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5,000 self-banned at casinos

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has received its 5,000th individual request to voluntarily be excluded from entering and participating in gaming activities at all casinos in the state.

Begun in 2006, the Self-Exclusion Program permits an individual to request that he or she be banned from entering and gambling at a Pennsylvania casino for one year, five years or a lifetime. The state does not release details regarding where those on the list live or in what casino they filed their form.

Honda, Acura SUVs recalled

Honda will recall 182,800 vehicles, including its Pilot sport-utility vehicles and its upscale Acura MDX SUVs and Acura RL sedans, to fix their vehicle stability-control system, which could unexpectedly trigger the brakes.

The recall includes 101,000 Pilots, 60,000 MDXs and 21,000 RLs from the 2005 model year and about 800 MDXs from the 2006 model year.

Honda said it has received complaints about malfunctions in the vehicle stability-assist system in those models, but it has not heard of any crashes or injuries caused by the problem.

It will fix the problem by having Honda and Acura dealers install a new electrical sub-harness in the vehicles.

Honda said it also would do an extra inspection of 51,000 of the Pilots to make sure that an electrical ground bolt for the VSA system is properly tightened. A loosened ground bolt might cause similar short periods of unexpected brake activation.

Honda and Acura customers will be sent letters with details about how to schedule the repair in mid-April.

Inflation stays in check

A measure of U.S. wholesale prices rose in February by the most in five months, pushed higher by more expensive gas and pharmaceuticals. But outside those increases, inflation was mild.

The producer price index grew a seasonally adjusted 0.7 percent in February from January, the Labor Department said Thursday. That’s up from 0.2 percent in the previous month. Wholesale gas prices increased 7.2 percent.

Even with the increase, wholesale prices have risen only 1.7 percent in the past 12 months. That’s below the Federal Reserve’s 2 percent inflation target. Mild inflation gives the Fed more latitude to continue with its aggressive policies to spur more economic growth.

The index measures the cost of goods before they reach consumers.

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