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1. GM to ask bankruptcy court for lawsuit protection -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors revealed in court filings late Tuesday that it will soon ask a federal bankruptcy judge to shield the company from legal claims for conduct that occurred before its 2009 bankruptcy.

2. Is hot market for IPOs cooling? -

NEW YORK (AP) — A hot market for initial public offerings may soon face a cooler reception from investors.

IPOs are having their best start to a year since 2000. Eighty-nine companies have raised $19 billion through sales of new stock so far in 2014. But demand for more offerings depends largely on the health of the broader market, and after last week's sell-off, the clamor from buyers may quiet down.

3. Technology stocks falling for 2nd day in a row -

NEW YORK (AP) — Technology stocks are dropping for a second day in a row as investors flee highflying Internet and biotechnology companies. Weaker earnings at JPMorgan Chase are dragging bank stocks lower in late afternoon trading, helping to push all three major indexes lower.

4. GM puts 2 engineers on paid leave in recall case -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors has suspended two engineers with pay in the first disciplinary action linked to its delayed recall of thousands of small cars for a deadly ignition switch problem.

The action came after allegations during congressional hearings last week that at least one engineer tried to cover up the switch problem by fixing it without changing the part number.

5. Toyota, GM recalls push US to near-record pace -

DETROIT (AP) — Big U.S. recalls by General Motors and Toyota have put the auto industry on a record pace as companies try to avoid bad publicity and punishment from an increasingly aggressive government.

6. Stocks drop; Biotech takes another plunge -

NEW YORK (AP) — Another plunge in the biotechnology sector led stock indexes down Thursday, as Biogen Idec, Gilead Sciences and other biotech companies extended a recent slump. EBay fell after Carl Icahn abandoned an effort to shake up the company and Bed Bath & Beyond fell after reporting weak sales figures.

7. Toyota recalls about 6.4 million vehicles globally -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 6.39 million vehicles globally for a variety of problems spanning nearly 30 models in Japan, the U.S., Europe and other places.

No injuries or crashes have been reported related to the recalls announced Wednesday. But two reports of fires are linked to one of the problems, a defective engine starter that can keep the motor running.

8. GM auto workers vote to allow strike in Kentucky -

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Workers at the General Motors plant in Kentucky that assembles Corvettes voted Tuesday to authorize a strike over lingering safety concerns, but a local union leader said he hopes the differences can be resolved without a walkout.

9. Lawmakers accuse GM of possible criminal cover-up -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers on Capitol Hill accused General Motors of a potentially criminal cover-up of its defective ignition switches and fumed at the lack of answers from its new CEO during a second day of hearings Wednesday into why GM waited a decade to recall cars with the deadly flaw.

10. Congress seeks answers on delay in GM recall -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is demanding answers from the new CEO of General Motors and the head of the nation's auto safety watchdog about why it took at least a decade to recall cars with a defective part that is now linked to 13 deaths.

11. US auto sales accelerated as March moved along; Nissan up 8.3 pct. -

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. auto sales went out like a lion in March.

Automakers said Tuesday that new car and truck sales picked up speed halfway through the month, culminating in a strong final weekend. Toyota dealers had their two best sales weekends of the year at the end of the month, the company said.

12. GM recalls 1.3 million cars for steering defect -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is recalling 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S. because the electronic power-steering assist can suddenly stop working.

Included in the recall are the Chevrolet Malibu, Malibu Maxx, Chevrolet HHR, Saturn Aura, Saturn Ion and Pontiac G6. Model years vary, but all of the vehicles are from the 2010 model year or earlier.

13. GM recall: Many victims were young drivers -

DETROIT (AP) — As the deaths are tallied from General Motors' delayed recall of compact cars, one thing is becoming clear: Of those who were killed, the majority were young.

In a way, this isn't surprising. Low-priced cars like the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion were marketed to young, first-time buyers and parents seeking transportation for their kids.

14. GM's Opel unit to pull out of China -

BERLIN (AP) — General Motors Co.'s Opel unit will end its small presence in the Chinese market — a decision its chief executive describes as long-overdue.

15. Using video, GM CEO reaches out to customers -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors CEO Mary Barra is reaching out directly to customers, as GM tries to counter bad publicity from a recall of cars with a potentially deadly ignition switch defect.

