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  • By Deepa Seetharaman and Bernie Woodall. DETROIT, Oct 2- General Motors Co, the largest U.S. automaker, posted a small gain in September U.S. sales as demand for passenger cars offset a drop in pickup trucks, while Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp reported a large sales increase.

  • DETROIT-- Interest rates are low, trade-in values are high, and carmakers are rolling out attractive new models in key areas. All of these factors combined to keep auto sales strong in September.

  • HOUSTON, Oct 1- Entergy Corp and ITC Holdings Corp took another step to advance Entergy's $1.78 billion plan to spin off its electric transmission business, late last week.

  • DETROIT, Oct 1- Fisker Automotive, maker of the Karma plug-in hybrid, has held discussions with potential strategic partners as the automaker looks to cut costs and raise money to build its second hybrid model, the Atlantic.

  • DETROIT-- Union leaders want striking Detroit Water and Sewerage workers to comply with a judge's order and go back on the job. Despite the request, Michigan AFSCME Council 25 President Al Garrett says Monday in a release that the union understands "the frustration felt by the hard working men and women in the water department."

  • DETROIT-- Electric car maker Fisker Automotive is talking with other car companies about sharing parts and technology. The company, based in Anaheim, Calif., is also preparing for a public offering of stock that would help it raise money for new vehicles, Fisker's new CEO Tony Posawatz said Monday during a speech to the Automotive Press Association.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 1- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider a Michigan blogger's challenge of the use of full-body scanners and thorough pat-downs at airport checkpoints.

  • *Kevin Lobo succeeds interim CEO Curt Hartman* Hartman to leave company* CEO search had been under way since February* Stock falls 1.5 percent in afternoon trading By Toni Clarke. Oct 1- Medical device maker Stryker Corp on Monday named Kevin Lobo, head of its orthopedics unit, as president and chief executive following an eight-month search.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 1- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider a Michigan blogger's challenge to the use of full-body scanners and thorough pat-downs of passengers at airport checkpoints.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 1- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider a Michigan blogger's challenge of the use of full-body scanners and thorough pat-downs at airport checkpoints.

  • With Pocono officially back on the IndyCar schedule after a 23- year absence, Carpenter wanted to pick up as many tips as possible from someone with experience at "The Tricky Triangle." The return to Pocono is being celebrated as a nod to IndyCar's history and tradition.

  • *Fisker CEO says the Atlantic sedan, the company's second model, will be built. on a new platform that can be used to build cars for different global markets. *Fisker CEO, when asked about being acquired, says company has had discussions.

  • *Continues to exceed commitments to buy Michigan products and services: sets. *Says now expects to spend $700 million with Michigan suppliers by December. *Says estimates it will spend $1.3 billion with Michigan suppliers in 2011 and.

  • DETROIT-- Workers rejected a judge's "ridiculous" order Monday to end a strike protesting job cuts at the Detroit regional water department, a union lawyer said. Union attorney George Washington called federal Judge Sean Cox's injunction "outrageous" and said he would file a motion to dissolve it.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 1- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider a Michigan blogger's challenge of the use of full-body scanners and thorough pat-downs at airport checkpoints.

  • TORONTO-- The Great One is optimistic about the NHL's labor situation. Wayne Gretzky thinks the league's lockout will end before the showcase Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs.

  • DETROIT-- Honda is recalling 600,000 Accord midsize cars in the U.S. and Canada to fix a faulty power steering hose that can leak fluid and cause a fire. Honda has a report of one fire but no injuries or crashes. Any owner who suspects a leak should take their car to a dealer for inspection, Honda spokesman Ed Miller said Monday.

  • NEW YORK-- TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. said Monday that its board approved a $1 billion share repurchase plan, prompting an analyst to reiterate a "Buy" rating on the auto parts maker's stock. A significant portion of its sales come from Europe, where new vehicle demand has fallen this year amid the continuing economic uncertainty there.

  • DEARBORN, Mich.-- AAA Michigan says gasoline prices have fallen 2.2 cents during the past week to a statewide average of about $3.88 per gallon. Of the Michigan cities it surveys, AAA Michigan said the cheapest price for self-serve unleaded fuel is in the Lansing/ E. Lansing areas, where it's about $3.83 a gallon.

  • KALAMAZOO, Mich.-- Medical device maker Stryker Corp. on Monday named Kevin Lobo, the president of its orthopedics business, as its new president and CEO, effective immediately.