The Refresh Project from PepsiCo will give an additional $1.3 million in grants to communities harmed by the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Starting July 12, ideas can be submitted for projects helping people in the region, though Pepsi says it can't involve cleanup efforts or the environment.
London's new aquatics center is nearing completion ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games. The dramatic roof, designed by Zaha Hadid, has been put in place, and the dive pool is being excavated and concreted. The project is scheduled to be finished next year.
The unemployment rate in the U.S. is down to 9.5%, but more jobs were lost in June than analysts had expected. Nonfarm payrolls shed 125,000 jobs, the steepest drop since October. The manufacturing and transportation sectors gained jobs, but construction -- once again -- lost jobs.
Construction spending dipped 0.2% in May after a modest 2.3% increase a month earlier, according to the Commerce Department. Spending on commercial projects slipped 0.6%, the largest drop since February. Overall, construction spending fell 8% from May 2009 to May 2010.
Healthy adults who took in at least 2.6 ounces of fructose or about 2.5 sugary drinks a day were 28% more likely to have a blood pressure of 135/85 or higher, and 77% more prone to extreme high blood pressure, according to a U.S. study. The findings drew criticism from industry groups. Dr. Maureen Storey of the American Beverage Association said: "This study, which looks at fructose intake, furthers the confusion and misunderstandings about high fructose corn syrup and sugar-sweetened beverages."