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Shopping around: Firefighters turning vacant buildings into training sites

CHAMPAIGN — The former Bergner's at Market Place Mall was used last week as a training site for Champaign firefighters.

No, it's not being torn down, as was the case last month when they trained at Dr. Howard Elementary School.

Instead, firefighters used the vacant mall space to practice rope-assisted searches in an environment they don't often get to practice in.

Trump plans to pull U.S. out of 144-year-old postal treaty

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States announced Wednesday that it is preparing to pull out of an international postal treaty that allows China to ship packages to America at discounted rates. The move would escalate a trade dispute with China.

Entertainment listings, Oct. 18-25, 2018

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Sears files for Chapter 11 protection

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday, buckling under its massive debt load and staggering losses.

The question now is whether a smaller version of the company that once towered over the American retail landscape can remain viable or whether the iconic brand will be forced out of business.

With Toys R Us gone, retailers stepping up holiday-season efforts

NEW YORK — When Toys R Us closed its doors, customers mourned the loss of a beloved brand that conjured memories of their own childhood.

Retailers, on the other hand, saw an opportunity.

Ford County wind-farm developer seeks extension of special-use permit

GIBSON CITY — The developers of a proposed wind farm in the Gibson City and Sibley areas in western Ford County are seeking to extend a special-use permit for the project that is due to expire next month.

Walgreens tops fourth-quarter expectations

DEERFIELD (AP) — Walgreens beat fourth-quarter earnings expectations with an assist from some recently acquired Rite Aid stores, and the nation's largest drugstore chain started fiscal 2019 with a largely better-than-expected outlook.

But sales from established U.S. stores grew only slightly.

AP exclusive: Toxic metal found in chain stores' jewelry

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jewelry with the toxic metal cadmium is showing up on the shelves of national retailers including Ross, Nordstrom Rack and Papaya, according to newly released test results.

Consumer prices up 0.1% in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer prices edged up a slight 0.1 percent in September as energy prices retreated after a big gain in August.

The Labor Department said Thursday that the September gain in its closely watched consumer price index followed a 0.2 percent rise in August. It was the smallest monthly gain since June.

Entertainment listings, Oct. 11-18, 2018

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