Sky threatens to shut British news channel if it hinders Fox bid

LONDON (AP) — European pay TV giant Sky says it may shut down its British news operation if it is an impediment to 21st Century Fox's 11.7 billion ($15.4 billion) takeover offer, triggering claims the company is trying to blackmail regulators.

Google's self-driving van putting human backup driver in back seat

DETROIT (AP) — A self-driving car company created by Google is pulling the human backup driver from behind the steering wheel and will test vehicles on public roads with only an employee in the back seat.

Building permits, Nov. 5, 2017

Listed are permits for all new single-family and multifamily residences as well as commercial and industrial work and residential remodeling costing more than $25,000. Permits are listed by applicant, description, site and cost.


Mike Martin Builders LLC, new single-family residence at 1118 W. William St., $250,000.

Just Askin': MTD fares

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How long has the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District's standard cash fare been $1?

For quite some time.

Business listings, Nov. 5, 2017

These applications for assumed business names were filed with the Champaign County Clerk's Office:

NSG Solutions, 1212 Sussex Court, C, Wendy Kwan Tam Cho, same address, and Yan Liu, 2106 S. Orchard St., #303, U.

Peggi LaFrance The Studio, 105 N. Mattis Ave., Suite #27,C, Peggy Stockley, 1004 S. Smith Road, #23, U.

Today's Special: Freddy's brings custard, steakburgers to Champaign

Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers made its Champaign debut on Halloween.

The Wichita, Kan.-based fast-casual restaurant chain is at 420 W. Town Center Blvd.

Harvest surprise: Yields better than expected, but prices still low

Better than expected.

That's the verdict for this year's harvest from several local farmers, though because of the law of supply and demand, crop prices remain low.

Top of the Morning, Nov. 4, 2017

Savoy's VIV WILSON owes much of her success as a hairstylist to her cooperative younger sister, St. Joseph's BARB HORNER.

"She was my guinea pig," Wilson said. "She eventually forgave me."

Bresee Tower's new developer adjusts plan in wake of city lawsuit

DANVILLE — The new owner of Danville's Bresee Tower is reconsidering restoration plans after the city filed a lawsuit seeking immediate action on the dilapidated 13-story building.

Former Landmark Hotel can be yours for at least $350,000

URBANA — The former Landmark Hotel is being put up for auction beginning Dec. 11 with a minimum bid of $350,000.