Monkeys build criminal empire

Long-tailed macaques in Indonesia are stealing valuable items, including cash, glasses and cameras, from tourists and are forcing people to leave food and treats to get belongings returned. Primatologist Fany Brotcorne says the animals pass the skill to offspring; the behavior had been thought to be exclusive to humans.

Recruiting international teachers has pros, cons

Some school leaders are recruiting educators from abroad to address teacher shortages and add international perspectives. Mukul Bakhshi, director of the Alliance for Ethical International Recruitment Practices, says the practice can come with some potential drawbacks.

Fed outlines unwinding of $4.5T bond portfolio
5/26/2017 CNBC

Minutes of the latest Federal Reserve meeting describe how the central bank plans to unwind the $4.5 trillion bond portfolio it has built since the financial crisis. The process is expected to be slow, with bonds moving off the balance sheet at maturity to keep government-debt yields from spiking.

Family Dollar revamping private brands, store layouts

Family Dollar will phase in several new private brands that will be more relevant to the retailer's shopper base and focus on offering a similar quality to national brands at a value, said Bob Sasser, CEO of Family Dollar parent Dollar Tree. Family Dollar will also remodel 250 stores this year to expand food, beverage, snack, cooler and freezer space, speed up checkout and make endcaps more productive.

Weight-based teasing in adolescence tied to adverse health outcomes later
5/26/2017 HealthDay News

Adults who were teased about their weight as teens had a twofold higher risk of developing obesity as well as increased odds of having unhealthy eating and dieting habits, according to a study in the journal Preventive Medicine. The findings, based on data involving about 1,800 adults followed for 15 years, also showed that weight-based teasing from family members was more likely to affect women than men.

Instagram adds 4 objectives beyond reach to Stories
5/26/2017 Adweek

Instagram has added four new goals for its ads in Stories to expand on its original objective of reach: traffic, mobile app installs, video views and conversions. Akbank, Ben and Jerry's, and Airbnb are among the brands using the ads.

Coach went small to survive
5/26/2017 FortuneCNBC

Coach has deliberately shed revenue and stores to improve its business health and to retrain customers to pay full price for its handbags and other products, writes Phil Wahba. Now, CEO Victor Luis is looking toward growth with a tender offer for Kate Spade that could position Coach as a "house of brands," Wahba notes.

Hilco Streambank to auction off Hhgregg brand assets
5/26/2017 TWICE

Hilco Streambank is seeking to auction off Hhgregg's intellectual assets, including company websites and trademarks and the company's customer database. The chain is expected to close its remaining 144 stores after Memorial Day weekend, and the intellectual property sale is pending court approval.

Nonbrowning biotech Arctic Golden apple to launch in fall

Okanagan Specialty Fruits plans to launch its nonbrowning biotech Arctic Golden apples in the US this fall after successful completion of a market trial. The apples were packaged in 10-ounce grab-and-go bags for the trial, and the company plans an initial commercial rollout in the Midwest.

FX CEO dishes on network's hits and lessons learned
5/26/2017 The Hollywood Reporter

FX Networks CEO John Landgraf talked recently about the company's strategy of airing limited series and exploring a future with short-form animation. Landgraf also discussed competing with platforms such as Netflix and series that missed the mark with viewers, saying, "It's hitting a fastball with a fraction of a second; it's something that just can't be done perfectly every time."

Bridge management systems build off BIM
5/26/2017 Trade Arabia (Bahrain)

Bridge management systems leverage technology already deployed with building information modeling, taking advantage of big data to indicate the best kind of maintenance interventions. This makes for intelligent infrastructure and also leverages high-resolution imagery, mobile data capture and virtual and augmented reality.

Texas crude production fell year-on-year in March

Texas produced 86.6 million barrels of shale oil and condensate in March, up nearly 2% from February but down from the same period a year ago, according to preliminary data from the Railroad Commission of Texas. "Texas preliminary March 2017 crude oil production averaged 2,492,349 barrels daily, compared to the 2,506,539 barrels daily average of March 2016," the commission said.

Higher airline fee, drop in security opposed by senators
5/26/2017 The Hill

Senators in both parties voiced objection to President Donald Trump's proposed budget plans to decrease funding for airport security programs while increasing passenger security fees. Sens. John Boozman, R-Ark., and Jon Tester, D-Mont., members of the appropriations subcommittee on homeland security, said they opposed Trump's plan to generate more revenue by raising the airline passenger security fee from $5.60 to $6.60 for each connecting flight.

Ireland's best new facials
5/25/2017 (Ireland)

New facials at Ireland's spas can address skin problems, such as spots or fine lines, in time for summer. For tired skin and fine lines, turn to the celebrity favorite Anne McDevitt in Dublin for the Eminence Organic Signature Facial featuring Hungarian massage techniques, hot and cold herbal masks and blackhead extraction.