How to avoid turning off job candidates

Cumbersome online applications, confusing job descriptions that lack important details and poor post-interview follow-up are among ways companies turn off job candidates, Lin Grensing-Pophal writes. Grensing-Pophal details ways HR managers can better attract and engage recruits throughout the process, from application to onboarding.

Studies consider fate of student-loan defaulters

A study from the American Enterprise Institute shows that 7 out of 10 student-loan borrowers who default on their loans exit default or pay back their loans within five years, though the route they take can affect their outcome. Another study, from the Urban Institute, found that credit scores and the kind of debt people hold can be a good indicator of whether they may default on a student loan.

Icahn won't oppose Cigna's Express Scripts deal

Activist investor Carl Icahn has decided not to solicit proxies to vote against Cigna's plan to pay $54 billion for Express Scripts Holding, a deal he once described as a "travesty." The announcement came after two major shareholder-advisory firms endorsed the deal.

McDonald's, franchisees embark on $6B upgrade plan

McDonald's and its franchisees will invest about $6 billion to update restaurants with modern design features and new technology over the next two years, the company said Tuesday. In California, the chain and its operators will spend $390 million to upgrade 550 units with digital menu boards, ordering kiosks and other new features.

Practices may benefit from integrating EHR, practice management software

Integrating an EHR system with practice management software would allow health care practices to make fewer mistakes, reduce the risk of data breaches and save time and money, experts say. "There are really no downsides to integrating your systems," said Tammie Olson of Management Resource Group.

Amazon tests search video ads, offers private ad deals

Amazon is conducting a limited beta test of video ads in search results, and advertisers including Procter & Gamble are trialing the format. The company has also introduced guaranteed private deals via its Transparent Ad Marketplace.

Rachel Zoe to focus on styling services with first store

Designer Rachel Zoe's first physical store will incorporate her past as a stylist, with staffers trained to help shoppers learn to create their own styles, Zoe said. Zoe will help train employees herself for the Los Angeles store, set to open next month.

Nvidia announces game-changing graphics card

Nvidia has announced its new Turing GPU hardware, which can render ray tracing 25 times faster than previous options, thanks to the assistance of advanced AI features. The graphics card will use Samsung's GDDR6 memory, which will allow it to process data faster while conserving energy.

USDA sorting more than 14K comments on biotech food labeling rule

The USDA is parsing more than 14,000 comments it received on a biotech food labeling proposal released in May. The rule was supposed to be completed by July 29, but the agency missed that deadline and has not said when it will release the final regulation.

Comcast offers low-cost internet plan to vets

Comcast's Internet Essentials low-cost broadband service is now available to military veterans and their families. The $10-per-month broadband service has reached 6 million Americans since it launched seven years ago and is expected to add an additional 1 million with the inclusion of military veterans.

Supreme Court nominee worries environmental groups

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has a history of opposing environmental regulations, and that worries environmental groups. Kavanaugh's supporters insist he opposes overreach from the Environmental Protection Agency and not environmental policies.

Caesars to cut carbon emissions by 95%

Caesars Entertainment has committed to reduce carbon emissions by 95% of 2011 figures by 2050. Meanwhile, 60% of Caesars' suppliers will set science-based emissions reduction targets by 2023, according to the company.

Mass. partnership to use storytelling with STEM

Educators in Massachusetts will soon work to create a science, technology, engineering and math curriculum that integrates storytelling and students' imaginations into lessons for middle-schoolers. Using a $1.1 million National Science Foundation grant, a school district, Springfield Technical Community College and Smith College will partner on the four-year project with the goal of being the "Harry Potter of STEM education," according to one official.

How to do L.A. without breaking your wallet

Visitors to Los Angeles who are looking to save money should check out a variety of free summer events. Travelers can listen to evening jazz performances at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, show off their dance moves at the Music Center's Dance DTLA and do yoga at Runyon Canyon.