The world's richest person enters the spotlight

Amazon founder and world's richest person Jeff Bezos is establishing a more public presence, whether politically, through his philanthropy or through his personal businesses The Washington Post and Blue Origin. "He's getting thanked at the Golden Globes and targeted by presidential tweet tantrums -- not even Steve Jobs had that kind of pop-culture currency," said Margaret O'Mara, a University of Washington professor.

Is it time to test homework-free weekends?

Leaders at a Missouri school are testing homework-free weekends during February and March in response to an uptick in the number of students seeking social and emotional help from counselors. Survey data will help determine whether the test will be continued.

Eurozone revamp must get going, minister says

An overhaul of the eurozone financial sector must make progress by early 2019, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire says. First-phase priorities include a banking union, a capital-market union and fiscal convergence; establishment of a crisis-stabilization process and a joint budget will come later.

How the IIoT helps breweries be consistent, agile

The industrial internet of things can help breweries be more efficient, trust their data is solid and respond to changes in consumer preference, writes Jason Andersen of Stratus Technologies. Sensors, for example, can protect profitability by anticipating shortages and reducing downtime.

Conn. high court: Patient can sue over improper release of medical records

The Connecticut Supreme Court decided 6-0 on Thursday that a woman can sue a health care provider over the release of her medical records without her permission, which she says led to harassment by a man pursuing custody of her child. The decision, which establishes a new state precedent, is significant because courts have previously held that such private lawsuits are prohibited under HIPAA.

Advertisers: Facebook's news feed change isn't a big deal

Some advertising executives aren't bothered by Facebook's algorithm change to its news feed, having already given up on organic reach on the platform and instead invested in paid advertising, which will not be affected. "Those changes won't impact brands that purchase quality content, but will hit those who chase viral, meme-like posts," said Reshift Media's Steve Buors.

BJ's could hire some staffers from closed Sam's Club stores

BJ's Wholesale Club issued a statement in response to the news that Walmart plans to close 63 Sam's Club stores, letting Sam's Club employees know that BJ's is in hiring mode. After announcing the closures, Walmart also said that it is working to place as many of its affected staffers as possible at other nearby stores.

Tech firms focus on health at CES 2018

Several tech firms showed off digital health devices at CES, including InteraXon, a Canadian startup creating a neurofeedback headband, and Looxid Labs, a Korean company developing a headset for reading brain waves. Also, virtual reality is being considered as a health tool, and Brennan Spiegel, research director at the Cedars-Sinai medical center in Los Angeles, believes that its uses in pain management could help ease issues with opioid dependence.

FDA approves Teva's acute promyelocytic leukemia drug

The FDA granted approval to Teva Pharmaceutical's Trisenox, or arsenic trioxide, injection as a first-line treatment for patients with acute promyelocytic leukemia. The decision was backed by data from the company's global safety database for arsenic trioxide.

Sources: Viacom, CBS merger could be in the works

Sources say CBS and Viacom Vice Chair Shari Redstone is reconsidering a potential merger between the two media companies, which split more than a decade ago. CBS Chairman Les Moonves is reportedly open to the merger and would be a top choice for heading the combined companies.

Calif. highway buried under mud after recent slides

Recent mudslides in California covered sections of US Highway 101, and workers are struggling to clear the road of sludge. More rain -- and potentially more mudslides -- are predicted.

To get the most out of assets, US shale producers build larger well pads

In their pursuit of more efficient drilling operations, US shale players are building superpads that can hold as many as 40 wells, up from three to four wells per pad a few years ago. Jeff Ventura, president and CEO of Range Resources, said the multi-well pads allow his company to save on road and infrastructure construction and respond to market trends quicker.

United to launch Elmira, N.Y.-Newark, N.J., service in April

United Airlines, on April 9, will launch twice-daily service between Elmira-Corning Regional Airport in New York and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.

Mexico's Los Cabos is a tale of two cities

Los Cabos is made up of of two Mexican cities: artsy San Jose del Cabo and adventure-filled Cabo San Lucas. Visitors can shop for authentic Mexican crafts in San Jose del Cabo and enjoy luxury sailing and water sports on Cabo San Lucas' beaches.