Michigan’s national heritage area reauthorized

FILE - In this April 27, 1937, file photo, men work at the Ford Motor Company's River Rouge Plant in Dearborn, Mich. Federal officials have reauthorized a national heritage area dedicated to preserving and promoting the automotive and labor heritage of Michigan. The MotorCities National Heritage Area Partnership was reauthorized when Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act last week. MotorCities is affiliated with the National Park Service and is the only heritage area of its kind in Michigan. It's located throughout a region spanning more than 10,000 miles. (AP Photo/File)DETROIT (AP) — Federal officials have reauthorized a national heritage area dedicated to preserving and promoting the automotive and labor heritage of Michigan.


Two car bombs explode in central Yemen killing 25

SANAA (Reuters) – At least 25 people died when two car bombs exploded in Radaa city in Yemen’s central province of al-Bayda, local and medical sources said. The first car bomb exploded near a checkpoint manned by Shi’ite Houthi rebels while a school bus was passing, killing 15 students, sources said. The second car exploded near the house of an official in the area rumoured to support Houthis killing ten, they said. Radaa is a bastion of the Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). …

Al Shabaab car bomb kills four Somalis in U.N. convoy

Somali security officers attempt to extinguish a fire at the scene of an explosion in front of the airport in Somalia's capital MogadishuBy Feisal Omar MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Four Somalis were killed when a car bomb hit a United Nations convoy near the capital's international airport on Wednesday, showing the threat still posed by insurgents despite their recent loss of territory. Al Qaeda-aligned Somali Islamist group al Shabaab claimed responsibility. The group, which wants to topple the Western-backed Mogadishu government and impose its version of Islamic law, damaged a U.N. vehicle but did not kill any U.N. staff, a spokesman for the U.N.'s Somalia mission, Aleem Siddique, said. …


Global semiconductor outlook brightens, Microchip sees sales rebound

Renesas Electronics Corp's microcontroller chips are seen in this illustrative photograph taken in TokyoBy Eric Auchard LONDON (Reuters) – Strong demand for smartphones and automotive electronics has boosted growth for the semiconductor industry this year, as a global industry association said results for 2014 were set to have beaten forecasts with further modest growth expected. Even Microchip Technology, which sent shudders through global markets in October by warning of a coming industry downturn, now says business is proving to be better than previously expected and sales should return to quarter-on-quarter growth early next year. …


Blast in the vicinity of airport in Somali capital: witnesses

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A blast, possibly caused by a car bomb, went off near the international airport in the Somali capital on Wednesday where the United Nations and some Western embassies are based, a Reuters witness and a security official said. There was no word on casualties and no immediate claim of responsibility. The Somali Islamist group al Shabaab has often used car bombs. A security adviser, based at the airport, told Reuters by telephone there had been a suspected VBIED, or vehicle-borne improvised explosive device, without giving further details. …

Ally Financial overtakes Wells Fargo as top U.S. auto lender

Ally Financial sign is seen on a building in Charlotte, North CarolinaBy Peter Rudegeair NEW YORK (Reuters) – Ally Financial Inc became the largest U.S. retail auto lender in the third quarter, displacing Wells Fargo & Co for the first time since the start of 2013, according to a report from Experian Automotive on Monday. Much of Ally's growth came from financing used car sales, an area where the former in-house finance arm of General Motors Co has been aggressively expanding. The lender extended a record amount of used car loans in the third quarter. …


Debt Collector Owes Over $33K for Making Woman’s Life ‘Hell’

Debt Collector Owes Over $33K for Making Woman's Life 'Hell'A debt collector who uses the name “John Anderson” when making calls is now a debtor himself after a California woman sued him and the debt collection agency he worked for.Anderson, whose real name and employer ABC News’ “20/20” has agreed not to divulge, said he’s “one of the best in the world” at his job. He said he follows the law, for the most part.“ push the edges a little bit sometimes,” Anderson told “20/20.” “You’re not supposed to call after 9 o’clock at night. I might call at 9:15 . …