Students attending two Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, schools will join thousands of others in singing "O Canada," the country's national anthem, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its flag. About 28,000 students will have their voices recorded as part of the Flag of Canada -- Hometown Proud tour, which teaches students about the flag's history and aims to boost national pride and unity.
Donald Trump's antics aren't generating the media buzz they once did, and some pollsters and strategists say the public is ready to move on. Trump's campaign team say they've been happy to coast on free media so far, but that they are preparing to spend around $20 million on paid ads to sustain their candidate's momentum. "I want to make America great again, and you can't do that if you come in a close second," Trump says.
A New York City high school begins its computer-science curriculum with introductory courses and then encourages students to pick specialized training in topics such as digital design or software engineering. Officials say internships and mentors in the community help students see their own future potential.
The International Monetary Fund has lowered its projection for the world's economic growth this year from the 3.3% forecast it made in July to 3.1%. The change is a response to the slowing of emerging-market economies triggered by falling commodity prices. The IMF warned emerging economies to prepare for a tightening of monetary policy by the US.
Consumers have gotten the message about the importance of a healthy breakfast, and food manufacturers are offering products that make it easier to have breakfast before work or at any time during the day. Restaurants also are on board, and McDonald's this week launched all-day breakfast. NPD Group data showed restaurant breakfast traffic increased 5% in the year ending June 30, compared with a 2% increase the year before.
The CMS has issued rules covering the 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria, changes to stage 1 and stage 2 EHR meaningful use, and requirements for stage 3 of the meaningful use program. Provisions include a 90-day attestation period for new participants in 2016 and 2017 and all providers in 2105, alignment of the programs with the calendar year, consolidation of public health reporting measures, and more. Stakeholders were given 60 days to comment on the rules.
Reddit has unveiled Upvoted, a news site with videos, podcasts and original editorial content that will be closely linked to its brand parent but won't allow comments. The restriction is aimed at increasing users and creating a space for news content that can more easily secure advertisers than its more unruly counterpart.
Marshalls has launched new commercials that highlight the fun and excitement of surprises, from fortune cookies to birthday presents. "We found that 'surprise' is something Marshalls stores have always delivered, but Marshalls as a brand had never communicated before," said SVP Sarah Block of ad agency Leo Burnett Chicago, which created the campaign.
Microsoft has announced a string of upcoming devices, including its second-generation fitness wearable, Band 2, and the HoloLens gaming device, which lets users hold holograms in their hands. The company also debuted its laptop-tablet hybrid, the Windows 10 Surface Book, which it claims is twice as fast as Apple's latest MacPro.
Theraclone Sciences, in partnership with the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has launched a firm that will specialize in the discovery of new cancer immunotherapies. OncoResponse, which will be based in Houston, will use Theraclone's technology and MD Anderson's resources. The establishment of OncoResponse comes after Theraclone and MD Anderson secured $9.5 million in Series A financing.
Microsoft put hardware front-and-center Tuesday in introducing a pair of premium Lumia smartphones, an updated Surface tablet and its first-ever laptop model. The push into making devices comes as Microsoft rolls out its Windows 10 software for phones on the new Lumia 950 and 950 XL handsets, which will be exclusively distributed by AT&T in the US.
Imaging traversing an 853-foot glass walkway suspended 3,540 feet above ground and having one of the glass panels crack. That's what happened at the newly opened attraction attached to China's Yuntai Mountain when a visitor dropped a coffee mug. Tourists scrambled to get off, and the walkway is now closed for repairs.
Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., has introduced a bill that would end tax credits for all renewables, including the wind energy Production Tax Credit. Lankford said the PTC is unnecessary because wind energy is becoming more competitive with traditional energy sources. Earlier this week, more than 580 companies and groups sent a letter to lawmakers in support of extending renewable energy tax credits.
The Pentagon says it will soon decide on whether to grant United Launch Alliance a waiver that will enable the company to continue using Russian-made rocket engines. ULA says the waiver is key to allowing the company to compete for launch contracts.
The Philadelphia Planning Commission approved a plan for a second casino in the city. The $400 million casino proposed by Cordish Cos. and Greenwood Racing would include 125 table games and more than 2,000 slot machines. The first casino in Philadelphia, SugarHouse Casino, opened in 2010.