40 nations agree cars must have automatic braking

GENEVA (AP) — Forty countries led by Japan and the European Union — but not the U.S. or China — have agreed to require new cars and light commercial vehicles to be equipped with automated braking systems starting next year, a U.N. agency said.

Nissan's profit drops amid former chair's arrest

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan lowered its profit forecast for the full year on Tuesday, partly due to special charges related to alleged false financial reporting by its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn.

Ice, snow to blame for Illinois outages, slick roads

AURORA (AP) — Icy, snowy conditions forced schools to close and made travel treacherous in parts of northern and central Illinois.

Street closure for 'Hub on Campus' high-rise work delayed

CHAMPAIGN — Public works officials have postponed the first closure of Sixth Street between Green and John streets in Campustown for work on the new "Hub on Campus" high-rise as a result of complications with construction.

Just Askin' | UI parking costs

Q: How much does a parking space on campus cost?

A: About $28,200, according to the 2018 Parking Master Plan, which recommended charging this fee for new buildings that would eliminate parking spaces.

For the retirees, Feb. 10-17, 2019

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 15 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, call 217-359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Automakers recall 1.7 million vehicles with faulty air bags

DETROIT (AP) — Subaru, Tesla, BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler Vans, Mercedes and Ferrari are recalling about 1.7 million vehicles to replace potentially deadly air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. of Japan.

The inflators can hurl shrapnel into drivers and passengers. At least 23 people have died from the problem worldwide and hundreds more were injured.

Religion calendar, Feb. 8-15, 2019

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Study: Cold weather can cut electric car range over 40%

DETROIT (AP) — Cold temperatures can sap electric car batteries, temporarily reducing their range by more than 40 percent when interior heaters are used, a new study found.

The study of five electric vehicles by AAApt also found that high temperatures can cut into battery range, but not nearly as much as the cold. The range returns to normal in more comfortable temperatures.

Two I-57 shootings aren't believed linked

OAK FOREST (AP) — Authorities say they don't believe there's a connection between shootings several hours apart on a suburban Chicago highway in which a longtime postal worker was killed and three other people were wounded.