Eastwood Mall's Residence Inn now open
NILES - The 103-suite Residence Inn by Marriott, under construction for two years, has opened for business, the hotel announced.
The $14 million investment developed, owned and managed by TMI Hospitality of North Dakota will operate as "The Residence Inn Youngstown Warren / Niles," a Marriott franchise. The all-suite hotel is connected to Eastwood Mall. It is designed for stays of five nights or more. Each suite has a fully-equipped kitchen.
"This hotel is unique to our portfolio due to its physical connection to the Eastwood Mall," said Rick Larson, president of TMI Hospitality. "Our intent was to create a space that offers guest convenience and comfort during their stay."
TMI operates about 200 hotels in 26 states, including 23 in Ohio.
A banquet facility also attached to the hotel is not scheduled to open until summer 2015.
Motorola to close Texas smartphone factory
FORT WORTH, Texas - Google's Motorola Mobility handset unit announced Friday it will shutter its North Texas factory by the end of this year, barely a year after it opened with much fanfare as the first smartphone assembly plant in the U.S.
At the time, Google had explained its surprising decision by saying the location would enable it to fulfill customized, built-to-order devices and deliver them anywhere in the U.S. within five days.
But sales of its flagship phone, the Moto X, have been too weak and the costs of running the plant too high to keep operations going, Motorola Mobility spokesman Will Moss said. Singapore-based international contract electronics manufacturer Flextronics Ltd. operates the plant.
New Mexico city working on who gets Atari games
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. - Officials in southeastern New Mexico began work on a plan this week to divide a cache of Atari video games dug up from an old landfill last month.
Joe Lewandowski, a consultant for the film companies that documented the dig, issued a draft of a distribution plan to Alamogordo city officials on Tuesday.
Lewandowski said that some of the games should be given to the filmmakers, museums and the public.
"They're considered to have value because they're part of the legend," Lewandowski told The Associated Press on Friday. "It's a piece of history."
Panel: Baker must make cakes for gay weddings
DENVER - Colorado's Civil Rights Commission on Friday ordered a baker to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples, finding his religious objections to the practice did not trump the state's anti-discrimination statutes.
The unanimous ruling from the seven-member commission upheld an administrative law judge's finding in December that Jack Phillips violated civil rights law when he refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple in 2012. The couple sued.
"I can believe anything I want, but if I'm going to do business here, I'd ought to not discriminate against people," Commissioner Raju Jaram said.
No prices change in local financial stocks
First Niles Financial held steady in trading Friday to close at $8.30 a share. Cortland Bancorp also was unchanged at $12.05 a share.
Staff and wire reports