How to make your PowerPoint presentations less boring

If your audience's eyes glaze over when you fire up PowerPoint, you're doing something wrong, writes Stephanie Scotti. A good PowerPoint presentation is tailored to its audience, with plenty of images, not too much text and careful pacing. "Time and time again I see my clients experience an 'aha' moment when they realize how effectively they can engage with their listeners using these techniques," Scotti writes.

Head of House education committee will not seek re-election
Minnesota Public Radio

US Rep. John Kline, chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, will not seek re-election in 2016. Kline said he will continue his work to overhaul and replace No Child Left Behind and expand access to higher education while still in office.

US gained 173,000 jobs last month

Employers added 173,000 jobs to the US economy last month, according to data from the Department of Labor. The job gain was slightly below analysts' expectations, but the unemployment rate still fell from 5.3% to 5.1%, the lowest mark since 2008.

Millennials make their mark on the snack industry

The average US consumer eats 2.6 daily snacks and 41% have three or more, a trend that's growing with the spending power of millennials, said IRI's Sally Lyons Wyatt. Snack trends include plant-based proteins, fair trade products and raw chocolate.

CDC reports on prevalence of ADHD in young children
HealthDay News

A CDC report showed 31% of US children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder were diagnosed before age 6 and almost 50% received their diagnosis before age 7. The findings, based on interviews of about 3,000 parents of children with ADHD and 115 parents of children with Tourette's syndrome, also revealed that more than 50% of the children were diagnosed by a general pediatrician or family doctor, while only 25% of those diagnosed before age 6 received their diagnosis from a psychiatrist.

Facebook goes back to school

Facebook has teamed with a California charter school to develop software that individualizes education and is being offered to schools for free. The project echoes CEO Mark Zuckerberg's philanthropic focus on education. "[W]e all wanted to find a way to help make an impact by doing what we do best -- building software," Facebook's Chris Cox wrote in a blog post.

Sam's Club teams with TrueCar to offer an auto-buying program
Fortune

Sam's Club has partnered with TrueCar to offer its members guaranteed discounts on new and used autos from 10,000 dealers nationwide. The warehouse club sees the partnership as a membership perk rather than a sales generator.

Skimmers for ATMs get more sophisticated
Krebs On Security blog

ATM skimmers are becoming more sophisticated, with insert skimmers becoming the latest criminal trend, writes Brian Krebs, a security blogger. Insert skimmers are installed inside the card-acceptance slot, making them difficult to spot.

335,000 cases of cheese slices added to Kraft Heinz recall

An initial recall of about 36,000 cases of Kraft Singles products was expanded by Kraft Heinz to add 335,000 cases of the cheese slices after two more choking incidents were reported. The company said when the product is unwrapped, a thin section of packaging film may remain on the cheese, causing a choking hazard. Shipments made to South Korea, Belize and several Caribbean islands are included in the expanded recall. The initial recall included retail establishments in Grand Cayman, Puerto Rico and the US.

T-Mobile enables video calls on pair of Samsung phones
CNETWireless Week

T-Mobile US will allow video calling directly from Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+. Also, T-Mobile announced it does not plan to offer the Sony Xperia Z5 phone.

Report: $13.3B of flood damage is averted with Corps' projects
Army.mil

Flood prevention projects in the south-central and southwestern US saved the country from $13.3 billion worth of damage during flooding in May and June, according to a report from the Army Corps of Engineers. May was the wettest month on record in Texas and Oklahoma. In the Dallas-Fort Worth area alone, $6.7 billion in damages were averted, while Arkansas River Basin projects saved the area from incurring $350 million in damages.

Sen. Rubio vows to allow crude exports, stop CPP

Presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said Wednesday that if elected, he would end the ban on crude oil exports and stop the federal Clean Power Plan.

Airbus CEO calls for ATC reform
Air Transport World

Airbus Chairman and CEO Allan McArtor says it is time the nation's air traffic control system is "free from political shenanigans" and placed under control of a stand-alone organization. "I want the safest ATC system in the world, but I also want the most efficient system in the world," he said. "We have the safest system in the world, but that's not the issue. It's about efficiency."

Christmas in London: 10 hotels worth a visit

If you are planning to spend Christmas in London and are looking for a hotel that embraces the holiday season, this article has 10 suggestions. The list includes The Dorchester, which features extensive Christmas decorations.