Concerns persist about future of US economy

Although most Americans are happy with the economy at present, a lot of doubts exist about its future, according to Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen. The partial government shutdown may also be adding to the overall sense of uncertainty, writes Hallie Detrick.

10 keys to changing a school

Author and educator Dave Faulkner shares lessons learned from 10 schools worldwide that have made impressive gains in student achievement. Faulkner outlines the keys to successful turnarounds, including passion and the humility to listen and focus.

May: UK Parliament should look again at Brexit deal

With a key vote approaching, UK Prime Minister Theresa May has urged Parliament to take a second look at the Brexit deal she has negotiated with the EU. Parliament is widely expected to reject the agreement.

Will Bud Light's nutrition label change drinking habits?

Bud Light will be the first major beer manufacturer to prominently display calories, ingredients and other nutritional information on its packaging starting next month. The labels will resemble the black-and-white ones required on packaged foods, but at least one study suggests the move will do little to deter people from alcohol consumption.

New VA CIO urged to avoid past EHR modernization mistakes

James Gfrerer, who was recently confirmed as assistant secretary for information and technology and CIO at the Department of Veterans Affairs, should avoid repeating past mistakes related to an EHR modernization project, according to a letter written by Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee ranking member Jon Tester. "EHR modernization cannot be allowed to fail, and your leadership is essential if VA is to ultimately achieve a truly interoperable health record for veterans," Tester wrote.

Publishers investing in AR despite early drawbacks

Years after the introduction of augmented and virtual reality, publishers are gravitating to the former as a fresh means of engaging audiences. Major titles are investing heavily in AR projects despite a fractured app market and few early opportunities for direct monetization.

Alibaba president confident in China's market

Alibaba President J. Michael Evans says that the current market "requires patience," and he has faith that the Chinese market will do well in the long term. China's sales indicators reported a 4.4% drop in exports in December, and consumer prices fell sharply as well.

Apple reportedly speeds production of wireless charger

Apple is reportedly working with two manufacturers to speed production of its AirPower wireless charging pad, industry sources report. ChargerLAB tweeted that both Luxshare Precision and Pegatron will begin manufacturing the highly anticipated devices on Monday.

House committee kicks off drug-pricing investigation

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., chairman of the House Oversight Committee, sent letters to a dozen drugmakers requesting detailed information about their pricing practices as part of an investigation into high prescription drug prices. The request focused on drugs that are especially costly to Medicare Part D and those with the largest five-year price increases.

AI to come to the fore for telecom sector in 2019

Artificial intelligence will be implemented in networks, industrial applications, services and virtualization in the coming year, analysts say. It will also play a part in 5G cellular communications, the internet of things and expanding bandwidth for video streaming, they note.

What CES had in store for the roofing industry

CES 2019, held last week, had some business and productivity solutions that apply to roofing contractors, reports Rick Damato. Among advances were the use of autonomous vehicle technology that may make construction sites safer, and drones equipped with infrared camera lenses for roofing inspections.

Colo. may boost local government involvement in decisions on oil, gas

New Colorado Gov. Jared Polis unveiled plans for legislation that would grant more power to local governments in decisions related to the state's $32 billion oil and natural gas industry. Polis said that solidifying local control would improve market confidence and investor certainty.

SpaceX moves one step closer to manned Crew Dragon flight

SpaceX took one step closer to a manned mission as the company raised a Falcon 9 rocket with its Crew Dragon capsule into position at its Florida launchpad. A test flight anticipated within about a month and the Crew Dragon will eventually take astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

Air Canada buys Aeroplan loyalty program owner Aimia Canada

Air Canada has closed the deal on its purchase of Aimia Canada, owner and operator of the loyalty program for Aeroplan. The carrier will debut its own loyalty program next year and has confirmed that existing Aeroplan Members' Miles will be honored in the new program.