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  • LANSING, Mich.— A government safety panel on Monday urged the temporary shutdown of twin oil pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac until their operator can finish inspections and repair coating gaps, after some members expressed concerns over a recent deal between the state and Enbridge Inc.. The agreement, announced Nov. 27, sets an Aug. 15 deadline for...

  • BERLIN, Dec 10- Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt, convicted in the United States this week for his role in the German carmaker's emissions scandal, may ask to serve his prison sentence in Germany, German weekly Welt am Sonntag reported, citing sources close to Schmidt. The paper said such a request would have to be approved by the U.S. Department of Justice as...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 8- NAFTA trade negotiators convene in Washington next week for a limited round of talks unlikely to move the needle on major sticking points, but aimed at demonstrating some progress towards closing easier chapters. Last month's round of negotiations to update the North American Free Trade Agreement in Mexico City failed to resolve major...

  • DETROIT— Toyota will introduce a revamped Avalon full-size car at the Detroit auto show in January at a time when sales of big cars are falling as U.S. buyers continue their shift toward SUVs. The Michigan- designed Avalon will arrive in showrooms in the spring. —Avalon sales are off almost 30 percent through November, and sales of the top five large mainstream cars...

  • DETROIT— Subaru and Hyundai have the most vehicles named top safety picks by the insurance industry. Subaru has four cars on the list: the Impreza, WRX, Legacy and Outback. Hyundai has two SUVs— the Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport— and two luxury sedans, the Genesis G80 and G90.

  • DETROIT— Your beer could soon be delivered in a Tesla. Tesla Inc. unveiled the Semi last month. But Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and midwest retailer Meijer Inc. are among those that have placed orders.

  • Pruitt made his first appearance before a House oversight subcommittee responsible for environmental issues since his confirmation to lead EPA in February. The former Oklahoma attorney general is under scrutiny after expense reports showed he often leaves Washington on Thursdays and Fridays for appearances in westward states before spending the...

  • DETROIT— Ford says that shifting production of an electric SUV from the U.S. to Mexico will allow the company to make more self-driving vehicles in Michigan. Ford announced last January that it would invest $700 million and hire 700 workers to make electric and autonomous vehicles at its Flat Rock plant near Detroit. Ford said Thursday it now plans to make the SUV...

  • DETROIT, Dec 7- Ford Motor Co will begin testing its latest self-driving vehicle technology next year in at least one city but has not changed its plan to begin commercial production until 2021, the company said. Ford is shifting production of a future battery electric vehicle to Mexico to free up capacity at its Flat Rock, Michigan, plant to build the...

  • The National Conference on State Legislatures says at least 38 states are considering drone legislation this year, going beyond the Federal Aviation Administration's regulations. The New Jersey bill would make operating a drone under the influence of alcohol a disorderly person offense, which carries a sentence of up to six months in jail, a $1,000 fine or...

  • Assembly at the Ford Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, Michigan.

    Months after Ford canceled plans to build a plant in Mexico, it said it plans to shift production of an electric vehicle to Mexico.

  • DETROIT, Dec 6- A U.S.-based Volkswagen AG executive who oversaw emissions issues was sentenced to seven years in prison and fined $400,000 by a judge on Wednesday for his role in a diesel emissions scandal that has cost the German automaker as much as $30 billion. "It is my opinion that you are a key conspirator in this scheme to defraud the United States," U.S.

  • DETROIT, Dec 6- A U.S.-based Volkswagen AG executive who oversaw emissions issues was sentenced to seven years in prison and fined $400,000 by a judge on Wednesday for his role in a diesel emissions scandal that has cost the German automaker as much as $30 billion. "It is my opinion that you are a key conspirator in this scheme to defraud the United States," U.S.

  • DETROIT— The Latest on the sentencing of Volkswagen senior manager Oliver Schmidt in the company's diesel emissions scandal:. Schmidt led VW's engineering and environmental office in Michigan from 2012 to early 2015. Oliver Schmidt will be sentenced Wednesday in Detroit federal court.

  • DETROIT, Dec 6- Volkswagen AG executive Oliver Schmidt will be sentenced in federal court in Detroit on Wednesday for his part in a diesel emissions scandal that has cost the German automaker as much as $30 billion. Under a plea agreement, Schmidt, a German national, will face up to seven years in prison and a fine between $40,000 and $400,000 after admitting to...

  • Visitors look at Ford models at Auto Guangzhou in Guangzhou, China November 17, 2017.

    Ford could start selling cars to consumers in China through Alibaba's online retail arm Tmall.

  • BEIJING, Dec 6- Ford Motor Co is expected to sign as early as Thursday a deal with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd which may allow the U.S. automaker to test selling cars to consumers in China through Alibaba's online retail arm Tmall, as well as via a new auto vending machine store concept, according to a Ford source familiar with the matter. Representatives of Ford and...

  • The Center for Public Integrity and The Associated Press analyzed financial disclosure reports from 6,933 state legislators around the country and found that three out of four lawmakers had income from other employment. While outside jobs give lawmakers expertise in certain policy areas, it also provides an opening for potential conflicts of interest.

  • DETROIT— Lawyers for a Volkswagen senior manager say his U.S. prison sentence shouldn't exceed 40 months for his role in the automaker's diesel emissions scandal. Oliver Schmidt will be sentenced Wednesday in Detroit federal court. Schmidt led VW's engineering and environmental office in Michigan from 2012 to early 2015..

  • DETROIT, Dec 4- Facing a glut of late-model 2017 vehicles and rising consumer discounts by competitors, Nissan Motor Co Ltd will continue to target a "fair share of the pie" with big discounts of its own, the automaker's U.S. sales chief said on Monday. That would be a fabulous thing for everyone, "Nissan's Judy Wheeler told Reuters. According to industry consultants...