Feds' suit alleges Oracle, JPMorgan discrimination
1/19/2017 The Associated PressABC News

The Labor Department alleges workplace discrimination in a lawsuit against Oracle and JPMorgan Chase. Oracle is accused of a "systemic practice" of paying white men more than nonwhite employees and women with the same job title, while JPMorgan is accused of wage discrimination against 93 women.

Tenn. residency pairs new teachers, veterans

Officials are hoping to enroll 50 math and science teachers in Tennessee in Project Inspire by 2018. The program trains new middle- and high-school teachers by pairing them with highly effective veteran teachers to serve a year in residency before teaching in a low-performing district school.

Rates to hit about 3% in 2019, Yellen says

The Federal Reserve intends to increase interest rates several times a year until they reach a sustainable rate of about 3% in 2019, Chair Janet Yellen says. A gradual increase makes sense now that inflation is on target and the US is near full employment, she says.

Whole Foods to move more food prep to outside vendors

Whole Foods Market will close three East Coast kitchens and transition the production of prepared foods to outside suppliers, the retailer said. The move is intended to increase efficiency, and most of the employees displaced by the closures are expected to fill other jobs at Whole Foods or its suppliers, said spokeswoman Heather McCready.

Cell phone use during workout affects intensity, balance
1/19/2017 HealthDay News

Research showed talking on a cell phone or texting while exercising reduced workout intensity and balance. Researchers reported in the journals Computers in Human Behavior and in Performance Enhancement & Health that listening to music on a cell phone while working out did not affect postural stability.

Chatbots poised to become a brand must-have
1/19/2017 Adweek

Facebook is among social platforms encouraging brands to develop chatbots to offer customer service and provide e-commerce support. The popularity of chatbots will only increase as more consumers spend time on social and become reluctant to visit separate platforms to engage with brands or buy products, Feelter CEO Smadar Landau writes.

Nordstrom information chief to depart

Nordstrom Chief Information Officer Dan Little will step down from the position in the fall after three years. The move follows the departure of Nordstrom's chief technology officer and the appointment of the newly-created chief innovation officer, and coincides with the retailer's efforts to bring online sales growth into its department stores.

Nintendo to release "Super Mario Run" on Android

Nintendo has set a March release for its "Super Mario Run" smartphone game on Android devices. The game was released on Apple devices in December and was downloaded 40 million times over its first four days of availability.

E-cigarette firms see opportunity to ease oversight under new administration
1/19/2017 Reuters

A coalition of stakeholders has sent a letter to Congress seeking to exempt e-cigarettes and other tobacco products launched by August 2016 from a law that places such devices under the same FDA regulations as those for cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, changing the current exemption date of February 2007. The move comes amid optimism over pledges by President-elect Donald Trump that his administration would seek to ease federal regulations on businesses, which has raised hopes that the law may be overturned in the long term.

Netflix growth propelled by content

Netflix's subscriber base reached 93.8 million by the end of 2016, with fourth-quarter profits hitting $67 million, a 56% increase from Q4 2015. The addition of offline viewing and Comcast X1 set-top box integration helped numbers, as did the company's focus on content, particularly its 600 hours of original content, says Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos.

$670M MLB stadium nears finish line in Atlanta

A joint venture among Barton Malow, Brasfield & Gorrie, Mortenson Construction and New South Construction is working around the clock to finish the $670 million stadium for Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves. Just-in-time delivery has been an important part of the project, because the site has limited space.

API: US crude inventories decline more than expected
1/19/2017 MarketWatch

US crude stockpiles shrunk by 5 million barrels in the week ended Jan. 13, exceeding analysts' forecast for a 900,000-barrel drop, according to the American Petroleum Institute. Gasoline and distillates inventories rose by 9.8 million barrels and 1.2 million barrels, respectively.

JetBlue offers triple point rewards for TrueBlue travelers to Cuba
1/19/2017 Skift

JetBlue Airways is offering triple points for loyalty program members who fly to Cuba. To earn the bonus points, TrueBlue members must register for the promotion online before booking travel.

Healthy, celebrity-approved retreats for 2017
1/19/2017 The Hollywood Reporter

The Dolder Grand hotel in Zurich, Switzerland, is among healthy-retreat choices popular with celebrities. The facility features a pool; steam bath; snow room; sanarium; infinity-edge whirlpool with views of the lake and mountains; and a sunaburo room, where your body is immersed in a tub of warm pebbles.