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A small Baltimore news website met its fundraising goal... and then some, and Hunt Valley-based AAI Corp. laid off nearly 200 employees this week. Those stories and more in this week's business top 5. 1. Cross Keys sale appears near - by Melody Simmons The sale of The Village of Cross Keys in North Baltimore to an Olney-based developer is under negotiation and could close as early as March, sources close to the pending deal said Tuesday. General Growth Properties Inc., which put the upscale shopping center on the market last summer after it emerged from bankruptcy protection, is finalizing the sale to the Carl M. Freeman Companies for an undisclosed price, sources said. 2. AAI lays off 184 in Hunt Valley - by Maria Zimmerman AAI Corp., a Hunt Valley-based aerospace and defense company, laid off 184 employees Tuesday at its Baltimore County location as part of a 217-person, companywide reduction.