Trump plans to keep rocking the boat

Donald Trump's antics aren't generating the media buzz they once did, and some pollsters and strategists say the public is ready to move on. Trump's campaign team say they've been happy to coast on free media so far, but that they are preparing to spend around $20 million on paid ads to sustain their candidate's momentum. "I want to make America great again, and you can't do that if you come in a close second," Trump says.

Study: Students who struggle emotionally perform worse in college

First-year college students who don't feel emotionally prepared for their new settings tend to have lower grades than peers who feel more ready for college, a recent poll shows. Some 61% of students who said they felt emotionally unprepared were female, and 42% came from homes where their parents did not graduate from college, the data showed.

IMF's Lagarde interested in another term

Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, said Thursday that she is "prepared to serve" another term after her current term ends in the middle of next year. However, Lagarde said, "this is not for me to decide, it's for the membership".

Amazon reportedly preps for Prime Now service in Twin Cities

Amazon is preparing to launch same-day grocery delivery in the Twin Cities with plans for an Amazon Prime Now distribution center in the Minneapolis region, according to reports on Tuesday. Amazon will join Schwan's Food Co., CobornsDelivers and Instacart, which also offer grocery delivery in the region.

Obama signs law stopping ACA redefinition of "small business"
ABC News

President Barack Obama signed a law changing how the Affordable Care Act defines a small business. The new law keeps the definition at the current 50-employee threshold; the number was set to expand to 100 on Jan. 1. Small businesses must offer certain health benefits under the ACA, and business groups had said a change in the definition would have increased employers' health care costs. The law does allow states to increase the number.

"Empire," "Grey's Anatomy" pilots see most social buzz

"Scream Queens," "Quantico" and "The Muppets" were the new TV series this season with the highest Facebook and Twitter engagement, while "Empire" had the highest engagement overall and "Grey's Anatomy" came in second place, per 4C data.

TJX CEO to hand over the reins in 2016
BloombergBoston Herald

TJX Cos. CEO Carol Meyrowitz will resign the post on Jan. 31, handing the reins to Ernie Herrman, who has been with the company since 1989 and was named president in 2011. Meyrowitz, who is credited with expanding the retailer's Marshalls, HomeGoods and T.J. Maxx banners, will stay on as executive chairman.

Banks iron out security wrinkles on road to mobility

Banks want to do a better job of satisfying customers, and while mobile can help achieve that aim, it creates new challenges to protecting customer data. "The real challenge is how do we, as a bank, balance between really great, personalized capabilities and making sure that security, privacy and scalability are table stakes," said Hari Gopalkrishnan, a managing director at Bank of America in charge of consumer mobile banking.

FDA fast-tracks rare skin cancer treatment from Merck, Pfizer
PharmaTimes (U.K.)

The FDA has granted fast-track status to Merck's and Pfizer's immunotherapy drug avelumab for the treatment of metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma, a rare type of skin cancer. The drug also holds orphan-drug designation.

AT&T rolls out Wi-Fi calling on some iPhones

AT&T on Thursday began supporting Wi-Fi on select iPhones, following the carrier's receipt Tuesday of the necessary waiver from the Federal Communications Commission. All iPhone 6 and 6S devices equipped with iOS 9 will support the feature, which automatically shifts calls from a cellular to a Wi-Fi network when reception is limited.

$175M historical hotel renovation starts in Dallas

Hill & Wilkinson General Contractors is starting a $175 million renovation and remodeling project at Dallas' former Statler Hilton. The project will turn the historical building into the Statler Hotel & Residences, a mixed-used tower with the 11 top stories converted into residential units, the bottom two stories into retail and meeting space and the middle five stories into hotel rooms. The project should be completed at the end of 2016.

Alaska governor wants oil drilling in some parts of Arctic refuge
The Washington Times

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is hoping to get oil drilling allowed in some portions of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Walker has discussed the idea with members of the Obama administration and believes he can make a sound proposal based upon the opposition that has been voiced to the idea.

Passenger traffic is on the rise for Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines' passenger numbers increased by 3.1% last month compared to the same period a year ago. Some 8 million passengers flew with Hawaiian through the first nine months of 2015.

Nev. casino operators ask state to require alternatives to new power plant
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Operators of casinos and hotels in southern Nevada want state regulators to compel Nevada Power to offer alternatives to its proposed $965 million gas plant. The operators are among several groups concerned about the rate impact of the 707-megawatt project, which Nevada Power is currently exploring after announcing it will end its purchase agreement with an Arizona plant in 2017.