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  • WASHINGTON— Congress accomplished relatively little in a short work period, missing deadlines on the budget and on helping Puerto Rico with its financial crisis as lawmakers began a weeklong break. "It's very, very hard to get anything done if you are a drive-by Congress," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D- Calif., said Friday. Over the past month, the Senate...

  • DETROIT, April 29- Google and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV are close to agreeing on a partnership that could break boundaries between Silicon Valley and the auto industry in the race to develop self-driving cars, people familiar with the discussions said on Friday. The partnership could be announced soon, three people familiar with the situation told Reuters...

  • WASHINGTON— Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for April, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for March, 10 a.m.. BERLIN— Automaker BMW releases first-quarter earnings figures. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases international trade data for March, 8:30 a.m.; Labor Department releases...

  • WASHINGTON— An oil and natural gas field in the western United States is largely responsible for a global uptick of the air pollutant ethane, according to a new study. The team led by researchers at the University of Michigan found that fossil fuel production at the Bakken Formation in North Dakota and Montana is emitting roughly 2 percent of the ethane detected...

  • The University of Michigan said Friday that its index of consumer sentiment slid to 89 in April from 91 in March. Richard Curtin, chief economist of the Michigan surveys, said consumers may have been troubled this month "by growing uncertainty about the economic policies advocated by various presidential candidates." AAA says the average U.S. price of a gallon of...

  • PHOENIX— A stack of shipping containers sitting in a lot in an industrial section of Phoenix has some developers thinking inside the box. It's also insulated really well, "said Patrick Tupas, who is in the Air Force and along with his wife signed a one-year lease for $1,000 a month. Housing and retail projects using the containers have popped up in recent years in Las...

  • HOLLAND, Mich. _ Macatawa Bank Corp. on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $3.5 million. The holding company for Macatawa Bank posted revenue of $16.3 million in the period. Keywords: Macatawa Bank, Earnings Report.

  • DETROIT— Fiat Chrysler and Google's self-driving car project are in advanced talks to form a technical partnership. The partnership would be the first to match an automaker with Google's 7- year-old autonomous car project, which is now part of the so-called X lab at Alphabet Inc., Google's parent company. Last fall, Google hired John Krafcik, an auto industry...

  • DETROIT, April 28- U.S. consumers who are under 40 are more open than older people to self-driving cars and their underlying systems, according to a survey released on Thursday by J.D. Power. 'is always the key question, "said Kristin Kolodge, J.D. Power's executive director of driver interaction and human machine interface research. Consumers also balked at the...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— KeyCorp and First Niagara Financial Group have agreed to sell 18 of First Niagara's western New York branches to satisfy antitrust issues arising from the planned combination of the banks. The U.S. Justice Department says Thursday it required the divestitures as part of Cleveland- based KeyCorp's proposed $4.1 billion acquisition of First...

  • WASHINGTON— Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for April, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for March, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases international trade data for March, 8:30 a.m.; Labor Department releases first-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply...

  • DETROIT, April 28- U.S. consumers who are under 40 are more open than older people to self-driving cars and their underlying systems, according to a survey released on Thursday by J.D. Power. Consumers also balked at the projected prices on some of the underlying equipment, J.D. Power said. The level of trust in such systems "is directly linked to the level of interest...

  • WARREN, Mich. _ Universal Truckload Services Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings of $7.5 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 25 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • LIVONIA, Mich. _ Tower International Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $8.4 million. The Livonia, Michigan- based company said it had net income of 39 cents per share. Keywords: Tower International, Earnings Report.

  • VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich. _ Visteon Corp. on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $19 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 97 cents per share. Visteon shares have dropped 30 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. _ TriMas Corp. on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $8.3 million. TriMas expects full-year earnings in the range of $1.35 to $1.45 per share. TriMas shares have fallen 1 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • The Ann Arbor, Michigan- based company's net income fell to $45.5 million from $46.3 million a year earlier. But on a per-share basis, net income jumped 9.9 percent to 89 cents, due to a lower diluted share count, primarily as a result of its accelerated share repurchase program. Total revenue rose 7.4 percent to $539.2 million, but fell short of the average analyst...

  • AUBURN HILLS, Mich. _ BorgWarner Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $164.1 million. For the current quarter ending in July, BorgWarner expects its per-share earnings to range from 78 cents to 83 cents. BorgWarner shares have fallen 11 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed 2.5 percent.

  • DEARBORN, Mich. _ Ford Motor Co. on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings of $2.45 billion. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 43 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $36.1 billion.

  • JACKSON, Mich. _ CMS Energy Corp. on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $164 million. CMS Energy expects full-year earnings in the range of $1.99 to $2.02 per share. CMS Energy shares have increased 11 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has increased 2.5 percent.