Trump is pushing for a new NAFTA deal

President Donald Trump is hoping for updates to the North American Free Trade Agreement that he says would protect American workers. Mexico, Canada and the US are working to negotiate a new deal in the coming weeks.

Civil rights cases dismissed by Education Dept.

More than 500 disability rights complaints have been dismissed by the US Education Department under a new protocol that officials say will streamline cases handled by the Office for Civil Rights. The provision allows the department to throw out complaints that are part of serial filings or that "place an unreasonable burden" on the office.

IMF: Debt, trade tension could derail growth

The International Monetary Fund's main advisory committee says trade tension and record-high global debt of $164 trillion threaten the strongest economic upturn since 2011. The committee says "monetary accommodation should continue where inflation remains weak and be gradually withdrawn where inflation looks set to return to central bank targets," indicating support of Federal Reserve interest-rate increases.

How restaurants can feed a craving for plant-based meals

More than 50% of consumers are buying and eating more fruits and vegetables this year than last year, and about one-third are limiting meat intake or eliminating it entirely, according to Datassential's "SNAP! Keynote Report: Plant-Based Eating." Restaurants can make the most of the trend with hearty, filling plant-based dishes and menu descriptions that avoid the terms "vegan" and "vegetarian," writes Jaclyn Marks.

EHR usability issues may lead to patient harm, group says

EHR usability issues that may harm patients include auto-refresh mix-ups, incomplete laboratory results, alert fatigue, unclear default settings and inadequately tested customization, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts. The organization recommends conducting safety testing during development and after an EHR system's implementation and enlisting stakeholders from throughout the industry to form a health IT safety collaborative.

How to use social to woo younger house buyers
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More real estate agents are turning to social media to showcase homes to younger consumers, writes Dario Cardile. Maximize Facebook's targeting potential, use YouTube videos to allow viewers to tour homes, combine beautiful photos and hashtags on Instagram and consider using Snapchat for short, day-in-the-life video content, he writes.

RealReal's Earth Day campaign melds luxury, sustainability

Luxury fashion resale site the RealReal teamed with Stella McCartney on a campaign to stress that upscale style can be compatible with sustainable practices. The campaign, which launched for Earth Day, includes a promotion that will offer customers $100 off a new Stella McCartney purchase when they sell a used piece from the designer.

Xbox One allowing more classic games to be played on console

Microsoft's Xbox One is increasing from 21 to 32 the number of original Xbox games that are compatible with the current Xbox One. By adding software-based backward compatibility to enable users to play games from several console generations back, Microsoft is generating new interest in forgotten games and increasing sales, writer Jeremy Horwitz argues.

FDA reportedly investigating unauthorized herpes vaccine trial
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A criminal investigation was reportedly launched by the FDA into a herpes vaccine trial carried out by the late microbiologist William Halford, who injected participants with his experimental and unapproved herpes simplex virus vaccine in Illinois hotel rooms and on a Caribbean island without following essential safety protocols. Kaiser Health News reported that the FDA was investigating the research, although the agency has not commented, and the government of the Caribbean nation of St. Christopher and Nevis said it did not authorize the trial and is investigating.

Report: Cable-wireless convergence on the horizon

A new report from Cowen has found that cable and wireless services will likely converge but that merger activity won't necessarily increase as a result. The report also found that pay-TV subscriber losses will continue to be minimal, with profit margins expected to remain strong as those who leave their pay-TV for streaming services typically maintain their broadband service, which has a higher margin.

Construction starts increase 11% in March

Dodge Data and Analytics reported that construction starts increased 11% in March. Starts reached a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $785.2 billion and are at the highest level in six months.

Opinion: Market forces will continue to steer clean energy push

Market forces are changing the US energy mix, giving way to innovation, clean energy investments and coal plant closures, writes Bill Ritter Jr., director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University. He argues that market forces -- not the Trump administration -- will continue to steer the energy market because utilities want low-cost electricity and investors and companies want market stability.

Air Canada leads biofuel demonstration project in Toronto

Air Canada is a leading partner in a project by Canada's Biojet Supply Chain Initiative to blend sustainable biofuel into the multiuser fuel supply system at Toronto Pearson International Airport. "Our participation is one way Air Canada is reducing its footprint and also helping our entire industry improve its environmental performance," said Calin Rovinescu, president and CEO of Air Canada.

Eco-friendliness pays off for Singapore hotels

While much progress remains to be made, Singapore hotels are cutting costs, pleasing guests and bolstering bottom lines through green practices ranging from water conservation to bicycle loans. "Our green efforts here certainly contribute to customers returning," said Ben Patten of Ibis Singapore on Bencoolen hotel.