January 6, 2009 / 5:14 AM / 10 years ago

PRESS DIGEST - New York Times business news - Jan 6

Jan 6 (Reuters) - The following were the top stories in the New York Times business pages on Tuesday. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

* The historic collapse of the new-car market dragged on in December, raising questions of whether the auto industry will ever again have sales levels that it took for granted just a few years ago.

* Bernard Madoff tried to hide at least $1 million in assets from investigators, prosecutors told a judge.

* Gasoline prices have risen by several cents amid indicators that the national average could jump to $2 a gallon or higher this spring.

* Some 10,000 air operators would lose at least some of their exemption status if a new security plan is adopted.

* The new Congress in the United States plans to move aggressively against the tobacco industry by regulating cigarettes, raising sales taxes and ratifying an international antitobacco treaty.

* Steven Jobs, the chief executive of Apple Inc (AAPL.O), sought to put to rest persistent speculation about his health, disclosing in a public letter that a hormone problem — and not a recurrence of cancer — had contributed to his very visible weight loss over the last year.

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