A potential customer walks past a row of cars for sale at the CarMax dealership in Oak Lawn, Ill. M Spencer Green/AP hide caption

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Film director Irvin Kershner (right) and actor Peter Weller talk on the set of "Robocop II." Deana Newcomb/AP hide caption

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Yelena Gaziyan has worked at TD Industrial Coverings for more than seven years and is now the work leader for sewing jeans. Courtesy of Motor City Denim hide caption

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Ford CEO Alan Mulally, pictured with the 2011 Ford Focus, is credited with turning the company around. But analysts say the automaker still faces formidable challenges ahead. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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The producers behind Gran Torino, starring Clint Eastwood (left) and Bee Vang, were lured to Michigan thanks to nearly $100 million in tax credits the state first offered in 2008. Anthony Michael Rivetti/Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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The Chevrolet Volt was named the North American Car of the Year. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Bentley Continental GT on display during the auto show. The company's 2011 models are quite popular. Stand Honda/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The number of people killed on American roads has fallen by more than 20 percent in recent years, according to a new study. But motorcycle deaths are up. That may be because older drivers are buying motorcycles. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Alfred Kahn speaks at a White House conference on state and local regulatory reform on Jan. 11, 1980. Mark Wilson/AP hide caption

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Many GM dealers, retirees and active workers aren't very enthusiastic about GM's initial public offering. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Lena Horne (photographed in the 1950s) broke barriers for African-Americans in film and television, as well as on stage. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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