A referendum to expand the Panama Canal appeared headed for easy approval Sunday, as thousands of supporters in green “Yes” T-shirts cast ballots endorsing the largest modernization project in the 92-year history of the shortcut between the seas. Polls showed Panamanians overwhelmingly support the $5.25 billion upgrade. The overhaul would allow the canal to handle modern container ships, cruise liners and tankers that are too large for its current 108-foot-wide locks by building a third set of locks on the Pacific and Atlantic ends by 2015. Full Story
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