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  • DETROIT, Sept 16- An expert witness hand-picked by the federal judge overseeing Detroit's historic bankruptcy case will testify on the feasibility of the city's debt adjustment plan without restrictions, the judge ruled on Tuesday.

  • CMS spending $1 billion to settle pollution case Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 1:58 PM ET

    DETROIT— The U.S. Justice Department announced Tuesday that CMS Energy Corp. will undertake an estimated $1 billion program to cut emissions from five coal-fired power plants in Michigan to settle air pollution complaints.

  • 5 findings from Congress's report on safety agency Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 1:40 PM ET

    DETROIT— Republicans on the House Commerce Committee released a report Tuesday critical of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government's top auto safety agency, and its handling of General Motors' delayed recall of 2.6 million cars with defective ignition switches.

  • GM to add 750 workers to build small pickup trucks Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 12:04 PM ET

    DETROIT— Early demand is so high for General Motors' new small pickup trucks that the company is hiring more workers to build them even before one is sold to the public. The factory already employs 2,600 people who build the Colorado and Canyon as well as the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans.

  • Congress: Safety agency mishandled GM recall Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 9:37 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The government's auto safety agency should have discovered General Motors' faulty ignition switches seven years before the company recalled 2.6 million cars to fix the deadly problem, a House committee majority charged Tuesday in a new report.

  • Eminem publishers sue New Zealand political party Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 12:45 AM ET

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand— The music publishers for American rapper Eminem filed a lawsuit Tuesday against New Zealand's ruling political party over the music it used in a campaign commercial. Detroit- based Eight Mile Style and Martin Affiliated both claim the National Party breached copyright laws by using Eminem's song "Lose Yourself."

  • David Heiman, whose law firm Jones Day represents Detroit, told Rhodes that Syncora and the city "have laid down their swords." In a court filing on Monday, Syncora confirmed a "comprehensive settlement" with the city that was still subject to "definitive documentation and resolution of other terms.

  • Sept 15- The top U.S. auto safety regulator harshly criticized General Motors Co for not promptly reporting and recalling cars now linked to at least 19 deaths and said he has been meeting with top global automakers to develop a "new normal" for safety recalls.

  • Sept 15- Massachusetts' highest court on Monday threw out a lawsuit seeking to block Tesla Motors Inc from selling its luxury electric cars directly to consumers in the state, enabling it to bypass traditional dealerships.

  • Business Highlights Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 5:46 PM ET

    'Minecraft' could boost Microsoft's mobile reach. NEW YORK— Microsoft's decision to spend $2.5 billion for the creator of the hit game "Minecraft" could help the Xbox maker grab attention on mobile phones, a new priority for the company. In addition, the founders of Mojang, the Swedish company behind "Minecraft," aren't staying with Microsoft.

  • Sept 15- Massachusetts' highest court on Monday threw out a lawsuit seeking to block Tesla Motors Inc from selling its luxury electric cars directly to consumers in the state, enabling it to bypass traditional dealerships.

  • GM expert says 19 deaths eligible for compensation Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 11:32 AM ET

    DETROIT— The death toll tied to faulty ignition switches in General Motors small cars has risen to 19, according to a compensation expert hired by the company. Kenneth Feinberg said Monday that he has determined that 19 wrongful death claims are eligible for payments from GM.

  • Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes that Syncora and the city "have laid down their swords." In a court filing on Monday, Syncora confirmed a "comprehensive settlement" with the city that was still subject to "definitive documentation and resolution of other terms.

  • ZF buying TRW Automotive for about $11.74B Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 9:47 AM ET

    LIVONIA, Mich.— German automotive transmission maker ZF Friedrichshafen AG is buying Michigan- based TRW Automotive for $11.74 billion, a move that creates the world's second-largest auto supplier.

  • DETROIT, Sept 15- U.S. safety regulators have opened an investigation into an estimated 205,000 Ford Fiesta small cars after receiving consumer complaints that doors failed to properly latch or stay closed.

  • Safety agency investigates Ford Fiesta latches Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 8:46 AM ET

    DETROIT— U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that the doors won't latch properly on some Ford Fiesta subcompact cars. The probe announced Monday covers about 205,000 Fiestas from the 2011 through 2013 model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has received 61 complaints about the doors.

  • LONDON, Sept 15- It is ironic that the London Metal Exchange, which has taken so much flak over long waiting times to get metal out of some of its warehouses, is itself now forced to wait before it can start fixing the problems.

  • General Motors Co, Honda Motor Co, which owns Acura, and other automakers are working with traditional suppliers and startup firms. Tech giants Google, with its pioneering work on driverless cars, and Apple, which is working with automakers to embed greater connectivity in their cars, are accelerating the change.

  • Detroit bankruptcy trial resumes after settlement Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 4:02 AM ET

    The trial was suspended last Wednesday so Detroit and Syncora could reach an agreement. Syncora is getting cash and long-term leases on a parking garage and the tunnel between Detroit and Canada, among other concessions.

  • AAA Michigan: Gas prices fall 12 cents in week Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 2:37 AM ET

    DEARBORN, Mich.— AAA Michigan says gasoline prices in the state fell about 12 cents in the last week. Dearborn- based AAA Michigan surveys fuel costs at 2,800 Michigan gas stations daily. It says the cheapest price was $3.37 a gallon in the Traverse City area, and the most expensive was $3.57 in the Marquette area.