Boeing's aggressiveness reaps results

Boeing's fierce approach to negotiating with suppliers and taking a larger cut of maintenance and repair spending has resulted in record earnings and led to a wave of consolidation among vendors, write Julie Johnsson and Peter Robison. CEO Dennis Muilenburg has also cut expenses and taken a hard line in pursuing trade actions.

5 strategies for addressing school tragedies

Emphasizing the steps schools are taking to keep students safe in the wake of a tragedy such as the recent Florida school shooting can help relieve anxiety and fear, asserts Melissa Reeves, former president of the National Association of School Psychologists. Other strategies include tuning in and letting students guide the conversation.

Lagarde voices support for European Monetary Fund

Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, supports the European Commission's proposal to develop the European Stability Mechanism into a legally established, independent European Monetary Fund. Lagarde says the eurozone "needs a crisis-management system that is independent, able to act quickly and that works according to strict rules."

Shake Shack aims to grow to 320 units by 2020
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Shake Shack plans to open up to 35 new US restaurants this year, marking its biggest expansion year to date, the company said Thursday. The chain expects to grow to 200 US locations and 120 international restaurants by 2020.

Study: Exercise may protect brain from effects of stress

Some types of exercise, including running, could protect the brain and reduce the effects that chronic stress can have on memory, according to a study in the journal Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. The study in mice found exercise improved long-term potentiation, or the formation and strengthening of synapses, which is tied to memory formation.

Most loved brands: Perdue Chicken wins social, Disney World wins offline

Perdue Chicken, CVS and Hampton Inn are the top three most loved brands on social, and Walt Disney World, Wegmans and Febreze are the most loved among people having conversations in the real world, per Engagement Labs. The study tracked four brand performance drivers -- brand sharing, the volume of conversations, positive sentiment and influence.

Creating a blueprint for supply chain innovation is key

Innovation in the supply chain is necessary and only occurs when the right thinking and plan are in place, says Kristi Montgomery of Kenco. She says several steps have to happen within the organization prior to innovation occurring, including breaking down silos and looking beyond costs.

Nokia explores options for wearables division

Nokia is looking into its strategic options for its wearables division, Nokia Health, although the company is unsure whether the review will manifest into any changes to the division.

Federal judge reverses $2.54B patent verdict for Gilead's hepatitis C drugs
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Gilead has won a reversal on a ruling for its patent suit with Merck regarding its hepatitis C drugs Sovaldi and Harvoni after US District Judge Leonard Stark of Delaware decided Merck's patent was invalid and didn't fulfill a requirement disclosing how the treatment can be made without undue experimentation. Stark's ruling overturned a jury verdict that had required Gilead Sciences to pay Merck a record $2.54 billion for the patent infringement.

Comcast to test wireless services on 3.5 GHz band

Comcast will be testing fixed and mobile wireless services using the 3.5 GHz CBRS band in Philadelphia, the home of its headquarters. The company will use three types of radio transmitters and three types of mobile devices and handsets during the trials.

Many unsure how tied Trump is to a gas-tax increase
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President Donald Trump has expressed support for raising the gas tax, but opponents and supporters are uncertain about his conviction, given his ability to "flip positions on a dime." Many in the business community support an increase, but many conservatives oppose it.

Largest offshore oil, gas lease sale scheduled for March
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The largest oil and natural gas lease auction in US history is scheduled to take place on March 21, the Interior Department announced Friday. The auction will involve 77.3 million acres offshore Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

JetBlue, N.Y. Botanical Garden join on Caribbean conservation

JetBlue Airways is working with the New York Botanical Garden to develop a Caribbean consortium to address conservation and commerce in the region. "JetBlue wants to protect the region's natural beauty, which in turn protects progress and our business," said Sophia Mendelsohn, head of sustainability at JetBlue.

Enterprise to offer rental car services in Finland

Enterprise Holdings will extend car rental services to Finland via franchisee LansiAuto Group later this year. LansiAuto currently runs a rental business with about 2,500 vehicles.