Lawmakers, business leaders rally behind NAFTA modernization
The Hill

Business leaders and lawmakers are calling on the US to reach a deal with Canada and Mexico to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement rather than exit the deal.

Data: More students are financially independent

College and university students are now more likely to be financially independent from their parents, with the majority of such students being female or people of color, according to a new study from the Institute for Women's Policy Research. The data also show that the independent students are more likely to attend for-profit colleges, and have lower completion rates than dependent students.

Merkel: Budget shortfall from Brexit to challenge EU

Coping with a budget hole caused by Brexit will be extremely challenging for the EU, German Chancellor Angela Merkel says. A growing need to pay for defense and immigration makes this a particularly difficult time to come up with more money for the EU budget, she says.

Red Lobster campaign highlights sustainable seafood supply

Red Lobster has launched a campaign to give consumers more information about the source of the seafood it serves, one of a growing number of restaurant chains and food retailers working to demonstrate the authenticity of their food supply chains. The company has completed a supply chain review, and all of its seafood is now responsibly sourced and sustainable, Chief Executive Officer Kim Lopdrup said.

Poll finds clinical portals, APIs preferred for improving interoperability

Black Book Research surveyed 7,459 health care professionals, administrators and technology managers in ambulatory and inpatient settings in 23 countries and found that 72% of respondents cited application programming interfaces, web services and clinical portals as their preferred method for connecting disparate systems. Ninety percent of respondents outside the US reported being confused about what defines a highly interoperable EHR system, while 7% indicated their regional health IT system had "meaningful connectivity" with other providers.

NBC reveals digital streaming ad revenue on hit shows

NBC Entertainment's Robert Greenblatt revealed that the network has been working on measuring its content views and revenue beyond linear TV to those streaming its shows. Forty-four percent of ad revenue made from "This Is Us" has come from digital views, and around 36% of ad revenue for "The Good Place" has been earned via digital, the company reports.

Transit times increasing due to ELD mandate

Shipper costs per mile are up 4%, while transit times are increasing for routes of 450 to 550 miles, according to Zipline Logistics. The company's analysis shows a 16.2% increase in transit days after the electronic logging device mandate went into effect.

Samsung reduces OLED panel production

Samsung will reduce its production of OLED displays amid low demand for Apple's iPhone X. The company initially planned to produce 45 million to 50 million screens in the first quarter of 2018 but has cut that number to 20 million or fewer.

Federal judge reverses $2.54B patent verdict for Gilead's hepatitis C drugs

Gilead has won a reversal on a ruling for its patent suit with Merck regarding its hepatitis C drugs Sovaldi and Harvoni after US District Judge Leonard Stark of Delaware decided Merck's patent was invalid and didn't fulfill a requirement disclosing how the treatment can be made without undue experimentation. Stark's ruling overturned a jury verdict that had required Gilead Sciences to pay Merck a record $2.54 billion for the patent infringement.

Comcast to test wireless services on 3.5 GHz band

Comcast will be testing fixed and mobile wireless services using the 3.5 GHz CBRS band in Philadelphia, the home of its headquarters. The company will use three types of radio transmitters and three types of mobile devices and handsets during the trials.

Disaster-mitigation funds available for Texas communities hit by Harvey

Texas expects to get more than $1 billion in disaster-mitigation funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency by the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, and $500 million is ready to be disbursed, Gov. Greg Abbott said. Harvey dropped more than 60 inches of rain in parts of southeast Texas after making landfall in August.

IKEA offers UK customers hassle-free savings on renewable energy

IKEA has partnered with Big Clean Switch to offer UK customers the lowest possible prices for renewable energy. Interested customers can sign up for the program, with the eventual energy costs to be based on the number of enrollments.

FedEx's first female African-American pilot reflects on her journey

FedEx interviewed Tahirah Lamont Brown on her journey to become the company's first female African-American pilot. "I ... tell young people to not allow negative attitudes to affect you," she said. "We can be our biggest barriers at times. We have to overcome our own personal barriers to achieve our goals."

Hotels hurry to curry vegetarians' favor

Hotels are adapting to consumer demand by making vegan and vegetarian dishes more commonplace on menus. Adding 27 such items at 75 of its US full-service properties marks "a huge shift," said Bradley Moore of Interstate Hotels & Resorts.