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Urbana hotel closed due to faulty fire alarms

URBANA — The Garden Hotel in Urbana is closed until further notice due to a faulty fire alarm system.

Urbana fire officials ordered the hotel to close on the eve of a busy football weekend in Champaign-Urbana.

EU: Luxembourg did not give special tax deal to McDonald's

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has ruled that Luxembourg did not give the U.S. fast-food giant McDonald's a special sweet tax deal and that the nontaxation of some of its profits did not amount to illegal state aid.

August housing construction up 9.2%, but permits slide

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home construction rebounded in August at the fastest pace in seven months but applications for new building permits plunged, sending mixed signals for an industry that has been struggling with rising lumber costs.

Former Bresee Tower's new owners discuss plans for hotel-casino complex

DANVILLE — With casino expansion legislation brewing in Springfield, the owners of the newly named Collins Tower are now considering working a casino into their plans to redevelop Danville's tallest building into a hotel.

McDonald's employees protest sexual harassment in workplace

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — McDonald's workers staged protests in several cities Tuesday in what organizers billed as the first multistate strike seeking to combat sexual harassment in the workplace.

Champaign cop's idea for 'safe zone' for web-sale exchanges now a reality

CHAMPAIGN — After seeing people ripped off a few times during the exchange of property from online sales, Champaign police Officer Brian Ahsell thought there had to be a better way.

Renault-Nissan to use Android system in its dashboards

LONDON (AP) — Google is teaming up with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi to add the internet giant's Android mobile operating system to the auto alliance's dashboard media systems.

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi said Tuesday that it's entering into a technology partnership with Google to embed Android-based next-generation infotainment systems into millions of cars starting in 2021.

Ferrari unveils wide-ranging new plans

MARANELLO, Italy (AP) — Ferrari is going back to its roots.

The company's new CEO Louis Camilleri unveiled Tuesday a new business plan that revives iconic models and embeds them with Formula 1 technology.

ACLU: Facebook allows gender-biased job ads

NEW YORK (AP) — The ACLU accused Facebook of discrimination, saying the company violated federal and state laws prohibiting businesses from excluding women from job ads.

Papa John's new ads: John's out, diverse franchisees are in

NEW YORK (AP) — Papa John's, which wants to distance itself from founder John Schnatter, is releasing new ads Tuesday that replace him with a diverse group of franchisees.

The commercials show several franchisees looking into the camera and introducing themselves to viewers.