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Harley-Davidson 1Q earnings up 18.7 percent

Harley-Davidson’s first-quarter earnings rose 18.7 percent as motorcycle sales grew worldwide and efficiency efforts took hold. The Milwaukee company says global sales of new motorcycles grew 5.8 percent in the quarter as buyers responded to its new models.

 

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Orphans of the Storm to unveil all-new cat wing

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The stainless steel sink is all that remains — they actually threw everything else out. Orphans of the Storm, one of the Chicago area’s leading animal shelters, is nearly finished with the renovation of its cat wing.

Vernon Hills to help point out hidden businesses

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Vernon Hills wants to help businesses that are blocked by trees or neighboring companies. Trustees recently approved the purchase and installation of four, 16-foot tall signs that can hold nameplates with arrows pointing to where a business is located.

General Motors seeks more protection from suits

General Motors Co. has filed suit in a U.S. bankruptcy court asking a judge to protect the company from legal claims for actions that took place before it emerged from bankruptcy in 2009.

Earnings and corporate deals lift US stocks

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Corporate deals and some solid earnings reports propelled the stock market to its sixth straight gain Tuesday. Stocks are rebounding from a slump earlier this month when investors dumped high-flying biotechnology and Internet stocks.

Lake Forest gets two Zipcars, city’s first

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Need a car for a quick errand or the day? Two Zipcars are now available starting this week in Lake Forest — provided you’re at least 21 years old. The Mazda 3, called “Fresh,” and Jeep Compass, named “Colcord,” are located near the East Lake Forest train station in the in the southeast corner of the parking lot just north of Deerpath.

HealthReach joins with Erie Family to expand services

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Erie Family Health Center, a provider of high quality health services to underserved communities, will open two new, state-of-the-art health centers in Lake County.

UAW withdraws appeal of Volkswagen union vote

The United Auto Workers announced Monday it is withdrawing its appeal of the outcome of a union vote at Volkswagen’s assembly plant in Tennessee.

Buffalo Grove grad now brews Lagunitas in Chicago

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OVER THE BARREL: The aroma of boiled hops and malted grain paired with the humming of bottling lines Friday morning marked Lagunitas Brewing Co.’s official entrance into the Chicago craft beer scene.

Stocks log longest winning streak in six months

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The stock market logged its longest winning streak in six months Monday as another big week for company earnings began.

Documents detail another delayed GM recall

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General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims, according to government documents released Saturday.

Oscar Mayer wieners recalled over cheese

NEW YORK — Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said Sunday that Kraft’s “Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners” may instead contain the company’s “Classic Cheese …

American can’t end retiree benefits yet

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A federal judge has rejected an attempt by American Airlines to quickly cut off benefits for many of its retirees.

Mazda recalls 109,000 older SUVs for rust problem

Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tribute SUVs in cold-weather states to fix rusting frame parts. The recall covers SUVs from the 2001 through 2004 model years.

Hertz spinning off its equipment rental business

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Hertz plans to spin off its equipment rental business into a separate publicly traded company called Hertz Equipment Rental Corp. The car rental company says it will receive about $2.5 billion in net proceeds from the transaction.

Judge won’t order recalled GM cars to be parked

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A Texas federal judge has denied an emergency motion that would have forced General Motors to tell owners of more than 2 million recalled cars to stop driving them until the ignition switches are replaced.