GM posted five videos of Barra on its website Wednesday answering questions about the recall of 1.6 million compact cars to fix the ignition switches. The company also said Barra listened in on customer calls for about a half hour last Thursday at the automaker's suburban Detroit call center, although none of the callers spoke about the recall.

16. Toyota payment could be glimpse into GM's future -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors, beware.

Wednesday's announcement that Toyota will pay $1.2 billion to avoid criminal prosecution for hiding information in a recall case could be a glimpse into your future. It's also a warning to anyone selling cars in the U.S.: Although the federal government's road-safety watchdog doesn't have big fangs, the Justice Department does.

17. US fine to settle probe delivers relief for Toyota -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp., headed to a record profit, can afford the $1.2 billion fine levied by the U.S. government for hiding information about defects in its cars. If anything, the settlement may even deliver relief for Toyota shareholders and customers as a sign the automaker has put the four-year recall debacle behind it.

18. Toyota to pay $1.2B to settle criminal probe -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Toyota agreed to pay $1.2 billion to settle an investigation by the U.S. government, admitting that it hid information about defects that caused Toyota and Lexus vehicles to accelerate unexpectedly and resulted in injuries and deaths.

19. Barra apologizes for deaths tied to recalled cars -

DETROIT (AP) — The top executive of General Motors apologized for deaths linked to the delayed recall of 1.6 million small cars, saying the company took too long to bring the cars in for repairs.

CEO Mary Barra, who is in her third month leading the company, also named a new global safety director to help prevent further recall problems.

20. GM creates new post to spearhead safety issues -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors has named a 40-year engineer as its new safety chief, placing a single person in charge of recalls and other safety issues as it deals with a huge compact car recall that has damaged the company's reputation.

21. Another GM recall: 1.18M SUVs for air bag issue -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is recalling more than 1.5 million vehicles, including SUVs, vans and Cadillacs, for defective air bags and other problems.

The new recalls come as GM faces multiple investigations over its handling of a recall of more than 1.6 million small cars for defective ignition switches. The new recalls aren't related to that issue, but the company did say they're part of a broad product safety review prompted by the ignition switch problem, which is linked to 12 deaths.

22. GM excluded crash deaths from ignition inquiry -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors excluded the Saturn Ion from a Feb. 13 recall for faulty ignition switches after engineers inexplicably failed to look at fatal crashes involving the compact car.

The cars were recalled two weeks later, after another inquiry found four crashes involving 2004 Ions that killed four people, according to a GM chronology of the recall posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website Wednesday night.

23. US retail sales rebounded 0.3 percent in February -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales bounced back in February after suffering a steep decline during a bitterly cold January. Shoppers spent more on autos, clothing and furniture.

The Commerce Department said Thursday that seasonally-adjusted retail sales rose 0.3 percent in February. Spending had fallen 0.6 percent in January, revised down from the 0.4 percent decline initially reported. Retail spending also fell 0.3 percent in December.

24. GM to offer loaner cars, cash to small-car owners -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is offering free loaner cars and $500 toward a new GM vehicle to more than a million owners of compact cars that are being recalled for a deadly ignition switch defect.

25. US House committee investigating GM recall -

DETROIT (AP) — A congressional committee is investigating the way General Motors and a federal safety agency handled a deadly ignition switch problem in compact cars.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton of Michigan says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received a large number of complaints about the problem during the past decade. But GM didn't recall the 1.6 million cars worldwide until last month.

26. US stocks end slightly lower for a second day -

Without any big economic news or blowout company earnings to respond to, investors found little to get excited about Tuesday and sent the stock market lower for the second day in a row.

A few companies grabbed headlines for posting poor quarterly results or consummating long-running merger talks Tuesday. But the broader market barely budged for much of the day, then closed slightly lower. Investors didn't see enough that they liked to drive up a market that hit three record highs last week.

27. Apple dials up effort to meld iPhone with cars -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is accelerating the race to make smartphone applications easier and safer to use in cars.

Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are previewing Apple's iPhone technology for cars this week at an auto show in Geneva.

28. March will be test of US auto demand -

DETROIT (AP) — March is the month to watch for the U.S. auto industry.

