Owners slam VW $10 billion deal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Several angry Volkswagen owners told a federal judge on Tuesday that a $10 billion settlement does not adequately compensate them for the automaker's emissions cheating scandal, part of a vocal minority who objected to the deal as hundreds of thousands of others signed up for payments.

Consumer prices rise in September on higher oil costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Higher energy costs fueled U.S. consumer prices in September, but overall inflation remained in check as it has for the past several years.

Netflix's price hikes testing its own limits

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix is testing the financial limits of its streaming video service as the rising cost of producing original programming pushes up subscription prices.

Illinois specialty crop programs receive $520,000 in grants

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Illinois Department of Agriculture is awarding more than $520,000 to projects aimed at strengthening the state's specialty crop industry, from horseradish to pumpkins and gourds.

Agriculture Director Raymond Poe says in a news release that the money comes from the federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

Iran offers 50 oil and gas fields to foreign bidders

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's national oil company said Monday that it has offered 50 oil and gas fields to international bidders, the first time it has done so since last year's landmark nuclear deal with world powers.

Popeye's opens; Japanese steakhouse on the way

DANVILLE — Danville residents will have two more dining options this fall.

Popeye’s Louisiana Chicken restaurant opened today as a Japanese steakhouse moved closer to opening next month.

Factory production rebounds in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturers boosted output modestly last month, led by greater production of construction supplies, autos and petroleum products.

Election 2016: Hostile work environment

NEW YORK — Dan Stewart walked into the room just in time to hear one of his employees say that one presidential candidate should be in jail, and a second staffer respond that another was the worst since Hitler.

"I said, 'Whoa, wait a minute,'" says Stewart, CEO of Happy Grasshopper, an email marketing company. "It wasn't angry, but I could see that it could get there."

Financial chores you should be doing differently

By Liz Weston


Think about how difficult it was to clean a house 100 years ago, or make a phone call, or travel across the country.

Tasks that were routine then — like, say, beating a rug to clean it — have all but disappeared.

Wired In: Landon Frye

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. This week, LANDON FRYE, 27, who earned a degree in agricultural economics at the University of Illinois. He's now the market manager of Granular, which started in San Francisco and opened an office in Champaign last year.