A great speech doesn't require hours of prep

Give speeches about topics you know about and are comfortable with, Jim Anderson writes. With a familiar topic, you don't need to write out and memorize every word in your presentation, and all of that saves you time in preparation.

N.Y. district closes racial graduation gap

The racial achievement gap in graduation rates among white and black students closed last year in Syracuse, N.Y., where 64% of each student group graduated. Officials cite efforts including a tracking system that alerts educators when students start to falter, an expansion in career-technical programs and an overhaul in student discipline strategies that halved suspensions.

Research: Bitcoin fraud rising this month

The number of bitcoin-related scams promoted online has increased significantly in March, according to security firm ZeroFox. The company said it had identified bitcoin fraud on 8,742 social media posts linked to 3,618 unique URLs over a three-week period.

Fareway to open 2nd specialty meat market in Neb.

Iowa-based Fareway Stores will open a Fareway Meat Market in Lincoln, Neb. this fall. The 6,500-square-foot full-service specialty store will be Fareway's second store operating under the concept, which debuted in Omaha last year.

AAP, others urge FDA to prohibit all flavored tobacco products

The FDA should ban all candy- and fruit-flavored tobacco products, and Congress should oppose legislation reducing FDA oversight on e-cigarettes and cigars, according to a joint report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and four other health care organizations. "Eliminating all flavored tobacco products is a critical step in preventing tobacco companies from addicting another generation of kids and reversing our nation's progress in the fight against tobacco," the groups wrote.

Retailer's influencer campaign aims to draw foot traffic

Fekkai Brand joined with social media star Teni Panosian to draw foot traffic to its flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Panosian's posts about the event sparked 12,000 likes within just 12 hours, and the brand is giving out free samples, gift certificates and a code for a special product bundle as part of the promotion.

DHL will deliver AmazonFresh in Germany

DHL, the package delivery service of Deutsche Post, will begin delivery of AmazonFresh, Amazon's fresh-food delivery service. With a high density of food stores, Germany's grocery e-commerce remains slow, even as the country remains Amazon's second-largest market.

Google struggles to ensure timely Android security patching
3/24/2017 CIO.comTechCrunch

Google has yet to find a way to encourage consistent security-patch updates for Android devices, given the profusion of device-makers that use the operating system. The company has been working with manufacturers and reports progress but says there is "still a lot of work to do."

Rare skin cancer drug from Merck, Pfizer wins FDA nod
3/24/2017 Reuters

Pfizer and Merck KGaA's Bavencio, or avelumab, has received FDA approval as a treatment for patients at least 12 years old with metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma.

Tech companies scramble to scoop up NFL streaming rights
3/24/2017 Recode

Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Amazon have all submitted proposals to gain the rights to stream the NFL's Thursday night games, sources say. The NFL could make a decision on streaming rights as early as next month.

Lawsuit could derail Calif. high-speed rail project

California is set to sell a portion of $10 billion in bonds to fund construction of the high-speed rail project next month, but a federal judge has ordered a hearing on a preliminary injunction the day before the sale. The suit alleges that a bill adopted last year by the state changes the scope of funding for the voter-approved bond sale, making it illegal.

Trump administration approves Keystone XL permit
3/24/2017 The Associated PressReuters

The State Department approved a construction permit for TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline project on Friday after being first proposed in 2008. TransCanada still needs to secure approvals from states, where it might encounter legal hurdles.

4 guns found at Chicago airport so far this month

Transportation Security Administration officers screening passengers at Chicago Midway International Airport have found four guns so far this month. In the latest discovery, on Wednesday, the traveler with a gun was arrested by Chicago police.

Independent hotels draw families via space, programming
3/24/2017 HotelNewsNow.com

Independent hotels are following the lead of the big chains and adopting family-oriented strategies of their own. Offerings range from educational excursions to laid-back public spaces where kids can get together.