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  • US probes complaints about Subaru air bag seat sensors Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 9:56 AM ET

    DETROIT— U.S. safety regulators are investigating problems with the air bag sensors in the seats of Subaru Impreza compact cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it got 26 complaints that the sensors turned off the front passenger air bag even though an adult was sitting in the seat. Subaru says any owners who have air bag problems should...

  • Ford sales accelerate in recovering European market Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 9:10 AM ET

    Ford of Europe's vice president of sales, Peter Fleet, says the increase is due mostly to a recovering economy, not just low interest rates or economic stimulus programs. The company also said it came in No. 1 in market share in commercial vehicles in Europe for the first time since 1997.. "Whichever way you cut it, it's very clear that there is some strong industry...

  • The worker banged on the plane for help shortly after takeoff on Monday from Seattle. Alaska Airlines has said the leader of a baggage-loading crew noticed the worker was missing and tried to call and text him before concluding he had gone home when his 9 1/ 2- hour shift ended. Safety experts say the crew should not have closed the cargo doors of Flight 448 to Los...

  • NEW YORK, April 14- By one estimate U.S. online political advertising could quadruple to nearly $1 billion in the 2016 election, creating huge opportunities for digital strategy firms eager to capitalize on a shift from traditional mediums like television. These firms- mostly small, partisan and based in Washington and surrounding suburbs- have grown in...

  • GM ignition switch death toll rises to 84 Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 3:28 PM ET

    DETROIT— Families of at least 84 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensation from the company. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the total Monday. The fund received a total of 4,342 claims by the January 31 deadline.

  • TORONTO, April 13- Ontario will join a cap-and-trade market set up by Quebec and California to reduce carbon emissions and slow the pace of climate change, provincial Premier Kathleen Wynne said on Monday. Quebec joined California's cap-and-trade carbon market in 2014. Both are part of the Western Climate Initiative, a group of U.S. states and Canadian...

  • Northeast this past winter could shave 1 to 1.6 percentage points off first quarter same-store sales of Dunkin Brands Group Inc, said Nick Setyan, a senior vice president of equity research at Wedbush Securities in Los Angeles. Weather will have an impact on the U.S. economy as a whole- Goldman Sachs cut its first-quarter GDP outlook by 0.2 percentage points in...

  • LONDON/ MILAN, April 13- Fiat Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne is hoping for a big deal, possibly in the United States, to plug the carmaker's weaknesses and cement his legacy before stepping down in early 2019, sources familiar with the situation said. Marchionne and Fiat's founding Agnelli family are showing particular interest in General Motors, several...

  • WASHINGTON, April 13- As the United States and Iran come closer to a historic nuclear deal, many U.S. states are likely to stick with their own sanctions on Iran that could complicate any warming of relations between the long-time foes. In more than half those states, the restrictions expire only if Iran is no longer designated to be supporting terrorism or if all...

  • They live in a country that recognizes their marriages, but some reside in the 13 states that do not, an issue that will be argued before the Supreme Court later this month. "We're adults, we're contributing to the welfare of society and yet, here's this one thing that just reaches up every year and kind of slaps us in the face," said Brian Wilbert, an Episcopal priest who...

  • Technology, innovation conference returns to Detroit Saturday, 11 Apr 2015 | 4:01 AM ET

    DETROIT— Techies are converging on Detroit to check out the latest in gadgets and innovation. Dan Gilbert, founder and chair of the Detroit- based online mortgage lender, has brought hundreds of jobs to Detroit after moving the company downtown. General Motors Co. announced this week that it plans a major overhaul of its technical center just north of Detroit in...

  • Tainted Blue Bell ice cream products are linked to eight listeria illnesses in Kansas and Texas; three of those who contracted the illness have died. Blue Bell has temporarily closed its facility in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and shut down a production line at its facility in Brenham, Texas, where the company is headquartered. Sabra Dipping Co. announced a recall...

  • DETROIT— Fourteen months after General Motors started recalling more than 2 million small cars with faulty ignition switches worldwide, the company says it has repaired about 70 percent of the vehicles that are still on the road. The average completion rate 1 1/ 2 years after a recall begins is 75 percent, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety...

  • DETROIT— Nissan and BMW are recalling more than 94,000 vehicles because the fuel pumps can fail and cause stalling. The recalls cover 76,000 Nissan Rogues from the 2014 model year and another 18,000 BMW 2, 3 and 4 series models from 2014 and some 4 series cars from 2015.. Nissan will notify owners in May and BMW will start in late April.

  • LOS ANGELES, April 10- Former Enron trader and hedge fund billionaire John Arnold may be about to launch a national publicity campaign to convince U.S. voters of the need to reform public pensions, according to a document seen by Reuters. Growing costs were significant factors in the recent bankruptcies of Detroit and the California cities of Stockton and San...

  • The luxury versions of Apple Watch, known as Edition, have price tags ranging from $10,000 to $17,000. Watch cases are made with 18- karat gold alloys, and some of the pricier models have special band options unavailable with other models. In the U.S., 21 stores will make them available for try-ons, including three in New York City.

  • NEW YORK— The nation's highway safety chief says his agency will push for quick action on a regulation requiring electronic speed limiters on big rigs. The statements Thursday by Mark Rosekind, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, came at a discussion with reporters ahead of his speech at a safety symposium in New York.

  • U.S. agency weighs reopening Jeep fires probe Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 5:17 PM ET

    DETROIT, April 9- U.S. vehicle safety regulators said Thursday they could reopen an investigation into whether Fiat Chrysler Automobiles needs to take more action to reduce the risk of gas tank fires in older Jeep sport utilities. "All options are available to us to address" the issue of fires in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' older Jeep SUVs, a National Highway...

  • DETROIT— General Motors Co. plans a major overhaul of its technical center in the Detroit suburb of Warren, the automaker announced Thursday, on the same day Mayor Jim Fouts revealed that an unnamed business is considering a $1 billion investment that could create 3,000 jobs. Neither he nor GM spokesman Dan Flores would confirm that the $1 billion investment...

  • US safety agency may reopen Jeep fire investigation Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 1:47 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The U.S. government's highway safety agency may reopen an investigation into Jeep gas tanks that can rupture and cause fires in rear-end crashes, the agency's top official said Thursday. Mark Rosekind, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, told reporters in New York that he's not happy with the Jeep case and says...