes hands with Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, accompanied by Mexico's Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo, after they spoke at a news conference Wednesday at the start of NAFTA renegotiations in Washington, D.C. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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Negotiations Begin On Trump's Campaign Promise To Rework NAFTA

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Yuliana Rocha Zamarripa's workers' comp claim for a serious knee injury at work prompted her arrest. She was shuffled from county to immigration jails for a year and blames the sexual abuse of her daughter on her inability to protect her at home. Scott McIntyre for ProPublica hide caption

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They Got Hurt At Work — Then They Got Deported

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President Trump meets with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, in July. Trump is pushing to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement among their countries and Canada. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Trump's NAFTA Makeover Not So Extreme

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Michelle Labra and her daughter, Daphne, live in an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) in their landlord's backyard. Portland has among the most permissive rules for ADUs in the country. Last year, the city issued building permits for about one a day. Amelia Templeton/OPB hide caption

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'Granny Pods' Help Keep Portland Affordable

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President Trump holds up a signed memorandum calling for a trade investigation of China at the White House on Monday. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Trump Turns To 43-Year-Old 'America First' Trade Law To Pressure China

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Students at Hailiang Foreign Language School in Zhuji watch robots performing in a class in March. The operator of the school, Hailiang, saw its stock price reach unprecedented — and erroneous — heights Thursday. VCG via Getty Images hide caption

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Blackstone-Starwood Merger Creates Largest Rental Home Company In U.S.

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How The Standard & Poor's 500 Index Took The Side Of Shareholders

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