Adding outdoor seating in the spring, summer and fall can boost restaurant revenue by as much as 30%, according to research by the Simons Advisory Group. Eateries with sidewalk space can set out tables and umbrellas, others may opt for rooftop decks and farm-to-table trends make dining in the garden popular, writes Jeff Caldwell, brand manager of Superior Shade.
Donald Trump's antics aren't generating the media buzz they once did, and some pollsters and strategists say the public is ready to move on. Trump's campaign team say they've been happy to coast on free media so far, but that they are preparing to spend around $20 million on paid ads to sustain their candidate's momentum. "I want to make America great again, and you can't do that if you come in a close second," Trump says.
Arne Duncan, outgoing US education secretary, and Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, this week advocated for greater investments in education for Latinos and English-language learners during the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute policy conference. Duncan called for improvements from prekindergarten to college.
US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton plans to release her strategy Thursday on how she would approach regulating the financial industry if she were elected. The plan includes strengthening the Volcker rule, taxing high-frequency trading, increasing fines levied by regulators and holding "bad actors on Wall Street accountable -- whether they are individuals or corporations."
Amazon is preparing to launch same-day grocery delivery in the Twin Cities with plans for an Amazon Prime Now distribution center in the Minneapolis region, according to reports on Tuesday. Amazon will join Schwan's Food Co., CobornsDelivers and Instacart, which also offer grocery delivery in the region.
President Barack Obama signed a law changing how the Affordable Care Act defines a small business. The new law keeps the definition at the current 50-employee threshold; the number was set to expand to 100 on Jan. 1. Small businesses must offer certain health benefits under the ACA, and business groups had said a change in the definition would have increased employers' health care costs. The law does allow states to increase the number.
Facebook reportedly is testing a feature called Reactions that would extend the functionality of the network's "like" button with emoticons. Users would be able to respond to content with icons expressing emotions such as sadness, anger and happiness.
IKEA has signed agreements to open locations in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra and Karnataka. In addition to scouting suitable sites for its first stores in India, the Swedish home furnishings retailer is also working to increase its base of suppliers in the country, a spokeswoman said.
Apple will debut its Beats By Dre "Beats Pill+" wireless speakers next month for $230. The Bluetooth-enabled speakers can be controlled remotely through a new mobile application that lets users pair two speakers together and manage playlists.
The FDA has granted fast-track status to Merck's and Pfizer's immunotherapy drug avelumab for the treatment of metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma, a rare type of skin cancer. The drug also holds orphan-drug designation.
Senators on Wednesday took up the issue of how to provide wireless broadband service in a more timely fashion. At a Senate Commerce Committee hearing, Chairman John Thune, R-S.D., termed legislation among "the most important work that can be done by the committee," especially in rural areas.
The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority has constructed a $470 million waste-to-energy facility that creates energy from sewage solids using thermal technology. The project at the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant "embodies a shift from treating used water as waste to leveraging it as a resource," said DC Water CEO and General Manager George Hawkins.
Legislation was proposed on Wednesday that would ban offshore drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf located off of Washington state, Oregon and California. The bill, proposed by a group of Democratic senators, would not affect current leases in federal waters or activity already allowed in state waters.
The Pentagon says it will soon decide on whether to grant United Launch Alliance a waiver that will enable the company to continue using Russian-made rocket engines. ULA says the waiver is key to allowing the company to compete for launch contracts.
The Six Senses Spa at Al Bustan Palace, recently launched in Muscat, Oman, is a 33,000-square-foot facility featuring 17 treatment rooms, two consultation rooms, infrared saunas, ice showers, steam rooms, hammams and more. A ladies-only club boasts a hammam, sauna, steam room, ice shower, gym, activity studio, relaxation area, indoor pool and private beach.