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  • Hybrid vehicle battery creator Ovshinsky, 89, dies Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 4:23 PM ET

    DETROIT-- Stan Ovshinsky, the self-taught inventor who developed the nickel-metal hydride battery used in the hybrid vehicle industry, has died at his home in suburban Detroit after a fight with cancer. His son, Harvey Ovshinsky, said his father was passionate about science and alternative energy, but also about civil rights and other social causes.

  • Harley-Davidson shares rise after analyst upgrade Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 3:50 PM ET

    DETROIT-- Harley-Davidson Inc. rose Thursday after a Goldman Sachs analyst upgraded the shares, telling investors that the low price and looming motorcycle sales increases make the shares attractive. Analyst Patrick Archambault upgraded Harley from "Neutral" to "Buy," and raised his six-month price target by $3 to $54.

  • DuPont opens innovation center in Michigan Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 11:21 AM ET

    TROY, Mich.-- Chemical giant DuPont Co. is opening an innovation center in suburban Detroit that's aimed at speeding the introduction of new products for the automotive industry. It is DuPont's eighth-such center and is located at its Automotive Development Center in Troy.

  • Two days after NHL offer, union set to have a say Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:01 AM ET

    On Tuesday, the NHL made its strongest, and most public, pitch yet to save a full season. "I hope we can get going ASAP," Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall told The Associated Press on Wednesday. " Fehr met with the union to formulate a response, and in a letter to players and agents said the management plan would cost his members more than $1.6 billion over six years.

  • GM wins dismissal of lawsuit over Einstein image Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 12:43 AM ET

    DETROIT-- A federal judge in California has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the use of Albert Einstein's image in a magazine ad by General Motors. The Detroit News says the Hebrew University of Jerusalem filed the lawsuit against GM. Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/.

  • Big Bird costumes hot sellers for Halloween Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 3:28 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Can't figure out how to dress as a binder full of women for Halloween? The Yellow One is flying off the shelves after Mitt Romney's threat to do away with government support for PBS.

  • FACT CHECK: Stumbles in latest presidential debate Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 9:23 AM ET

    Mitt Romney wrongly claimed that it took 14 days for President Barack Obama to brand the assault on the U.S. Consulate in Libya a terrorist act. Obama yet again claimed that ending the Afghanistan and Iraq wars makes money available to "rebuild America," even though it doesn't.

  • University of Phoenix closing 115 locations Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 5:29 PM ET

    Apollo Group Inc. said Tuesday that its fiscal fourth-quarter net income tumbled 60 percent, hurt by higher costs and declining enrollment at the University of Phoenix.

  • Division series' TV ratings down from last year Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 11:18 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Television ratings for baseball's division series are down from last year. Its two division series broadcasts _ Game 2 of Detroit- Oakland and Game 3 of St. Louis- Washington _ averaged a network-record 1.2 million viewers, whereas two afternoon games on TBS last season averaged nearly twice that. TBS is a unit of Time Warner Inc..

  • LaHood: Detroit area must 'get its act together' Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 10:40 AM ET

    Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he's ready to start funding a light rail passenger line and fast bus lines in the Detroit area if state and regional officials can finally work together on ending the metro area's status as the nation's largest without mass transit.

  • GM to start producing electric Cadillac in 2013 Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 10:02 AM ET

    DETROIT-- General Motors says production is set to begin late next year on a luxury version of its Chevrolet Volt hybrid. The automaker said Tuesday the Cadillac ELR will be assembled at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant.

  • Battery maker A123 files for bankruptcy protection Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 9:52 AM ET

    DETROIT-- After years of struggling in the nascent market for electric cars, battery maker A123 Systems Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday. The filing drew criticism from Republicans who claim the Obama administration has wasted millions of taxpayer dollars on alternative energy companies like A123.

  • Ford recalls Fiesta subcompact for air bag problem Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 7:34 AM ET

    DETROIT-- Ford is recalling more than 154,000 Fiesta subcompacts to fix a problem with the side air bags. The company says that if the front passenger seat is empty, the side air bag won't inflate to protect rear-seat passengers in some crashes. They were built in Mexico from Nov. 3, 2009 to Sept. 21, 2012.

  • ACLU says Morgan Stanley over subprime loans Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 3:41 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- The American Civil Liberties Union accused Morgan Stanley of violating civil rights laws by encouraging a lender to push more expensive and risky mortgages on black neighborhoods in Detroit. Morgan Stanley said the allegations were "completely without merit."

  • News Summary: Morgan Stanley faces lawsuit Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 11:24 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- THE LAWSUIT: Morgan Stanley is being accused of discriminating against black homeowners and violating federal civil rights laws by providing strong incentives to a subprime lender to originate mortgages that were likely not to be repaid. Morgan Stanley says the allegations are without merit and that it will defend itself against the accusations.

  • LaHood to discuss regional transit in Detroit Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 10:05 AM ET

    Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is expected to discuss regional transit and a proposed passenger rail system in Detroit during a meeting including area officials. Rick Snyder says the governor plans to meet with LaHood, Detroit Mayor Bing and others on Monday afternoon.

  • Morgan Stanley facing discrimination lawsuit Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 9:37 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Morgan Stanley is being accused of discriminating against black homeowners and violating federal civil rights laws by providing strong incentives to a subprime lender to originate mortgages that were likely to go unrepaid.

  • Amphibious vehicle to go on sale soon in US Sunday, 14 Oct 2012 | 1:47 PM ET

    DETROIT-- Amphibious vehicles could soon be zooming out of James Bond's garage _ or pond _ and into yours. Michigan- based Gibbs Sports Amphibians Inc. hopes to sell the vehicle worldwide by 2014.. It's sort of magic, "the founder of Gibbs Sports Amphibians, Alan Gibbs, told The Associated Press in a recent interview.

  • UPDATE 2-Emergency Lexus trunk lever breaks easily Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 5:58 PM ET

    DETROIT, Oct 12- Toyota Motor Co's 2013 Lexus ES and GS models have an emergency trunk lever that snaps off easily and may trap someone inside, Consumer Reports magazine said on Friday, prompting the automaker and safety regulators to review the problem.

  • *Discussions have split controlling Peugeot family- report. The U.S. and French automakers have discussed combinations including a joint venture between GM's Opel division and Peugeot's core manufacturing arm, according to three people with knowledge of the matter.