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Howes: Duggan right guy for city water job

Duggan Max Ortiz / The Detroit News

The brouhaha over the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department's poorly executed water shut-off plan — a program whose time is way past due given $90 million in delinquencies, a legacy of scofflaws and efforts to craft a regional water authority with the suburbs — threatened to derail the largest... More

Surge in global air traffic carries risk

Last year, 3.1 billion passengers flew, twice the total in 1999. Yet, the chances of dying in a plane crash were lower due to safety improvements. AP

Each day, 8.3 million people around the globe — roughly the population of New York City — step aboard an airplane. They almost always land safely. Some flights, however, are safer than others. More

Study: 35 percent in U.S. facing debt collectors

— More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute. More

A more vigorous U.S. economy appears to be emerging

In this July 29, 2014, photo, jeweler Murray Cadenhead works on repairing a piece of jewelry at Perry's Fine Jewelers on Independence Boulevard in Wilmington, N.C. The government issues its first of three estimates of how fast the U.S. economy grew in the April-June quarter on July 30, 2014. Mike Spencer / AP

Washington — The U.S. economy has rebounded with vigor from a grim start to 2014 and should show renewed strength into next year. More

Revised data: U.S. grew faster in 2nd half of 2013

Washington — Fueled by healthier consumer spending, the U.S. economy grew in the second half of last year at the strongest pace in a decade and more than previously estimated, new government data show. More

Survey: U.S. companies add 218K jobs in July

Washington — A private survey shows that businesses hired at a healthy pace in July, though the job gains slowed from the previous month. More

Beaumont turns to 'kindness curriculum' as schools target doctor shortage

Dr. Julie Loeb of Royal Oak checks Braxton Purtrus, 5 weeks old, with his mother, Anna Bailey of Rochester Hills, and medical student Ade Nuga of Ypsilanti, center. Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine stresses kindness in its training for doctors. Todd McInturf / The Detroit News

Fifteen seconds can separate a good doctor from an excellent one. That's one of the lessons students glean at the 3-year-old Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in their first week. More

US companies increasingly fish for growth overseas

Facebook has 1.1 billion users in foreign markets, 200 million in the U.S. and Canada. Kin Cheung / AP

Major U.S. companies are starting to reap their most rapid growth in fertile lands of opportunity far from home. More

McDonald's: Regulator says it's a 'joint employer'

Cars move through the drive-thru window at a McDonald's in Springfield, Ill. Seth Perlman / AP

New York — McDonald's says it has been notified by a labor regulator that it can be named a 'joint employer' for workers in its franchisee-owned restaurants. More

Study: 35 percent in U.S. facing debt collectors

More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released July 29, 2014, by the Urban Institute. Richard Drew / AP

Washington — More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute. More

US consumer confidence jumps to 90.9 in July

In this June 4, 2014 photo, Carry Johnson, left, shows dresses to her daughters Zoey, 3, center, and Payton while they shop at a Costco in Plano, Texas. The private Conference Board reports on consumer confidence for July on July 29, 2014. LM Otero / AP

Washington — U.S. consumers are more confident about the economy than they have been in nearly seven years. More

Red Lobster tries acting like a fancier restaurant

This combination made from photos provided by Red Lobster shows its Wood Grilled Tilapia, on rectangular plates, with the fish, rice and vegetables spread out separately, top; and the same dish on a circular plate on which slabs of fish are piled over the rice, an architectural presentation that is common at higher-end restaurants. The new plating style marks the latest attempt by the struggling seafood to right its course as it embarks on a new era. AP

New York — Red Lobster wants to be seen as a purveyor of quality seafood, so it's getting rid of some of its promotional discounts and stacking the food higher on plates, as is the style at fancier restaurants. More

A rental car grace period? Better say your prayers

The nuns at old St. Mary's taught me that there were two kinds of grace: sanctifying and actual. But I don't think Sister Theresa traveled much, or she would have known there's a third kind of grace: rental car. More

Cash hoarding reflects consumer unease with the economy

 Photo illustration by Diana McNary / The Detroit N

With wounds from the Great Recession still fresh, chastened Americans are hoarding more cash in their checking accounts than at any time in the last 25 years. More

