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  • Wisconsin close to becoming 25th right-to-work state Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 1:13 AM ET

    Following in the footsteps of Indiana and Michigan, the two most recent states to approve legislation making the paying of union dues voluntary, Wisconsin would become the 25th right-to-work state. During the two weeks that the bill rocketed through the Legislature, both supporters and opponents turned to the experiences of Indiana and Michigan to get a...

  • Fact sheet: 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 1:58 PM ET

    2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe 2.0 RWD Performance. BASE PRICE: $37,995 for base RWD; $40,445 for base AWD; $41,920 for RWD Luxury; $44,935 for RWD Performance. OPTIONS: Kona brown semi-aniline leather seat trim with black accents; CUE and navigation systems $1,030.

  • NEW YORK, March 4- A U.S. judge has dismissed antitrust litigation accusing a variety of Wall Street banks and commodity merchants of conspiring to drive up aluminum prices by reducing supply. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan rejected claims brought by aluminum purchasers against several defendants including Goldman Sachs Group Inc, JPMorgan...

  • NEW YORK, March 4- A U.S. judge dismissed antitrust litigation accusing the parent of the London Metal Exchange, the large mining company Glencore Plc and two other foreign defendants of being part of a conspiracy among Wall Street banks and commodity merchants to drive up aluminum prices by reducing supply. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan ruled...

  • DETROIT— Toyota has announced sweeping management changes that consolidate power with North American CEO Jim Lentz and promote some U.S. executives to senior posts in Japan. Toyota also promoted North American communications chief Julie Hamp to chief communications officer for the entire company. And it named Chris Reynolds a managing officer and chief...

  • 5 stunners from the Geneva car show Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 7:07 AM ET

    GENEVA— Forget driverless cars, electric power or even green technology. There is no doubt what visitors are coming to see at the glamorous Geneva motor show: supercars. "There are an awful lot of fast cars and supercars on display this year," said Jim Holder, editor-in-chief of Autocar magazine.

  • WASHINGTON, March 3- Bipartisan talks on how to speed trade deals through the U.S. Congress are deadlocked and legislation is unlikely to come up for debate before April, a senior Republican senator said on Tuesday, tightening the timeframe to finish a Pacific trade pact before the U.S. election season. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch said talks on...

  • Spartan Stores beats 4Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 5:03 PM ET

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. _ Spartan Stores Inc. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $11.9 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 42 cents per share. Spartan Stores shares have risen roughly 3 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • DETROIT— The U.S. government's highway safety agency has closed an investigation into reports of Michelin truck tire failures without seeking a recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating the 2014 model of Michelin's 22.5- inch diameter XZA tires in October after getting six complaints and a police report about seven...

  • General Motors, Honda lead all automakers in recalls Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 2:53 PM ET

    DETROIT— General Motors Co. and Honda Motor Co. topped the U.S. government's list of automakers with the most recalled vehicles last year. Widening problems with air bag inflators made by Japan's Takata Corp. pushed Honda into second place with 18 recalls totaling just over 9 million vehicles. More than half of Honda's recalled vehicles— 5.4 million— were due to...

  • WASHINGTON, March 3- Senior U.S. officials on Tuesday briefed Democrats in the House of Representatives on a Pacific trade pact, as the administration pushed to overcome skepticism about trade deals among members of President Barack Obama's own party. Trade Representative Michael Froman and National Economic Council Director Jeff Zients updated...

  • Eleven analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters had expected a year-to-year gain of 7.1 percent. The 48 economists polled by Thomson Reuters, on average, predicted annualized sales in February of 16.7 million vehicles. "There was definitely a slowdown" in sales after February 20, "said Mark LaNeve, Ford Motor Co's U.S. sales vice president.

  • US adds 2 models to probe of Ford door latches Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 12:13 PM ET

    DETROIT— U.S. safety regulators are adding two models to an investigation of Ford Motor Co. door latches that may not close properly. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday it's including the 2013 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ midsize cars to the probe of latches on 2011-2013 Ford Fiesta compact cars. The investigation now covers...

  • DETROIT— U.S. safety regulators are investigating reports of steering problems that could affect up to 1,500 Pierce fire trucks nationwide. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the probe covers trucks made since the 2004 model year. Also, the agency cited media reports of wheels falling off trucks three times the Baltimore area.

  • DETROIT, March 3- For the second year in a row, ferocious winter weather slowed U.S. vehicle sales in February, with several major automakers missing analysts' projections and dampening bullish expectations. The lackluster sales reported on Tuesday were "likely due to inclement weather," said Joseph Amaturo of Buckingham Research Group, who expects "any lost...

  • Freezing temperatures, disruptions at West Coast ports and rising gas prices took a bite out of U.S. auto sales last month. Toyota and Subaru reported double-digit sales increases over last February, and Hyundai surprised with sales up 7 percent. Chrysler, General Motors, Honda and Nissan all saw gains of 6 percent or less.

  • Meadowbrook Insurance posts 4Q profit Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 6:36 PM ET

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. _ Meadowbrook Insurance Group Inc. on Monday reported fourth-quarter net income of $7.6 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the Southfield, Michigan- based company said it had net income of 15 cents. Meadowbrook Insurance shares have declined almost 1 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Diplomat Pharmaceuticals posts 4Q loss Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 6:15 PM ET

    FLINT, Mich. _ Diplomat Pharmacy Inc. on Monday reported a loss of $3.1 million in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 7 cents per share. Diplomat Pharmaceuticals expects full-year earnings in the range of 47 cents to 50 cents per share, with revenue in the range of $2.8 billion to $3.1...

  • NEW YORK, March 2- IBM Corp was sued on Monday by a shareholder that said it committed securities fraud by failing to write down a money-losing semiconductor unit before agreeing to pay another company $1.5 billion to take that unit off its hands. The lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court arose from IBM's announcement last Oct. 20 that it would sell the unit to...

  • DETROIT, March 2- General Motors Co wants to boost the U.S. market share for its GMC truck brand by two-thirds over the next decade by advertising more heavily and introducing new vehicles, a top executive said on Monday. To help with its goal to boost its share to 5 percent from about 3 percent now, it is almost doubling spending on the brand in that time frame,...