Exit rate falls for Intel minority workers
HR Dive

The departure rate for underrepresented minority workers at Intel has declined 9.7% since last year, while hiring has increased to 12.6%, according to a midyear report from the company. The report notes underrepresentation of African-Americans, making up 60% of the remaining goal for diversity hiring.

Can a workout boost language-learning ability?

Researchers have been studying how physical exercise affects the ability of adults to learn a new language. Two groups of college-age Chinese men and women learning English were examined -- one group used exercise bikes as part of the research and the other group used rote-learning techniques for the study.

Dow closes higher as Fed minutes fuel rate-hike skepticism

The division on raising interest rates noted in the Federal Reserve's latest minutes increased market expectations that rates will remain unchanged for the remainder of the year, driving the Dow Jones industrial average back above 22,000 by Wednesday's close. The Fed, however, cautioned that federal policy uncertainty could limit corporate spending and hiring.

SpartanNash's Fresh Kitchen facility off to a slow start

SpartanNash said Wednesday it is taking longer than expected to get its Fresh Kitchen fresh food processing facility up and running. The 118,000-square-foot Indianapolis facility, which was acquired for $32 million as part of the retailer's Caito Foods deal, will process, prepare and package fresh foods and meals for SpartanNash stores.

Study: Telemedicine may lead to more office visits

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin found a 6% increase in office visits among providers that have adopted electronic visit programs because many doctors feel the need to see telemedicine patients in person, causing them to spend an additional 45 minutes on those visits. The study, based on health care encounters between 90 providers and more than 140,000 patients over five years, said e-visit programs also reduced the number of new patients seen by providers each month by 15% and did not contribute any "observable improvement in patient health" between users and nonusers.

Why advertisers should be excited about Amazon's ad ambitions

Marketers should celebrate Amazon's foray into the advertising business because the company offers an unrivaled wealth of consumer data, the benefits of which brands are already seeing via the company's Advertiser Audiences self-serve platform, NewBase's Andy Vogel writes. Companies still trying to create brand awareness are better off elsewhere, however, because those seeking to improve audience targeting are most likely to benefit, Vogel writes.

Ulta leveraged loyalty to top the US beauty market
Glossy

Ulta Beauty came from behind to become the biggest US beauty retailer in 2015, two years after Mary Dillon took over as CEO and launched an aggressive growth effort. The push centers on the retailer's loyalty program, which boasts 25 million members who generate 90% of the retailer's sales and use loyalty credits to get discounts on premium makeup brands.

Anonymous pledges "Day to Denounce" for white supremacist sites

Members of the group Anonymous have released a video indicating that they will launch cyberattacks against white supremacist websites on Friday as part of a "Day to Denounce."

FDA OKs Jiangsu's cancer injection
Reuters

Jiangsu Hengrui Medicine's docetaxel injection was approved by the FDA as a treatment for patients with gastric, prostatic, mammary and non-small cell lung cancer, as well as head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. The drug is expected to be launched on the US market after the approval.

Turner Sports sets its sights on soccer with streaming service

Turner Sports has announced that it will be launching a subscription streaming service that will feature soccer matches from the Union of European Football Associations' Champions League and the Europa League. The still-unnamed service is expected to debut next year.

Mega theme park approved by city council in Ariz.

A proposed 1,500-acre theme park with resorts, an indoor water park, wildlife exhibits and restaurants has received the go-ahead from the Casa Grande City Council in Arizona. The project may create as many as 9,000 construction jobs over the build-out that could take 10 years.

General Mills plants pollinator paradises

General Mills has gotten serious about increasing habitats for honeybees because pollinators impact about 35% of its business. The food company recently pledged $2 million in a new partnership aimed at adding more than 100,000 acres of habitat in six states over five years, and is working with farms in its supply chain to create more bee-friendly habitats.

JetBlue, Azul enter codeshare agreement

JetBlue Airways and Azul Brazilian Airlines have announced a new codeshare agreement for flights originating at Florida's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Orlando International Airport.

US hotels look for upswing in corporate travel
Skift

Growth of revenue per available room in the US has been sluggish, despite an improving economy and positive consumer sentiment. Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson and Hilton CEO Christopher Nassetta cited caution among the corporate travel segment.