Sales have been slower than expected so far this year. As the spring thaw begins, automakers will see if the slowdown was due to historic cold temperatures and snowfall — as many believe — or if there are deeper reasons for sagging demand.

29. Obama admin drives ahead with new cleaner gas rule -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is driving ahead with a dramatic reduction in sulfur in gasoline and tailpipe emissions, declaring that cleaner air will save thousands of lives per year at little cost to consumers.

30. Nissan outlasts weather, posts Feb. US sales jump -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors and Ford reported U.S. sales declines last month as frigid temperatures and snowstorms pounded much of the nation.

The country's top two automakers both said the month started slowly but sales began to recover in the second half, a sign that fears of a broader auto sales slowdown may be unfounded. Also, Chrysler and Nissan reported double-digit gains, although they had to discount some key models to get there. Volkswagen, which has been struggling in the U.S., reported a 14 percent drop.

31. Winter slows car sales; dealers load up discounts -

DETROIT (AP) — Late last month, David Kelleher had 412 unsold new cars and trucks at his Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram dealership southwest of Philadelphia. He would have been more comfortable with about 40 less.

32. US stocks waver between small gains and losses -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks were moving between small gains and losses in morning trading Thursday as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen addressed the Senate Banking Committee. Investors were also looking over quarterly results from several U.S. retailers and other companies. Best Buy and J.C. Penney were among the early gainers.

33. US safety agency likely probing GM recall response -

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government's auto safety watchdog likely is looking into whether General Motors was slow to report problems that led to 13 deaths and a massive recall of small cars.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has the authority to fine the company at least $35 million for not being forthcoming with information.

34. Detroit automakers worry about UAW money struggles -

DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers' membership and dues are down sharply from just six years ago. In another sign of weakness, the union suffered a stunning defeat this month when it tried to organize a Tennessee factory run by labor-friendly Volkswagen.

35. VW workers at Tennessee plant reject union -

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Workers at a Volkswagen factory in Tennessee have voted against union representation, a devastating loss that derails the United Auto Workers union's effort to organize Southern factories.

36. GM recalling nearly 780,000 compact cars -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is recalling almost 780,000 older-model compact cars in North America because a faulty ignition switch can shut off the engines without warning and cause crashes.

37. GOP's Corker urges rejection of UAW at Volkswagen -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Detroit's troubles have been front and center in the heavy campaign by union opponents seeking to dissuade workers at Volkswagen's lone U.S. assembly plant from voting for representation by the United Auto Workers.

38. GM reports lower-than-expected 4Q earnings -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' fourth-quarter net profit rose 2 percent from a year ago, but the company fell short of Wall Street expectations as it spent heavily to restructure outside the U.S.

39. UAW: Workers at VW's Chattanooga plant voting Feb. 12-14 -

DETROIT (AP) — Workers at Volkswagen's only U.S. factory will decide next week whether to be represented by the United Auto Workers union.

German automaker Volkswagen AG said Monday that it has asked the National Labor Relations Board to conduct a vote at its Chattanooga, Tenn., plant Feb. 12 through 14. The plant, which makes the Passat sedan, has around 3,000 workers.

40. After tough January, stock extend slide -

For investors, February is starting out just as rough as January.

U.S. stocks tumbled on Monday, pushing the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 320 points after reports of sluggish U.S growth added to investor worries about the global economy. The slump follows the Dow's worst January performance since 2009.

41. Nissan, Chrysler sales up; Ford, GM, VW down -

DETROIT (AP) — Frigid temperatures and snowy weather generally kept buyers away from auto showrooms last month, with Ford, General Motors, Toyota and Volkswagen all reporting declines from a year ago.

42. Toyota tells dealers to stop selling 6 models -

DETROIT (AP) — Toyota has told North American dealers to stop selling six popular models with heated seats because the fabric doesn't meet flammability standards.

One soft material beneath the seat covers does not comply with U.S. safety standards, company spokesman John Hanson said.

43. GM CEO, 'dreamer' to be guests at Obama address -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CEO of General Motors and an immigrant brought to the U.S. illegally as a child will join first lady Michelle Obama to watch President Barack Obama deliver his State of the Union address on Tuesday.