Zillow to acquire Trulia for $3.5B

Zillow Inc. agreed to purchase Trulia Inc. for $3.5 billion in an all-stock deal designed to make the combined entity the largest in online real estate advertising. More

Dollar Tree steps up fight, buys Family Dollar

Dollar Tree is buying rival discount store Family Dollar in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $8.5 billion, the companies announced July 28, 2014. Ross Taylor / AP

The fight for penny pinchers is intensifying. Dollar Tree said Monday it is buying rival discounter Family Dollar for $8.5 billion, significantly broadening its reach as it looks to fend off Wal-Mart, which has been stepping up its courtship of lower-income customers More

Meat supplier: China unit fell short of safety standards

In this July 20, 2014, photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, workers gather while they have nothing to do at the workshop of Shanghai Husi Food Co., a meat supplier for McDonald and KFC, in Shanghai, China. A suspect meat scandal in China engulfed Starbucks and Burger King on July 22 and spread to Japan where McDonald's said the Chinese supplier accused of selling expired beef and chicken had provided 20 percent of the meat for its chicken nuggets. Pei Xin / AP

Beijing — A U.S. meat supplier said Monday a Chinese subsidiary embroiled in a safety scandal fell short of its requirements for maintaining high standards. More

Survey: U.S. gas prices fall 9 cents to $3.58

Photo of Shell gas station in St. Clair Shores on Monday. Gasoline prices in Michigan dropped about 14 cents in the last week alone, the fourth straight week they've fallen. David Coates / The Detroit News

U.S. refineries are flexing their muscles and helping lower gasoline prices in the middle of the peak driving season. More

Contracts to buy US homes slip in June

Washington — Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in June, as the real estate market appears to have cooled off this summer. More

Most voters say stock market is rigged, poll finds

About 64 percent of the respondents -- and 62 percent of those who own stocks -- said they agreed with the statement: 'The stock market is rigged for insiders and people who know how to manipulate the system.' Eric Thayer / Getty Images

Nearly two-thirds of voters say the stock market is rigged against them, and a majority say Wall Street and big banks hurt average Americans, according to recent poll results released by a pro-regulation group. More

Verizon rewards program includes tracking

Verizon Wireless is launching a nationwide loyalty program for its 100-million-plus subscribers. More

Don't overspend on exchanging currency

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Headed overseas for summer vacation? It's easy to get hit with extra fees and expensive exchange rates when switching currencies. More

Questions surround the value of lower unemployment rate

As the unemployment rate has been shrinking to June's 6.1 percent rate, some analysts have been wringing their hands about the potential negative implications for stocks and the economy. More

Securing financial freedom paves way to retiring happy

In 2012, there were 43.1 million Americans age 65 and older. By 2050, that number is expected to reach 83.7 million, according to two recent reports from the U.S. Census Bureau. More

Social Security offices will keep verifying benefits

Field offices were scheduled to stop issuing statements in October as part of Social Security's efforts to provide more services online. Frederic J. Brown / AFP/Getty Images

Bowing to pressure from Congress, the Social Security Administration has said its field offices will continue issuing statements that recipients can use to verify their benefits. More

Professionals share tips to stay on task

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A quick check of Facebook and next thing you know, a half-hour's passed. Start chatting with a co-worker and suddenly 20 minutes is gone and the report you were supposed to finish by lunch is late. More

Silly grammar mistakes that sink job applicants

Some employers won't care — or won't catch them — but mistakes in word usage can put your application in the reject pile. More

Husband's loan to subordinate crossed workplace boundary

Q: Two weeks ago, my husband 'Barry' unexpectedly came home from work with a large flat-screen television. He explained that one of his employees gave it to him as repayment for a loan. More

Meijer out to be more fashion forward

Mariana Keros checks the aisles at a Meijer in Southfield. She has been hired to help rework the chain's apparel and accessories departments. Charles V. Tines / The Detroit News

Most fashion-conscious shoppers don't head to Meijer stores specifically for a pair of palazzo pants, a Boho chic blouse or the necklace that makes the outfit. More

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