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  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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..

  • 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...

  • DETROIT— Dan Gilbert's ownership presence in downtown Detroit has kept growing, with the addition of a vacant 38- story office tower and adjacent buildings to his stable of properties. Book Tower, the attached 13- floor Book Building and an adjacent two-story community center have been bought by Bedrock Real Estate Services. "This project is going to be one of...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming month Friday, 28 Aug 2015 | 1:46 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..

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— A former Ohio deputy treasurer who fled to Pakistan in the face of a 15- year prison sentence for a kickback scheme delivered a public apology before a federal judge on Friday and was sent to begin his time in U.S. prison. Shackled and in prison khakis, Amer Ahmad appeared before Judge Michael Watson two days after he was extradited from Pakistan.

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 1:17 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..

  • According to the complaint filed in Los Angeles federal court, carbon monoxide is emitted when drivers leave their vehicles running after taking their electronic key fobs with them, under the mistaken belief that the engines will shut off. The defendants include BMW, including Mini; Daimler's Mercedes Benz; Fiat Chrysler; Ford Motor Co; General Motors Co; and...

  • Perceptron posts 4Q profit Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 4:48 PM ET

    PLYMOUTH, Mich. _ Perceptron Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $389,000. On a per-share basis, the Plymouth, Michigan- based company said it had profit of 4 cents. Perceptron shares have risen 3.5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • AP Source: Ford planning for new small pickup in US Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 3:06 PM ET

    The company is negotiating with the United Auto Workers about making the truck at a factory in the Detroit suburb of Wayne, Michigan, a person briefed on the matter said Wednesday. The Wayne factory, which Ford calls the Michigan Assembly Plant, employs more than 4,400 workers. "We actively are pursuing future vehicle alternatives to produce at Michigan Assembly...

  • According to the complaint filed in Los Angeles federal court, carbon monoxide is emitted when drivers leave their vehicles running after taking their electronic key fobs with them, under the mistaken belief that the engines will shut off. The defendants include BMW, including Mini; Daimler's Mercedes Benz; Fiat Chrysler; Ford; General Motors; and Honda,...

  • The American Red Cross, a leading trainer of lifeguards, has taken note and added training for extreme shallow water rescues. "We pretty much have an ambulance call every weekend," said Brian Machemer, superintendent of the Rolling Hills Water Park in Ypsilanti Township. While no figures are available for overall waterpark injuries, the Red Cross cited U.S....

  • Urban areas where commuters endure the most extra hours Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 12:01 AM ET

    Traffic congestion nationally reached a new peak last year and is greater than ever before, according to a report by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and INRIX Inc. Their analysis is based on federal data on the number of cars on the road and on traffic speed data collected by INRIX on 1.3 million miles of urban streets and highways. 1. Washington, D.C.-...

  • NEW YORK— Don't do anything rash. Amid the scary slide on Wall Street, that's the advice from the professionals to 401 holders and other ordinary investors. "If you lived through the 2008, early-2009 debacle, which was horrible, you know that it can recover in a relatively short period of time," said John Power, a financial planner at Power Plans in Walpole,...

  • BP restarts part of Indiana oil refinery after repairs Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 12:02 PM ET

    SOUTH BEND, Ind.— A large Indiana oil refinery whose unplanned shutdown for repairs earlier this month caused gasoline prices in the Great Lakes region to spike restarted Tuesday, leading experts to predict a quick drop in prices. AAA Hoosier Motor Club reports gas prices hit a high of $2.976 in Indiana for self-serve regular unleaded on Aug. 16 in Indiana.

  • Tech startups want to change the way you drive Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 11:00 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— A veteran computer scientist hates sitting in his car at stop lights, so he creates software that makes the experience less annoying. A former engineering professor wants to double the range of today's electric vehicles. Entrepreneur and computer scientist Matt Ginsberg hates red lights.

  • Survey: Recalls make Americans less satisfied with cars Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 12:01 AM ET

    DETROIT— Americans are less happy with their cars and trucks than at any time in more than a decade, and it's largely because they're getting sick of dealing with recalls. "While it is true that all cars are now much better than they were 10 to 20 years ago, it is alarming that so many of them have quality problems," said Claes Fornell, chairman and founder of the survey.