44. Obama speech to challenge Congress on minimum wage -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Challenging lawmakers, President Barack Obama will announce Tuesday night in his State of the Union address that he's raising the minimum wage for new federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour, underscoring a go-it-alone strategy in an election year critical to both parties and the balance of power in Congress.

45. Wealth gap: A guide to what it is, why it matters -

WASHINGTON (AP) — From the White House to the Vatican to the business elite in Davos, Switzerland, one issue keeps seizing the agenda: the growing gap between the very wealthy and everyone else.

It's "the defining challenge of our time," says President Barack Obama, who will spotlight the issue in his State of the Union address Tuesday night. A Gallup poll finds two-thirds of Americans are unhappy with the nation's distribution of wealth. Experts say it may be slowing the economy.

46. GM's Barra promises investment for lossmaking Opel -

RUESSELSHEIM, Germany (AP) — New General Motors chief Mary Barra is stressing the company's support for its struggling Adam Opel AG subsidiary in Europe, saying Opel workers will get the job of building a new vehicle at the company's main plant in Germany.

47. Barra to keep GM plans in place, but accelerate -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co.'s new CEO, Mary Barra, says she will largely keep in place the plans of her predecessor, from a restructuring in Europe to a focus on improving profit margins. But she hopes to accelerate that progress.

48. Barra to keep GM plans in place, but accelerate -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co.'s new CEO Mary Barra says she will largely keep in place the plans of her predecessor, from a restructuring in Europe to a focus on improving profit margins. But she hopes to accelerate that progress.

49. Toyota world's top selling car maker for 2nd year -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota remained the top-selling automaker for a second year in a row, beating U.S. rival General Motors by some 270,000 vehicles in 2013, and set an ambitious target to sell more than 10 million vehicles this year.

50. GM predicts modest pretax profit gain this year -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. said Wednesday it expects a modest gain in pretax profits this year as global sales growth slows.

The No. 1 U.S. automaker joined others in forecasting slower growth in the red-hot U.S. market. Still, GM and industry analysts expect sales to reach or exceed 16 million for the first time since 2007.

51. GM global sales hit 9.7M last year, beats VW -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors sold 9.71 million cars and trucks last year, probably not enough to beat out Toyota for the global sales crown, but about 200,000 better than Volkswagen.

Toyota, the sales champion in 2012, will report its sales next week. It only needs to show a little growth to beat GM again.

52. Fisker bankruptcy bidding heats up quickly -

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Hybrid Technology, led by Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li, has offered $55 million in an auction of Fisker Automotive's assets, just days after a bankruptcy judge in Delaware rejected Hybrid's plan to take over the failed electric-vehicle manufacturer in a private sale.

53. Corvette, Silverado take top auto show awards -

DETROIT (AP) — The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, built in Bowling Green, Ky., has been named North American Car of the Year at the North American International Auto Show. The truck of the year is the Chevrolet Silverado.

54. China's auto sales rise 15.7 percent in 2013 -

BEIJING (AP) — China's auto sales rose 15.7 percent last year to 17.9 million vehicles, boosted by strong demand in December, an industry group reported Thursday.

Sales growth in China, the biggest auto market by number of vehicles sold, has slowed but still outstrips Western markets. Automakers including General Motors and Toyota reported record China sales in 2013 and BMW said this country became its biggest market.

55. Corvette will let owners record, share drives -

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette will have a new system that lets owners record their drives and share the video with friends.

The system uses a windshield-mounted camera, a microphone and a recorder to track data. Drivers can edit the videos to include their speed, location, lap times and other stats.

56. GM to outfit Chevy vehicles with 4G from AT&T -

LAS VEGAS (AP) — GM says it will start outfitting most Chevrolet vehicles with 4G cellular capabilities in partnership with AT&T. The technology will let drivers make phone calls and allow passengers to surf the Web without burning through the voice and data limits on their phone plans.

57. 2013 auto sales best in 6 years; Nissan up 9.4 pct. -

DETROIT (AP) — December U.S. auto sales slowed a bit from the brisk pace earlier this year, but automakers still were on target to finish 2013 with the best numbers in six years.

For the year, Nissan had its "best sales year in history," according to Fred Diaz, senior vice president, sales & marketing, parts & service, U.S.A., with sales increasing 9.4 percent compared to 2012 with 1,248,420 cars sold. 

