Trump says he plans to cut regulations by 75%
1/24/2017 CNBC

In a meeting with top corporate executives Monday, President Donald Trump pledged to reduce federal regulations on their industries and suggested that a cut of 75% or more was possible. The president also reaffirmed his campaign promised to reduce business taxes from the current 35% rate to 15%-20%.

Study ties language, music skills
1/24/2017 PsychCentral.com

Young Mandarin speakers must pay close attention to pitch, a skill that gives them an advantage over English speakers in learning music, according to a recent study by researchers from the University of California at San Diego. Researchers have published their findings in the journal Developmental Science.

Mexican peso surges as dollar weakens
1/24/2017 Bloomberg

The Mexican peso posted the biggest gain among rising emerging market currencies as the dollar declined on foreign exchange markets in Donald Trump's first days as US president. In its first full day of trading after Trump's inauguration, Mexico's peso rose 1.4%.

Kroger adding 10,000 permanent store positions

Kroger will hire 10,000 permanent store employees across its banners nationwide this year, which include Ralphs, Fred Meyer and Harris Teeter, among others. "Kroger's growth trajectory continues to create opportunities for our people to advance their careers -- and to do that in a fun, team environment with great benefits," said Group Vice President of Human Resources and Labor Relations Tim Massa.

Trump directs agencies to take action on ACA

Soon after he was sworn into office, President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing US government agencies to "waive, defer, grant ­exemptions from or delay" any piece of the Affordable Care Act that imposes a financial or regulatory burden. The language potentially affects consumers, insurers, health care providers and drug companies and could create an untenable level of risk for health plans operating in ACA markets.

Campbell launches cooking series with Vox Media, NBC
1/24/2017 Adweek

Campbell Soup has teamed with NBC's "Today" show and Vox Media on a four-episode digital branded cooking series, "Home-cooked, chef-made," which will run on Eater and Today.com. The series will showcase meals using the brand's products that "highlight accessible recipes for busy families," the companies said.

Lane Bryant CEO steps down
1/24/2017 New York Post

Lane Bryant CEO Linda Heasley stepped down from her role last week, parent company Ascena Retail said. Heasley led the plus-size retailer for four years, and in October she was also named CEO of Ascena's Catherines chain.

Smart home monitoring systems appeal to broadband subs
1/24/2017 CEDMagazine.com

Thirty-one percent of US broadband homes show interest in energy management systems, while 30% find energy monitoring systems "very appealing," Parks Associates has found. Security and safety monitoring systems also were "very appealing," but the report found that interest in and awareness of smart home monitoring systems lags behind adoption of them.

Merck KGaA partners with Domain on immuno-oncology drug development

Merck KGaA has signed a collaboration and licensing deal with Domain Therapeutics to develop and secure worldwide rights to Domain's adenosine receptor inhibitors as immuno-oncology agents. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Trump poised to name Pai as Wheeler's successor

President Donald Trump is reportedly preparing to name Ajit Pai chairman of the Federal Communications Commission; Tom Wheeler resigned Friday. Pai, who has been a commissioner since 2012, is known for his anti-regulatory stances and is expected to begin rolling back rules set during Wheeler's chairmanship, including net neutrality.

Technology could help improve urban planning communication
1/24/2017 The Guardian (London)

In the past, to express support or opposition for a project, citizens either had to write a letter or attend a planning meeting, but now, companies are developing apps that make the process easy. One of the tools, developed by CitySwipe, is modeled after the dating site Tinder and lets people swipe their phone to express an opinion on a project.

Automation is disrupting the oilfield
1/24/2017 Bloomberg

Improved rig efficiency and increased automation are helping US drillers reduce costs and become more competitive while putting many oilfield jobs at risk. Onshore driller Nabors Industries estimates that more automation would reduce the number of workers needed at each well site to five, down from 20.

American to launch "basic economy" service in February
1/20/2017 Daily News (New York)

American Airlines is launching its new "basic economy" service Feb. 10, offering travelers a low-cost, no-frills option when booking travel. United Airlines is rolling out a similar program.

The Brighton Harbour Hotel & Spa debuts in the UK
1/24/2017 SpaOpportunities.com

The newly opened Brighton Harbour Hotel & Spa in Brighton, UK, features the subterranean Harbour Spa. The facility has six treatment rooms, rainforest showers, two Scandinavian "togetherness" hot tubs, a sauna and steam room, while a couples' grotto features a hot tub, double day bed and a champagne bar.