What led to the demise of Toys R Us?

Toys R Us was doomed because of about $5 billion in debt that prohibited the chain from investing in its properties for years and improving the customer experience, writes Chris Isidore. Toys R Us also fell behind in how its stores looked and felt, as well as how it managed online sales.

Federal website limits data on Title IX cases

The US Department of Education has broadened the types of civil-rights investigations for which it publicly shares information on its website, but is sharing fewer details about the cases, according to a new analysis. In particular, the analysis says the department is no longer releasing key information on its website about resolved Title IX sexual-violence investigations and enforcement activities.

Tusk: US should restart free trade talks with EU

If President Donald Trump wants to eliminate obstacles to trade, he should drop tariffs on steel and aluminum and reopen negotiations on a US-EU free trade deal, European Council President Donald Tusk said. "Instead of risking a trade war, which he seems eager to wage, we should be aiming for greater cooperation," Tusk said.

Analyst: Cleaner-label meats leading sales growth, opportunity

Sales of the cleaner-label sector of the meat counter, including natural and antibiotic-free, has grown while conventional meats have become stagnant, according to market analyst Anne-Marie Roerink. Millennial shoppers are interested in these products but may need more outreach to learn what's available, she said.

Lack of personnel, funding are top barriers to managing cyberthreats

The 2018 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey of 239 health information security professionals found that 45.5% reported conducting annual security risk assessments to check for cybersecurity vulnerabilities, compared with 9.6% who indicated conducting daily assessments. Lack of appropriate cybersecurity personnel and financial resources and excessive application vulnerabilities were cited as the top barriers to cybersecurity incident mitigation and remediation.

How Amazon is boosting its advertising offerings

Media buyers report that Amazon is continuing to ramp up its advertising business, including trialing an application programming interface for its advertising platform that would hand more control to advertisers to scale programmatic campaigns. The company is also conducting attribution tests to measure how its advertising compares to Facebook and Google, and it is boosting its agency development team with a view to delivering dedicated services to individual brands.

L.L. Bean drops plans for data collection project

L.L. Bean has called off a planned data collection project that would have attached sensors to boots and coats and collected data on about a dozen customers who opted to participate. The idea was to study the ways customers used the products after purchase and to determine whether new products were performing properly.

Verizon offers consumer tech help for monthly fee

Catering to the rapidly growing market for home-based devices connected to the internet, Verizon is offering TechSure, a help desk with three levels of consumer support for a monthly fee. Plans range from $10 to $30 a month, all of which include 24/7 phone service for device setup and troubleshooting.

Abeona gets rare pediatric disease status for CLN1 disease drug

Abeona Therapeutics received an FDA rare pediatric disease designation for ABO-202, which is being developed to treat CLN1 disease, an infantile- and late-infantile-onset Batten disease.

Comcast updates X1 Sports app for March Madness

Comcast has enhanced its X1 platform's Sports app for March Madness. New features include interactive brackets, schedules and results of tournament games.

Pedestrian bridge collapses at Florida university, killing at least six

A 950-ton span of concrete bridge, installed last weekend with accelerated bridge construction at Florida International University, collapsed onto a roadway Thursday, killing at least six people. The National Transportation Safety Board and state and local investigators, including homicide detectives, are investigating the accident, but officials say no cause can be determined until a full investigation is finished.

Colo. PUC to consider Xcel plan to bolster wind energy

Xcel Energy has secured approval from the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to include its Clean Energy Plan portfolio in a process that could result in the retirement of two coal plants and a request for proposals to add up to 1 gigawatt of wind energy in the state. The utility will share the plan in a 120-day report due April 27.

Travelers love JetBlue's Mint Business Class

JetBlue Airways brought affordable lie-flat seats to domestic business class in 2014, when it introduced its Mint service on some flights between New York and California.

Agents can overcome fears of using Facebook Live for marketing

Facebook Live can help agents as a marketing resource and a tool for networking with clients, yet some agents are intimidated by its challenges, said Vanessa McGovern of the Global Institute for Travelers. Using the basics of livestreaming is an effective way to start with the program, she said.