What led to the demise of Toys R Us?

Toys R Us was doomed because of about $5 billion in debt that prohibited the chain from investing in its properties for years and improving the customer experience, writes Chris Isidore. Toys R Us also fell behind in how its stores looked and felt, as well as how it managed online sales.

Wis. students use library time to explore STEM

A Madison, Wis., elementary school's students are spending some of their library time to engage in making with Innovation Stations, in which they explore science, technology, engineering and math. Members of a middle school's FIRST LEGO League made a presentation about robotics and led the younger students in STEM activities.

Powell's first Fed meeting draws attention

Jerome Powell's first policy meeting as chairman of the Federal Reserve is likely to result in an interest-rate increase to 1.5% to 1.75%, market forecasters say. This week's meeting "could set the tone for the rest of this year and beyond, and ­investors will be wondering whether Mr. Powell sanctions a more aggressive stance than the markets currently ­expect," says Russ Mould of AJ Bell.

Recent moves show online grocery trend picking up steam
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Retailers are rushing to grow their abilities to deliver groceries via online orders, as recent moves by Walmart, Kroger and others show. Such moves could accelerate the trend into a $100 billion segment by 2022, three years faster than was anticipated, according to a report from Food Marketing Institute and Nielsen.

Undiagnosed genetic diseases detected by EHR data mining technique

Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers created an EHR data mining technique to detect undiagnosed genetic diseases, according to a study published in the journal Science. Researchers applied phenotype risk scores to almost 22,000 genotyped patients and found a correlation between rare genetic variants and severe outcomes including organ transplants in 16 patients, and 18 ties between rare genetic variants and phenotypes consistent with Mendelian diseases.

Twitter joins Google, Facebook in banning cryptocurrency ads
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Twitter is changing its advertising policy to prohibit ads worldwide promoting cryptocurrency, token sales and initial coin offerings, per Sky News. Facebook and Google have already introduced similar bans.

L'Oreal adds in-house AR tech with ModiFace acquisition

L'Oreal has acquired augmented reality firm ModiFace, which launched in 2001 and has worked with L'Oreal and other brands, including Covergirl and retailers Ulta and Sephora, to create apps and in-store tech. "Beauty is all about the visual impression of products, and AR fits this field perfectly with the ability to preview looks, products and shades," said ModiFace CEO Parham Aarabi.

Google Assistant launches new features

Google Assistant has added four new features in the past few weeks: location-based reminders, scheduling via Routines, business card scanning, and plant and animal identification through Lens. The Lens feature uses artificial intelligence to give information on a variety of subjects via photo recognition.

EU, FDA approve CSL's rare disease CIDP drug

The European Commission and the FDA approved CSL Behring's Hizentra human immune globulin as a maintenance therapy for patients with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy to prevent the relapse of neuromuscular disability and impairment.

Broadband groups look to help defend FCC's net neutrality rollback

Broadband trade groups are showing their support for the Federal Communications Commission's decision to roll back net neutrality regulations, with NCTA-The Internet & Television Association, CTIA and USTelecom filing motions to intervene in the FCC's case to defend its rollback decision. Twelve lawsuits aiming at overturning the FCC's rollback have been consolidated into one and will be heard in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Engineer left message about crack before pedestrian bridge collapsed

Denney Pate, an engineer at FIGG, the firm that designed the pedestrian bridge that collapsed Thursday in Florida, left a message about cracking in the bridge with the Florida Department of Transportation, but he stressed he did not think it was a safety concern. A National Transportation Safety Board investigator said Friday "a crack in the bridge doesn't necessarily mean it's unsafe," adding "(we) have yet to determine what the failure mechanism is."

Opinion: Renewables like Wind Catcher are great for Ark.

Arkansas should support the Wind Catcher Energy Connection and other renewable energy projects that can deliver low-cost electricity to residents and businesses, writes Jim von Gremp, former state representative and former chairman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission. "[Southwestern Electric Power's] Wind Catcher project is an exceptional opportunity to lower SWEPCO customers' electric bills, help develop a cleaner environment and add diversity to the viable renewable energy sources serving Arkansas," he writes.

Column: Southwest Airlines succeeds with low prices, excellent service

Columnist Shep Hyken credits Southwest Airlines' 45 consecutive years of profitability to its focus on low prices and excellent customer service. Southwest co-founder Herb Kelleher believed in putting employees first, Hyken writes, which led to happy workers, good service, repeat customers and higher profits.

Translating device helps guests at Miami hotel

A hand-held device named Emilia helps guests at Miami's El Paseo Hotel overcome language barriers. Luis Soto, the hotel's general manager, says nearly a third of the hotel's customers are international travelers.