Candidates' humor falls flat at charity dinner

Donald Trump bombed at the Al Smith dinner in Manhattan on Thursday, drawing jeers and boos from the crowd after using his speech -- which candidates usually pepper with self-deprecating jokes -- to attack Hillary Clinton as "so corrupt" and compare himself to the son of God. Clinton's speech was better received but also featured unusually pointed jabs at her opponent.

How has higher education fared under Obama?
10/21/2016 Education Dive

President Barack Obama during his tenure as president has focused on many areas of higher education, including affordability, accessibility, diversity and workforce preparation. This analysis takes a look at where his policies have helped and where improvements are still needed.

US moves to prevent senior financial abuse

The Senior Safe Act, which aims to protect elderly and vulnerable investors from financial abuse, could become law by year-end, according to an industry group. Meanwhile, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has proposed rules to the Securities and Exchange Commission to prevent financial abuse of older investors.

The Fresh Market revamps logo, format in N.C.

The Fresh Market will roll out a revamped look including a new logo, 1,300 new products and hundreds of price cuts at three stores in North Carolina's Charlotte and Raleigh/Durham markets next week. Owner Apollo Global Management plans to expand the new format to 13 more stores in November and transform the entire chain by early 2018.

Pilot program aims to integrate patient-generated data into EHRs

A joint pilot program between Validic and Sutter Health will test how patient data generated via mobile applications, clinical in-home devices and wearables can be integrated into the EHR systems or clinical dashboards of care teams. This program, which will focus on type 2 diabetes patients at Sutter Health, is part of an ONC-funded project.

Twitter tussles with hate groups

The presidential race has shined a light on neo-Nazism and white supremacy, most noticeably on Twitter, which had 2.6 million anti-Semitic tweets from August 2015 through July, according to the Anti-Defamation League. About one-fifth of accounts with hateful or racist tweets were suspended, the league says.

Target taps Victoria Beckham for spring designer line
10/21/2016 New York Post

Target will partner with designer Victoria Beckham on a spring capsule collection of women's and children's fashions. The line, set to launch in April, will include about 200 pieces ranging in price from under $40 to $70.

43.4M Weebly, Foursquare accounts breached
10/21/2016 ZDNet

A massive data hack affecting Weebly and Foursquare is just coming to light, with the tech companies both appearing on breach alert site LeakedSource. More than 43 million accounts could be affected by the attack, which brings the firms under close scrutiny regarding their security practices.

FDA faces an overflow of orphan drug applications

The FDA is struggling to keep up with the rise in orphan drug submissions, which have doubled since 2010, because incentives and greater patient advocate involvement have encouraged more drugmakers to develop drugs for rare diseases, according to agency officials at the National Organization for Rare Disorders Breakthrough Summit. FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Director Janet Woodcock said the agency's problem is its failure to recruit and retain adequate staff, not the increase of development programs.

HGTV's "Fixer Upper" to return for Season 5
10/21/2016 The Hollywood Reporter

HGTV's "Fixer Upper" has been renewed for 16 episodes through Season 5 in 2018. The network originally pushed for 50 episodes from star couple Chip and Joanna Gaines, with Scripps Programming Chief Kathleen Finch saying, "I'm a greedy woman, and if I could get more than 16 hours from them, I would."

Mass. agency approves $1B expansion to Boston Children's Hospital

Boston Children's Hospital's $1 billion expansion has been approved by the Massachusetts Public Health Council and will include construction of an 11-story building at its primary campus plus an outpatient facility and renovations at its Brookline campus. Some people have criticized the plan, saying it would increase health care costs.

Carbon dioxide transformed into ethanol using nanotechnology

Researchers have stumbled upon a way to make ethanol using carbon dioxide and nanotechnology, according to a study published in ChemistrySelect. "We're taking carbon dioxide, a waste product of combustion, and we're pushing that combustion reaction backwards with very high selectivity to a useful fuel," said lead author Adam Rondinone.

AA CEO Parker: We've investing in our team and boosting wages
10/21/2016 CNBC

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker told CNBC's "Power Lunch" on Thursday that there are several signs the industry is bouncing back, providing welcome news for both consumers and investors. Parker said that American is investing in its employees and increasing pay.

Zappos hotel brand could be in the works
10/21/2016 Hotel Management online

Zappos is considering entering the hospitality market, though no formal announcement has been made. Talk of the company expanding into the hotel market goes back to 2014.