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Public employee unions, the last bastion of an American labor movement in decline, are facing the fight of their lives this year as strapped state and local governments seek to permanently downsize their pensions, pay, benefits and bargaining rights.
The U.S. auto sales recovery picked up steam last month with all major car companies reporting double-digit gains.
General Motors Co. will pay more than $189 million in profit-sharing to 48,000 U.S. hourly workers and millions more in performance bonuses to salaried employees, according to company documents obtained by the Associated Press.
Toyota recalled nearly 1.7 million cars worldwide Wednesday for fuel leaks, the latest in a ballooning number of quality problems that could add another dent to its tarnished reputation in the crucial U.S. market.
Toyota sold 8.42 million vehicles globally in 2010, narrowly remaining the world's top automaker ahead of General Motors amid recall woes in the key North American market.
The 2011 Chevrolet Volt got another marketing jolt Monday, when it was named the North American Car of the Year.
The 2011 Chevrolet Volt, which runs on electricity for 40 miles before a backup gas engine kicks in, beat out the Nissan Leaf, another electric, and Hyundai Sonata to be named the North American Car of the Year on the first day of media previews for the Detroit auto show on Monday.
Rep. Mike Rogers, Michigan Republican, will be chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in the next Congress, the House Republican leadership said.