Productivity up 3.1 percent in third quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) — The productivity of American workers rose in the July-September quarter at the fastest pace in two years while labor costs slowed after a big jump in the spring.

Trade deficit widens in October from nearly 3-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit climbed in October from its lowest monthly level in nearly three years. Imports of consumer goods such as medicine, cell phones and clothing increased, while exports of soybeans, gold and artwork tumbled—which fueled the monthly widening of the trade gap.

Factory orders up 2.7 percent in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories rose in October by the largest amount in 16 months but a key category that tracks business investment posted an anemic gain.

Clinton High rolling out red carpet for Wednesday bill signing

CLINTON — Gov. Bruce Rauner will sign the Future Energy Jobs bill — legislation that keeps the Clinton nuclear power plant open for at least 10 more years — around 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Clinton High School gymnasium.

The power plant's value provides $8.3 million in property taxes annually to the Clinton school district, or about 53 percent of its assessed valuation.

Drug prices making sex unaffordable for some

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Imagine not being able to afford one of life's great pleasures — sex.

That's true for many older couples, doctors say. Soaring prices for prescription medicines for impotence and other problems have put the remedies out of reach for some.

Services firms grow at fastest pace since October 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. services companies expanded last month at their fastest pace in more than a year, an encouraging sign for the economy.

Coca-Cola is No. 1 in Japan, no thanks to Coke

EBINA, Japan — Coca-Cola has been the No. 1 beverage maker in Japan for half a century, but it's not thanks to the popularity of Coke. Instead, the American soft-drink brand has adapted to the quirky ways this society quenches its thirst.

For the record: It pays to play at State Farm Center

All told, the University of Illinois will spend somewhere in the neighborhood of $170 million on the State Farm Center renovations — plus an estimated $760,000 for October's grand reopening.

Newsroom veteran promoted to online editor

CHAMPAIGN — Niko Dugan has been named online editor at The News-Gazette.

Dugan, a News-Gazette copy editor since 2005, has been interim online editor since Mike Howie retired in July.

As online editor, Dugan will be responsible for posting articles, photos and videos to the paper's website and many social-media outlets.

Today's Special: Caribbean Grill adding restaurant

CHAMPAIGN — The team behind a popular Champaign-Urbana food truck is opening a standard restaurant on the city's south side.

Mike Harden, executive chef and owner of Caribbean Grill food truck, is set to bring its Jamaican-influenced cuisine to the Shoppes of Knollwood on South Neil Street.