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  • The United States' commercial ties with Cuba were broken 54 years ago after Fidel Castro took over. Now U.S.- Cuba trade is poised to resume: President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced plans to re-establish diplomat relations with Havana, and economic ties are expected to follow. Gary Hufbauer and Barbara Kotschwar of the Peterson Institute for...

  • 14 charged in deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 7:15 AM ET

    Federal prosecutors leveled those allegations in bringing charges Wednesday against 14 former owners or employees of a Massachusetts pharmacy in connection with a nationwide meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people. The 2012 outbreak was traced to tainted drug injections manufactured by the now-closed New England Compounding Center of Framingham.

  • TSA chief: Travelers from some nations targeted Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 6:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Transportation Security Administration needed an exemption from new Obama administration rules restricting racial profiling by the government so the TSA could target travelers for extra scrutiny based on their nationality and gender, the head of the agency said Tuesday. The TSA more closely scrutinizes travelers from Syria, Yemen and...

  • Deadline approaching for Detroit pension help Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 1:42 PM ET

    DETROIT— The state of Michigan on Tuesday urged Detroit pensioners whose benefits will be reduced by the city's bankruptcy restructuring plan to apply for funding if it's necessary to keep them from dropping below the poverty line. Detroit, which officially emerged last week from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, is shedding about $7 billion...

  • Michigan divides up $75 million in blight funding Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 11:26 AM ET

    DETROIT— Michigan has divided more than $75 million in federal funding to fight blight among 12 cities, with Detroit getting about two-thirds of the money, as part of efforts to deal with vacant and dilapidated buildings across the state, officials announced Tuesday. Detroit is getting $50 million from the U.S. Department of Treasury's "Hardest Hit" fund program,...

  • Southwest bag workers picketing over flight delays Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    For years, Dallas- based Southwest was the most punctual of big U.S. airlines, but it stumbled after trying to squeeze in more flights into its schedule. Southwest has also prided itself on keeping its employees happy, believing that would guarantee good service for its customers. "That recipe is kind of gone and it's profits over people and that's not acceptable,"...

  • Death toll from GM ignition switches rises to 42 Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 1:00 PM ET

    DETROIT— At least 42 people have died and 58 have been injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the totals Monday. Feinberg will accept claims until Jan. 31.

  • UAW head: Companies can raise pay, be competitive Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 12:28 PM ET

    DETROIT— United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams says he's not buying the Detroit Three automakers' argument against wage increases for longtime workers. Williams told reporters at a meeting Monday that keeping Detroit competitive with foreign automakers can't always be done on the backs of workers. Both sides will have to balance the competing...

  • DETROIT, Dec 15- The president of the United Auto Workers union on Monday called the National Labor Relations Board's recent decisions to allow employees to use company email to organize and unions to hold faster elections to represent workers "the right thing to do." "It made all the sense in the world," Dennis Williams told reporters at the union's headquarters in...

  • The backlog to remove aluminium from Detroit, the most acutely impacted location, shrank by 30 days to 641 days, while the wait to remove other metals stuck behind the wall of aluminium fell from 111 to 93 days. A "flash" queue to load out zinc at New Orleans, meanwhile, almost disappeared in November, dwindling to just 10 days from 71 days at the end of September.

  • Google researching use of color in business Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 5:20 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— Google is one of the major U.S. corporations researching the power of color in the working world, in everything from workspaces to marketing and branding. Meghan Casserly, spokeswoman for the U.S.-based organization built around the popular search engine, says Google is still early in its research but has already found "a clear link between color...

  • People finding their 'waze' to once-hidden streets Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 9:49 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— When the people whose houses hug the narrow warren of streets paralleling the busiest urban freeway in America began to see bumper-to-bumper traffic crawling by their homes a year or so ago, they were baffled. You can't even walk your dog, "said Paula Hamilton, who lives on a once quiet little street in the Santa Monica Mountains in a neighborhood...

  • Australia’s auto industry crashes in slow motion Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 4:24 PM ET

    There has been a car industry in Australia for about as long as there have been cars. But within two or three years, the last of the continent’s auto plants will go dark.

  • DETROIT, Dec 12- Chrysler Group is expanding its U.S. recall of older-model vehicles with Takata Corp passenger-side air bags, adding a second inflator design to the recall and more affected regions. The company said no accidents or injuries in any of its vehicles have been linked to any Takata passenger-side inflators. Chrysler was one of 10 automakers who...

  • Chrysler expands air bag recall Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 8:16 AM ET

    It's part of a growing problem worldwide with air bag inflators made by Japanese auto parts supplier Takata Corp.. At first Chrysler agreed to replace passenger air bag inflators in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The new boundaries are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and five U.S. territories.

  • Dec 11- Law firms and consultants reached agreements with Detroit over fees they charged the city for work on its historic bankruptcy, federal court mediators said on Thursday. As of Oct. 24, fees and expenses totaled nearly $141 million, with law firm Jones Day submitting the biggest bill, totaling $52.3 million. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan had raised the...

  • Multiemployer pensions could face cuts Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 3:26 AM ET

    George Miller, D- Calif., who worked the deal out with Rep. But it quickly drew fire from some labor unions and AARP, who denounced what they call backroom deal-making that will create hardships for older Americans. These plans are usually found in industries that have many small employers that would not ordinarily put together a pension plan on their own, according...

  • Japan automakers expand passenger air bag recalls Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 2:44 AM ET

    TOKYO— Honda, Nissan and Mitsubishi announced more recalls for the same possibly defective Takata air bags that Toyota recalled earlier this month after one exploded during scrapping in Japan. Nissan Motor Co. said Thursday it's recalling the Presage, X-Trail and other models totaling 83,000 vehicles in Japan, some 6,000 in China, another 49,000 in Europe and...

  • SYDNEY, Dec 11- Global aluminium premiums are expected to reach fresh record highs by mid-2015 on a supply deficit in the United States and Europe, a Reuters survey showed. "The world, excluding China, will continue to be in short supply due to shut downs, production curtailments and strong demand in South America and North America," said one respondent.

  • Deal to allow multiemployer pension benefits cuts Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 5:59 PM ET

    George Miller, D- Calif., who worked the deal out with Rep. But it quickly drew fire from some labor unions and AARP, who denounced what they call backroom deal-making that will create hardships for older Americans. These plans are usually found in industries that have many small employers that would not ordinarily put together a pension plan on their own, according...