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SHOWING SUPPORT: Some area funeral homes are part of the Vital I.C.E. app program, allowing them to assist local first responders in helping to save lives.

The J.E. Foster Funeral Homes in Toronto and Smithfield, as well as the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home in Weirton and the Dodds Funeral Home in Carrollton are part of the program, and officials at those businesses ask that area residents download the Vital In Case of Emergency app from either the Apple App Store or Google Play, to a smart phone and enter the code 9999.

The local funeral homes are making this potentially life-saving app available for free to download in the communities as a way of showing gratitude for allowing them to serve area residents, officials said.

Questions about the app can be answered at www.vitalboards.com/vitalice.

In the event of an emergency, first responders can use the Vital I.C.E. app to retrieve the user’s vital information, officials said. This information can be taken in an ambulance to the hospital or sent directly to the hospital from the Vital I.C.E. app.

LIKE MOM, LIKE SON: A hotel in New Jersey has agreed to pay a female former housekeeper $35,000 to settle allegations that it paid male workers, including her son, more for performing the same job.

In addition to paying Rosa Lopez, Homewood Suites in Edgewater has agreed to state monitoring of its hiring, salary-setting and related complaint-handling processes for two years.

The state Civil Rights Division says the company hired Lopez in 2001 at a starting wage of $8 per hour. It says six male employees hired that year, including her son, got a starting wage of $9 to $10 an hour. Lopez received a 20-cent raise after a year.

The state says she was terminated after raising concerns with the owner in 2014.

The hotel has denied any liability or wrongdoing.

KROC MUSEUM FALLS: McDonald’s Corp. has announced it will demolish a suburban Chicago museum that’s a replica of the hamburger chain’s first restaurant.

Ray Kroc built his first restaurant in 1955 in Des Plaines, after franchising the brand from the original owners, Richard and Maurice McDonald.

The Chicago Tribune reports the store was torn down in 1984. McDonald’s Store No. 1 Museum opened the next year, with the original restaurant’s sign out front.

In a statement, McDonald’s says tourist numbers have declined due to repeated flooding of the site since 2008.

The company says the museum will be razed next month and the land donated to Des Plaines.

LOOKING UP: Neiman Marcus saw a key sales figure rise for the first time in two years.

The Dallas-based chain, which operates more than 40 Neiman Marcus stores and two Bergdorf Goodman locations, reported a 4.2 percent increase in comparable revenue during its first fiscal quarter compared to a year ago. That’s the first such gain since the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015. The figure includes a 14 percent increase in online sales, which now account for about one-third of total sales. Comparable revenue at department stores, though, was flat.

TAKATA SELLS: Troubled Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. is signing a signed a definitive agreement to sell most of its assets to a Chinese-owned rival.

Key Safety Systems of suburban Detroit will pay $1.6 billion in a deal expected to close early next year.

The companies reached an understanding on the sale in June. Key will get all Takata assets but those making replacement air bag inflators. Takata will continue to run those operations until they close.

Takata inflators can explode with too much force and spew shrapnel into drivers and passengers.

From staff and wire reports

Much of the money will go to pay a $1 billion penalty from a U.S. criminal fraud case.

The deal is a key part of Takata’s bankruptcy cases filed last summer in the U.S. and Japan.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

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