58. An early gain fades on Wall Street; GM slumps -

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is continuing to have a sluggish start to the New Year.

Major indexes are finishing mixed on Wall Street on Friday, the second day of trading in 2014.

59. Stocks end flat on Wall Street in quiet trading -

NEW YORK (AP) — An early gain faded by the close of trading on Wall Street as the market flattened out after six days of increases.

Trading was quiet with many investors out on vacation.

60. Mary Barra, a child of GM, prepares to lead it -

DETROIT (AP) — When Mary Barra was born in 1961, General Motors was selling half the cars on U.S. roads.

In her booming middle-class suburb north of Detroit, the woman who will soon become GM's CEO remembers pining as a 10-year-old for her cousin's red Camaro convertible and tinkering in the garage with her father, a die maker who spent four decades at GM.

61. Auto parts supplier Aisin expanding in East Tennessee -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Parts supplier Aisin Automotive Casting Tennessee Inc. is planning a $54 million expansion in Anderson County and will add 81 jobs over the next two years.

62. GM to invest $1.3B in 5 factories -

DETROIT (AP) — Five General Motors factories in three states will soon share in a $1.3 billion investment so they can make higher-quality pickup trucks and new fuel-efficient engines and transmissions.

63. Outgoing GM CEO: Taxpayers gained on bailout -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Retiring General Motors CEO Dan Akerson says the government bailout of his company was a net gain for taxpayers — even though they lost $10.5 billion in the deal.

Akerson says if GM had gone under, taxpayers would have had to pick up a pension obligation with a $26 billion shortfall, and the government would have lost billions in tax revenue and would have had to make payments such as unemployment compensation.

64. GM gets about $343 million for PSA stake -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. got about $343 million for its 7 percent stake in French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen.

65. US cars and trucks hit record gas mileage in 2012 -

DETROIT (AP) — New cars and trucks sold in the U.S. last year got an average of 23.6 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving, a record that came mainly through improvements to engines and transmissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

66. US cars and trucks hit record gas mileage in 2012 -

DETROIT (AP) — New cars and trucks sold in the U.S. last year got an average of 23.6 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving, a record that came mainly through improvements to engines and transmissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

67. GM to stop making cars in Australia by 2017 -

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — General Motors Co. said Wednesday it will stop making cars and engines in Australia by the end of 2017, with nearly 2,900 jobs to be lost, because of high production costs and competition.

68. GM CEO known for approachability, effectiveness -

DETROIT (AP) — Kettering University President Robert McMahan was traveling in China a few months ago when he bumped into one of the university's board members at an airport in Shanghai.

69. Pay gains for young women; inequality still seen -

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 75 percent of young women believe the U.S. needs to do more to bring about equality in the workplace, a new study finds, despite a narrowing pay gap and steady employment gains for women at higher levels of business and government.

70. GM names Mary Barra CEO, 1st woman to head car company -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors picked Mary Barra, its product development chief and a 33-year company veteran, as its next CEO. Barra will become the first female head of a major U.S. car company.

71. Government sells remaining stake in GM -

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government ended up losing $10.5 billion on its bailout of General Motors, but still says the alternative would have been much worse.

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced Tuesday that the government sold its remaining shares in the Detroit automaker.

72. Nissan looks to no-frills China brand for revival -

HUADU, China (AP) — His Chinese sedan was a disappointment. So when truck driver Xie Yanzhen needed to replace it, he turned to Venucia, a 2-year-old no-frills brand launched by Nissan and a Chinese partner.

73. GM to largely pull Chevrolet from Europe -

BERLIN (AP) — General Motors Co. says it plans to largely withdraw its Chevrolet brand from Europe from the beginning of 2016, focusing more sharply on its main Opel and Vauxhall brands.

74. In Japan, General Motors has high hopes, low sales -

TOKYO (AP) — General Motors says it's in Japan for the long haul despite sales of Cadillac and Chevrolet models barely surpassing 1,000 vehicles a year.

There has never been much appetite in Japan for left-hand drive gas guzzling U.S. autos, and there are many informal barriers to foreign automakers making it here.

75. Stocks sink as US consumer spending worries deepen -

NEW YORK (AP) — After eight weeks of gains, maybe the stock market pullback long anticipated by investors has arrived.

