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  • DETROIT, Sept 8- Detroit relies on antiquated and dilapidated information technology for basic city administration, which puts citizens' safety at risk, makes simple administrative tasks impossible, and creates opportunities for security breaches, the city's information officer testified at a bankruptcy hearing on Monday.

  • Detroit bankruptcy trial turns to poor technology Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 4:02 AM ET

    DETROIT— Detroit's computer system is "beyond fundamentally broken" and years behind the latest software, the city's new technology chief told a bankruptcy judge Monday. Beth Niblock said she turned down the job twice before agreeing to move to Detroit from Louisville, Kentucky, at the urging of new Mayor Mike Duggan.

  • AAA Michigan: Gas prices rise 2 cents in past week Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 2:00 AM ET

    DEARBORN, Mich.— AAA Michigan says gasoline prices in the state rose about 2 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 $3.42 a gallon in the Traverse City area, and the most expensive was $3.68 in the Jackson area.

  • GM to offer car that will almost drive itself Sunday, 7 Sep 2014 | 5:17 PM ET

    DETROIT— Cars that can talk to each other and almost drive themselves at freeway speeds are just two years away from the showroom, according to General Motors executives. The announcements were made Sunday at the opening of the Intelligent Transportation Society World Congress being held in Detroit this week.

  • DETROIT, Sept 7- General Motors Co will introduce in two years its first car that can communicate with other vehicles to help avoid accidents and ease traffic congestion, Chief Executive Mary Barra said on Sunday. Meanwhile, Internet search company Google Inc is working to develop fully autonomous vehicles.

  • DETROIT, Sept 5- Detroit could not afford to undertake a series of necessary improvements without a court-approved plan to shed a chunk of its debt, a city consultant testified on Friday at a U.S. Bankruptcy Court hearing.

  • DETROIT, Sept 5- Detroit could not afford to undertake a series of necessary improvements without a court-approved plan to shed a chunk of its debt, a city consultant testified on Friday at a U.S. Bankruptcy Court hearing.

  • GM wins dismissal of lawsuit over its IPO Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 12:17 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Sept 5- General Motors Co has won dismissal of a shareholder lawsuit accusing it of padding sales around the time of its November 2010 initial public offering by quietly unloading vehicle inventory on its dealers.

  • DETROIT, Sept 5- A group of companies, including several large automakers, have joined a public-private research initiative to lay the groundwork for a system that wirelessly connects vehicles and helps smooth the flow of traffic, the University on Michigan said on Friday.

  • Sept 5- One of the bond insurers fighting Detroit's historic bankruptcy is seeking $200 million in cash, riverfront property and a stake in a tunnel to Canada, in settlement negotiations with the city, the Detroit News reported, citing an unnamed source.

  • Tesla CEO: "Nevada is it;" $1.3B package offered Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 3:22 AM ET

    RENO, Nev.— The Biggest Little City in the World is about to get a new neighbor: the biggest lithium battery factory in the world that Nevada Gov.

  • Detroit CFO says higher taxes wouldn't help city Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 2:46 AM ET

    DETROIT— Detroit residents are "highly taxed" and imposing even higher taxes wouldn't be a good way to take the city out of bankruptcy, the chief financial officer testified Friday.

  • DETROIT, Sept 4- Revenue projections in Detroit's debt adjustment plan will be hard to achieve, but restructuring initiatives will bring in new money and help make Detroit's plan feasible, Detroit's chief financial officer said Thursday in the city's historic bankruptcy hearing.

  • NEW YORK/ LOS ANGELES, Sept 4- U.S. fast-food workers staged protests in some 150 cities on Thursday in a fight for higher pay, and organizers said more than 450 were arrested from Manhattan's Times Square to Los Angeles. About 400 protesters clogged Times Square during morning rush hour in the latest of ongoing actions aimed at raising their wage to $15 an hour.

  • Toyota: Cars will be safer, but still need drivers Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 2:13 PM ET

    That's the message from safety executives at Toyota, who on Thursday promised by 2017 to have collision-prevention technology installed across its U.S. line-up, in both mainstream and luxury vehicles. Toyota expects by "mid-decade" to roll out a next generation of safety systems in the U.S. that allow cars to steer themselves enough to stay in the center of a lane.

  • DETROIT, Sept 4- Detroit's chief financial officer took the stand on Thursday as the first witness in the city's historic bankruptcy hearing, testifying that while he believed Detroit's debt adjustment plan can be implemented, it cannot be set in stone.

  • NEW YORK/ LOS ANGELES, Sept 4- U.S. fast-food workers staged protests in some 150 cities on Thursday in a fight for higher pay, and organizers said dozens were arrested from Manhattan's Times Square to Las Vegas. Sit-ins were held in several more cities, and a total of 86 arrests were reported among protesters in Chicago, Detroit, Las Vegas and Little Rock, Arkansas.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 4- Fast-food workers in 150 U.S. cities kicked off protests for a $15- per-hour wage that included a sit-down in New York's Times Square, where 19 demonstrators were arrested on Thursday, police said.

  • Pharmacist arrested in tainted steroid case Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 10:43 AM ET

    BOSTON— A pharmacist who oversaw the sterile clean rooms at a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy responsible for a deadly meningitis outbreak was arrested Thursday as he was about to board a flight for Hong Kong, federal officials said. Michigan, Tennessee and Indiana were hit the hardest. Chin, 46, of Canton, was arrested at Logan International Airport.

  • Coalition works to preserve Nashville's Music Row Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 10:37 AM ET

    "There's a squeeze going on," said Mike Kopp, president of the Music Industry Coalition, which includes hundreds of music executives, songwriters, musicians and fans. Two nearby universities, Vanderbilt and Belmont, are also expanding.