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  • Coal mining simulator coming to Southern Illinois Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 10:52 AM ET

    The simulator that Southeastern Illinois College and Illinois Eastern Community College plan to build will have features such as an imitation-smoke system and a control center where coordinators can monitor how the miners cope with disaster-like conditions, the Southern Illinoisan reported. The schools will build the facility on SIC's Harrisburg...

  • WATFORD CITY, N.D.— Police chief Art Walgren knew how much the oil boom had changed this once-sleepy town when he spotted something that would have been unheard of not long ago: license plates from Sinaloa, Mexico, home to one of the world's most violent drug cartels. Before, there was little chance police would see cars here from nearly 2,000 miles away.

  • Proposed Illinois legislation would ban powdered alcohol Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 | 10:30 AM ET

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill.— A proposed Illinois law would ban the sale of powdered alcohol before it hits store shelves. Ira Silverstein, a Chicago Democrat sponsoring the measure, said he doesn't want the product to reach stores. His plan amends the state's Liquor Control Act of 1934, according to the Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises Newspapers.

  • LAS VEGAS— Adult film production migrated from California to Nevada after voters in Los Angeles County approved a law requiring condom use on set. Nevada health officials said Friday that they're considering strict brothel-style regulations for a booming adult film industry following the announcement last month that two male performers tested positive...

  • American Airlines sued by mechanics union organizers Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 7:53 PM ET

    Jan 23- Union organizers sued American Airlines on Thursday, alleging that maintenance directors pressured workers to skimp on federal safety procedures and threatened discipline if they reported too many maintenance flaws. They demanded punitive damages, an injunction to restrain airline managers from making further threats, as well as a trial by jury,...

  • US regulators close small Chicago bank Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 7:31 PM ET

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said Friday that it has taken over Highland Community Bank, which operated two branches. United Fidelity Bank, based in Evansville, Indiana, agreed to assume all of Highland Community Bank's deposits and to buy essentially of the failed bank's assets. The failure of Highland Community Bank is expected to cost the federal...

  • DALLAS— A union group is suing American Airlines, claiming supervisors are pressuring mechanics to release planes before they are safe to fly. American Airlines denies the allegations, saying that it complies with federal safety rules. Airline spokesman Casey Norton said American works with the FAA "so that American's maintenance programs, practices,...

  • Atlantic City vs Detroit: Who is better off? Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 5:22 PM ET

    Jan 23- "At least we're not Detroit," Atlantic City's Mayor joked just last week during his state of the city address. Yet by some measures, Atlantic City is in worse shape than Detroit, with which it shares such traits as a high poverty rate. While the Motor City's Big Three automakers emerged from crisis by the time Detroit was being restructured, Atlantic City's...

  • UPS and Starbucks are big market movers Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 4:49 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. United Parcel Service Inc., down $11.32 to $102.93. The chemical company's quarterly earnings adjusted for one-time items topped Wall Street forecasts but its revenue fell short of expectations.

  • Amazon to start collecting sales tax in Illinois Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 4:05 PM ET

    CHICAGO— Amazon will start collecting sales tax from Illinois consumers next month to comply with a new state law, the company said. Illinois lawmakers passed the measure last year after the state Supreme Court threw out an earlier attempt at legislation. "We want to say welcome, Amazon, to Illinois," said Rob Karr of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association.

  • CHICAGO— Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan rejected a proposed agreement ending the state's contract with the private vendor that ran the Illinois Lottery because of possible legal violations and the potential of higher fees, according to a letter made public Friday. Pat Quinn directed the Lottery last year to end its dealings with Northstar Lottery...

  • HARTFORD, Conn.— Connecticut's population decreased slightly from July 2013 to July 2014 as about 26,000 more people moved out of state than moved in, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates. The overall population drop of 2,664 people during that period, which includes births, deaths and international migration, was the first time Connecticut's population...

  • Caesars bankruptcy venue decision near Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 3:30 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS— Delaware or Chicago: Troubled casino giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. should find out early next week where a subsidiary's Chapter 11 bankruptcy case will be decided. Caesars prefers Chicago, where its Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. filed for bankruptcy protection filed Jan. 15. Based only on previous cases, that may be easier to do in Chicago...

  • Anheuser-Busch is buying Seattle's Elysian Brewing Co., further expanding its collection of craft brewers as it tries to offset sagging sales of its flagship beers. That follows the purchase of Blue Point Brewing Co. on Long Island, New York, earlier in the year. It bought Goose Island Beer Co. in Chicago in 2011. InBev also has a one-third share in a Northwest...

  • CHICAGO, Jan 23- Deere& Co, the world's largest maker of farm equipment, will lay off more than 900 employees at plants in Iowa and Illinois in the latest round of job cuts spurred by a decline in grain prices that is hurting demand for agricultural machinery. Iowa will be hit hardest by the reductions, with about 565 workers in Waterloo and 300 others in Ankeny slated...

  • Grain mixed, livestock lower Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 10:58 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery was unchanged at $5.3375 a bushel; Mar corn was 2.50 cents higher at $3.8625 a bushel; Mar oats were unchanged at $2.91 a bushel; while Mar soybeans lost 4 cents to $9.7275 a bushel. Apr live cattle was 2.80 cents lower at $1.4900 a pound; Mar feeder cattle was...

  • Deere will lay off about 910 workers indefinitely from factories mostly in Iowa and sideline another 500 employees in Illinois until late summer, as the agricultural equipment maker continues its adjustment to demand for its products. The Moline, Illinois, company also said Friday that it is adding 220 jobs at construction and forestry factories in Iowa.

  • *Uber applies for radio taxi license in New Delhi. NEW DELHI, Jan 23- Uber, the U.S.-based online taxi-hailing company, has restarted services in India's capital after a ban following rape allegations against one of its drivers, but a government official said the company remains blacklisted. Uber's app showed taxis available for booking in New Delhi on Friday.

  • NEW YORK— McDonald's isn't lovin' it, and it's going to do something about it. The world's largest hamburger chain reported falling earnings and sales for its fourth quarter on Friday and says it is going to take action this year to save money and bring customers back. But the fast-food giant said its problems won't be fixed overnight: It expects sales to remain weak...

  • *Application follows tie-up in Korea, CEO job-creation promise. NEW DELHI, Jan 23- U.S. taxi-hailing app maker Uber Technologies Inc has restarted services in India's capital after a ban following rape allegations against one of its drivers, but a government official said the company remains blacklisted. The service restoration comes as Uber works to counter...