Iowa high-school students will learn the history of the state's caucus system in a seven-part, nonpartisan series called "Caucus 101," which was written by three Iowa teachers. The series is designed to help students understand the Iowa's caucuses. Current presidential campaigns have been invited to submit videos to include in a lesson plan.
Weekly initial claims for unemployment insurance measured at 263,000 last week, representing the lowest mark in 12 weeks, according to Labor Department data. In fact, jobless claims are approaching a 42-year low, states the agency. Paul Ashworth of Capital Economics believes the low figures are a reason for continued optimism. "If there had been a genuine deterioration in labor-market conditions, we would also have expected it to show up as a rise in initial jobless claims," Ashworth said. "But claims remain unusually low at well below 300,000."
Public and private colleges and universities in urban areas are implementing new programs to better engage students who may work or not live on campus. Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., has case managers who guide students to resources, and other schools have established student success centers to help students feel connected.
Briargate Trading, a proprietary-trading firm based in New York, has been fined by the Securities and Exchange Commission in a "spoofing" case that the SEC says occurred between October 2011 and September 2012. "[Founder Eric] Oscher took advantage of our interconnected markets by placing non bona fide orders on one exchange, and then buying or selling the spoofed securities at artificial prices on other exchanges," said the SEC's Joseph Sansone. Briargate agreed to pay more than $1 million while neither admitting nor denying the findings.
Stop & Shop will unveil five new stores next week, as the retailer begins converting 25 units acquired from A&P last month in a nearly $150 million deal, the company announced Thursday. The stores, located in New York, will close for about seven days while the conversions are completed, and once reopened will feature modern decor, updated refrigeration systems and technology, and Stop & Shop's fresh departments.
President Barack Obama signed a law changing how the Affordable Care Act defines a small business. The new law keeps the definition at the current 50-employee threshold; the number was set to expand to 100 on Jan. 1. Small businesses must offer certain health benefits under the ACA, and business groups had said a change in the definition would have increased employers' health care costs. The law does allow states to increase the number.
The popularity of eSports is spurring Coca-Cola and gaming company IGN to launch a 30-minute digital segment akin to ESPN's "SportsCenter" that is devoted to the sporting niche. The show will recap the week in electronic gaming and live-streamed competitions, as well as feature round-table discussions highlighting leagues, players and teams. "We want to create a new watering hole for the eSports community," Coca-Cola's Matt Wolf said.
Abercrombie & Fitch has made moves toward inclusiveness to boost sales, and it's putting mobile first as young shoppers trade hanging out at the mall for getting together in the digital world, A&F Senior Vice President of Digital and E-commerce Billy May said. "It's not enough to optimize for mobile, you have to transform for mobile," he told attendees at the Shop.org Digital Summit this week.
Sony cut $50 off the price of its PlayStation 4, landing the console at the same price at which rival Microsoft sells its Xbox One. The PS4 is now retailing in the US at $349.99, with game bundling options expected to be revealed before the holidays.
A minority stake in Glycotope and an exclusive global license for an intellectual property that covers its recombinant technology have been obtained by Octapharma in an agreement worth more than $90 million. Under the terms of the deal, Glycotope will receive an upfront payment of $90 million plus undisclosed milestone fees, sales royalties and revenues, while Octapharma will get access to Glycotope's investigational human blood coagulation factor pipeline.
Netflix has raised its standard subscription service price by $1, from $8.99 to $9.99 per month. The company anticipates spending $5 billion on content next year, up from $3 billion this year, which includes a $300 million deal with Disney and more Netflix original content, Miriam Gottfried writes.
Two sections of a canal that supplies drinking water to about 187,500 in Columbia, S.C., have collapsed, raising concerns about a drinking water shortage. The city has been able to draw water directly from a reservoir, but residents have been instructed to boil it and take conservation measures. A contractor is trying to plug the breaches with a rock dam, and the National Guard is dropping sandbags. Meanwhile, standing floodwaters in the area could persist for 12 days.
Wal-Mart has appointed 20-year company veteran Laura Phillips as its senior vice president of sustainability, as the retailer seeks to incorporate sustainability into its supply chain, sales and marketing strategies. Phillips replaces Manuel Gomez, who will become the vice president of strategy for e-commerce for Wal-Mart de Mexico and Central America.
Hawaiian Airlines' passenger numbers increased by 3.1% last month compared to the same period a year ago. Some 8 million passengers flew with Hawaiian through the first nine months of 2015.
South Carolina's Hotel Domestique "attracts active travelers who are not only seeking sophisticated respite away from the hustle-and-bustle-laden tourist traps, but also outdoor adventures that invigorate the mind, body and soul," writes reviewer Merilee Kern. The boutique hotel sits on 30 acres and is owned by veteran Tour de France cyclist George Hincapie.