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  • The oil pipeline leak that fouled a stretch of California coastline this week reflects a troubling trend in the nation's infrastructure: As U.S. oil production has soared, so has the number of pipeline accidents. "Tick, tick, tick," said Robert Bea, a professor emeritus in civil engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Since 1995, there have been more...

  • DETROIT— Out of concern for the safety of drivers, the U.S. government may step in to manage a giant recall of air bags made by Takata Corp.. Takata agreed this week to declare millions of air bag inflators defective. That added 17 million cars and trucks to existing recalls by 11 manufacturers— BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Daimler Trucks, Honda, Mitsubishi,...

  • LANSING, Mich.— A business group on Thursday initiated legislation to repeal Michigan's 50- year-old prevailing wage law, a maneuver that would help conservatives bypass Gov. If the group's petition is approved and it collects roughly 252,000 valid voter signatures, the bill would go to the Legislature. Chris Fisher, president of the Associated Builders and...

  • WASHINGTON, May 21- A current and a former executive of Japan's NGK Spark Plug Co Ltd were indicted on Thursday on charges of fixing the prices of spark plugs and oxygen sensors, the U.S. Justice Department said. Norio Teranishi, a former executive, and Hisashi Nakanishi, a current employee of NGK Spark Plug, were accused of conspiring to fix the prices of parts sold to...

  • DETROIT, May 21- Prosecutors in Detroit have joined the U.S. federal probe into Takata Corp's defective air bag inflators that are linked to at least six deaths globally. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan and the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division, Fraud Section in Washington "are jointly handling the criminal...

  • Ford sales growth mainly from Asia in next decade - exec Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 12:52 PM ET

    DEARBORN, Mich, May 21- Ford Motor Co sees most of its corporate sales growth over the next decade coming from the Asia Pacific region despite the recent slowdown in China auto demand, a top executive said Thursday. China and India will be the big engines for growth, Schoch said. Ford sees China industry sales hitting 32 million vehicles in 2020, up from 23 million in...

  • DETROIT— Exploding air bags made by Takata Corp. are so dangerous that U.S. safety regulators want to manage a massive recall so cars can be fixed faster. "The number of impacted vehicles and manufacturers in combination with the supply issues related to these air bag recalls adds a previously unprecedented level of complexity to this recall," NHTSA...

  • BOWLING GREEN, Ky.— General Motors announced Thursday it will spend $439 million to upgrade the Kentucky plant that makes the Chevrolet Corvette sports car. The project includes a new 450,000- square-foot paint shop that is almost half the size of the current production facility in Bowling Green. "The Corvette is one of Kentucky's most-cherished icons,"...

  • DETROIT, May 21- Prosecutors in Detroit have joined the U.S. federal probe into Takata Corp's defective air bag inflators that are linked to at least six deaths globally. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan and the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division, Fraud Section in Washington "are jointly handling the criminal...

  • Detroit is the latest major city to see an influx of whites who may not find the suburbs as alluring as their parents and grandparents did in the last half of the 20th century. "For any individual who wants to build a company or contribute to the city, Detroit is the perfect place to be," said Bruce Katz, co-director of the Global Cities Initiative at the Washington-...

  • Renters appear more satisfied in many pricey US cities Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 12:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— High rents are worth it. At least that's the sentiment of apartment dwellers in New York, San Francisco and Washington, who say they're more satisfied living in those cities than do renters in far more affordable areas such as Milwaukee, Albuquerque and Detroit. The finding comes from a survey released Thursday by Apartment List, a San Francisco- based...

  • *Some automakers explore Takata's rivals for replacement parts. *Takata shares fall 10 pct in Tokyo. DETROIT, May 20- Takata Corp's record U.S. recall of potentially deadly air bag inflators could take years to complete, industry experts and safety advocates said, as automakers scrambled to line up replacement parts, some not from Takata.

  • Uniroyal celebrates 50th anniversary of giant tire Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 5:22 PM ET

    ALLEN PARK, Mich.— Generations of motorists have passed by the world's largest tire, which sits alongside a busy stretch of Detroit- area freeway. On Wednesday, however, dozens of visitors enjoyed a different vantage point from which to check out the Giant Uniroyal Tire. The 80- foot-high, 11- to 12- ton tire— a car would have to be 200 feet tall to handle it— has stood...

  • Covisint reports 4Q loss Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 4:33 PM ET

    DETROIT _ Covisint Corp. on Wednesday reported a loss of $12.2 million in its fiscal fourth quarter. On a per-share basis, the Detroit- based company said it had a loss of 32 cents. For the year, the company reported that its loss widened to $38.6 million, or $1.01 per share.

  • WASHINGTON— In Congress' roiling debate over trade, one senator calls his efforts to protect the U.S. catfish industry a matter of averting "the dangers of exposure to foreign agriculture drugs." "His effort to end it is among several proposed trade amendments awaiting Senate action this week. At issue is a long-delayed law intended to shift catfish inspections...

  • May 20- Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 5.4 percent in April, matching the national jobless rate for the first time since September 2000, Governor Rick Snyder said on Wednesday. Michigan's rate for last month dipped to 5.4 percent from 5.6 percent in March. "Reaching the national average after being dead last has been a priority as we've...

  • Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the pact that Equifax, Experian and TransUnion struck with attorneys general in 31 states. "I am pleased that our agreement brings about reforms that will provide for more effective dealings and better communication between consumers and the credit reporting agencies," said Alabama Attorney General Luther...

  • DETROIT, May 20- Takata Corp said on Wednesday it has boosted plans for production of replacement air bag inflators needed for recalled cars in which the potentially deadly part could spray occupants with metal shards. A spokesman for the Japanese air bag maker said the supplier will boost output to 1 million inflators a month by September, an increase of...

  • What you need to know about the Takata air bag recall Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 12:02 AM ET

    DETROIT— A recall of air bags made by Japanese auto parts supplier Takata Corp. now has the dubious distinction of being the largest in U.S. history. A: Honda has the most vehicles equipped with Takata air bags. Dozens of models made by BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Saab, Subaru and Toyota dating to the 2001 model year are also affected.

  • DETROIT— The U.S. government's highway safety agency has become more aggressive in enforcing auto safety rules and Fiat Chrysler and the industry will have to adjust, the company's CEO said Tuesday. Sergio Marchionne, who leads the company, told reporters that Fiat Chrysler will cooperate with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and answer...