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  • DETROIT, Sept 16- An expert witness hand-picked by the federal judge overseeing Detroit's historic bankruptcy case will testify on the feasibility of the city's debt adjustment plan without restrictions, the judge ruled on Tuesday.

  • Snyder touts expanded Medicaid in re-election bid Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 2:27 PM ET

    Rick Snyder on Tuesday touted Michigan's successful Medicaid expansion as part of his re-election bid, saying 63,000 more low-income adults have signed up than projected this year, with 3½ months left.

  • CMS spending $1 billion to settle pollution case Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 1:58 PM ET

    DETROIT— The U.S. Justice Department announced Tuesday that CMS Energy Corp. will undertake an estimated $1 billion program to cut emissions from five coal-fired power plants in Michigan to settle air pollution complaints.

  • 5 findings from Congress's report on safety agency Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 1:40 PM ET

    DETROIT— Republicans on the House Commerce Committee released a report Tuesday critical of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government's top auto safety agency, and its handling of General Motors' delayed recall of 2.6 million cars with defective ignition switches.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- U.S. lawmakers are considering proposals to deal with a rising number of U.S. companies reincorporating overseas to slash their tax bills.

  • GM to add 750 workers to build small pickup trucks Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 12:04 PM ET

    DETROIT— Early demand is so high for General Motors' new small pickup trucks that the company is hiring more workers to build them even before one is sold to the public. The factory already employs 2,600 people who build the Colorado and Canyon as well as the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans.

  • Self-driving cars now need a permit in California Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 10:01 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Computer-driven cars have been testing their skills on California roads for more than four years— but until now, the Department of Motor Vehicles wasn't sure just how many were rolling around. Google's souped-up Lexus SUVs are the biggest fleet, with 25 vehicles. Google alone is closing in on 1 million miles.

  • Congress: Safety agency mishandled GM recall Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 9:37 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The government's auto safety agency should have discovered General Motors' faulty ignition switches seven years before the company recalled 2.6 million cars to fix the deadly problem, a House committee majority charged Tuesday in a new report.

  • Toledo law school cuts tuition to stay competitive Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 8:27 AM ET

    TOLEDO, Ohio— The University of Toledo's law school says it's cutting in-state tuition to try to remain competitive. Law School Dean Daniel Steinbock says the move was necessary for the school to compete. Current law school tuition is $20,579, but the price will roll back to $17,900 in the fall of 2015 for in-state and Michigan students.

  • Detroit airport gets $5 million grant for taxiway Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 2:21 AM ET

    ROMULUS, Mich.— Detroit Metropolitan Airport has been awarded a $5 million federal grant to renovate its taxiway. Michigan's two U.S. senators announced the grant from the U.S. Transportation Department on Monday. The Detroit News reports the airport in Romulus is the 18th busiest airport in North America in terms of total passenger traffic.

  • Eminem publishers sue New Zealand political party Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 12:45 AM ET

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand— The music publishers for American rapper Eminem filed a lawsuit Tuesday against New Zealand's ruling political party over the music it used in a campaign commercial. Detroit- based Eight Mile Style and Martin Affiliated both claim the National Party breached copyright laws by using Eminem's song "Lose Yourself."

  • David Heiman, whose law firm Jones Day represents Detroit, told 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.

  • Sept 15- The top U.S. auto safety regulator harshly criticized General Motors Co for not promptly reporting and recalling cars now linked to at least 19 deaths and said he has been meeting with top global automakers to develop a "new normal" for safety recalls.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • CBS signs affiliate deal with Media General Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 11:04 AM ET

    NEW YORK— CBS Corp. said Monday that it signed a long-term deal to continue broadcasting its programs on 12 television stations owned by Media General. "We are excited to continue working with Media General to serve millions of viewers throughout the country," said Ray Hopkins, president of CBS Corp.' s television distribution division, in a statement.

  • 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.