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  • DETROIT, Nov 26- Chrysler Group LLC must expand its regional recall of vehicles with Takata Corp air bags and begin notifying customers of the action by Monday, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. Chrysler's delay in alerting owners of potential defects in Takata air bags "exacerbates the risk to motorists' safety," the NHTSA said in a...

  • DETROIT, Nov 26- Chrysler Group LLC must expand its recall of vehicles with Takata Corp air bags and begin notifying customers of the action by Monday, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles unit is at the "rear of the pack" among automakers in telling its customers of the possible dangers of Takata's air bags,...

  • High court to review EPA mercury limits Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 1:53 PM ET

    One judge on the appeals court complained then that the EPA didn't consider costs in deciding whether regulation of hazardous air pollutants from power plants is appropriate. "The problem here is that EPA did not even consider the costs," wrote Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. EPA determined that when the...

  • VW policy for US plant sets off labor scramble Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 11:59 AM ET

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.— In rival camps located about a mile apart, both supporters and opponents of the United Auto Workers' efforts to unionize their first foreign auto plant in the South say a new labor policy at the Volkswagen factory is going to help them. The new policy, known as "Community Organization Engagement," establishes formal rules for labor groups at the...

  • HealthSouth to spend $750M on home health business Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 9:09 AM ET

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— HealthSouth will spend about $750 million on the privately held owner of Encompass Home Health and Hospice in a deal that helps the rehabilitation hospital operator expand into home health care. HealthSouth CEO Jay Grinney said in a statement that Encompass has integrated 45 separate acquisitions since 2005. He said they believe they can...

  • Fort Drum powered by wood in renewable energy push Sunday, 23 Nov 2014 | 12:08 PM ET

    FORT DRUM, N.Y.— Bulldozers rumble up and down steaming mountains of wood chips 24 hours a day, stoking the boilers that provide electricity to all 168 square miles of Fort Drum, home of the Army's 10th Mountain Division. It's the first green energy project to come online since the Pentagon's 2012 commitment to developing 3 gigawatts of renewable energy— enough to...

  • LAS VEGAS, Nov 21- President Barack Obama defended his decision to bypass Congress and overhaul U.S. immigration policy on his own on Friday, saying he was forced to act because House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner would not let legislation come to a vote. With many Americans skeptical of his decision to bypass Congress and impose an immigration...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 21- U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Friday that President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration had sabotaged chances for bipartisan legislation and vowed to lead a fight to block the order. Obama is set to sign the order, the biggest U.S. immigration changes in a decade, later on Friday at a high school in Las...

  • White House: Immigration steps would boost wages Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama's moves on immigration would expand the labor force and increase worker productivity, according to a White House report Friday that estimates average wages would rise over a 10- year period. Obama's Council of Economic Advisers forecasts that as a result of his administrative actions, the gross domestic product would...

  • Hibbett beats 3Q profit forecasts Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 6:42 AM ET

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Hibbett Sports Inc. on Friday reported fiscal third-quarter earnings of $16.9 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 62 cents per share. Analysts expected $222.1 million, according to Zacks.

  • The latest on air bag recalls, with cars involved Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 2:09 PM ET

    Automakers have recalled 8 million vehicles in the U.S. to fix a problem with air bags made by Takata Corp. The air bags can explode with too much force, sending shards of metal into the passenger compartments. Boundaries of the recalls vary, but generally they include Florida, Puerto Rico, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Hawaii and "limited areas...

  • ESSEN, Germany, Nov 20- Germany's biggest steelmaker ThyssenKrupp is resuming dividend payments a year earlier than expected, signalling confidence in a turnaround with the promise of a modest payout for shareholders after it beat profit forecasts. ThyssenKrupp said on Thursday it would pay 0.11 euros a share for the year to end-September.

  • Fact sheet: 2015 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 11:36 AM ET

    2015 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0 T. BASE PRICE: $21,150 for SE; $23,175 for Sport; $23,275 for ECO; $26,525 for Limited; $28,575 for Sport 2.0 T; $33,525 for Limited 2.0 T. OPTIONS: Carpeted floor mats $125.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 18- The U.S. auto safety regulator on Tuesday called on Japanese supplier Takata and five automakers to expand nationwide a regional recall of potentially deadly air bags, increasing pressure on the industry to act more swiftly in the growing scandal. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also scolded Takata for what it called "an...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 18- The U.S. auto safety regulator on Tuesday announced it has called on Japanese supplier Takata and automakers to expand nationwide their previously regional recall of flawed air bags. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Deputy Administrator David Friedman told reporters on Tuesday that Takata has so far expressed an "...

  • Safety agency to push for national air bag recall Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 5:06 PM ET

    The action Tuesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers driver's side air bags equipped with inflators made by Takata Corp. of Japan. Takata has said that prolonged exposure to moisture can cause the air bag propellant to burn faster than designed, causing the problem. Up until now, about 8 million cars in the U.S. with Takata inflators...

  • MONROEVILLE, Ala.— Alice Lee, sister of' Mockingbird' author and an influential Alabama lawyer, dies at 103..

  • Miss. could be site for $1.2 billion aluminum mill Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 7:22 PM ET

    JACKSON, Miss.— Mississippi appears to be the favored location for a proposed $1.2 billion aluminum mill that would hire 650 or more workers to supply aluminum for auto bodies. The company won't say what locations it's considering, but has filed for environmental permits at a site near Golden Triangle Regional Airport, just west of Columbus in Lowndes County.

  • Oil spill-related grants announced by foundation Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 7:14 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— A national conservation agency on Monday announced more than $99 million in projects funded through a settlement resulting from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill— including more than $13 million for restoration work on Louisiana's coast. Alabama is receiving $9.6 million of the latest grants, which will fund four projects; Mississippi is getting...

  • Honda quietly will repair air bags nationwide Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 4:13 PM ET

    DETROIT— Honda is quietly offering to replace potentially defective air bag inflators across the U.S., even though its latest recall for the problem only covers cars in 13 high-humidity states and territories. Honda's action, plus a report of an exploding air bag that injured a Ford Mustang driver in North Carolina, is likely to give more ammunition to lawmakers...