Trump plans to keep rocking the boat

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.

Study: Students who struggle emotionally perform worse in college

First-year college students who don't feel emotionally prepared for their new settings tend to have lower grades than peers who feel more ready for college, a recent poll shows. Some 61% of students who said they felt emotionally unprepared were female, and 42% came from homes where their parents did not graduate from college, the data showed.

Clinton to release Wall Street plan

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 reportedly preps for Prime Now service in Twin Cities

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.

Obama signs law stopping ACA redefinition of "small business"
ABC News

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 considers emoticons beyond the "like" button

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.

TJX CEO to hand over the reins in 2016
BloombergBoston Herald

TJX Cos. CEO Carol Meyrowitz will resign the post on Jan. 31, handing the reins to Ernie Herrman, who has been with the company since 1989 and was named president in 2011. Meyrowitz, who is credited with expanding the retailer's Marshalls, HomeGoods and T.J. Maxx banners, will stay on as executive chairman.

Beats Pill+ to arrive next month
USA Today

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.

FDA fast-tracks rare skin cancer treatment from Merck, Pfizer
PharmaTimes (U.K.)

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.

Senate panel ponders wireless broadband spectrum
Broadcasting & Cable

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.

Waste-to-energy project developed in D.C.
Energy Business Review

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.

Dominion prepares to hold second auction for Va. offshore pilot project

Dominion Resources is preparing to hold a second bidding round for a two-turbine offshore wind farm in Virginia, according to the company. Meanwhile, said Dominion, a group of industry leaders and state officials will press the state General Assembly for approval. During the initial bidding round, Dominion received an offer for $230 million -- almost twice the amount it expected to spend on the project. To cut costs, Dominion said it would hire several contractors to complete different parts of the wind farm.

Passenger traffic is on the rise for Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines' passenger numbers increased by 3.1% last month compared to the same period a year ago. Some 8 million passengers flew with Hawaiian through the first nine months of 2015.

Nev. casino operators ask state to require alternatives to new power plant
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Operators of casinos and hotels in southern Nevada want state regulators to compel Nevada Power to offer alternatives to its proposed $965 million gas plant. The operators are among several groups concerned about the rate impact of the 707-megawatt project, which Nevada Power is currently exploring after announcing it will end its purchase agreement with an Arizona plant in 2017.