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  • MACKINAW CITY, Mich.— A company that ships oil through the Great Lakes pledged Thursday to keep heavy crude out of a pipeline in northern Michigan. "Although Enbridge does not and has not used Line 5 for heavy crude, I am pleased with the additional layer of protection this agreement provides to prevent an environmental and economic catastrophe in the Straits," said...

  • The Associated Press recently tried out both systems on a 2016 Honda Accord. "Anything that takes your attention away from the task of driving is not something you want to engage in," said Kathy Lane, a spokeswoman for the National Safety Council, a nonprofit organization created by Congress to promote safety. Neither system has been tested yet by the Insurance...

  • U.S. producer Century Aluminum warned last week it would begin shuttering its Hawesville smelter in Kentucky in October "unless the current pricing environment substantially improves." Overshadowed by its announcement on Hawesville was Century's decision in July to dismantle permanently its Ravenswood smelter in West Virginia. The uncomfortable truth...

  • Tesla says it will take orders for cheaper car in March Wednesday, 2 Sep 2015 | 5:56 PM ET

    DETROIT— Tesla Motors says it will reveal its lower-cost Model 3 electric car in March and will start taking orders then. In a tweet Wednesday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the car will start at $35,000, or about half the starting price of its current Model S sedan. Musk said each trim level of the Model X will be around $5,000 more than the equivalent trim level of the Model...

  • Car deals abound _ if you want a 2015 model Wednesday, 2 Sep 2015 | 2:39 PM ET

    At least 31 models are being redesigned for 2016, including big names like the BMW 3 Series and the Toyota Prius, according to the car buying site Edmunds.com. —2015 BMW 3 Series: In some parts of the country, the 3 Series is selling for $1,500 below its market value in that area, which Edmunds.com calculates by looking at what others have paid. BMW is offering...

  • New collars monitor pets for pain, problems Wednesday, 2 Sep 2015 | 10:16 AM ET

    Voyce, created by I4C Innovations Inc., and based in Chantilly, Virginia, has a consumer version that tracks similar information. It also has a Voyce Pro that is available to veterinarians to prescribe for pets recovering from surgery or long-term illness. Kenneth Herring, who lives outside Detroit, uses PetPace to monitor his 5- year-old dog, Jack, as part of a test...

  • U.S. producer Century Aluminum warned last week it would begin shuttering its Hawesville smelter in Kentucky in October "unless the current pricing environment substantially improves". Overshadowed by its announcement on Hawesville was Century's decision in July to dismantle permanently its Ravenswood smelter in West Virginia. The uncomfortable truth...

  • India SUV maker rides into US market ... on a scooter Wednesday, 2 Sep 2015 | 3:05 AM ET

    ANN ARBOR, Mich.— India's largest SUV maker is ready to make its debut on U.S. roads. Mahindra hopes to win over city and campus dwellers with a $2,999, Vespa-like electric scooter called the GenZe, which goes on sale this fall in California, Oregon and Michigan. Sales could soon expand to other states and Europe.

  • DETROIT— Federal regulators have lowered their estimate of potentially defective Takata Corp. air bags on U.S. roads. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says approximately 23.4 million driver and passenger air bag inflators on 19.2 million vehicles are being recalled and need to be replaced. That's lower than its initial estimate of 34...

  • *Manufacturing expansion slowest since May 2013. WASHINGTON, Sept 1- U.S. factory activity braked to a more than two-year low in August, but sturdy gains in automobile sales and construction spending suggested the economy remained on solid footing. "It suggests that the recent eruption in uncertainty towards Chinese and global growth is beginning to affect U.S....

  • DETROIT, Sept 1- U.S. safety regulators said on Tuesday that 19.2 million vehicles in the United States still have defective Takata Corp air bag inflators. About 4 million of those vehicles have defective air bag inflators made by Takata on both the driver and passenger sides of the vehicle, according to an official from the National Highway Traffic Safety...

  • Sept 1- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will move the production of Jeep Cherokee out of Toledo, Ohio as the automaker readies the facility for producing its redesigned Jeep Wrangler, Automotive News website reported. The production of Jeep Cherokee is likely to be shifted to the company's Sterling Heights Assembly in Michigan or Belvidere Assembly in Illinois,...

  • *Manufacturing expansion slowest since May 2013. WASHINGTON, Sept 1- U.S. factory activity braked to a more than two-year low in August, but sturdy gains in automobile sales and construction spending suggested the economy remained on solid footing. "It suggests that the recent eruption in uncertainty towards Chinese and global growth is beginning to affect U.S....

  • China is still the No. 1 market, but sales there are slowing as the economy cools and cities impose car ownership limits to curb smog and congestion. It's a reversal from six years ago, when U.S. vehicle sales plunged during the recession and China easily surpassed the U.S. as the world's largest car market. But its sales in China plunged 10 percent.

  • MUSKEGON, Mich.— A man who ran a popular restaurant in western Michigan while telling the government he couldn't work because of a bad back has pleaded guilty to disability fraud. Social Security investigators became suspicious after Fierro was featured in a Muskegon Chronicle story in 2008 about his restaurant, Pablo's Tacos. The 66- year-old Fierro fled to...

  • US fines Triumph Motorcycles up to $2.9 million Monday, 31 Aug 2015 | 6:36 PM ET

    DETROIT— The U.S. government has fined Triumph Motorcycles up to $2.9 million for violating safety reporting requirements. Under an order issued to United Kingdom- based Triumph, the company must pay a $1.4 million cash penalty and spend at least $500,000 to improve safety practices. An investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration...

  • DETROIT— Fiat Chrysler is recalling 206,668 Jeep Cherokee SUVs because the windshield wipers can stop working unexpectedly. There are 158,671 in the U.S., 18,366 in Canada and 3,582 in Mexico. The rest were sold outside North America.

  • Correction: The Month Ahead story Monday, 31 Aug 2015 | 12:33 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for August, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for July, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases second-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases factory orders for July, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases Beige Book, 2 p.m..

  • Correction: The Week Ahead story Monday, 31 Aug 2015 | 12:11 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for August, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for July, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases second-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases factory orders for July, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases Beige Book, 2 p.m..

  • Algae drives down property values on Lake Champlain Saturday, 29 Aug 2015 | 11:24 AM ET

    GEORGIA, Vt.— The two cottages on the shore of Lake Champlain will someday be passed down to her children but Enid Letourneau worries the algae that turns the shoreline pea-soup green each August means they won't amount to much of an inheritance. The algae, which can be toxic to humans and dogs, prompted the town of Georgia to reduce the property values $50,000 each...