Red Lobster credits a mention in a new Beyonce song for at least part of the 33% jump in sales on Super Bowl Sunday, the company said. The song, "Formation," helped make the brand a trending topic on Twitter for the first time. "It's clear that Beyonce has helped create some Red Lobster fans, and we are very grateful to her for that," said CEO Kim Lopdrup.
American Pharoah's fame as a Triple Crown winner could be dwarfed, at least financially, by his retirement on a Kentucky stud farm. The best stallions collect hundreds of thousands of dollars in stud fees for each mare they "cover" in an increasingly sophisticated marketplace that combines earthy realities with speculation, technology and bragging rights. "Everybody just wants to say, 'I'm breeding five of my mares to American Pharoah,' or whoever is the stallion of the month," says Rommy Faversham.
More US students met proficiency standards in science on the Program for International Student Assessment between 2003 and 2012, according to an analysis by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development. Data show a 6 percentage-point decrease among low-performing students in science but reveal no gains in math and reading.
Hedge funds are eager to short securities backed by subprime auto loans, but few banks are willing to make such transactions. Banks say new laws make such deals difficult. They also worry that their reputations would be tarnished if they participated in the deals.
Burger King will beef up its menu with grilled hot dogs, a new menu item that can be cooked on the same equipment that turns out the chain's signature flame-broiled burgers, the company said Wednesday. The chain began experimenting with hot dog recipes about 18 months ago in response to customer requests, and it tested the all-beef frank in five cities before rolling it out nationwide, said Alex Macedo, president of the company's North America division.
A study in the British Medical Journal found that a patient-to-nurse ratio of no more than six patients per nurse is associated with 20% lower patient mortality than when each nurse is responsible for at least 10 patients. Findings also show a 17% reduction in mortality with lower patient-to-nurse ratios in surgical wards.
Twitter has launched an algorithm that prioritizes certain tweets at the top of timelines based on factors such as engagement, activity on the site and mentions. Users can opt in to use the feature, and the rest of their timelines will appear in the normal time-based way.
The US floral industry has changed dramatically over the past two decades, as production shifted to South America, cut flowers became available at every supermarket and online delivery services grew as traditional florists consolidated or closed. Some, including Virginia floral designer Holly Heider Chapple, are bucking the long-stemmed rose trend with arrangements made with blooms that look like they were just picked from an English garden.
Google is implementing a security feature for users that will identify if accounts sending or receiving e-mails are from unencrypted sources. Google will also add a notification if the person with whom you are corresponding is not authenticated. While unauthenticated users are not necessarily dangerous, it is one more tool Google is providing for people concerned with security, Jon Russell writes.
Pfizer said it will establish a new division by integrating Allergan's ophthalmology and aesthetics products to its consumer health product line upon the completion of its $160 billion purchase of Allergan. The new global specialty and consumer brand division will operate under Pfizer's innovative products unit. The acquisition is expected to be completed in the second half of this year.
LightSquared has a new identity -- Ligado Networks -- and plenty of spectrum, but the company has yet to win regulatory approval to deploy those frequencies. CEO Doug Smith said Ligado, which recently emerged from bankruptcy, is considering its business options. "Our plan is to build a business here and to put the spectrum to use," Smith said.
Long Beach, Calif., is using a public-private partnership to build a new $530 million city hall, port headquarters, library and park. The project includes two 11-story buildings, and the city will pay for the projects over 40 years. A $390 million courthouse in Long Beach was also built using P3.
The US Supreme Court has voted 5-4 to temporarily bar the government from implementing President Barack Obama's plan to cut emissions from coal-fired power plants. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is set to hear arguments June 2. American Wind Energy Association CEO Tom Kiernan said the stay "does not mean the Clean Power Plan has been overturned; to the contrary, we are confident that once the courts carefully consider the merits of these cases, the Clean Power Plan will stand."
Easterwood Airport in College Station, Texas, is set to receive $4 million in federal grants. The money will be used to improve the Transportation Security Administration checkpoint area and add a cafe to the secure side of the facility.
The city of Porto in Portugal contains many structures that display several styles of centuries-old architecture, including Gothic, Baroque, Brutalist, Gothic, neo-Classical and Renaissance. Travelers will enjoy staying at a boutique hotel located in a 19th-century building; dining at Traca, which is located in a 17th-century building; shopping at a nearly 100-year-old grocery store; and viewing a 13th-century Gothic cathedral.