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From Nazis to hippies: End of the road for Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen is halting production of the last version of its Beetle model this week at its plant in Puebla, Mexico. It’s the end of the road for a vehicle that has symbolized many things over a history spanning eight decades since 1938.

VW’s comeback faces roadblock from Trump tax on Mexican Beetles

Volkswagen is bracing for another blow from the U.S. government. After agreeing to spend more than $23 billion to clean up its diesel-cheating scandal, the German auto giant risks staying in Washington’s crosshairs as it tries to start fresh with American consumers.

Beetle goes lidless as new convertible debuts

If the evolutionary process has its way, the Volkswagen Beetle might grow up to be a Porsche. Just kidding, of course. Still, there’s no getting around the fact that a 2012 redesign brought the familial ties into sharper relief than ever.

Destructive Japanese beetles found in two Idaho counties

BOISE – A destructive invasive insect has turned up in Ada and Kootenai counties, prompting warnings from the Idaho state Department of Agriculture. The Japanese beetle, a half-inch-long, shiny metallic-green bug with copper-brown wing covers, destroys trees, rose bushes, stone fruits, gardens and field crops, and its larvae or grubs destroy turf by feeding on the roots of grass.

Task force will study dying forests in Eastern Washington

Washington Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark will convene a committee of foresters, scientists and other experts in an effort to contain a pending forest health epidemic east of the Cascades. Since the 1980s, the number of acres of trees killed by insects and disease has doubled. Over the next 15 years, state projections indicate that elevated tree mortality could occur across 2.8 million acres of Eastern Washington, or roughly one-third of the landscape.

VW’s newest Beetle starts production in Mexico

The world's first models of the redesigned Volkswagen sedan began rolling off production lines at the company's plant in central Mexico on Friday, with a bigger trunk but also a bit of linguistic baggage.

U.S. accuses B.C. of breaking pact

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk has asked for arbitration with Canada over allegations that British Columbia is selling subsidized lumber into U.S. markets. The dispute revolves around log prices for timber salvaged from a massive pine beetle outbreak in interior British Columbia. Officials from the U.S. timber industry allege that the B.C. government is selling high-quality logs from provincial forests for as little as 25 cents per cubic meter. Equivalent logs sell for about $20 per cubic meter on the U.S. open market, according to U.S. timber industry officials.