Influenza activity so far this season has been moderate, with elevated activity expected to continue for several more weeks, CDC researchers reported in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. An accompanying report showed that the batch of flu vaccine distributed this year has been 48% effective, compared with 47% vaccine efficacy last year.
The Department of Justice revealed President Donald Trump has no plans to take his travel ban to the Supreme Court, and instead will likely replace the executive order with a new immigration act next week. There is no word yet whether the new order will be tailored to be more acceptable to the courts.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in a recent interview addressed a variety of topics, such as school choice, Common Core and the Every Student Succeeds Act. On school choice, DeVos said, "Florida is a good and growing example of what can happen when you have a robust array of choices."
R. Alexander Acosta, a law school dean and a former member of the National Labor Relations Board, has been nominated by President Donald Trump to become labor secretary. Acosta's government service also includes work as a US attorney in Florida and as assistant attorney general for the Justice Department Civil Rights Division under President George W. Bush.
Wal-Mart's 2,500-square-foot test convenience store in Crowley, Texas, offers hot foods, coffee taps, a healthy food section, a walk-in beer fridge and gasoline pumps. The store is one of two convenience stores being tested by the retailer, both of which are located in Supercenter parking lots.
The survival rates among extremely preterm infants increased from 30% in 2000 to 36% in 2011, and the rate of those who didn't develop neurological impairments at ages 18 to 22 months rose from 16% to 20% over the same period, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers said that survival improvements may be tied to wider steroid use among mothers and lower infection rates.
Iris has launched a Participation Brand Index to see which brands are making the best use of consumer advocacy, with Apple in first place, followed by Amazon, Google and Netflix. BMW and Jeep were the top-ranked automakers, with Jeep encouraging consumers to share stories of their emotional connections to their vehicles with the hashtag #myjeepstory.
Hanjin Shipping Co. will liquidate its assets following a final court ruling declaring the company bankrupt after overcapacity, a falling global economy, low freight rates and rising debt affected the company's profits. A Seoul court filed the ruling and a court-appointed caretaker will sell any remaining assets to pay creditors.
Boehringer Ingelheim's Spiriva Respimat, or tiotropium bromide, has been approved by the FDA for use as a long-term, once-a-day treatment for asthma in patients at least 6 years old. The drug was initially approved for the same condition for patients 12 years and older.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has released an Innovation Agenda that promotes a free and open internet. The industry is praising the agenda, which seeks patent reform, protects cross-border data flows and preserves "the open, competitive nature of the internet against unnecessary government regulation while promoting continued development of innovative online services."
Canadian architecture firm Quadrangle wants to use Toronto's CN Tower as the foundation for a residential project. The firm is proposing affixing modular condo units made of cross-laminated timber to the tower's exterior.
Carbon emissions at 377 US universities have decreased by 8% since 2007, according to a report from Sightlines and the University of New Hampshire Sustainability Institute. The University of Connecticut is taking sustainability a step further, enacting a 2020 Vision to replace the campus' dependence on fossil fuels with renewable energy sources.
American Airlines is awaiting approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China to begin service between Los Angeles and Beijing. "American has been in regular contact with Chinese authorities concerning the availability of slots, and has made plans to send one of its senior executives to China to discuss the issue in-person," American said in a regulatory filing, noting that the airline "fully expects that its continued efforts will eventually prove successful."
More than 33,000 hotel rooms are projected to be added in 10 major US cities this year, heralding good deals for travelers. New York leads with 8,600-plus, while Chicago is in line for more than 2,000.