Hillary Clinton said last night that Americans "haven’t had a raise in 15 years" -- and she's right, broadly speaking, writes Louis Jacobson. While some Americans may have gotten pay hikes in that time, the inflation-adjusted median household income has fallen by 7% since 1999.
Hillary Clinton turned down the volume a little in last night's Democratic debate, striking a cool but confident note as she sought to project competence and draw out the differences between her campaign and that of Bernie Sanders. The pair both made notable attempts to win over the minority voters believed to be crucial to the coming primary votes, with Clinton urging sweeping action to tackle the "systemic racism" she described as still plaguing the US, and Sanders expressing horror at the shooting of unarmed black men by police.
In a recent survey, 82% of math teachers reported altering at least half of their instructional materials, and 72% of English-language arts teachers reported doing the same to align with Common Core State Standards, according to a report from the Center for Education Policy Research. Data show about a third of educators surveyed use free online resources to help teach the new standards.
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen downplayed talk of an economic crisis Wednesday, telling Congress members that "the economy is in many ways close to normal." The unemployment rate is 4.9%, while wages were up 2.5% year over year in January.
Kroger is reportedly in the second round of bidding in an auction for specialty retailer Fresh Market, along with other companies and private equity firms, sources said. Fresh Market had announced in October that was reviewing its strategic options, which could lead to a sale. The retailer operates 183 stores in 27 states.
Greater food variety and dietary diversity were linked to higher annual BMI increases in low-income preschool children, researchers reported in Pediatrics. Researchers said the BMI changes were small but stood out because they were unexpected, and added the data are not sufficient to support making dietary guideline changes.
Paramount Pictures has partnered with NBCUniversal on a cross-channel promotion for the movie "Zoolander 2" that spoofs NBC's push "The More You Know." Ben Stiller's character, Derek Zoolander, discusses society's serious topics, including why physical beauty is so essential, in the spots that will appear on TV, digital outlets and social media.
Nordstrom has unveiled the design of its first full-line department store in Manhattan, which is slated to open in the city's Columbus Circle neighborhood in 2019. The 363,000-square-foot store will be incorporate existing historic buildings and new construction, with a Nordstrom Men's store across the street.
Mattel is bringing back its ThingMaker toy, originally launched in the 1960s, as a 3D printer that prints small toys designed on an iOS or Android device. The application is already available for use with other 3D printers, and the $299 ThingMaker is scheduled to come to market this fall.
AstraZeneca and its MedImmune unit agreed to form the Renal Pre-Competitive Consortium with Eli Lilly & Co. and the University of Michigan to research novel chronic kidney disease treatment targets. The agreement, which can be renewed yearly and expanded to include other participants, gives the firms the rights to independently examine different targets, although each group will provide scientific and bioinformatic capabilities.
Qualcomm intends to produce a cellular modem chip -- the Snapdragon X16 -- that can process a billion bits of data a second in a development that would put mobile devices on par with sophisticated wired services. Also, Qualcomm will integrate Long-Term Evolution technology into wearable devices via its new Snapdragon Wear platform, in a move that would allow the devices to work separately from smartphones.
Using laser scanning along with building information modeling can enhance virtual design and construction. This article outlines the benefits of laser scanning, but also adds some caveats. The authors contend that the "return on investment (ROI) for such approaches is measured in terms of realistic project scheduling, system clash avoidance and comprehensive as-built project documentation."
A $10-per-barrel tax on crude may not amount to much for US consumers, but it would be a blow to the struggling oil industry, American Petroleum Institute President and CEO Jack Gerard writes. President Barack Obama's proposed tax "jeopardizes America's status as an energy leader. With oil prices near $30 a barrel, a $10 tax would be a 30% increase," Gerard writes. He suggests alternative ways to raise revenue, such as opening offshore energy exploration and eliminating barriers to energy infrastructure investment.
Southwest Airlines plans to disburse a record $620 million in profit-sharing for 2015 to employees. In April, more than 47,000 employees will receive a profit-sharing check equivalent to about eight weeks' salary.