Cracker Barrel will enter the California market with the opening of a restaurant along the 15 Freeway in Victorville, in an area dubbed restaurant row. The Southern cooking chain operates 641 of its combined restaurants and gift shops in 43 states.
People viewed as overly happy are also seen as uninformed and easier to exploit, Maurice Schweitzer says based on his research. "The baseline is some happiness, but when people go above that, when they're expressing it on their faces, the reaction they get is totally different from just sort of regular happiness or the normal ups and down that we have during the day," he says.
Schools' use of internet of things technology is projected to climb to 35.2 million units by 2018, according to analysts at the Gartner Group. Some schools, such as those in Cheshire, Conn., already use connected devices to make buildings more energy efficient.
House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, is drafting revisions to the Financial CHOICE Act that would significantly alter the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's functions. Hensarling recently referred to the structure of the CFPB as "a tyranny."
Restaurant Brands International, the Canada-based parent of Tim Hortons and Burger King, will pay $1.8 billion to buy Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, the companies announced today. Popeyes operates more than 2,000 restaurants, mostly in the US, and RBI is expected to raise the chicken chain's prospects for global growth.
Fitness trackers and health apps are not based on good science and could cause harm, researchers told the American Association for the Advancement of Science's annual meeting. Johns Hopkins University professor Greg Hager said without trials or scientific evidence it cannot be known whether apps are having their intended effect, and University of Pittsburgh professor John Jakicic said people should be careful about relying solely on the devices.
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg has written a nearly 6,000-word mission statement about the platform's intention to support global communities, encourage inclusiveness, tackle fake news and address the problem of filter bubbles. "[O]ur goal must be to help people see a more complete picture, not just alternate perspectives. We must be careful how we do this," he writes.
Timberland is partnering with Thread International to launch a line of sneakers and boots made from trash collected in Haiti. The shoes made from the "Ground to Good" fabric will be released this spring.
The probe into Russia's role in influencing the 2016 election is delaying further discussions about cybersecurity and needs to be resolved before moving forward, says Sen. Claire McCaskill. The Senate's slow advancement of President Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees also is creating a delay in establishing cybersecurity policy.
The FDA warned pet owners not to feed their pets certain Evanger's and Against the Grain dog foods because the agency is still investigating the companies after the euthanasia drug pentobarbital was found in unopened dog food cans and in the stomach contents of one dog that died after consuming the food. The FDA hasn't released an official summary of its ongoing investigation yet, but there is preliminary evidence of other manufacturing and food-sourcing violations.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has released an Innovation Agenda that promotes a free and open internet. The industry is praising the agenda, which seeks patent reform, protects cross-border data flows and preserves "the open, competitive nature of the internet against unnecessary government regulation while promoting continued development of innovative online services."
A $1 billion project to upgrade the spillway at Folsom Dam and the recent disaster at the Oroville Dam spillway demonstrate opposite ends of the dam-maintenance spectrum and the challenges engineers face with older dams. Experts says the problem has only increased as the climate changes.
Montana state Rep. George Kipp, a Democrat, has introduced a bill that would ban pipelines of at least 10 inches in diameter from crossing underneath navigable bodies of water such as rivers or lakes to prevent the contamination of aquifers from potential spills. Additionally, the bill includes several construction requirements regarding casings and leak detection for aboveground pipelines.
Eleven unscreened passengers passed through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. The travelers' carry-on bags were eventually all properly screened, the TSA reported.
Nonsurgical cosmetic procedures such as Botox, Ultherapy skin tightening and CoolSculpting are available at the spa at Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach. The spa has partnered with plastic surgeon Harold Bafitis.