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Michigan  Bridge to be Rebuilt After Damage From Truck

BRIGHTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) _ Officials say a bridge over an interstate in southeastern Michigan will be rebuilt after being struck by a truck hauling construction equipment.

The truck hit a sign on the bridge over eastbound Interstate 96 on Wednesday in Livingston County’s Brighton Township and bent several beams underneath the overpass. No injuries were reported, but the crash snarled traffic during the evening commute.

Video aired by WXYZ-TV shows the truck’s cargo hitting the bridge, located about 35 miles (56 kilometers) northwest of Detroit.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area. The Michigan Department of Transportation says the damaged portion of the bridge will be demolished and replaced.

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Maine Taking Final Comments on Tiny House Regulations

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ The final day has arrived for supporters and opponents of tiny houses to make their case to the state of Maine.

Tiny house supporter and Democratic Rep. Seth Berry of Bowdoinhan has asked regulators to use their rulemaking abilities to craft rules about tiny houses. Municipalities in the state have struggled with how to regulate them and apply building codes.

The Maine Technical Building Codes and Standards Board was accepting comments through Thursday. The board’s expected to issue final recommendations later. Some tiny house fans have called for the state to adopt its first guidelines regarding the miniature homes.

Tiny houses are non-traditional dwellings that tend to be 100 to 400 square feet. They have grown in popularity in part because they offer a less-cluttered way of living.

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Chicago Sues Equifax Over Massive Data Breach

CHICAGO (AP) _ The city of Chicago filed a lawsuit Thursday against the credit reporting company Equifax over a data breach that exposed personal information of about 143 million people, including more than 5 million in Illinois.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the company should be held accountable for the breach and a delay in notifying consumers. The lawsuit seeks restitution for those affected.

“Chicago residents have been unnecessarily exposed to financial risks due to Equifax’s irresponsible and reckless actions that prioritized profit over the privacy and safety of consumer data,” Emanuel said.

Equifax disclosed this month that hackers exploited a software flaw that the company didn’t fix to heist Social Security numbers, birthdates and other personal data that provide the keys to identify theft.

A spokeswoman said Thursday that Equifax cannot comment on pending litigation, but that the company is focused on helping consumers “navigate this situation.”

Numerous lawsuits already have been filed over the breach, including by San Francisco and Massachusetts. The company also is facing scrutiny from Congress and other federal agencies. Its CEO stepped down on Tuesday.

The Chicago lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, accuses Equifax of violating Chicago’s consumer fraud ordinance and state laws regarding information privacy, consumer fraud and deceptive practices. The lawsuit says the company waited months to inform people who were affected, then misled consumers by initially offering “complimentary identity theft protection and credit file monitoring” that required a waiver from future legal action.

Alderman Ed Burke, who is chairman of the City Council’s finance committee, called it “a breach of epic proportions.”

The penalty for violating Chicago’s consumer fraud ordinance includes a fine of between $2,000 and $10,000 for each offense and for each day that a violation continues.

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Enbridge Line 3 Opponents to Rally at Capital Before Hearing

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ A series of 18 public hearings in nine cities on Enbridge Energy’s proposal to replace its Line 3 oil pipeline has moved to the Twin Cities.

At issue is whether the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission should grant a certificate of need for replacing the 1960s-era pipeline, which carries Canadian crude from Alberta across Minnesota to Wisconsin.

Tribal and environmental groups plan to rally against Line 3 at the Capitol at 4 p.m. Thursday, then march to the 6 p.m. hearing at a St. Paul hotel.

The Commerce Department says Enbridge has failed to establish the need for the project.

But Enbridge says Line 3 is a critical piece of its network. Supporters turned out heavily at Tuesday’s first hearing in Thief River Falls.

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Interstate Reopens after Hazardous Materials Fire in Indiana

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) _ Police say a stretch of interstate in northwestern Indiana has reopened after being shut down when a truck hauling hazardous materials caught fire.

No injuries were reported in the early Thursday fire near Portage, but Indiana State Police say businesses at an industrial center near the fire were notified and evacuated if needed. Police say the fire was quickly contained and people were allowed back into the affected area.

Police say the truck was hauling a corrosive material from East Hartford, Connecticut to Bensenville, Illinois. Investigators say the truck’s brakes may have caused the fire.

Police say both directions of Interstate 94, which is combined with I-80 in the area, were closed as crews responded. Eastbound traffic resumed Thursday morning and the westbound lanes reopened later in the morning.

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