Stocks fell Tuesday, dragged lower by the Detroit automakers and consumer-focused companies such as GameStop and Amazon.com. The market could be headed for its first weekly decline since early October, putting at risk a remarkable rally that has sent indexes to record highs.

76. Holiday weekend gives a boost to Nissan, other automakers -

DETROIT (AP) — The holiday weekend was good to U.S. automakers, as sales reports indicate the auto industry is on track to beat strong numbers from a year ago.

Chrysler's U.S. sales rose a surprising 16 percent in November, while General Motors posted a 14 percent gain. Nissan sales rose 11 percent, while Toyota was up 10 percent. Ford notched a 7 percent gain and Hyundai sales rose just under 5 percent. Of major automakers, only Volkswagen and Honda reported sales drops. VW was off 16 percent, while Honda sales were down less than 1 percent.

77. Saab is back: First cars produced under new owners -

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Two and a half years after Saab shut down production due to financial trouble, the Swedish car rolled a new sedan off its assembly lines in Trollhattan, in south-west Sweden, on Monday.

78. Government expects to finish GM stock sale by year end -

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government expects to sell the last of its stake in General Motors by the end of the year, bringing an end to a sad chapter in the 105-year-old auto giant's history.

The Treasury Department, in a statement issued Thursday, said it still owns 31.1 million shares of the auto giant, less than 2 percent. It plans to sell them by Dec. 31, as long as the price holds up.

79. Government expects to finish GM stock sale by year end -

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government expects to sell the last of its stake in General Motors by the end of the year, bringing an end to a sad chapter in the 105-year-old company's history.

The Treasury Department, in a statement issued Thursday, said it still owns 31.1 million shares of the auto giant, less than 2 percent. It plans to sell the shares by Dec. 31, as long as the price holds up.

80. Better job market news sends US stocks higher -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose on Wall Street Thursday after the number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits fell to the lowest since September.

First-time applications for benefits dropped by 21,000 last week, the Labor Department reported, the latest sign that the U.S. job market is recovering. The number of applications, which is a proxy for how many workers are being laid off, is now near where it was before the Great Recession.

81. US safety agency opens probe into Tesla fires -

DETROIT (AP) - The U.S. government's auto safety watchdog is investigating whether Tesla's Model S electric car is vulnerable to fires because roadway debris can pierce the car's underbody and battery.

82. GM stock rises as government sells off more shares -

DETROIT (AP) — Shares of General Motors rose to their highest level in almost three years Wednesday after analysts applauded news that the company could be free of U.S. government ownership by the end of the year.

83. University of Michigan sets goal of driverless car network by 2021 -

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan has announced a collaboration with government and business to make its hometown of Ann Arbor the first American city with a shared fleet of networked, driverless vehicles by 2021.

84. Third fire in Tesla Model S reported -

DETROIT (AP) — A Tesla Model S electric car caught fire this week after hitting road debris on a Tennessee freeway, the third fire in a Model S in the past five weeks.

The blaze on Wednesday afternoon near Smyrna, Tenn., engulfed the front of the car. A spokeswoman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol says the Model S ran over a tow hitch, which hit the undercarriage of the car, causing an electrical fire.

85. Toyota profit jumps 70 percent despite sales slip -

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's quarterly profit soared 70 percent, and the world's top-selling automaker raised its earnings forecast, as cost cuts and the weaker Japanese yen compensated for slightly weaker vehicle sales.

86. Nissan cuts profit outlook, revamps management -

DETROIT (AP) — The government shutdown dampened — but didn't stall — Americans' demand for new cars and trucks.

The 16-day shutdown slowed U.S. auto sales in the first two weeks of October, but they picked up speed in the last two weeks. Sales rose 11 percent to 1.2 million.

87. Chrysler, Ford, GM, Nissan post big Oct. gains -

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan and Toyota all posted October sales increases as the U.S. auto industry rebounded from a lackluster September.

The gains signal that automakers made it through the 16-day partial government shutdown relatively unscathed. Chrysler even predicted stronger industry sales for the month than most analysts.

88. GM hints at dividend, stock buyback on 3Q profit -

DETROIT (AP) — Another solid quarterly performance at General Motors brought the strongest talk yet of the automaker paying a dividend for the first time in five years, or perhaps buying back stock.

