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  • AFL-CIO registers 450,000 voters from union homes Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 1:47 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The AFL-CIO says it has registered more than 450,000 new voters from union households over the past 18 months, part of an ambitious push to swell the ranks of Democratic-leaning voters and help President Barack Obama win reelection.

  • Visteon says CFO Welch has stepped down Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 10:54 AM ET

    VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich.-- Auto parts maker Visteon Corp. said Wednesday that Martin Welch has stepped down as chief financial officer. Visteon, the former parts arm of Ford Motor Co., said Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer Michael Widgren will be its interim CFO. Visteon's shares rose 39 cents to $45.88 in morning trading.

  • Water union demands amnesty before ending strike Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 10:08 AM ET

    DETROIT-- The union for striking Detroit Water and Sewerage Department workers says it will continue the walkout until the city gives amnesty to 34 workers threatened with firing. The union struck Sunday to protest Detroit's plan to downsize the department and eliminate most of the jobs in the department over several years.

  • Oct 4- Tesla Motors Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk dismissed fears the electric carmaker was in financial trouble and said it was making an advance payment on the federal loan used to make its Model S sedan.

  • Honda recalls 820,000 Civics and Pilots Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:34 AM ET

    DETROIT-- Honda says it is recalling more than 820,000 Civic compact cars and Pilot SUVs because the headlights can fail. The recall affects Civics from the 2002 and 2003 model years and Pilots from 2004 and 2005.. Honda says it will fix the wiring for free.

  • TABLE - U.S. jobless claims rose in latest week Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:30 AM ET

    Oct 4- U.S. Labor Department report of initial state jobless benefit claims, seasonally adjusted. Initial Claims: Sept. 22 from 359,000. Mississippi 3,314 Ohio 1,975 Michigan 1,179.

  • Fewer U.S. foreclosures completed in August -CoreLogic Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:30 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 4- Lenders seized fewer U.S. homes in August, in part due to the rising popularity of alternatives to foreclosure, data analysis firm CoreLogic said on Thursday. There were 57,000 foreclosures completed in August, down from 58,000 in July and 75,000 a year ago, according to CoreLogic.

  • DETROIT, Oct 4- Tesla Motors Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk dismissed fears the electric carmaker was in financial trouble and said it was making an advance payment on the federal loan used to make its Model S sedan.

  • California wades into national labor debate Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 6:59 PM ET

    The battle over Proposition 32 on the November ballot follows conflicts in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and elsewhere where efforts to dilute the strength of organized labor have produced political tumult, a flood of TV ads and widespread demonstrations.

  • Dodge Dart gets top crash-test rating Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 5:53 PM ET

    DETROIT, Oct 3- The Dodge Dart, the model Chrysler is betting on becoming a top-selling small car, was among four new vehicles on the U.S. market to receive a top crash-test rating by an influential safety group on Wednesday.

  • Unemployment rates for Midwestern US cities Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:42 PM ET
  • EPA: More cleanup needed in 2010 Enbridge spill Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:20 PM ET

    MARSHALL, Mich.-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday told Enbridge Inc. that the pipeline company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Kalamazoo River system requires more cleanup work. The agency says it informed Enbridge more work is need upstream from the Ceresco and Battle Creek dams and Morrow Lake.

  • U.S. West Nile outbreak likely to be second-worst -CDC Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 1:53 PM ET

    Oct 3- The outbreak of West Nile virus that has hit Texas and other states remains on pace to make 2012 the second-worst year on record for the disease in the United States, with another 424 cases and 16 deaths reported last week, government figures showed on Wednesday.

  • Striking Detroit water workers face firing Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:30 AM ET

    DETROIT-- Thirty-four Detroit Water and Sewerage workers who went on strike over pay cuts and the city's plan to downsize the department over several years have been suspended without pay and face firing.

  • Warm spring, late freeze crimps Mass. apple crop Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:37 AM ET

    BOSTON-- Phil Rymsha is turning away apple pickers and cider lovers from his northern Massachusetts orchard this fall because there simply aren't enough apples on his trees.

  • Online schools face backlash as states question results Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 7:54 AM ET

    In Maine, New Jersey and North Carolina, officials have refused to allow new cyber-schools to open this year, citing concerns about poor academic performance, high rates of student turnover and funding models that appear to put private-sector profits ahead of student achievement.

  • *GM, Ford see soft truck sales; Toyota up 41.5 pct. DETROIT, Oct 2- U.S. auto sales last month posted their best showing in 4-1/ 2 years, helped by cheap financing, rising consumer confidence and a major rebound by Toyota Motor Corp.

  • US auto sales stay strong in September Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:48 PM ET

    DETROIT-- Americans found plenty of reasons to buy new cars in September, making auto sales a bright spot in the economy for yet another month. Sales rose for most carmakers, led by big gains at Toyota, Honda and Volkswagen. Gas prices have jumped 14 percent since July 1, and hit $3.79 per gallon at the end of September, a record for that time of year.

  • Auto sales, home prices help buoy weak US economy Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:27 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The U.S. economy is looking more resilient, thanks in part to encouraging signs for the two most expensive purchases most Americans make: cars and homes. Cheap loans and a bounty of fuel-efficient models enticed people to buy new vehicles at a brisk pace last month.

  • *Toyota, Honda see large sales gains. DETROIT, Oct 2- U.S. auto sales for September looked set to jump about 13 percent from a year ago, beating analyst estimates because of cheap financing, stronger consumer sentiment and rebounding sales from foreign automakers including Toyota Motor Corp.