US consumer confidence rises in December

...gasoline nationwide costs $2.27, down from $2.78 a month ago.Another measure of consumer confidence - the University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index - jumped this month to 93.6 from 88 in November. Michigan's December reading...

Panthers' Cam Newton to start vs. Browns

...practice most of the week. 49ERS: Coach Jim Harbaugh's family and friends have been encouraging him to take the University of Michigan head-coaching job, but he is torn because his heart is in the NFL, according to ESPN.com.Harbaugh first...

Jim Harbaugh vows to stay the course with 49ers

...pride you have in being an NFL football professional."Harbaugh wouldn't discuss an NFL Network report that the University of Michigan, his alma mater, had reached out to him about its head coach vacancy."As I've said, as a principle I...

Lackluster consumer, business spending may slow US growth in final months of 2014

WASHINGTON - U.S. consumers and businesses spent cautiously last month, a sign that strong growth during the spring and summer might decelerate in the final three months of the year.

National average gas price below $3 for first time in 4 years

NEW YORK - The sight is so surprising that Amer­icans are sharing photos of it, along with all those cute Halloween costumes, sweeping vistas and special meals: The gas station sign, with a price of $2-something a gallon.

Michigan fires football coach Brady Hoke

...his players and said he would miss them."I feel very fortunate to have been an assistant and head coach at the University of Michigan," Hoke said. "I will always support the university and this football program."Hired after the tumultuous...

What the government isn't telling Americans about Ebola outbreak

...special focus on environmental medicine and epidemiology. I have been in medicine since 1957 when I first entered the University of Michigan Medical School. I have served in multiple medical positions during my 25-year career in the Army and in civilian...

Some wary parents opt for a baby blackout on Internet

NEW YORK - Behold the cascade of baby photos, the flood of funny kid anecdotes and the steady stream of school milestones on Facebook. It all makes Sonia Rao, a stay-at-home mother, "a little uncomfortable.

US retail sales rise in August on auto sales

WASHINGTON - Auto buying drove U.S. retail sales higher in August, a possible sign that job growth in recent months has led to accelerated consumer spending.

GM to offer car that will almost drive itself

DETROIT - Cars that can talk to each other and almost drive themselves at freeway speeds are just two years away from the showroom.