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Top News & Analysis Michigan

  • MIDLAND, Mich.-- The Dow Chemical Co. will eliminate about 2,400 jobs and close roughly 20 manufacturing facilities as part of a restructuring plan aimed at coping with slowing economic growth in Europe and elsewhere.

  • *DuPont, 3 M, United Tech, UPS miss revenue forecasts. *DuPont, 3 M Co cut profit forecasts. DuPont and United Tech are by no means the only big U.S. companies to begin cutting jobs.

  • *Asbury plans to repurchase $25 M- $30 M of stock per year. Oct 23- U.S. auto dealership groups Sonic Automotive Inc and Asbury Automotive Group Inc posted higher third-quarter adjusted earnings as vehicle sales rose and costs stayed about flat.

  • LANSING, Mich.-- Nearly two dozen community health centers in Michigan are getting funding from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. The Michigan Department of Community Health announced Tuesday that the money for 22 centers aims to enhance the quality of care and allow more women to be screened for cervical cancer.

  • Nearly half of all robberies in San Francisco this year are cell phone-related, police say, and most occur on bustling transit lines. And, in nearby Oakland, City Council candidate Dan Kalb was robbed at gunpoint of his iPhone Wednesday after he attended a neighborhood anti-crime meeting.

  • WASHINGTON-- Unions are shifting more of their political resources to state and local races this year as they try to head off passage of laws that could undermine bargaining rights, make it harder to organize or reduce their political muscle. In Maine and Minnesota, labor leaders hope to overturn Republican majorities in state legislatures.

  • WASHINGTON-- Unions are shifting more of their political resources to state and local races this year as they try to head off passage of laws that could undermine bargaining rights, make it harder to organize or reduce their political muscle. In Maine and Minnesota, labor leaders hope to overturn Republican majorities in state legislatures.

  • CRAZY WEATHER: Warm spring weather in the Northeast and Midwest tricked apple trees into budding early this year, and then a late frost damaged the blossoms. CROPS CRIMPED: Crops in apple-producing states like New York and Michigan shrank, falling off as much as 90 percent.

  • But times are tough for unions in the Rust Belt, even in a longtime bastion like Michigan.

  • DETROIT-- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating complaints that children have been trapped in Graco car seats because the buckles won't unlatch.

  • Chrysler Group LLC, the maker of Jeeps, sold another 18,000 in Canada. In one complaint, a Subaru driver told NHTSA that on May 2, a Patriot's engine died while it was on Interstate 5 on the West Coast. The Subaru was behind the Patriot when it happened, and the woman driving the SUV did not hit the brakes, according to the complaint. "

  • DETROIT-- Federal safety regulators are investigating complaints that Jeep Patriot SUV engines can stall without warning at highway speeds. The probe by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration affects about 112,000 Patriots from the 2011 and 2012 model years. The U.S. safety agency says it received a dozen complaints about stalling.

  • NEW YORK-- The fungus found in tainted steroid shots matches the one behind the national meningitis outbreak that has killed 20 people, federal health officials said Thursday.

  • "If we can get this fruit harvested, it's a perfect storm for Washington," said Todd Fryhover, president of the Apple Growers Association. " Washington is likely to have a harvest of 108 million bushels, its second highest number on record, industry representatives said.

  • DETROIT-- Stan Ovshinsky, the self-taught inventor who developed the nickel-metal hydride battery used in the hybrid vehicle industry, has died at his home in suburban Detroit after a fight with cancer. His son, Harvey Ovshinsky, said his father was passionate about science and alternative energy, but also about civil rights and other social causes.

  • LANSING, Mich.-- State regulators in Michigan have created a new agency to focus on health care providers. The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs said Thursday that it's forming a new Bureau of Health Care Services.

  • ALBANY, N.Y.-- Aspen Dental Management and the private equity firm that controls it illegally operate dental clinics across the country and engage in aggressive, misleading profit-driven practices that cause patients economic harm, claims a federal lawsuit filed Thursday in New York.

  • DETROIT-- Harley-Davidson Inc. rose Thursday after a Goldman Sachs analyst upgraded the shares, telling investors that the low price and looming motorcycle sales increases make the shares attractive. Analyst Patrick Archambault upgraded Harley from "Neutral" to "Buy," and raised his six-month price target by $3 to $54.

  • TROY, Mich.-- Chemical giant DuPont Co. is opening an innovation center in suburban Detroit that's aimed at speeding the introduction of new products for the automotive industry. It is DuPont's eighth-such center and is located at its Automotive Development Center in Troy.