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FAA Says it Won't Regulate Amount of Airline Legroom

Federal regulators are rejecting the idea of setting minimum standards for airline seats and legroom as a safety measure. The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday that it saw no immediate safety issue that requires new regulations. The FAA is responding…

Judge's Ruling Slows Plans For Medicaid Work Requirement

The Trump administration's drive to wean poor people from government benefits by making them work has been slowed down by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg framed a fundamental question: Are poverty programs meant to show tough…

FDA OKs First Drug Made to Reduce Excessive Sweating

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug developed specifically to reduce excessive sweating, a common condition that can cause anxiety. Dermira Inc. said Friday its Qbrexza was approved for excessive underarm sweating. The drug is inside…

Automakers, Manufacturers Oppose Trump Call for Auto Tariffs

Foreign automakers, American manufacturers and classic-car enthusiasts are coming out against President Donald Trump's plan to consider taxing imported cars, trucks and auto parts. The National Association of Manufacturers says in a filing with the U.S. Commerce Department that the…

TSA Expects Record Crowds as July 4 Holiday Period Starts

If you're traveling this weekend, leave extra time for getting through the airport security line. The TSA projected that Friday would be its busiest day ever, with agents screening more than 2.7 million people. A spokesman cautions, however, that the…

U.S. Long-Term Mortgage Rates Fall; 30-Year at 4.55 Percent

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates were flat to lower this week. The benchmark 30-year rate marked its fourth decline in the past five weeks. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages was 4.55 percent, down from…

Lexus Recalls Cars to Fix Fuel Leaks That Can Cause Fires

Toyota's Lexus luxury brand is recalling about 121,000 cars worldwide because of fuel leaks in the engine that can cause fires. The recall covers certain 2006 through 2013 IS350 cars, as well as the 2010 through 2014 IS350C, and the…

Amazon to Bring Second Distribution Center to Alabama

Amazon reportedly will build a distribution center near Birmingham that will eventually employ about 3,000 people. Jefferson County Commission President Jimmie Stephens is quoted saying agreements were signed Thursday to locate the $325 million facility west of Birmingham in Bessemer.…

H&R Block Shares Skid Again on Store-Shuttering Plan

Shares of H&R Block were down for the second day in a row following the tax preparer's announcement that it would shutter 400 offices in response to a new tax law that could simplify the average American's return. As more…

Mercedes to Recall Smart Cars Due to Engine Fire Risk

Under pressure from the U.S. government, Mercedes-Benz is recalling nearly 43,000 tiny Smart cars because the engines can catch fire. The recall covers the Smart for two cabrio and coupe cars in the U.S. from the 2008 and 2009 model…

Older Jeeps Recalled; Suspension Problem Could Cause Crash

Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 325,000 older Jeep SUVs in North America to fix a suspension problem that could limit a driver's control of the vehicles. The recall covers Liberty SUVs from the 2004 through 2007 model years. Fiat…

U.S. Budget Deficit Rose 18.4 Percent in March

The federal government recorded a budget deficit of $208.7 billion in March, an increase of more than $32 billion from a year ago as revenues slipped and expenditures climbed. The Treasury Department reports that the February deficit was 18.4 percent…

Trump Administration Weighing Drug Testing for Food Stamps

The Trump administration is considering a plan that would allow states to require mandatory drug testing for some food stamp recipients. If adopted, the plan would give a win to conservatives seeking to cut the safety net program. An administration…

Delta Air Lines Says It Was Hit By Cyberattack

Delta Air Lines says customers' payment information may have been breached in a cyberattack last fall. The airline said Wednesday the incident involved (24)7.ai, a chat-services provider used by Delta and other companies. Delta says only "a small subset" of…

Airlines Post Better On-Time Record in Latest U.S. Report

U.S. airlines started the year showing a slight improvement in keeping flights on time. The Transportation Department said Thursday that 79.6 percent of flights in January arrived within 14 minutes of schedule, compared with 76 percent in the same month…

Lawsuits Accuse Automakers of Faulty Air Bags, Recall Delays

Three class actions filed Wednesday allege that General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen and Mercedes knew of problems with exploding Takata air bag inflators yet waited years to issue recalls. The lawsuits cite company documents obtained through previous lawsuits. The plaintiffs…

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