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  • The United States' commercial ties with Cuba were broken 54 years ago after Fidel Castro took over. Now U.S.- Cuba trade is poised to resume: President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced plans to re-establish diplomat relations with Havana, and economic ties are expected to follow. Gary Hufbauer and Barbara Kotschwar of the Peterson Institute for...

  • 14 charged in deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 7:15 AM ET

    Federal prosecutors leveled those allegations in bringing charges Wednesday against 14 former owners or employees of a Massachusetts pharmacy in connection with a nationwide meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people. The 2012 outbreak was traced to tainted drug injections manufactured by the now-closed New England Compounding Pharmacy of...

  • Michigan road funds deal in doubt this session Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 4:01 AM ET

    Rick Snyder and legislative leaders met twice Wednesday to negotiate a potential tax increase to improve Michigan's deteriorating roads, as chances rose that no deal will be struck before lawmakers adjourn for the year. The Senate and House approved vastly different plans after the November election. The Senate plan would more than double gasoline and...

  • 113th Congress ends with more fights than feats Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 1:16 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The tempestuous 113th Congress has limped out of Washington for the last time, capping two years of modest and infrequent legislating that was overshadowed by partisan clashes, gridlock and investigations. That was the fewest since at least 1947 and 1948, when what President Harry Truman dubbed "the do-nothing Congress" enacted over 900 laws.

  • TSA chief: Travelers from some nations targeted Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 6:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Transportation Security Administration needed an exemption from new Obama administration rules restricting racial profiling by the government so the TSA could target travelers for extra scrutiny based on their nationality and gender, the head of the agency said Tuesday. The TSA more closely scrutinizes travelers from Syria, Yemen and...

  • Small natural gas leak reported at Mich. pipeline Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 2:20 PM ET

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.— A small volume of liquid natural gas seeped into the atmosphere this month from a "pinhole" opening in an Enbridge Energy Partners LP pipeline in the Upper Peninsula, officials said Tuesday. The Dec. 8 leak near Manistique was from a pipe known as Line 5, Enbridge spokesman Jason Manshum told The Associated Press. "This small leak is a wake-up call...

  • Deadline approaching for Detroit pension help Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 1:42 PM ET

    DETROIT— The state of Michigan on Tuesday urged Detroit pensioners whose benefits will be reduced by the city's bankruptcy restructuring plan to apply for funding if it's necessary to keep them from dropping below the poverty line. Detroit, which officially emerged last week from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, is shedding about $7 billion...

  • Michigan lawmakers OK looser air gun rules Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 11:40 AM ET

    LANSING, Mich.— Michigan would loosen licensing restrictions on air guns and limit local governments' ability to set their own regulations, except when BB, pellet and paintball guns are being used by those less than 16 years old, under legislation lawmakers approved Tuesday. The bills are backed by the National Rifle Association, which says Michigan is one of just...

  • Michigan divides up $75 million in blight funding Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 11:26 AM ET

    DETROIT— Michigan has divided more than $75 million in federal funding to fight blight among 12 cities, with Detroit getting about two-thirds of the money, as part of efforts to deal with vacant and dilapidated buildings across the state, officials announced Tuesday. Detroit is getting $50 million from the U.S. Department of Treasury's "Hardest Hit" fund program,...

  • Chrysler renames itself as FCA US Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 10:17 AM ET

    Dec 16- U.S. automaker Chrysler Group LLC said it had changed its name to FCA US LLC effective immediately to follow the naming convention of its parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV. Earlier this year Fiat completed its purchase of all outstanding Chrysler shares, and listed the company on the New York Stock Exchange in October. FCA US employs more than 77,000...

  • Fiat's Chrysler Group changes its name to FCA US Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 7:56 AM ET

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich.— Chrysler Group LLC has changed its name to FCA US LLC. The move was part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' renaming of its mass-market brands. The automaker said Tuesday that the name change follows the naming convention of its parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., which adopted its name in October when it listed on the New York Stock...

  • Southwest bag workers picketing over flight delays Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    For years, Dallas- based Southwest was the most punctual of big U.S. airlines, but it stumbled after trying to squeeze in more flights into its schedule. Southwest has also prided itself on keeping its employees happy, believing that would guarantee good service for its customers. "That recipe is kind of gone and it's profits over people and that's not acceptable,"...

  • Defense, tourism among winners in spending bill Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 2:04 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A Michigan boot-maker, potato farmers and more than 1,200 contractors that supply parts for a next-generation fighter plane are among the many winners in the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by Congress. The travel and tourism industry won a six-year renewal of the Corporation for Travel Promotion, or Brand USA, to promote tourism in the...

  • Senator Carl Levin has introduced a bill seeking to crack down on trading on inside information in physical commodities, the first U.S. legislation limiting Wall Street banks' ability to deal in physical markets from crude oil to aluminum. The bill, sponsored by the Michigan Democrat and co-sponsored with Republican John McCain, is seen as Levin's parting...

  • Death toll from GM ignition switches rises to 42 Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 1:00 PM ET

    DETROIT— At least 42 people have died and 58 have been injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the totals Monday. Feinberg will accept claims until Jan. 31.

  • UAW head: Companies can raise pay, be competitive Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 12:28 PM ET

    DETROIT— United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams says he's not buying the Detroit Three automakers' argument against wage increases for longtime workers. Williams told reporters at a meeting Monday that keeping Detroit competitive with foreign automakers can't always be done on the backs of workers. Both sides will have to balance the competing...

  • DETROIT, Dec 15- The president of the United Auto Workers union on Monday called the National Labor Relations Board's recent decisions to allow employees to use company email to organize and unions to hold faster elections to represent workers "the right thing to do." "It made all the sense in the world," Dennis Williams told reporters at the union's headquarters in...

  • The backlog to remove aluminium from Detroit, the most acutely impacted location, shrank by 30 days to 641 days, while the wait to remove other metals stuck behind the wall of aluminium fell from 111 to 93 days. A "flash" queue to load out zinc at New Orleans, meanwhile, almost disappeared in November, dwindling to just 10 days from 71 days at the end of September.

  • Google researching use of color in business Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 5:20 AM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— Google is one of the major U.S. corporations researching the power of color in the working world, in everything from workspaces to marketing and branding. Meghan Casserly, spokeswoman for the U.S.-based organization built around the popular search engine, says Google is still early in its research but has already found "a clear link between color...

  • People finding their 'waze' to once-hidden streets Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 9:49 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— When the people whose houses hug the narrow warren of streets paralleling the busiest urban freeway in America began to see bumper-to-bumper traffic crawling by their homes a year or so ago, they were baffled. You can't even walk your dog, "said Paula Hamilton, who lives on a once quiet little street in the Santa Monica Mountains in a neighborhood...