Donald Trump drew fire Wednesday over his protectionist approach to foreign trade, with both President Barack Obama and the US Chamber of Commerce accusing Trump of an unrealistic and economically destructive approach. Still, notes Howard Kurtz, his message might resonate with blue-collar voters and help reinforce "his argument that the system is rigged against average Americans".
Top executives, including CEOs and corporate directors, are increasingly taking a hands-on approach to sustainability. "A lot of companies that are committed at the top are bringing the sustainability mindset into the strategy realm where it's not just talked about but played out," says Dave Stangis, vice president of corporate responsibility and chief sustainability officer at Campbell Soup Co.
Schools in British Columbia are working to address a language gap among new students who are Syrian refugees and may not know English before they enroll. One English-language-learning specialist shows videos to the students and has them summarize what they saw in writing and verbally.
Global stocks continued to regain their footing for a second day Wednesday as confidence rose that leaders would find a way to tame the effect of the UK's Brexit vote. Adding to optimism were few signs of any practical effect from the referendum outcome and economists' predictions that the Bank of England would step in with more monetary stimulus.
Nielsen will provide analytics on point-of-sale, consumer and industry data for Whole Foods Market, under a new deal announced by the retailer Tuesday. The companies will work "to collaboratively create a customized natural and organic product hierarchy that will provide a comprehensive view of [the retailer's] product categories, including ingredient-level attributes...as a foundation for an expanded analytics and consumer-centric engagement," said Rob Hill, Nielsen's executive vice president of retail services.
More US hospitals are creating geriatric emergency departments that are less chaotic than regular EDs to reduce stress on elderly patients and help ensure they get prompt and appropriate care. Medical experts said geriatric EDs may be able to reduce health care costs by more carefully assessing which patients need to be admitted to the hospital.
Publishers will fade a bit and family and friends will be more prominent in Facebook users' news feeds as the social network tweaks its algorithm. Facebook says it is responding to complaints from users that important updates from friends sometimes go unnoticed, but the move is not likely to please publishers, which have been working hard to build their Facebook audiences.
Lands' End's new "Portraits on Canvas" campaign showcases the brand's new Canvas fashion line with print and video spots starring stylish New York City women whose outfits incorporate Canvas pieces. The campaign and the Canvas line are part of a larger push by Lands' End CEO Federica Marchionni to redefine the brand as chic and urban.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., says the growth and latest acquisitions by Apple, Google and Amazon have stifled competition and innovation. Warren affirmed that the companies have a right to success, but added "the opportunity to compete must remain open for new entrants and smaller competitors who want their chance to change the world."
Merck and Moderna Therapeutics signed a partnership deal to develop and market mRNA-based cancer vaccines targeting patients' unique tumor mutations. Under the terms of the agreement, Merck will pay a $200 million upfront fee and get the option to equally share costs and profits for the global development of the vaccines if it exercises its right to pay an additional undisclosed fee to Moderna.
Amazon is chopping $50 off the prices of a pair of low-end phones if Amazon Prime members are willing to watch ads and promotions on their lock screens. The phones -- Lenovo's Moto G4 and Blu Products' R1 HD -- come unlocked.
Los Angeles has approved a $1.3 billion restoration project for 11 miles of the Los Angeles River. The project is a collaborative effort with the US Army Corps of Engineers.
President Barack Obama is expected to set a goal for the US to produce 50% of its electricity through clean energy sources by 2025. Obama will announce the goal during an upcoming summit with Canadian and Mexican leaders, according to reports.
Southwest Airlines is updating the back-office technology behind its reservations platform as part of a $250 million overhaul. "After 30 years, we're going to have an up-to-date reservation system that will have much more robust capabilities for us to more tactically contemplate making changes to our business model," said CEO Gary Kelly.
Travelers struggling with jet lag may now get some help from their hotel. Therapy, gel to relieve water retention and massages are among the options included in the jet-lag spa treatments at some hotels, some for an additional cost and some included.