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Froman is one of Obama's law school classmates and senior economic advisers who previously worked as an executive at Citigroup. The Cabinet-level trade representative performs as the administration's top adviser and negotiator on international trade. If confirmed by the Senate, Froman would replace Ron Kirk, a former Dallas mayor who stepped down as trade representative in February after serving in the post throughout Obama's first term.

Obama made the nominations in the White House Rose Garden just before departing for Mexico.

Midwest schoolkids get rare snow day

Minneapolis • Schoolchildren in Minnesota and Wisconsin are getting a rare May snow day after a storm dropped up to 16 inches of sticky snow on the Upper Midwest.

Bobbi Howe's two daughters had to stay home in the southeastern Minnesota city of Owatonna, where 15.5 inches of snow made it hard for the family to open their front door.

Owatonna was one of dozens of school districts in Minnesota and Wisconsin that canceled classes.

The Twin Cities were supposed to be in the bulls-eye but escaped unscathed when the storm tracked farther east than forecast.

But more than 16 inches of snow fell on Ashland in far northwestern Wisconsin before the storm moved on to Lake Superior. The Wisconsin State Patrol says that was a factor in a fatal collision between two semis on Interstate 94 near Menomonie.

Hayward, Wis., got 15 inches and other communities including Baldwin, Barron, Ellsworth and Spring Valley got 14 inches.