US would lose 300,000 jobs if it leaves NAFTA

Pulling out of the North American Free Trade Agreement would cost the US 300,000 jobs and slow economic growth from a projected 2% in 2019 to 1.5%, according to a report by Oxford Economics. Growth in business investment would also slow down.

Law schools face scrutiny, accreditation concerns

As enrollment appears to be rebounding for US law schools, the American Bar Association has publicly posted letters sent to more than a dozen schools warning of accreditation compliance violations for admitting students deemed not likely to succeed. The enrollment decline and other problems have led some institutions, such as Whittier College, to end their law school programs.

BlackRock CEO: Businesses must have clear social purpose

Laurence Fink, founder of asset management firm BlackRock, is calling for new forms of corporate governance defined by clearly articulated social purpose. If businesses fail to address their unsustainable social and environmental impact, Fink said, they can no longer expect BlackRock support.

Trader Joe's, Amazon, Costco atop grocery choice survey

Amazon joined Trader Joe's and Costco atop a survey of consumer grocery preferences released this week by Dunnhumby, with H.E. Butt Grocery, Walmart, Wegmans, Aldi, Sam's Club, Sprouts Farmers Market and Whole Foods Market rounding out the top 10. The Dunnhumby list combined financial performance with data from consumers' shopping habits.

Calif. provider alerts 1.3K patients about improper data access

An emergency department nurse improperly accessed the health records of 1,309 patients at Palomar Health in Escondido, Calif., between Feb. 10, 2016, and May 7, 2017, a hospital spokesman said. The information accessed included patients' names, medical record numbers, medications and dates of birth, but financial and/or insurance information was accessed in only four cases.

DDB, Skittles create Super Bowl ad for single person
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DDB has created a 60-second Super Bowl ad for Skittles that will only be shown to one super fan called Marcos Menendez who will then livestream his reaction to the spot via the brand's Facebook account. The brand is running teaser spots ahead of the event and will reveal the celebrity who stars in the ad.

GM using 3PL contractors at 17 plants in China

GM is using third-party logistics contractors in its 17 joint-venture general assembly facilities in China to handle material transport and parts warehousing delivery to the plant. By outsourcing the material handling jobs to logistics companies such as DHL, GM workers can focus on critical efficiency and quality jobs.

Growth in mobile app use slowed in 2017

The amount of time consumers spent in apps did not grow as much in 2017 as it did in 2016, per Flurry's "State of Mobile 2017" report, indicating that the category is starting to mature. Mobile shopping app use was up 54% in 2017 from 2016, while use of lifestyle apps was down 40%, the report states.

FDA, DOD initiate accelerated review program for medical products, devices

A new review program will be launched jointly by the FDA and the Department of Defense to expedite safety and efficacy review of medical products and devices judged to be essential for lifesaving treatments of US military personnel, with high-priority products for review to include cold-stored platelets, cryopreserved platelets and freeze-dried plasma. At least one workshop will be held by the agency and the department this year to inform FDA guidance on determining "unmet medical needs for battlefield settings," according to an initial blueprint for the initiative.

Lawsuits pile up to block FCC's repeal of net neutrality regulations

Attorneys general from more than 20 states, including California, New York, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, on Tuesday filed a combined petition to block the Federal Communications Commission's rollback of net neutrality regulations. Groups such as Mozilla and Free Press filed similar petitions in an effort to prevent the FCC from moving forward with the planned changes to net neutrality rules.

DACA concerns could hurt construction worker availability

With immigrant workers filling gaps in the US labor market, disputes over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are concerning to the construction industry. An analysis by the National Association of Home Builders shows that native-born workers are leaving the construction trades, creating a greater dependence on immigrant labor.

GM: Make wind, solar more accessible by building more transmission lines

Access to renewables is a key consideration for General Motors when considering new factories and other investments, but more transmission lines will be needed to support the company's future growth plans, said Global Manager of Renewable Energy Rob Threlkeld. "For us to continue to find projects that fit our needs, which is providing low-cost price-stable wind and solar, we need to be able to interconnect those assets to a grid," Threlkeld said.

United Airlines names Michael Leskinen head of investor relations

United Airlines has appointed Michael Leskinen managing director of investor relations. "Mike brings an outstanding mix of investing experience, sector knowledge and shareholder perspective, all of which place him in an excellent position to deepen United's relationships within the financial community as well as articulate our strategy going forward," said Scott Kirby, president of United Airlines.

New Orleans is ready to celebrate its 300th birthday

Several travel guides have named New Orleans a top destination for 2018, as the "The Big Easy" readies to celebrate its tricentennial year with special cultural offerings. Visitors can tour exhibits focusing on the history of the city, Catholicism's influence and women's efforts that helped build the vibrant city.