In this April 19, 2016 file photo, Fidel Castro attends the last day of the 7th Cuban Communist Party Congress in Havana, Cuba.
Ismael Francisco/Cubadebate via Associated Press
November 26, 2016

Former Cuban Leader Fidel Castro Dies At Age 90

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has died at age 90, according to Cuban state media, confirms NPR. Castro, who took power in the Cuban revolution in 1959, led his country for nearly 50 years. After undergoing intestinal surgery, Castro had ceded power in July 2006, to his younger brother Raul, who announced his death late Friday on Cuban state television.


AT&T Sign
Mike Mozart / Flickr
October 22, 2016

AT&T Buys Time Warner For More Than $85 Billion

AT&T has officially agreed to terms with Time Warner to buy the media giant for $85.4 billion. On Saturday evening, AT&T announced the deal, which was approved by the boards of both companies earlier in the day.


General Electric neon sign.
Jud McCranie / Wikimedia Commons
October 20, 2016

GE Lighting Finalizes Plans To Close Mattoon Plant Next Summer

General Electric Lighting says its plant in Mattoon will close in August 2017, finalizing plans it announced in August.

At that time, the company said the Mattoon plant would close unless employees could come up with an acceptable alternative use.


A Jimmy John's location on University Avenue in Urbana.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
September 08, 2016

Jimmy John’s Sells Majority Stake To Equity Firm

The Champaign-based sandwich chain has announced it's sold a majority stake in the company to Atlanta-based private equity firm Roark Capital Group. There will be no changes to management, as founder Jimmy John Liataud will continue to remain as chairman of the company's board and the largest individual shareholder. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. 


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