Business briefs: Lantos looks into Yahoo

Tom Lantos, the House Foreign Affairs chairman and other Congressional investigators plan to look into whether Yahoo (YHOO) officials misrepresented the company’s role in the arrest of a Chinese journalist sentenced to a decade in jail. Lantos ordered the investigation after a human rights group released a document that it said raised questions about what Yahoo knew when it shared information.

Chrysler

The firm became an American company again as Cerberus Capital Management gained a controlling share from Chrysler’s German owners and started on the long road to restoring the 82-year-old automaker’s luster — and profits. DaimlerChrysler AG transferred an 80.1 percent stake in Chrysler to New York-based Cerberus in a $7.4 billion deal.

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