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  • Unions shift political might to state, local races Saturday, 20 Oct 2012 | 11:31 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Unions are shifting more of their political resources to state and local races this year as they try to head off passage of laws that could undermine bargaining rights, make it harder to organize or reduce their political muscle. In Maine and Minnesota, labor leaders hope to overturn Republican majorities in state legislatures.

  • Unions focus more on state and local races Saturday, 20 Oct 2012 | 3:28 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Unions are shifting more of their political resources to state and local races this year as they try to head off passage of laws that could undermine bargaining rights, make it harder to organize or reduce their political muscle. In Maine and Minnesota, labor leaders hope to overturn Republican majorities in state legislatures.

  • News Summary: Bad weather a boon for Wash. apples? Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 5:19 PM ET

    CRAZY WEATHER: Warm spring weather in the Northeast and Midwest tricked apple trees into budding early this year, and then a late frost damaged the blossoms. CROPS CRIMPED: Crops in apple-producing states like New York and Michigan shrank, falling off as much as 90 percent.

  • Unemployment rates in US states, at a glance Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 3:38 PM ET
  • Labor tries new tactic after setbacks in Michigan Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 2:10 PM ET

    But times are tough for unions in the Rust Belt, even in a longtime bastion like Michigan.

  • Feds probe complaints about Graco car seat buckles Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 11:24 AM ET

    DETROIT-- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating complaints that children have been trapped in Graco car seats because the buckles won't unlatch.

  • Feds probe complaints that Jeep Patriots stall Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 10:21 AM ET

    Chrysler Group LLC, the maker of Jeeps, sold another 18,000 in Canada. In one complaint, a Subaru driver told NHTSA that on May 2, a Patriot's engine died while it was on Interstate 5 on the West Coast. The Subaru was behind the Patriot when it happened, and the woman driving the SUV did not hit the brakes, according to the complaint. "

  • Feds investigate Jeep Patriot stalling problem Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 9:14 AM ET

    DETROIT-- Federal safety regulators are investigating complaints that Jeep Patriot SUV engines can stall without warning at highway speeds. The probe by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration affects about 112,000 Patriots from the 2011 and 2012 model years. The U.S. safety agency says it received a dozen complaints about stalling.

  • FDA: Fungus in tainted steroids and patients match Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 8:11 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- The fungus found in tainted steroid shots matches the one behind the national meningitis outbreak that has killed 20 people, federal health officials said Thursday.

  • WA apple farmers may see boon from bad weather Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 3:45 AM ET

    "If we can get this fruit harvested, it's a perfect storm for Washington," said Todd Fryhover, president of the Apple Growers Association. " Washington is likely to have a harvest of 108 million bushels, its second highest number on record, industry representatives said.

  • Hybrid vehicle battery creator Ovshinsky, 89, dies Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 4:23 PM ET

    DETROIT-- Stan Ovshinsky, the self-taught inventor who developed the nickel-metal hydride battery used in the hybrid vehicle industry, has died at his home in suburban Detroit after a fight with cancer. His son, Harvey Ovshinsky, said his father was passionate about science and alternative energy, but also about civil rights and other social causes.

  • Michigan combines regulation of health providers Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 4:16 PM ET

    LANSING, Mich.-- State regulators in Michigan have created a new agency to focus on health care providers. The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs said Thursday that it's forming a new Bureau of Health Care Services.

  • Lawsuit: Aspen Dental clinics operating illegally Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 4:11 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.-- Aspen Dental Management and the private equity firm that controls it illegally operate dental clinics across the country and engage in aggressive, misleading profit-driven practices that cause patients economic harm, claims a federal lawsuit filed Thursday in New York.

  • Harley-Davidson shares rise after analyst upgrade Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 3:50 PM ET

    DETROIT-- Harley-Davidson Inc. rose Thursday after a Goldman Sachs analyst upgraded the shares, telling investors that the low price and looming motorcycle sales increases make the shares attractive. Analyst Patrick Archambault upgraded Harley from "Neutral" to "Buy," and raised his six-month price target by $3 to $54.

  • DuPont opens innovation center in Michigan Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 11:21 AM ET

    TROY, Mich.-- Chemical giant DuPont Co. is opening an innovation center in suburban Detroit that's aimed at speeding the introduction of new products for the automotive industry. It is DuPont's eighth-such center and is located at its Automotive Development Center in Troy.

  • Pa., Mich., Catholic hospital chains mull merger Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:30 AM ET

    Catholic Health East of Newtown Square, and Trinity Health of Novi, Mich., announced Wednesday that they have signed a non-binding letter of intent to consolidate.

  • Two days after NHL offer, union set to have a say Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:01 AM ET

    On Tuesday, the NHL made its strongest, and most public, pitch yet to save a full season. "I hope we can get going ASAP," Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall told The Associated Press on Wednesday. " Fehr met with the union to formulate a response, and in a letter to players and agents said the management plan would cost his members more than $1.6 billion over six years.

  • Michigan jobless rate drops 0.1 points to 9.3 pct. Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 9:56 AM ET

    LANSING, Mich.-- Authorities say Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell 0.1 percentage point in the latest month to 9.3 percent. The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget released the September jobless figures Wednesday.

  • Fifth Third 3Q net income falls on charges Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 7:52 AM ET

    Fifth Third's net income available to common shareholders fell to $354 million, or 38 cents per share, from $373 million, or 40 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • Southwest posts small profit after weak September Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 7:24 AM ET

    Southwest Airlines eked out a small third-quarter profit in spite of a September slowdown, the company said on Thursday. Southwest has been using a mix of fare increases and sales to try to get its prices to a level that travelers will pay.