89. GM 3Q earnings fall, but beat Street forecasts -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' third-quarter net income fell 53 percent compared with a year ago, as one-time expenses masked a strong performance in North America and a narrowed loss in Europe.

90. Government investigating Jeep Liberty fire reports -

DETROIT (AP) — The federal government is investigating Jeep Liberty SUVs after two reports of fires in the driver's side doors.

Libertys from the 2012 model year were involved in the incidents reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

91. 8 states join forces to promote clean cars -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Eight states, including California and New York, pledged Thursday to work together to dramatically multiply the number of zero-emission cars on the nation's roads by speeding the construction of charging stations and other infrastructure.

92. Ford increases full-year guidance after strong 3Q -

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford is raising its full-year profit guidance after a strong third quarter that saw improving sales worldwide, including in past trouble spots like Europe and South America.

Ford earned $1.3 billion, or 31 cents per share, down 14 percent from a year ago. The decline was due to special items, including a $250 million charge for restructuring in Europe. Without those, Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co. reported a pretax profit of $2.6 billion, or 45 cents per share. That was a record for the third quarter.

93. CEO: Toyota's slice of US market is about right -

NEW YORK (AP) — After five up and down years, Jim Lentz thinks Toyota is right where it's supposed to be.

Five years ago, the company unseated General Motors as the world's biggest automaker and its cars dominated much of the U.S. market with a reputation for bulletproof reliability.

94. GM boosts prices as pickup battle rages -

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is taking a seemingly odd approach to falling sales of pickup trucks: It's raising prices.

The company says the price of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado will go up almost $2,100 over the introductory price in the spring. GM is also raising prices on the GMC Sierra and other trucks.

95. Tire-maker Hankook to build $800M plant in Tennessee -

CLARKSVILLE (AP) — South Korean tire-maker Hankook announced Monday that it will build its first North American plant in Tennessee, creating 1,800 jobs.

Hankook, the world's seventh-largest tire maker, said it will build the $800 million facility in Clarksville. Construction on the 1.5 million-square-foot facility is scheduled to begin by the end of next year, and it will begin making high-end performance tires by early 2016.

96. Nissan sales increase by 83% in China -

BEIJING (AP) — China's auto sales grew at their fastest rate in eight months in September as Nissan and other Japanese brands rebounded from a slump sparked by political tensions with Tokyo.

Nissan Motor Co.'s monthly sales soared 83.4 percent to 117,100 vehicles, accelerating from 2 percent growth for the first nine months of the year. Toyota Motor Corp. said sales jumped 63.5 percent over the same month last year after declining by 0.5 percent in January-September.

97. Obama hits GOP 'ideological crusade' in shutdown -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress hung "Closed" signs on a big swath of the government Tuesday and sent home 800,000 workers in what President Barack Obama labeled an "ideological crusade" by GOP lawmakers determined to gut his health care law. On Capitol Hill, House Republicans answered with a bid to restart a few favored slices of government, including national parks, while still demanding concessions on health care.

98. Calendar stalls September auto sales; Nissan down 6 pct. -

DETROIT (AP) — Sales fell at General Motors, Toyota and Volkswagen in September, an odd month that appears likely to snap a 27-month streak of gains for the U.S. auto industry.

Nissan also reported a sales drop, off nearly 6 percent from a year earlier. The Nissan Division's sales were off 6 percent, while the Infiniti luxury brand posted a 4 percent decline.

99. Japan car parts makers in price-fixing plea -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nine Japanese auto parts manufacturers and two of their executives will plead guilty and pay $740 million in criminal fines for conspiring to fix the prices of more than 30 products sold to many of the world's largest automakers operating in the U.S., the Justice Department announced Thursday.

100. Government sells more GM shares, cuts stake to 7 pct. -

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government is starting another phase of selling off its General Motors stock after cutting its stake in the automaker to just over 7 percent.

The Treasury Department says it still owns 101.3 million GM shares. It got 912 million shares, a 60.8 percent stake in the company, in exchange for a $49.5 billion bailout of GM in 2009. So far taxpayers have recovered about $35.4 billion. That means they're still around $14.1 billion in the hole.