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  • The problem is clear: Traffic congestion will become significantly worse and more widespread without big changes in how people and products get around. The possible solutions are many, but none is easy or cheap. The nation's driving capital, Los Angeles, is making a multibillion-dollar investment in building or extending five rail lines.

  • At 4:35 a.m. each weekday, Stan Paul drives out of his Southern California suburb with 10 passengers in a van, headed to his job as an undergraduate counselor at the University of California, Los Angeles. On the return trip, Los Angeles' infamously snarled traffic often stretches their afternoon commute to three hours. "If we don't change, in 2045, the...

  • US opens probe of Ford F-150 power brake failures Friday, 26 Jun 2015 | 8:42 AM ET

    DETROIT— U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that the power brake assist can fail on some Ford F-150 pickup trucks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the probe covers about 250,000 pickups from the 2011 and 2012 model years with 3.5- liter six-cylinder turbocharged engines. The agency says in documents posted on its...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming month Friday, 26 Jun 2015 | 6:27 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for June, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for May, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Labor Department releases employment data for June, 8:30 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage...

  • Congress this week gave Obama "fast-track" power to speed the agreement through Congress. Microsoft Corp, International Business Machines Corp, AT&T Inc and Intel Corp see exports of digital services, such as software and technology consulting, rising in Asian markets. The deal would eliminate a 25 percent tariff on pickup trucks made in Japan and southeast...

  • NEW YORK, June 25- The U.S. hospital and health insurance industries breathed a collective sigh of relief on Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld subsidies for individuals under President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law. Health economists have estimated $15 billion to $22 billion in healthcare spending was at risk with the decision.

  • Panel puts off review of Vermont inmate deaths Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 2:34 PM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— The Vermont Legislature's Corrections Oversight Committee came in for some criticism Thursday over its decision not to look immediately into the recent deaths of three prison inmates. James Nicholson, a Vermont inmate at a private prison in Kentucky, died May 18, several weeks after being assaulted in that facility. He also noted that Defender...

  • DETROIT, June 25- General Motors Co said on Thursday it will incur a $600 million charge on its second-quarter net profits because of a change in the way it values Venezuelan currency. Despite the significant challenges in Venezuela, this market continues to be very important to us. " In April, GM had announced it would likely end vehicle production in Venezuela in...

  • DETROIT— Subaru is recalling some 2015 vehicles to fix a software problem that could cause the automatic braking system to fail. Subaru says in documents posted by U.S. safety regulators that the problem can increase the risk of a crash. Subaru says it could take too long for the car to tell the driver that the assist system shouldn't be used.

  • Acura recalls 106,000 MDX SUVs; pulley can fall off Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 10:04 AM ET

    DETROIT— Acura is recalling about 106,000 SUVs because an air conditioner pulley can fall off, creating a hazard for other motorists. The Honda luxury brand says the recall covers 2014 and 2015 MDX SUVs. The air conditioner clutch drive bolt can loosen or break, which could cause a pulley to fall under the vehicle.

  • DETROIT— Mitsubishi is recalling about 460,000 cars in the U.S. because the air bags have the potential to push sun visors into passengers and cause injuries in a crash. Mitsubishi reported the first injury claim was filed in March of 2006, and other claims were filed in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Yet the cars were not recalled until May, the company said in...

  • Detroit, June 24- General Motors Co is developing technology to allow new features to be downloaded wirelessly, the automaker's head of vehicle development said on Wednesday. Reuss, meeting with reporters in Detroit, did not lay out a specific timetable for deploying the new, upgradeable electrical and data systems, but indicated it would be soon.

  • New Chevy Cruze gets bigger and roomier with more power Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 7:00 PM ET

    DETROIT— Five years ago, General Motors revealed an all-new compact car in the U.S. that was designed to enter a market that GM ignored for decades. The Chevrolet Cruze accomplished its mission. "We retained all the attributes that made the original Cruze a hit around the globe and built on them to make this car more sophisticated, more fun," said Alan Batey, GM's North...

  • Herman Miller posts 4Q profit Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 4:18 PM ET

    ZEELAND, Mich. _ Herman Miller Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter profit of $23.4 million. On a per-share basis, the Zeeland, Michigan- based company said it had net income of 39 cents. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had expected revenue of $563.9 million.

  • Steelcase posts 1Q profit Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 4:13 PM ET

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. _ Steelcase Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $20 million. For the current quarter ending in August, Steelcase expects its per-share earnings to range from 30 cents to 34 cents. Steelcase shares have climbed 7 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Fiat Chrysler recalls Jeep SUVs for water leak problem Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 3:30 PM ET

    DETROIT— Fiat Chrysler is recalling 164,000 Jeep Cherokee SUVs worldwide to install shields that stop water from getting into the power rear lift gate controls. The company says the recall covers the 2014 and 2015 model years. It addresses a problem that could cause a fire.

  • Retirees deciding whether new lifestyle will include pets Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 10:46 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Denise and John Stevens have had pets their whole lives— then they retired. We like the freedom from worrying about her, " Denise Stevens, 63, said of the Long Island, New York, couple whose Jack Russell terrier died last year. A nonprofit program in Colorado helps low-income elderly and disabled people in Larimer County keep their pets as long as possible.

  • NEW YORK— Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 200,000 Transit Connect vans and Escape sport-utility vehicles because of instrument panel and seatbelt issues. The recall involves 203,500 2014-2015 Transit Connect and Escape vehicles in North America because the warning chimes and lights might not work on the instrument panel when the vehicles are...

  • Ford jumps into the car-sharing pool with pilot program Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 8:49 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Ford is following the ride-sharing craze, launching its own pilot program in six U.S. cities and in London. Ford Motor Co. said that 14,000 customers in the U.S. will be invited to participate, along with 12,000 in London. The program is being offered through November to Ford Credit customers in Chicago, Washington D.C., Portland, Oregon and California...

  • Ford joins competitors in growing car-sharing field Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 10:30 PM ET

    June 23- Ford Motor Co will test new car-sharing programs with U.S. and UK partners as part of a strategy to embrace alternatives to traditional car ownership, including more flexible on-demand models. Ford's finance arm is launching pilot car-sharing programs with Getaround in the United States and easyCar Club in London, Ford Chief Executive Officer Mark...