FILE - In this May 17, 2012, file photo, the steel skeleton for the eastern end of the new Innerbelt Bridge in Cleveland sits next to the existing span. As Congress races to renew the law that pays for national transportation programs, lobbyists are in a frenzy to shape dozens of provisions, from the length of trucks allowed on roads to whether recalled used cars must be repaired before sold and how to pay for bridges and highways. The bill is the lobbyists’ best shot in years to achieve favorable transportation policies or block regulations they don’t like. Congress hopes to reconcile differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill, and get a compromise to President Barack Obama for his signature before the government’s authority to process highway and transit aid payments to states expires. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

Transportation bill is target of lobbying frenzy

Congress is racing toward a Friday deadline to renew the law that pays for national transportation programs, and lobbyists trying to shape the legislation are in a frenzy.

Police forces on patrol pass under the closed Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. French President Francois Hollande vowed to attack the Islamic State group without mercy as the jihadist group claimed responsibility Saturday for orchestrating the deadliest attacks on France since World War II. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

Eiffel Tower goes dark as France mourns 129 dead

Seven attackers launched gun attacks at Paris cafes, detonated suicide bombs near France’s national stadium and killed hostages inside the concert venue during a show by an American rock band — an attack on the heart of the pulsing City of Light.