"Shark Tank" investor: Rejection is "lucky charm"

"Shark Tank" investor Barbara Corcoran calls rejection her "lucky charm" and credits it for helping her develop resilience and build an empire. Corcoran shares her stories of rejection and other lessons for success -- including why she prioritizes having fun and only hires happy people -- during her keynote address at the recent HR Tech Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas.

Student hacks into Md. school's Naviance database

A student hacked into a Naviance database this month and downloaded the personal information, including GPAs and SAT scores, of about 1,350 students at Wheaton High School in Maryland. The student, who doesn't attend Wheaton, could face criminal charges.

Deere & Co. increases reliance on leasing

Deere & Co. this year has increased its purchasing of tractors and construction equipment for leasing to farmers and builders. Leasing is more complicated than selling, and the company runs the risk that customers will come to prefer leases over outright purchases, Bob Tita writes.

Analysis: Plant-based Impossible Whopper drives BK sales

Burger King's national launch of the plant-based Impossible Whopper helped drive traffic increases and set the chain up to report an estimated 3.5% increase in same-store sales, according to an analysis from Barclays Research. The company launched US sales of the Impossible Foods burger in August, after a test in St. Louis fueled an 18% rise in traffic.

Online patient portals tied to greater engagement in preventive care

Patients who use online patient portals are more likely to get flu shots and have key health indicators checked, according to a study by Penn Medicine published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Data from about 10,000 patients ages 50 and older in the University of Pennsylvania Health System were used in the study.

US Army gets set to launch "What's Your Warrior?"

The US Army is rolling out a "What's Your Warrior?" campaign in November to spotlight its diverse range of careers to potential recruits and features an interactive site where people can match their individual interests and talents to possible roles. Created in-house, the push will run across TV, digital and print and is aimed at young people who "desire a powerful sense of identity, and to be part of something larger than themselves," says Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy.

Walmart, Target ramp up competition in the toy category

Competition for toy shoppers is heating up at Target, Walmart and other retailers as the second holiday season without Toys R Us stores approaches. Target has joined with Disney for in-store and online toy promotions and signed a deal to manage part of the online presence for Toys R Us, and Walmart has created the Walmart Toy Lab site where kids can try products virtually.

The latest iOS upgrade: A cautionary tale

Apple has rolled out iOS 13.1.3 for all compatible devices -- the iPhone 6s and anything newer, as well as the iPod touch seventh generation -- but the update has several bugs, writes Gordon Kelly. He advises users who are still on iOS 12 to hold off on upgrading until the release of iOS 13.2, which will offer privacy upgrades and new emojis.

Final guidance on PDUFA fee waivers, reductions, refunds issued by FDA

A 29-page final document issued by the FDA outlines options for Prescription Drug User Fee Act fee waivers, refunds and reductions, including information on deadlines for requests.

ESPN head sees tech giants vying for NFL rights

Silicon Valley companies such as Amazon, Google and Facebook are likely to jump into the bidding for National Football League TV rights that expire in 2021 and 2022, ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro said, though he expressed confidence his network would retain an NFL deal. Pitaro also pointed to the success of ESPN+, a premium streaming service with more than 2 million subscribers.

Contractors may request financing details, experts say

Contractors and subcontractors can take steps to verify that owners are on secure financial footing before agreeing to projects. Many construction contracts allow contractors to ask for "reasonable evidence" of financing, legal experts say.

Students protest for climate action

High school students have inspired throngs of activists and ordinary citizens worldwide to join the Global Climate Strike today to demand action on climate change from their national leaders. Over a million students were excused from school in New York City to participate in strike protests, while similar demonstrations are occurring in major cities all over the world.

Alaska employees give back to communities during week of service

Alaska Airlines employees volunteering during the airline's "Week of LIFT" teamed up with a local nonprofit to prepare laulau, a native Hawaiian dish of pork wrapped in taro leaf, for delivery to a homeless shelter in Honolulu. Alaska employees across the nation are participating in LIFT, the airline's social and environmental impact program.

Travel industry can do more to attract "momcation" guests

The travel industry is starting to embrace the "momcation" concept -- mothers going on solo vacations to relax, recharge or explore -- with yoga and spa retreats and various tour groups aimed at individual travelers. Yatin Patel of Reservations.com points out that moms who travel alone often splurge on trips that would be hard to do with a family, and Kris Ruby of Ruby Media Group says hotels that really want to entice more solo travelers "should create pricing packages that do not force them into paying double occupancy rates."