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  • TORONTO, Sept 1- General Motors Co's Canadian sales jumped 12 percent in August, as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV's sales edged up 0.4 percent, and Ford Motor Co sales fell, the companies said on Tuesday. GM sold 24,653 cars and trucks in Canada, up from 22,111 a year earlier, as truck sales jumped 14.6 percent, and car sales rose 3.2 percent. Honda Canada, part of Honda...

  • NEW YORK— MTV boosted the viewership of its annual Video Music Awards, this year hosted by Miley Cyrus, with a little help from its friends. CBS won the week with an average of 5.4 million viewers in prime time. NBC had 5 million, ABC had 3.4 million, Fox had 2.3 million, Univision had 2 million, Telemundo had 1.4 million, ION Television had 1.2 million and the CW had 1.1...

  • OTTAWA, Sept 1- Having staked his reputation on strong economic management, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has decided that the best way to win re-election when the headlines say recession is to convince the country it is no longer in one. Tuesday brought the worst kind of news for a prime minister campaigning for a rare fourth term in office: government...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Sept 1- ConocoPhillips and Husky Energy Inc announced key milestones in bringing two new oil sands projects online on Tuesday, underlining how some producers in the high-cost sector are boosting production even as crude prices tumble. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers forecast in June that oil sands production to hit 3.1...

  • *China manufacturing contracts at fastest in 3 years- PMI. NEW YORK, Sept 1- Oil prices tumbled 8 percent on Tuesday in volatile trading that sent Brent futures back below $50 a barrel as weak Chinese data revived concerns about demand for petroleum after crude's three-day rally of more than 20 percent. "It was primarily the China fear factor," Carsten Fritsch at...

  • SAFETY REGULATOR NHTSA SAYS 4 MILLION VEHICLES HAVE DEFECTIVE INFLATORS ON BOTH DRIVER AND PASSENGER AIR BAGS.

  • SAFETY REGULATOR SAYS 23.4 MILLION DEFECTIVE TAKATA CORP AIR BAG INFLATORS REMAIN INSTALLED IN U.S.

  • NEW YORK— Westport Innovations, the Canadian maker of truck engines that run on natural gas, said Tuesday that it plans to expand into making alternative-fuel engines for cars and construction equipment by buying Fuel Systems Solutions. Shares of Westport Innovations Inc. fell 17 cents, or almost 5 percent, to $3.37 in afternoon trading Tuesday.

  • WASHINGTON— The last major piece of President Barack Obama's health care law could raise costs for thrifty consumers as well as large corporations and union members when it takes effect in 2018.. The so-called Cadillac tax was meant to discourage extravagant coverage. Critics say it's a tax on essentials, not luxuries.

  • China's efforts, not just to manipulate its stock market higher, but to squelch information and intimidate those it sees as threats to its purpose should also scare global investors. The announcement Sunday by China's Ministry of Public Security that 197 people had been punished for spreading rumors about stocks and other issues should scare investors.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 1- Ten weeks after closing its $8.4 billion purchase of Synageva BioPharma Corp, Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc on Tuesday announced European approval for two drugs acquired through the deal, both enzyme-replacement therapies for ultra-rare, life threatening diseases. The treatments are awaiting U.S. approval decisions after receiving...

  • Sept 1- Puerto Rico Government Development Bank officials and bondholders for the agency are planning to enter confidential debt restructuring talks as soon as next week, and bondholders could inject money into the bank, according to a Bloomberg News report on Tuesday. Puerto Rico representatives plan to ask some of the creditors to sign the agreement in...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 1- Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc, which builds aircraft carriers and U.S. Navy warships, on Tuesday said it was keen to bid to build new icebreakers for the U.S. Coast Guard, after President Barack Obama pushed for quicker work on the program. Huntington Ingalls spokesman Bill Glenn said his company had responded to a request for information...

  • Sept 1- A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived three lawsuits in which the City of Miami accused Bank of America Corp, Citigroup Inc and Wells Fargo& Co of violating the federal Fair Housing Act by engaging in predatory lending. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said a lower court judge applied too stringent a standard in dismissing the city's claims.

  • *Netflix down on report of Apple mulling original shows. Sept 1- Wall Street slumped more than 2 percent on Tuesday, pushing all three major U.S. indexes into losses for the year after weak data from China added to fears that a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy will constrain global growth. "It's general risk aversion manifesting itself after a really...

  • SAP HANA Vora, as the database query software will be known, aims to give businesses greater insights into the vast volumes of data organisations are collecting from customer feedback, along with sensors installed in products, vehicles and networks. But Europe's biggest software company has to convince its customer base, which includes the world's biggest...

  • If August wasn't bad enough, historical trading patterns suggest that investors shouldn't expect a quick rebound this month. September is statistically the worst month of the year for the stock market, with the S&P 500 index logging an average decline of 1.03 percent in the month over the last 87 years, according to data from S&P Dow Jones Indices.

  • 1. The Martian by Andy Weir, narrated by B.C. Bray. 2. X: Kinsey Millhone, Book 24 by Sue Grafton, narrated by Judy Kaye. 9. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica, narrated by Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Yom Taylorson, and Andy Arndt ( Blackstone Audio, Inc.).

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 1- Facebook Inc's Instagram added new features on Tuesday allowing users to exchange messages in private and group conversations as the photo and video-sharing service aims to keep up with growing messaging service Snapchat. The upgrade by Instagram, which has more than 300 million users, is the latest move in the escalating battle for a...

  • TORONTO, Sept 1- General Motors Co's Canadian sales jumped 12 percent in August, as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV's sales edged up 0.4 percent, the companies said on Tuesday. GM sold 24,653 cars and trucks in Canada, up from 22,111 a year earlier, as truck sales jumped 14.6 percent, and car sales rose 3.2 percent. Fiat Chrysler sold 26,928 cars and trucks in August, up...