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  • The Holland Sentinel reported Thursday that the Kraft Heinz Co. plant in the western Michigan city of Holland is expected to be the home of all Grey Poupon production in about a month. The moves come amid a $17.2 million investment in the longtime Holland plant and addition of 50 employees. The company, based in Chicago and Pittsburgh, was formed from the merger of...

  • SINGAPORE— The world's first self-driving taxis will be picking up passengers in Singapore starting Thursday. It will beat ride-hailing service Uber, which plans to offer rides in autonomous cars in Pittsburgh, by a few weeks. The ultimate goal, say nuTonomy officials, is to have a fully self-driving taxi fleet in Singapore by 2018, which will help sharply cut...

  • DETROIT— Hot cars are a danger to children, particularly in a sweltering summer like this one. So far this year, 26 children in the U.S. have died after they were left in hot vehicles, according to Kids and Cars, a Kansas City- based advocacy group. Within 10 minutes, a car's temperature can rise 20 degrees, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

  • Then along came Jeffrey Bullock, the newly appointed secretary of state for Delaware. Delaware's second-biggest biggest source of revenue was fees from few-questions-asked company registrations and other corporate services. The global pushback against shell companies was threatening to dim Delaware's longstanding appeal as a secretive corporate...

  • DETROIT— Ford is recalling more than 88,000 cars and SUVs in North America because the engines can stall without warning due to a fuel pump problem. The recall covers certain Ford Taurus and Police Interceptor sedans, Ford Flex wagons, Lincoln MKS sedans and Lincoln MKT SUVs from the 2013 through 2015 model years. The company will notify customers to bring their...

  • MONROE, Mich. _ La-Z-Boy Inc. on Tuesday reported fiscal first-quarter earnings of $13.8 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 29 cents per share. La-Z-Boy shares have risen 28 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • DETROIT— Tesla Motors says a new version of the Model S electric car is the quickest production car in the world from zero to 60 miles per hour. The LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder with gas engines were faster, but they were million-dollar specialty cars that can no longer be bought new, CEO Elon Musk said Tuesday. The Model S P100D starts at $134,500, while the...

  • Mobileye's U.S.-listed shares were up 8.3 percent at $50.42 in mid-day trading, while Delphi's shares rose 3.2 percent to $67.15. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not respond immediately to a request for comment. Ride services giant Uber Technologies Inc last week said it had acquired self-driving truck startup Otto and planned...

  • Mobileye, a key supplier of vision-based sensing systems, and Delphi, a provider of automotive safety systems, said they plan to begin testing a jointly developed turn-key system for self-driving cars early next year. The Mobileye/ Delphi alliance is the latest in a series of partnerships aimed at speeding deployment of automated driving systems.

  • DETROIT— Auto parts and electronics company Delphi Automotive is joining with Israeli software maker Mobileye to develop the building blocks for a fully autonomous car in about two years. Delphi and Mobileye plan to build a complete autonomous driving platform that they will sell to automakers worldwide. Delphi already has taken an autonomous Audi on a...

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a July report that automakers have the technology to meet aggressive mandates to hike fuel efficiency, but improvements will not be as great as the Obama administration once forecast because buyers are switching to pickup trucks and SUVs.

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a 1,200- page report in July that automakers have the technology to meet aggressive mandates to hike fuel efficiency, but fleet-wide improvement will not be as great as the Obama administration once forecast because buyers are switching to pickup...

  • DETROIT— Briefly Monday, it looked like the federal government was going to push all 50 states to ban the use of cellphones and other wireless devices while people are driving. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration now says it was all a mistake. The documents were posted on a website that previews actions to be published in the Federal Register.

  • WASHINGTON— Hiring has been strong in the past year in many presidential campaign swing states, a possible hurdle for GOP candidate Donald Trump, who has sought to capitalize on economic distress. Employers have added jobs in the past 12 months at a faster pace than the national average in Colorado, Florida, Michigan and North Carolina, the Labor Department said...

  • TOLEDO, Ohio— Ohio's toll road, a heavily traveled connector between the East Coast and Chicago, is moving closer to allowing the testing of self-driving vehicles. Much of the testing, up to now, has been in California along with a handful of Western U.S. states and on closed courses, such as one operated by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

  • PITTSBURGH— Uber will soon make self-driving cars available to riders in Pittsburgh, in the first time such technology is being offered to the public. Larisa Williams, 46, of Howell, Michigan, has the Uber app on her phone and likes the idea of driverless cars. She is originally from Ukraine and has traveled in Europe where people more frequently use public...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— The option to hail a ride in a self-driving car, which was science fiction just a few years ago, will soon be available to Uber users in Pittsburgh, the first time the technology has been offered to the general public. Uber, which has a self-driving research lab in Pittsburgh, has no immediate plans to deploy autonomous cars in other cities.

  • GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. _ Spartan Stores Inc. on Wednesday reported second-quarter net income of $17.5 million. Spartan Stores expects full-year earnings in the range of $2.07 to $2.18 per share. Spartan Stores shares have climbed 37 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • DETROIT— Banks, investment firms and other companies owing property taxes to Detroit beware— the city is tired of waiting for its money. Detroit plans to file 597 lawsuits to recoup $12.2 million owed from 2010-12 on more than 1,500 parcels of land, the city said Wednesday. On the eve of the city's December 2014 exit from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S....

  • DETROIT— With all the attention paid to Tesla Motors' Autopilot system, you'd think the company was the only one making cars that can almost drive themselves. When Tesla upped the ante by offering automatic lane-changing, Mercedes-Benz quickly matched that. They view themselves as a technology company, so they're going to push it, "said Adrian Lund, president of...