How are you giving feedback to high performers?
Entrepreneur online

Many leaders probably haven't considered the ratio of praise to criticism they are giving, particularly to high-performing employees. Beth Miller offers questions to ask yourself about how you give feedback and how you help employees take corrective action.

SAT participation, scores drop, data show

SAT scores for the class of 2015 were the lowest since the test was overhauled 10 years ago, according to the College Board. Data show reading scores were at their lowest in about 40 years, and fewer students are taking the exam.

Fed: Housing, auto sales driving US economy's growth

The US economy is continuing to grow modestly, largely as a result of increased activity in the housing market and strengthening auto sales, according to the Federal Reserve's beige book. The oil industry is under pressure from low global prices, and manufacturing is starting to feel the effects of China's slowdown.

Egg shortage complicates McDonald's plan for all-day breakfast
Bloomberg

McDonald's customers have been clamoring for years for all-day breakfast. The restaurant has finally complied, but its timing couldn't be worse because of an egg shortage. "It's going to make it harder for everyone," said Darren Tristano, executive vice president at Technomic. "It's going to lift prices across a lot of those products that use eggs."

Smoking ups mortality risk in diabetes patients

Diabetes patients who smoked had a 55% increased overall mortality risk and 49% increased cardiovascular mortality risk, compared to those who never smoked, according to a study in the journal Circulation. Researchers also found smoking cessation reduced mortality risk, with former smokers showing an increased risk of 19% for total mortality and 15% for cardiovascular mortality.

When celebrity endorsements go wrong
Momentology

The downfall of Subway endorser Jared Fogle might be the greatest spokesman implosion of all time, but the restaurant chain isn't alone in having to deal with celebrity meltdowns, Lisa Lacy writes. Her list of endorsement disasters includes Bill Cosby's role as the face of Jell-O, Nike's association with convicted killer Oscar Pistorius and numerous brands' relationships with cyclist Lance Armstrong.

7-Eleven teams with DoorDash on mobile delivery service

7-Eleven will allow customers in five top markets to order items from the store for delivery via their smartphones, in a new venture with DoorDash, an on-demand delivery service. DoorDash is expanding from its restaurant clientele, a move that industry observers say points to increasing consumer demand for instant and convenient delivery.

Samsung readies 4K with Blu-ray player next year
Engadget

Samsung will bring an Ultra HD Blu-ray player to market early next year, and Fox is on board to provide the content. Samsung is said to be the first company to unveil plans for a 4K- and High Dynamic Range-compatible Blu-ray player, Richard Lawler writes.

Appeals court allows Novartis to proceed with scheduled release of biosimilar drug
Reuters

An appeals court decided Wednesday to deny Amgen's request to stop Novartis from selling Zarxio, a biosimilar version of Amgen's anti-infection drug Neupogen. The biosimilar treatment is scheduled to be released today. In July, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in favor of Novartis' generic medications unit Sandoz in a patent infringement case filed by Amgen.

Huawei, Sony, Acer unveil new flagship phones

Huawei Technologies has introduced its first high-end smartphone, the 5.5-inch Mate S, which is designed to challenge Apple and Samsung Electronics. Separately, Acer unveiled the Jade Primo but declined to say if the large-screen Windows 10 Mobile device would ship to the US. Sony trotted out three Xperia Z5 models, with one sporting a 4K display.

Core samples will help determine viability of wind energy on Lake Erie

A team of geotechnical engineers and drillers 10 miles offshore in Lake Erie is taking core samples of the lake bottom to determine whether wind turbines can be installed and what type of foundation would be needed. The civil engineering department at Case Western Reserve University and other laboratories will analyze the samples.

Report: R.I. is home to almost 10,000 clean energy jobs

The clean energy industry has created almost 10,000 jobs in Rhode Island, according to the state Office of Energy Resources and the Executive Office of Commerce. The industry has added 613 positions in the past year, said the report. Many of those jobs are in energy efficiency, about 11% are in renewables, like wind and solar. An offshore wind farm from Deepwater Wind and other potential offshore development will likely create even more jobs, said state Energy Commissioner Marion Gold.

TSA finds a gun in athlete Dwight Howard's carry-on bag
FoxSports.com

Transportation Security Administration screeners at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas, found a loaded gun in professional basketball player Dwight Howard's carry-on bag. No charges were filed and Howard was allowed to board a later flight after giving the weapon to an associate.

Shvasa Spa is a calm retreat in Gurgaon, India
IBN Live (India)

Writer Divya Pal describes her blissful experience at Shvasa Spa at the Hyatt Regency Gurgaon in India, where she was treated to a foot soak and massage with essential oils, a deep pore-cleansing facial and 30-minute a shoulder and scalp massage. "Shvasa Spa offers an unforgettable session to guests who want to experience a perfect balance of mind and body," Pal writes.