Tesla wants to electrify big trucks

DETROIT (AP) — After more than a decade of making cars and SUVs — and, more recently, solar panels — Tesla Inc. wants to electrify a new type of vehicle: big trucks.

The company unveiled its new electric semitractor-trailer Thursday night near its design center in Hawthorne, Calif.

Battle for rights to Game of Life heads to court

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Testimony is slated to start today in federal court in Los Angeles in a lawsuit over who owns the rights to one of the most popular board games of all time.

Gibson City's soaring high alongside its Falcons

GIBSON CITY — The decorations are up along Sangamon Avenue — a sure sign that the football team in town is doing big things.

"Let's go red!" "We (heart) our boys!" And, of course, "Go Falcons!"

Ahead of what's being billed as the biggest sporting event of them all in the Ford County town of 3,378, its main street has turned into a sea of red and black.

Homebuilder sentiment rises in November

U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic this month, reflecting a recent rebound in sales of newly built homes.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Thursday rose two points to 70 this month. That's the highest reading since March.

Industrial output climbed healthy 0.9% in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production jumped a solid 0.9 percent in October as factory activity recovered from the impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Walmart lifts profit outlook on strong 3rd-quarter results

NEW YORK (AP) — Surging online sales and strong food sales helped Walmart delivered its largest sales gain for established U.S. stores in more than eight years.

The company also raised its annual profit outlook Thursday after delivering third-quarter results that beat expectations.

Electric trucks are emerging but have a long haul ahead

DETROIT — Electric trucks are having a moment in the spotlight, but they won't replace diesel-powered trucks until they overcome costs and other limitations.

Consumer prices barely up in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices edged up a slight 0.1 percent in October, the smallest gain in three months as energy prices retreated.

Brixx Pizza in Carriage Center to close by Dec. 9

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CHAMPAIGN — A pizza joint in the Carriage Center development preannounced its closing Wednesday to give customers a chance to use their gift cards there.

Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, 2043 S. Neil St., plans to close Dec. 9 or earlier.

Retail sales rise for 2nd month, led by cars, clothes

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose at a solid pace last month, as bullish consumers bought more cars, furniture and clothes.