Trump administration making it harder for skilled foreigners to work in US

The US government under President Donald Trump is creating obstacles for skilled foreigners who want to work in the US, data reviewed by Reuters show. The federal government is now challenging H-1B skilled worker visa applications far more frequently than during most of the Obama administration.

Summer reading leads to Mass. school's book clubs

Students at Massachusetts middle school recently met in small groups to discuss the book they picked to read during the summer. While previous efforts called on all students to read the same book, the shift to a book-club format allowed students to choose a book from a list of 50 titles and gather with peers, plus a teacher, who chose the same book for in-school club activities.

Fed interest rate hike expected in Dec.

The Federal Reserve is likely to raise interest rates in December, according to 76% of respondents to a recent CNBC Fed Survey. The Fed is currently facing challenges caused by low inflation rates, as asset prices are growing quickly while goods and services prices are sluggish, according to Point Loma Nazarene University Chief Economist Lynn Reaser.

Harris Teeter bolsters e-commerce with new recipe site

Kroger banner Harris Teeter has teamed with omnichannel platform provider Myxx to roll out a website that allows customers to look for recipes and populate shopping lists from the recipes they find. The new site also lets shoppers send the recipe-based grocery lists to Harris Teeter's ExpressLane e-commerce service and place orders for in-store pickup or delivery.

Study: 2-week diet breaks may boost weight loss

A study in the International Journal of Obesity found obese men who took two-week breaks from their diet lost more weight than those who followed the diet continuously. Researchers said continuous calorie restriction may reduce resting metabolism to a point where it makes it more difficult to lose weight.

Snapchat woos advertisers, users with real-time sports and weather

Snapchat is investing in licensing agreements to provide its users with real-time sports and weather information, which enables them to provide more context with their social posts, such as virtual scoreboards. The move has also been picked up by advertisers such as Gatorade, which incorporated its branding into high-school football team scoreboards on the platform.

Walmart takes a different tack for seasonal staff

Walmart won't hire temporary staffers this holiday season and instead will offer existing employees the chance to earn more during the busy holiday weeks, the retailer said. The company employs about 1.5 million people in the US, and beefed-up training programs have prepared them to meet holiday season demands, said Judith McKenna, Walmart US chief operating officer.

Report: Companies boost security budgets as data breach costs rise

Data breach costs in North America have climbed to $1.3 million for large companies and $117,000 for small- and midsize businesses, a Kaspersky Lab and B2B International report states. The primary costs for enterprise recovery come from paying additional staff wages and a decrease in business, but the report notes that most firms are boosting their IT security budgets to handle increasing infrastructure complexity.

Orphan drug status granted to Amylyx's sclerosis drug

The FDA granted orphan drug status to Amylyx Pharmaceuticals' AMX0035, which is being developed as a treatment for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Altice's Economy Internet available to Suddenlink, Optimum customers

Altice's low-cost Economy Internet program has now been extended to hundreds of thousands of Suddenlink and Optimum customers across the US. The company is also working with libraries and community centers to provide free high-speed broadband service to the public.

Homebuilder confidence falls amid storms, labor shortages

Homebuilder confidence scores fell three points in September according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. Members remain concerned about the industry labor shortage and increased material costs after two hurricanes.

Solar panel prices reach 6 cents per kilowatt-hour

Utility-grade solar panels now have a median price of $1 per watt and 6 cents per kilowatt-hour, according to a report from the Department of Energy. The reduced cost, which meets a goal set for 2020, is due to more competition and improvements in solar efficiency.

TSA installs automated screening lines at Minneapolis airport

The Transportation Security Administration has installed automated security screening lanes at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport's main terminal. The airport is the nation's seventh to receive the technology, which speeds up passenger screening.

American Airlines will match discount fares, CEO says

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker said the carrier will continue to match fares offered by discount airlines. "We price our product to match the competition," he said.