The automaker needs to break its ties to the Treasury and will spend $5.5 billion to buy back shares. The government is in no rush to sell its remaining stake, however.
People are aware of the dire consequences of the fiscal cliff, including the potential for the US economy to wind up in another recession.
The New York Times says the retail giant routinely paid out bribes to win approvals for at least 19 big stores in Mexico. And the problem may extend to other international markets as well.
Cerberus Capital, a major private-equity company, is selling the unit that makes Bushmaster rifles. One of those guns is believed to have been used in last week's school shooting.
Reports warn that delaying investment in the nation's infrastructure will further hurt the economy and lead to higher future costs.
Lawmakers are having new discussions about gun control. Can the US strike a balance between the rights of gun owners and the wishes of people favoring more restrictions?
Despite some political and economic hurdles, more communities are reviving intercity rail links or making plans for new ones.
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