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  • Father Jerry Smith and General Motors Foundation President Vivian Pickard pose for a photo at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit, on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. The GM Foundation is donating $1 million among three Detroit nonprofits in honor of retired GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson and his wife Karin, who were major benefactors to nonprofit organizations during their time in Detroit. The foundation on Monday is making stops at the three charities: Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Habitat for Humanity Detroit and the Coalition On Temporary Shelter, presenting them each with checks. Capuchin Soup Kitchen received $500,000 to help feed more in need, while Habitat is receiving $400,000 to aid its effort to renovate and build new homes in the city. The shelter will get $100,000 to provide services to the homeless and help them become self sufficient. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates)

    GM Foundation gives grants to 3 Detroit charities

    The General Motors Foundation awarded a total of $1 million in grants to three Detroit charities on Monday in honor of the automaker's former chief executive.

  • General Motors CEO Mary Barra addresses the media during a roundtable meeting with journalists in Detroit, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Barra to stay the course at GM, but accelerate

    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.

  • In this Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, file photo shows, incoming General Motors CEO Mary Barra is seen at the awards ceremony for the North Americans Car and Truck of the Year award at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. General Motors Co. says new CEO Mary Barra will get a base salary of $1.6 million per year as she takes over the global automaker. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    GM to pay new CEO Barra $1.6M in base salary

    General Motors Co. says new CEO Mary Barra will get a base salary of $1.6 million per year as she takes over the global automaker.

  • Incoming General Motors CEO Mary Barra introduces the 2015 GMC Canyon at media previews for the North American International Auto Show, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    New GM CEO hopes to inspire science students

    The incoming CEO of General Motors hopes her appointment as the first woman to lead a global automaker will inspire young women and men to pursue careers in science.

  • ** FILE ** Mary Barra, senior vice president of global product development at General Motors, speaks at the debut of the 2013 Buick Encore at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    GM names Mary Barra CEO; 1st woman to head car company

    General Motors' board has named product development chief Mary Barra as the company's next CEO, a person briefed on the matter says.

  • GM's Barra to be first woman to run top American carmaker

    Longtime General Motors executive Mary Barra, currently the company's global product development chief, will be the next CEO of the Detroit-based automaker, succeeding Dan Akerson, who announced Tuesday he will retire next month.

  • Economy Briefs: Dimon plants to apologize to members of Congress

    JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon plans to apologize before members of Congress on Wednesday for a trading loss of more than $2 billion and to say that the bank has taken steps to make sure it does not happen again.

  • ** FILE ** In this Jan. 10, 2011, Dan Akerson, CEO of General Motors, smiles during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. General Motors said Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, it earned $510 million in the fourth quarter and $4.7 billion last year as it continued its comeback from bankruptcy. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, file)

    EDITORIAL: GM's gas-tax fraud

    Government Motors has become yet another mouthpiece for the Obama administration. General Motors Co. CEO Dan Akerson told the Detroit News Saturday that he wants a $1 per gallon hike in the gas tax. Consumers already facing nearly $4 a gallon prices at the pump aren't going to be pleased to see that figure jump overnight to $5, but the left and its crony capitalist allies don't care what the public thinks.

  • ** FILE ** Chris Liddell, then the vice chairman and CFO of General Motors, attends the New York International Auto Show in New York in March 2010. The company said on Thursday, March 10, 2011, that Mr. Liddell will step down April 1. (AP Photo/General Motors Co., Steve Fecht)

    GM chief financial officer resigns unexpectedly

    General Motors' finance chief is leaving after being passed over for chief executive officer.

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