The networking secret of Cinnabon's president
1/16/2017 SmartBrief/Leadership

Your professional network of influencers doesn't need to include more than 10 people, writes Cinnabon President Joe Guith. "Identify the values you want to explore and look for executives who not only embody those values, but whom you can continue to learn from and engage with in a meaningful way in the long term," he writes.

How some states address media literacy

Florida and Ohio require media-literacy lessons in schools, while other states, such as Washington, are in the process of adopting guidelines. Some groups are working to support the efforts with resources and frameworks about the topic.

ACA replacement involves coverage for all, Trump says

President-elect Donald Trump is finalizing a plan to provide "insurance for everybody," saying he is awaiting confirmation of Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to put the plan forward. Trump also plans to target drugmakers to stem rising prices.

Panera's menu is now 100% additive-free
1/16/2017 CNBC

Panera Bread has completed its mission to remove all preservatives, artificial flavors and other additives from its restaurant menus and packaged goods, the company said. The effort took several years, partnerships with 300 vendors and the reformulation of 122 menu items.

Study: Soft drinks No. 1 purchase in SNAP households

Soft drinks were the top item purchased by households in the US Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, accounting for 5% of dollars spent on food, a USDA study found. Overall, data showed about 40 cents of every SNAP dollar went toward food basics such as meat, fruits, vegetables, milk, eggs and bread.

Is Snapchat search a sign of things to come for advertisers?
1/16/2017 Advertising Age

Snapchat has made it possible for users to search content in its app, and observers say that could pave the way for the platform to allow brands to pay to make their content more visible. "This is just the beginning for them rethinking ways to present content from people, brands and media companies," Laundry Service's Jason Stein says.

Rail, truck industries aim to reverse Obama-era rules

Leaders of the trucking and rail industries will work together to push the Trump administration to limit transportation regulators on their ability to write new rules. The groups hope to reverse some safety initiatives from the Obama administration that they say are costly and of little value.

Apple boosts size for submissions to TV App Store
1/16/2017 Engadget

Apple has significantly upped the size of apps that developers can bring to the Apple TV App Store, allowing up to 4GB. The move is said to be good for game developers.

Timing rule for biosimilar launches under Supreme Court review
1/16/2017 ReutersRegulatory Focus

The US Supreme Court has granted the petition of Novartis' Sandoz unit to review a Court of Appeals interpretation of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act that delayed the launch of its biosimilar version of Amgen's Neupogen for 180 days after FDA approval. Novartis' appeal noted that the ruling improperly gave the reference product manufacturer an extra six months of exclusivity when a period of exclusivity has already been provided under the law.

AT&T CEO meets with Trump to discuss job creation

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson recently met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower. AT&T's proposed $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner was not a topic of discussion during the meeting, which centered primarily on job creation, wage increases and "the policies and the regulations that stand in the way of them creating further jobs," said incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

Report: Mich. lock project to provide up to $1.75B in economic benefit
1/16/2017 The Detroit News

The cost to build a new passage at the Soo Locks in Michigan's Sault Ste. Marie could be as high as $626 million, but the a report commissioned by the US Treasury Department says the project is "of major economic significance." It predicts the project could provide up to $1.74 billion in economic benefits, and Michigan's governor is pushing to have the project funded.

Number of US oil rigs declines, Baker Hughes reports
1/16/2017 Reuters

The US oil rig count fell by seven to 522 in the week ended Jan. 13, marking only the second week of declines in the past seven months, according to Baker Hughes. However, analysts expect oil companies to resume adding rigs soon, a recovery seen lasting into 2018.

Airport, airline workers protected under law criminalizing attacks
1/16/2017 USA Today

Airport and airline workers are now protected under a 2001 law that set fines and up to 10 years in prison for anyone who assaults "a federal, airport, or air carrier employee who has security duties within the airport, interferes with the performance of the duties of the employee or lessens the ability of the employee to perform those duties." The law had previously been interpreted to apply only to Transportation Security Administration or law enforcement officers.

Iceland's uniqueness honored in 2 hotel approaches
1/16/2017 AsiaOne News

Iceland's Design Hotels displays its versatility with two properties tailored to the country's distinctive ambience. The recently renovated ION Luxury Adventure Hotel reflects the stark beauty of the Mount Hengill area, while the 101 Hotel in urban Reykjavik still shows its origins as a 1930s office building.