Something to try when you're undecided
3/27/2017 SmartBrief/Leadership

Take advantage of your emotions when making a decision, says John Baldoni in this video and blog post. Try writing down the possible decisions on small pieces of paper, selecting one from a bowl and measuring your reaction, knowing that you can always go another direction.

School preps ELLs for college
3/27/2017 National Public Radio

East Allen University in Fort Wayne, Ind., is a public high school that helps English-language learners earn both a high-school diploma and an associate degree. The school helps students navigate an unfamiliar educational system by offering English language support, college counseling and tutors.

Study identifies industries with best 401(k)s

A Judy Diamond Associates study based on 500,000 401(k)s reveals industries with the best-performing plans, including ones for accountants, dentists, financial professionals, insurance brokers and lawyers. Blue-collar industries generally lag white-collar ones, but the study shows a few surprises.

Fareway to open 2nd specialty meat market in Neb.

Iowa-based Fareway Stores will open a Fareway Meat Market in Lincoln, Neb. this fall. The 6,500-square-foot full-service specialty store will be Fareway's second store operating under the concept, which debuted in Omaha last year.

AAP, others urge FDA to prohibit all flavored tobacco products

The FDA should ban all candy- and fruit-flavored tobacco products, and Congress should oppose legislation reducing FDA oversight on e-cigarettes and cigars, according to a joint report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and four other health care organizations. "Eliminating all flavored tobacco products is a critical step in preventing tobacco companies from addicting another generation of kids and reversing our nation's progress in the fight against tobacco," the groups wrote.

Smirnoff, 72andSunny poke fun of craft competition

Smirnoff has enlisted the help of social media star and model Chrissy Teigen to strike back at "fake crafty" competitors with its latest ad from 72andSunny. The brand intends to leverage Teigen's 4.8 million Twitter fans to advance the message that Smirnoff is quality vodka at a reasonable price through a series of social media videos and ad spots.

Burger King to overhaul its chicken sourcing
3/24/2017 The Huffington Post

Burger King has committed to sourcing all its chicken from farms that follow the humane standards established by the Global Animal Partnership within seven years. Other chains that follow the policy include Chipotle, Starbucks and Panera Bread. search feature pulled amid security fears
3/27/2017 ZDNet

Microsoft has removed the search function from after users pointed out that anyone could search for personal documents through it if the user forgot to mark them as private. However, many of the files had already been cached by search engines and remain visible on the web.

DuPont-Dow merger gains EU antitrust approval
3/27/2017 Reuters

A $130 billion merger between DuPont and Dow Chemical received conditional European Union antitrust approval today. DuPont agreed to sell assets including portions of its global pesticides business and Dow agreed to sell manufacturing plants in the US and Spain to secure the approval.

Tech companies scramble to scoop up NFL streaming rights
3/24/2017 Recode

Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Amazon have all submitted proposals to gain the rights to stream the NFL's Thursday night games, sources say. The NFL could make a decision on streaming rights as early as next month.

Water becoming increasingly unaffordable, Mich. State researchers find
3/27/2017 CBS MoneyWatch

Since 2000, water and sewer costs have more than doubled, rising faster than gasoline or electricity, according to the Brookings Institution. Michigan State University researchers say more than 30% of US households won't be able to afford water by the start of the next decade -- up from 1 in 10 now.

Oil, gas companies ramping up activity in Colo.
3/27/2017 The Denver Post

Colorado oil and natural gas producers want to double the number of rigs and invest 70% more in exploration in the Denver-Julesburg Basin this year, particularly in Adams, Arapahoe, Larimer and Weld counties. However, drillers face challenges as they increase activity in areas such as Broomfield and Aurora, where opposition is fierce.

Air Canada touts vacations to Iceland for summer
3/24/2017 Travelweek (Canada)

Air Canada is offering vacation packages to Iceland as the carrier prepares to launch its service to Reykjavik in June. The seasonal service aboard Air Canada Rouge will feature four weekly flights from Toronto and three from Montreal.

Independent hotels draw families via space, programming

Independent hotels are following the lead of the big chains and adopting family-oriented strategies of their own. Offerings range from educational excursions to laid-back public spaces where kids can get together.