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  • DETROIT, Dec 19- FCA US, the former Chrysler Group, on Friday expanded a U.S. regional recall of older cars with potentially defective driver-side Takata air bags to a global action, affecting more than 3.3 million vehicles. The FCA total for Takata Corp- related recalls is now 3,672,770, including affected passenger-side airbags. The number of vehicles recalled...

  • Chrysler gives in to gov't, expands air bag recall Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 4:35 PM ET

    The vehicles have driver's air bags equipped with inflators made by Japan's Takata Corp. that can explode with too much force and spew shrapnel at drivers and passengers. At least five deaths have been blamed on Takata inflators. For instance, Chrysler's recall covered just Hawaii, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

  • US says traffic deaths fell 3 percent in 2013 Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 2:42 PM ET

    DETROIT— Driving is getting safer. A total of 32,719 people died in U.S. crashes in 2013, down from 33,782 in 2012, according to figures compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman said the drop came because of safer vehicles, stronger laws and enforcement, and consumer education campaigns.

  • Chrysler to recall about 288K Ram pickup trucks Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 8:09 AM ET

    DETROIT— Chrysler is recalling about 288,000 older Ram pickup trucks in North America and elsewhere because the rear axle can seize or the drive shaft can fall off. The recall comes after an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that began in June. The recall includes nearly 257,000 trucks in the U.S., another 22,000 in Canada,...

  • Ford House sells Cezanne painting for $100 million Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:36 AM ET

    GROSSE POINTE SHORES, Mich.— The Edsel& Eleanor Ford House kept secret the 2013 sale of an oil painting by French post-impressionist Paul Cezanne to a private buyer for $100 million to help protect Detroit- owned artworks under threat due to the city's bankruptcy. Mullins said Ford House officials didn't release news of the sale when it occurred for fear of...

  • Companies' data security in question after Sony hack Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 12:05 AM ET

    The hack, which a U.S. official has said investigators believe is linked to North Korea, culminated in the cancellation of a Sony film and ultimately could cost the movie studio hundreds of millions of dollars. "The Sony breach is a real wake-up call even after the year of mega-breaches we've seen," says Lee Weiner, Boston security firm Rapid7's senior vice...

  • Government selling last stake in Ally Financial Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 7:20 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The government is selling the last of its shares in Ally Financial Inc., the former financing arm of General Motors that was bailed out during the financial crisis. Detroit- based Ally said Thursday that the Treasury Department is selling its remaining 54.9 million shares. Ally, formerly called GMAC Inc., received a $17.2 billion bailout that began...

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ DETROIT, Dec 18- Google Inc is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars, sources said, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones. "It provides a much stronger foothold for Google to really be part of the vehicle rather than being an add-on," said...

  • Sony hacking fallout puts all companies on alert Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:52 PM ET

    The hack, which a U.S. official has said investigators believe is linked to North Korea, culminated in the cancellation of a Sony film and ultimately could cost the movie studio hundreds of millions of dollars. "The Sony breach is a real wake-up call even after the year of mega-breaches we've seen," says Lee Weiner, Boston security firm Rapid7's senior vice...

  • Correction: Meningitis Outbreak story Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:46 PM ET

    BOSTON— In a story Dec. 17 about arrests in a deadly meningitis outbreak, The Associated Press erroneously reported Stuart Delery's title. BOSTON— Mold and bacteria were in the air and on workers' gloved fingertips. Federal prosecutors leveled those allegations in bringing charges Wednesday against 14 former owners or employees of a Massachusetts pharmacy in...

  • Ford expands drivers air bag recall nationwide Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 8:47 AM ET

    DETROIT— Ford Motor Co. has agreed to government demands to expand a driver's side air bag inflator recall to the entire U.S. Ford's action puts pressure on BMW and Chrysler, the only two automakers that haven't agreed to national recalls. Honda and Mazda already took their recalls national.

  • Michigan to vote on 7 percent sales tax for roads Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:05 AM ET

    LANSING, Mich.— Michigan voters would be asked to approve a sales tax increase as part of a $1.6 billion deal struck Thursday by Gov. And $11.8 billion in annual school funding would jump by at least $300 million, the equivalent of $200 per student. Michigan spends less per driver on roads than any other state.

  • 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...