General Motors Corp. further shortens the life of a doomed truck plant in Canada, while adding several weeks of downtime to the January production schedules of three U.S. plants and one in Canada. The actions come as GM scrambles to conserve cash while also setting the stage for the next round of Washington hearings next month when lawmakers expect to be briefed on the auto maker’s recovery strategy. Detroit-based GM will be joined by its crosstown competitors, Chrysler LLC and Ford ...

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