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  • Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday it appeared that the downing of a Malaysian airliner near the Ukraine- Russia border was not an accident and that the passenger jet apparently was "blown out of the sky." "This is truly a grave situation," Biden said in a speech in Detroit. He spoke by phone to Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko.

  • Biden says downed jet was "blown out of the sky" Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 4:49 PM ET

    Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday that the downing of a Malaysian airliner near the Ukraine- Russia border apparently was "not an accident" and that the passenger jet was "blown out of the sky." Biden, in a speech in Detroit, said there may have been Americans on board and determining that was the first priority for the United States.

  • GM says it's replaced 491,000 ignition switches Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 2:38 PM ET

    DETROIT— General Motors says it has replaced faulty ignition switches on just under 20 percent of 2.6 million small cars that are being recalled. Switch maker Delphi Automotive says it has produced over 1 million parts and expects to have made 2 million by the end of August.

  • July 17- U.S. senators on Thursday demanded to know why General Motors Co did not fire its top lawyer after it was revealed this year that the automaker's litigation department knew of a widespread and deadly ignition flaw but failed to escalate the safety issue.

  • Senators call on GM CEO to fire top lawyer Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 10:34 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Lawmakers demanded General Motors fire its chief lawyer and do more to help crash victims as a Senate subcommittee delved deeper into GM's mishandling of the recall of small cars with defective ignition switches. Thursday's grilling was GM's fourth appearance before Congress, but senators aren't done with their investigation.

  • July 17- The chief executive of Delphi Automotive, the auto supplier that supplied the defective switch to General Motors Co that has been linked to at least 13 deaths, said on Thursday that the automaker was responsible for approving the faulty part design.

  • LONDON, July 17- The legal battle between the London Metal Exchange and Russian aluminum giant Rusal will resume on July 29. There are currently 2,915,100 tonnes of the stuff waiting for a physical delivery slot in the LME warehouse system, most of it at just two locations; Vlissingen in the Netherlands and Detroit in the United States.

  • Chrysler: Recall can be done faster than expected Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 10:39 PM ET

    DETROIT— Chrysler can fix recalled Jeep SUVs far faster than U.S. safety regulators have predicted, the automaker told the government Wednesday.

  • Ex-prosecutor asks for pardon in fatal GM crash Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 5:55 PM ET

    HOUSTON— A former Texas prosecutor has asked the state to pardon a woman who pleaded guilty in a 2004 car crash that killed her fiance, saying she now believes the accident was caused by a faulty General Motors ignition switch.

  • GM supports bill banning rentals of recalled cars Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 4:28 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— General Motors Co. is the first big automaker to support legislation barring rental-car companies from renting or selling vehicles subject to a recall.

  • VW passes GM in global auto sales race Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 1:37 PM ET

    DETROIT— Volkswagen bumped General Motors out of second place in the global auto sales race during the first half of the year, but Toyota is expected to stay in first place. Toyota won't release first-half numbers until later this month.

  • DETROIT, July 16- German automaker BMW said on Wednesday it is recalling about 1.6 million cars worldwide to replace passenger-side front air bags made by Takata Corp because the inflators could break apart during deployment and injure passengers.

  • July 16- The Detroit Institute of Arts said on Wednesday it has secured another $26.8 million in pledged donations to cover its portion of the "grand bargain" intended to help Detroit emerge from bankruptcy while sparing a sale of the museum's art works.

  • DETROIT/ FRANKFURT, July 16- German automaker BMW said on Wednesday it is recalling about 1.6 million cars worldwide to replace passenger-side front airbags made by Takata Corp because the inflators could break apart during deployment and injure passengers.

  • BMW recalls 1.6M 3-Series cars for air bag problem Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 8:43 AM ET

    DETROIT— BMW is expanding a recall of its most popular models to fix an air bag problem that is hitting much of the global auto industry. Air bag inflators in systems made by Takata Corp. can rupture. The problem is responsible for millions of recalled vehicles during the past few years made by manufacturers such as Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota.

  • Museum raises $80M toward Detroit bankruptcy deal Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 4:02 AM ET

    DETROIT— The Detroit Institute of Arts says it has pledges for about 80 percent of the $100 million it promised toward an effort involving the state of Michigan and major foundations to prevent the sale of art and soften cuts to city retirees during Detroit's bankruptcy.

  • Locally-grown foods look to bigger business Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 3:05 AM ET

    But with a steady supply of locally grown food from the Common Market food hub, Jefferson now serves vegetables like bok choy and asparagus, creamy yogurts from Amish country and omelets with locally sourced cage-free eggs and spinach.

  • NEW YORK, July 15- JPMorgan Chase& Co, the second-largest U.S. mortgage lender, is backing away from making home loans to less creditworthy borrowers after losing faith in its ability to recover much money from foreclosing on homes, even with government guarantees.

  • UPDATE 1-Ex-Ford chief Mulally joins Google's board Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 5:14 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, July 15- Google Inc has appointed former Ford Motor Co CEO Alan Mulally to its board of directors, drafting a seasoned Detroit executive into its ranks as it develops a self-driving car and tries to get its software into more automobiles.

  • Ex-Ford chief Mulally joins Google's board Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 4:23 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, July 15- Google Inc has appointed former Ford Motor Co CEO Alan Mulally to its board of directors, drafting a seasoned Detroit executive into its ranks as it develops a self-driving car and tries to get its software into more automobiles.