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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Syncora, which pegs its claim at about $400 million, worked out a three-part deal involving city-owned land and contracts.

  • Ford recalls hybrid SUVs to fix stalling problem Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 8:30 AM ET

    DETROIT— Ford is recalling about 74,000 older-model gas-electric hybrid SUVs in the U.S. and Canada to fix a stalling problem. The recall covers Ford Escapes from the 2005 through 2008 model years and Mercury Mariners from 2006 through 2008.. Ford is expected to start the recall on Oct. 27.

  • RIVERSIDE, Calif., Sept 11- The city of San Bernardino, California, may impose cuts to its firefighters overtime and pension benefits in a bid to reach a bankruptcy exit plan, the federal judge overseeing the case said on Thursday.

  • Toyota recalls pickups to fix air bag problem Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 1:04 PM ET

    DETROIT— Toyota is recalling about 140,000 Tundra full-size pickup trucks because a plastic trim piece can interfere with the side air bags. The recall affects Crew-Max and Double Cab versions in the U.S., Mexico and Canada from the 2014 model year. The recall covers 130,000 Tundras in the U.S., 10,000 in Canada and 200 in Mexico, Toyota said in a statement.

  • DETROIT, Sept 11- A federal judge on Thursday ordered ongoing mediation in Detroit's historic bankruptcy over a potential settlement between the city and one of its fiercest creditors, while adding holdout creditor Financial Guaranty Insurance Co to the list of parties whose attendance is required.

  • Ex-Florida prison chief monitors Michigan contract Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 12:05 AM ET

    Rick Snyder's administration has hired the former chief of prisons in Florida and Indiana to oversee Michigan's troubled three-year, $145 million contract with a company supplying inmates with food. Ohio also has fined Aramark for similar contract violations.

  • Syncora had argued it had been short-changed compared to other creditors. If approved, the deal will see Syncora drop its objection to the restructuring and the trial- which is studying the feasibility of Detroit's plan to exit bankruptcy- could get a swift approval from U.S.

  • Business Highlights Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 6:07 PM ET

    Regional airlines not sharing in majors' success. DALLAS— For passengers traveling between smaller cities and large hub airports, the ticket may say Delta, American or United, but they're likely flying on a regional airline whose planes are painted in the major carrier's colors.