Teachers from four elementary schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District will work on a program to support English-language learners that is assisted by the students' native languages. The district will collaborate with Loyola Marymount University, which received a $2.7 million grant to help fund the program and train 84 teachers.
The Honolulu Civil Beat has hired Ron Hochuli, 72, as an unpaid intern, saying the longtime Hawaii resident brings valuable community experience and fresh insight. If the experiment succeeds, the publication will create a fellowship based on newsroom-retiree collaboration.
Fourteen universities will begin offering "MicroMasters" courses based on the massive open online courses model and designed to help students sharpen workforce skills. The graduate-level program is available for free, though students can pay $1,000 to receive a certificate of completion.
The Greek Parliament has approved moving several government departments into a privatization fund set up to hold public assets until they can be sold. The package of bills passed in a 152-141 vote after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos intervened to round up support.
Asheville, N.C.-based organic grocer Earth Fare has opened its fourth Florida store and first in the Tampa Bay area. The 24,000-square-foot store sells only "free-from" products but customers will find all of the groceries on their shopping lists, said CEO Frank Scorpiniti.
The ONC has released an EHR contract guide and a health IT playbook to help health care providers with acquiring and using EHRs and other health IT tools. The "EHR Contracts Untangled" guide aims to assist decision-makers and health care professionals with negotiating EHR acquisitions, while the online Health IT Playbook provides information on implementing and using health IT tools to advance care.
Amazon is speeding development of its delivery operation to trim shipping costs and give it the ability to compete with FedEx, UPS and the Postal Service. Expansion allows the company to increase delivery capacity during busy times, but some current and former Amazon managers say the ultimate goal is to create a competitive domestic delivery network.
The Consumer Technology Association called out the "Top 5 Technology Trends to Watch for 2017" at its annual Innovate and Celebrate event in San Jose, Calif. CTA says the trends to keep an eye on next year include the advancement of digital assistants, augmented reality, driverless vehicles, and medical and sports technology.
Bristol-Myers Squibb will evaluate Opdivo, or nivolumab, in combination with Nektar Therapeutics' experimental NKTR-214 in Phase I/II trials as a treatment for five types of tumors and several indications, including bladder, kidney and non-small cell lung cancer. The studies will be funded equally by the firms.
TNT has ordered a pilot of drama series "Hinges," which is based on Janine Sherman Barrois' short story, "The Boom." The drama, which is centered around a scandal in the suburbs, will be directed by Anthony Hemingway, who will also serve as executive producer, alongside John Wells, Mark Taylor and Sherman Barrois.
The James A. Farley Post Office Building in New York City will be transformed into a rail station and retail center by a team that includes Related Cos., Skanska AB and Vornado Realty. The state tapped the group for the $1.6 billion project.
Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christine Todd Whitman pledged support for the Clean Power Plan on Monday, adding that the agency has done its best to develop a legally sound and flexible plan for states to curb carbon emissions. "It offers states extraordinary flexibility in how they comply with their obligations -- as much flexibility as I have ever seen EPA allow," she said.
SpaceX founder Elon Musk has outlined his vision for sending passenger spacecraft to Mars carrying up to 200 people at a time. Musk's most optimistic vision would put humans on Mars in about a decade.
Europe's biggest hotel chain is courting millennials and responding to the increasing Airbnb presence by inaugurating a youth hostel brand called Joe&Joe. AccorHotels hopes to list 50 hostels by 2020, beginning with Paris and Bordeaux, France, sites in 2018.