$1B fund will support startups working on sustainability

Generation Investment Management has raised a $1 billion fund to support later-stage startups working on sustainable solutions. The firm was co-founded by former Vice President Al Gore.

Feds set to expand work-study, Pell Grants

Under a new federal pilot program, colleges and universities will be able to provide off-campus employment for students using Federal Work-Study benefits. The US Education Department also has announced its intention to expand Second Chance Pell Grants given to incarcerated students.

Ford revamp slashes 7K white-collar positions

Ford's restructuring eliminates 7,000 white-collar jobs, about 10% of its salaried workforce worldwide. Factory workers haven't been affected as the company gets ready for a future dominated by autonomous and electric vehicles.

Burger King brings The Traffic Jam Whopper to L.A.

Burger King will offer Los Angeles drivers stuck in traffic the option of having food delivered to their cars, typically within 15 minutes. The Traffic Jam Whopper promotion began as a test in Mexico City, and delivery people use an app that incorporates Google mapping technology to find their customers on the road.

Social factors have more influence than health care on longevity

A study published in the Annals of Family Medicine found that social and behavioral factors account for 16% to 65% of premature deaths in the US, while health care accounts for 5% to 15%. The findings suggest the US needs "more than medicine" to align the country's health outcomes with those of other wealthy nations, co-author Robert Kaplan said.

Google required to issue more refunds

Advertisers will soon be receiving refunds from Google for ads purchased on its marketplace that appeared on sites with fraudulent traffic, according to Wall Street Journal reports. Google had repaid advertisers in 2017 as a result of a lawsuit but an additional lawsuit by AdTrader in a California federal court asserted that Google improperly withheld up to $75 million in refunds.

UPS appeal to force USPS to raise prices rejected

The Supreme Court this week rejected an appeal by UPS that would have forced the US Postal Service to increase prices on package delivery. UPS claimed the Postal Service had an unfair advantage because its rates were not tied to the free market.

Urban Outfitters debuts fashion rental program

Urban Outfitters has launched a monthly clothing rental subscription service called Nuuly, which it hopes will attract new customers and spur brand fans to spend more. Subscribers will pay $88 per month to rent up to six items from Urban Outfitters, Free People and Anthropologie.

Merck sees favorable Fosamax ruling in Supreme Court

A unanimous US Supreme Court decision has thrown out a lower court decision that had revived lawsuits accusing Merck of failing to warn patients about fracture risks associated with Fosamax, an osteoporosis drug. The court agreed with the drugmaker that it cannot be penalized after the FDA rejected its proposal to add a warning to the label.

Charter's revenue rises 5.1% in Q1

Charter Communications netted 428,000 broadband customers in the first quarter along with 176,000 new wireless lines while growing revenue by 5.1% compared to the period a year ago. The company reported gains in small and medium-size business video subscribers although overall it shed 145,000 video customers.

The Notre Dame conundrum: Restore or replace?

Those working to repair Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral have a tough decision to make: restore the medieval elements of the structure or replace them with modern materials and design. Barry Bergdoll, professor of art history at Columbia University, examines both sides of the question.

Musk: Solar tile production will ramp up slowly

Elon Musk on Wednesday said that Tesla's Solar Roof tiles will be manufactured at a slower rate to ensure they last as long as expected. Musk's comment came as his company reported a reduction in solar installations.

UPS delivers life-saving "gift" packages

In 2018, UPS delivered 5.2 billion packages and documents, and some of those deliveries included human organs and tissues. UPS made its first successful live organ delivery in 2016 -- a "gift" package with a kidney for a woman in South Carolina. "When I see them [UPS] in the store and all I just look at them and smile. You know, in the truck and it's UPS -- they delivered my kidney," said Sharon Cauthen.

Advice for dealing with jet lag

Fighting jet lag starts by minimizing the possibility by being rested before a trip, limiting alcohol and caffeine and drinking plenty of water. Movement, minimizing blue light from screens and getting out in the sun also can help.