How going green bolstered Unilever's brand

The Unilever brand has gone from strength to strength since the company started to take sustainability seriously, says Unilever marketing chief Keith Weed. "There does seem to be a genuine interest in a company that is trying. We're certainly not always succeeding. But we're trying to learn from it," Weed said.

Congress does not renew student financial-aid assistance committee

Congress has disbanded the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance that had been instrumental in such higher-education policies as simplifying the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and developing ways to meet the needs of low- and moderate-income students. Renewal of the committee was part of a failed measure to extend the federal Perkins Loan Program.

US payrolls expanded by 142,000 in Sept.

The economy gained 142,000 jobs last month, according to the Labor Department. The total is below economists' expectations. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.1%. Previously reported payroll gains for August and July have been revised downward.

ALDI cutting out synthetic colors, PHO, MSG
Progressive Grocer

ALDI is reformulating products from its exclusive brand lines to cut out certified synthetic colors, partially hydrogenated oils and added MSG by the end of the year. The move is part of a bigger strategy by the retailer to put more of an emphasis on health, which also includes partnering with registered dietitians who offer tips, recipes and planning solutions to promote healthy, affordable meals for families.

Study links unsaturated fats, whole grains to lower heart risks

Study data published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology linked higher consumption of polyunsaturated fats and whole grains to a reduced risk of coronary heart disease, while greater intake of refined starches or added sugars and trans fat was tied to a higher likelihood of CHD. Cardiologist Robert Vogel commented that it is time to stop debating low-fat and low-carbohydrate diets and instead focus on the type and quality of fats and carbohydrates.

Sony uses YouTube channel to tempt 4K camera buyers
TV Technology

Sony has created a YouTube channel to showcase user-generated 4K content, testimonials and how-to videos in an effort to bring more 4K camera buyers to the table. Channel Manager Brett Erlich says the goal is to "create a community of Sony users, owners and operators of 4K cameras."

Staples to keep stores closed on Thanksgiving
BloombergUSA Today

Staples will close its stores on Thanksgiving this year, bucking the growing trend of opening on the holiday to get an early start on Black Friday. The retailer will offer online-only deals and give its store employees the holiday off. Retail traffic fell 5.2% over Thanksgiving weekend last year, as consumers spread their spending over a longer period, NRF spokeswoman Kathy Allen said.

LG's 2nd-gen Watch Urbane lets users leave their phones at home
Wireless Week

LG has announced that its second-generation Watch Urbane will come with 4G and 3G cellular connectivity, allowing the wearer to use the device without being tethered to a nearby smartphone. The smartwatch will also tout Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and will launch first in the US and Korea.

Allergan wraps up $2.1B purchase of Kythera Biopharmaceuticals

Allergan's purchase of Kythera Biopharmaceuticals has been completed for about $2.1 billion. The acquisition gives Allergan access to Kythera's Kybella, or deoxycholic acid, an FDA-approved treatment for double chin.

"Daily Show" with Trevor Noah debuts with strong numbers

Trevor Noah's Monday debut as host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" garnered 3.475 million viewers on average on a dozen Viacom channels. The total measures up to former host Jon Stewart's Aug. 6 finale, which attracted the show's second-biggest same-night numbers. Some 7.3 million tuned in to a portion of Monday's "The Daily Show," with an average median age of 41 on the channels.

Louvre Abu Dhabi's domed, starred roof complete
Haute Living online

The Louvre Abu Dhabi's dome-shaped roof, which includes several thousand star shapes and was designed by award-winning French architect Jean Nouvel, is complete. The dome, which spans about 590 feet, will project palm tree-shaped light patterns into an exhibition space below. The roof has eight layers of cladding with aluminum and stainless steel star-shaped pieces, creating an outer canopy.

India promises steep reductions in carbon intensity

India has pledged to reduce its carbon intensity by 35% by 2030 and to get at least 40% of its energy from renewable sources by then. "Though India is not part of the problem, it wants to be part of the solution," said Prakash Javadekar, the nation's environment minister.

FedEx expands small-business grant program

FedEx plans to award $60,000 in grants to small businesses in Singapore and Hong Kong. The FedEx Small Business Grant Contest launched in the US in 2012, and the company is expanding it to international locations this year.

A visit to Italy's QC Terme San Pellegrino

Writer Laurie Werner visited Italy's opulent QC Terme San Pellegrino, which opened nearly a year ago. The 64,583-square-foot spa features restored frescoes, columns and baths filled with the area's famous mineral water. It has baths with waterfalls or jets, saunas, aromatherapy steam rooms, an outdoor pool and relaxation area with waterbeds. A bistro and massage services are available.