Trump is pushing for a new NAFTA deal

President Donald Trump is hoping for updates to the North American Free Trade Agreement that he says would protect American workers. Mexico, Canada and the US are working to negotiate a new deal in the coming weeks.

Can STEAM improve history instruction?

Science, technology, engineering, the arts and math can help to inform history instruction, K-12 leadership experts Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers write. In this blog post, they urge history teachers to consider STEAM because it holds "the key to helping history become personal lessons that can be felt and understood."

IMF: Debt, trade tension could derail growth

The International Monetary Fund's main advisory committee says trade tension and record-high global debt of $164 trillion threaten the strongest economic upturn since 2011. The committee says "monetary accommodation should continue where inflation remains weak and be gradually withdrawn where inflation looks set to return to central bank targets," indicating support of Federal Reserve interest-rate increases.

How restaurants can feed a craving for plant-based meals

More than 50% of consumers are buying and eating more fruits and vegetables this year than last year, and about one-third are limiting meat intake or eliminating it entirely, according to Datassential's "SNAP! Keynote Report: Plant-Based Eating." Restaurants can make the most of the trend with hearty, filling plant-based dishes and menu descriptions that avoid the terms "vegan" and "vegetarian," writes Jaclyn Marks.

Cigarette smoking tied to greater stroke risk among men

A study in Stroke found male smokers under age 50 had an 88% higher risk of stroke than men who never smoked, with risk increasing the more they smoked. The findings, based on data from 615 men ages 15 to 49 with a history of stroke and 530 healthy men of similar age, showed smoking fewer than 11 cigarettes each day was associated with a 46% greater risk of stroke, while smoking at least two packs of cigarettes daily was linked to almost fivefold risk of stroke.

How to use social to woo younger house buyers

More real estate agents are turning to social media to showcase homes to younger consumers, writes Dario Cardile. Maximize Facebook's targeting potential, use YouTube videos to allow viewers to tour homes, combine beautiful photos and hashtags on Instagram and consider using Snapchat for short, day-in-the-life video content, he writes.

How Canada Goose cultivated a passion for parkas

Canada Goose's high-end shapeless parkas, which began gaining notoriety in the 1980s with scientists working in Antarctica, have won legions of fans with a combination of authenticity and the marketing savvy of CEO Dani Reiss, Joe Nocera writes. By the early 2000s, film crews were wearing the practical coats on frigid sets, and Reiss took the brand to the next level with product placements in films including "Manchester by the Sea" and "X-Men 2."

Xbox One allowing more classic games to be played on console

Microsoft's Xbox One is increasing from 21 to 32 the number of original Xbox games that are compatible with the current Xbox One. By adding software-based backward compatibility to enable users to play games from several console generations back, Microsoft is generating new interest in forgotten games and increasing sales, writer Jeremy Horwitz argues.

FDA reportedly investigating unauthorized herpes vaccine trial

A criminal investigation was reportedly launched by the FDA into a herpes vaccine trial carried out by the late microbiologist William Halford, who injected participants with his experimental and unapproved herpes simplex virus vaccine in Illinois hotel rooms and on a Caribbean island without following essential safety protocols. Kaiser Health News reported that the FDA was investigating the research, although the agency has not commented, and the government of the Caribbean nation of St. Christopher and Nevis said it did not authorize the trial and is investigating.

Report: Cable-wireless convergence on the horizon

A new report from Cowen has found that cable and wireless services will likely converge but that merger activity won't necessarily increase as a result. The report also found that pay-TV subscriber losses will continue to be minimal, with profit margins expected to remain strong as those who leave their pay-TV for streaming services typically maintain their broadband service, which has a higher margin.

Construction starts increase 11% in March

Dodge Data and Analytics reported that construction starts increased 11% in March. Starts reached a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $785.2 billion and are at the highest level in six months.

US rig count posts gains

The number of US oil and natural gas rigs jumped by five to 1,013 last week as drillers deployed eight rigs to the Permian Basin, according to Baker Hughes. Meanwhile, the rig count dropped slightly in Oklahoma, North Dakota and Colorado.

Air Canada leads biofuel demonstration project in Toronto

Air Canada is a leading partner in a project by Canada's Biojet Supply Chain Initiative to blend sustainable biofuel into the multiuser fuel supply system at Toronto Pearson International Airport. "Our participation is one way Air Canada is reducing its footprint and also helping our entire industry improve its environmental performance," said Calin Rovinescu, president and CEO of Air Canada.

Eco-friendliness pays off for Singapore hotels

While much progress remains to be made, Singapore hotels are cutting costs, pleasing guests and bolstering bottom lines through green practices ranging from water conservation to bicycle loans. "Our green efforts here certainly contribute to customers returning," said Ben Patten of Ibis Singapore on Bencoolen hotel.