Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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DETROIT (AP) - U.S. safety regulators are adding two models to an investigation of Ford Motor Co. door latches that may not close properly.
NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's says it plans to require chicken suppliers to stop using antibiotics important to human medicine within two years.
The Street: When we took a look at the spike in automotive leases a week ago, the role of technology in that sudden surge caught us off guard. Advances in GPS navigation, touchscreen consoles, mobile app integration and emergency communication and information systems have helped bring leases to pre-recession levels and change the way U.S. car buyers approach new vehicles.
Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc, a retailer of hardwood flooring in North America, sold flooring with higher levels of formaldehyde than permitted under California's health and safety standards, according to television news program "60 Minutes".
GOBankingRates: It’s not just distant foreigners who are coming up with strange tax laws — we Americans are just as creative. The following is a list of the weirdest taxes states have charged in the past or currently levy:
GOBankingRates: Sure, you can spend a lot to eat healthy, but you can also spend a ton of money on a very unhealthy diet.
A California dog owner whose English bulldog died in January has filed a lawsuit against Nestle Purina PetCare Co, alleging his dog and thousands of others have been sickened by pet food that contains harmful toxins.
The Street: The catch? It's a big one: Data must travel not over cellular networks, but through Wi-Fi hotspots that have to be in the carrier's network, which in FreedomPop's case is said to include outlets such as McDonald's and Best Buy
Despite consumer confidence being back to prerecession highs, January retail sales excluding gas and autos, also known as "core" sales, rose a paltry 0.2% Consumers may not trust that newfound disposable income and are only slowly wading back into shopping by purchasing lower-priced items they want to consume today.
Hershey said it would start using simpler ingredients in its chocolate bars and kisses brands, the latest chocolate maker yielding to U.S. consumers' concerns about the quality and sourcing of food.
The Street: In 2009, cider was a $35 million market in the U.S. that wasn't spreading past core markets in the Northeast, Northwest and Great Lakes. Last year, it exploded into a $366 million industry, according to market research firm IRI.
Jim Donovan takes a look at how much your auto insurance rates will go up after filing a claim and why.
A witness testifying Wednesday for defense lawyer Nancy Raynor - hit with nearly $1 million in court-imposed sanctions Oct. 31 because one of her experts offered banned testimony in a medical-malpractice trial - said Raynor had taken steps to ensure that the information was not heard by the jury.
CAMDEN - U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Gloria Burns declined Wednesday to approve - at least for a week - the third attempt to sell Revel, the bankrupt, closed...
Philly-based CID Entertainment works with touring artists and festivals to enhance the fan experience.
Gov. Wolf named six new members to the governing board of the bistate Delaware River Port Authority on Wednesday. The agency, which operates the PATCO commuter rail line and four toll bridges between Philadelphia and South Jersey, is now run by 16 Democratic appointees or officeholders.
Opponents of the proposed 110-mile PennEast Pipeline on Wednesday criticized Drexel University's participation in a study that estimates the project will support 12,000 jobs and have a $1.6 billion economic impact through a construction phase ending in 2017.
MADRID (AP) - The European Commission's leader says he does not believe Spain and Portugal have a "diabolical" plot to oust Greece's new far left government as they pressure Greece to comply with bailout terms they both had to endure.
Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale impact fee has channeled millions of dollars to areas affected by drilling, money local officials fear might be lost if Gov. Wolf's proposed severance tax on natural-gas production is adopted in Harrisburg.
New Jersey lawmakers plan a hearing and a lawsuit over a settlement that the Christie administration has reportedly reached with ExxonMobil Corp. in a years-long legal battle over the company's discharge of hazardous materials onto 1,500 acres of state land.
The U.S. House on Wednesday approved and sent to the Senate a passenger rail bill that would allow Amtrak to use profits generated by Northeast Corridor service for improvements to the Washington-to-Boston corridor.
Ask Delaware County Army vet Lyn Linker about her near-daily battle with robocallers, and she cheerfully describes the guerrilla-theater tactics she uses to fight back.
Upper Darby’s Steve Brown, dubbed “RemissionMan” is many things – a triathlete, coach, writer, speaker, cancer survivor. He has run in marathons, ultra marathons and IRONMAN events, but what is probably most compelling about his story is how he has turned his cancer diagnosis into a mission to help other cancer patients.