Why veterans make great hires

Employers should understand veterans' unique skills -- and how to capitalize on them -- so employers can maximize veterans' contributions to an organization, Carlos Perez writes. Among the skills veterans possess is the ability to lead and solve problems during high-pressure situations.

Ill. students lobby lawmakers on flood prevention

Students from an Illinois middle school and a high school have been working together to lobby state lawmakers for levee maintenance and other ways to prevent flooding in the southern part of the state. The project came about after the high-schoolers wrote to their middle-school pen-pals for help on the effort, coupled with lessons about natural disasters and a desire to help those affected by flooding.

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.

How Bob Evans revived the brand with a focus on restaurants

Bob Evans Restaurants has been in the midst of a turnaround under CEO Saed Mohseni, who took the reins in 2015 and led the chain through its acquisition by Golden Gate Capital two years later. A separate sale of the branded food products arm freed the restaurant division to focus on its core and it has since renovated about 100 locations, won renewed consumer confidence and boosted both same-store sales and profits.

Consumers increasingly using technology to manage health

More consumers are using technology to compare health care services, and nearly half of those surveyed would like their doctor to use artificial intelligence to make care decisions, according to a survey by UnitedHealthcare. Approximately 39% of survey respondents said they would likely use telemedicine in the future to access care.

Snap tests Dynamic Ads for product promos

Snap is beta-testing in the US a new campaign format, Dynamic Ads, that enables retailers, direct-to-consumer brands and other advertisers to create promotions in real-time featuring products that are targeted based on interests and are viewed in mobile-friendly templates. Online fashion retailer Princess Polly Clothing claims that a Dynamic Ad test yielded a 171% boost to its return on ad spend and a 66% drop in cost per purchase.

The North Face sharpens focus on sustainability

Outdoor gear brand The North Face is shining a brighter light on its sustainability efforts to stay competitive with chief rival Patagonia. The North Face has made several eco-friendly moves in recent years, including switching to synthetics made from recycled materials, turning old garments into new products and working with farms to cut carbon emissions.

Google Maps now lets iPhone users share road info

IPhone users now have access to a Google Maps feature that allows drivers to report speed traps, accidents and gridlock in real time. For both Android and iOS, Google has also added reporting for construction zones, disabled cars and closed lanes.

Drugmakers, distributors negotiating $50B opioid lawsuit settlement

Several of the biggest opioid distributors and manufacturers in the US are reportedly nearing a $50 billion agreement to settle thousands of state and federal lawsuits related to the opioid crisis. Distributors AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson, along with drugmakers Johnson & Johnson and Teva, would share costs under the proposed settlement, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.

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.

Art in the air adorns airplanes' exteriors

United and Alaska airlines are among those that have splashed out eye-catching designs on select airplane exteriors, including themes such as California, New York, "Toy Story," and "Hello Kitty." Corinne Antonelli and Tsungwei Moo are two of the painters, selected through United Airlines' Her Art Here contest to adorn one Boeing 757 each.

Haunted hotels make for frightfully fun stay

Hotel del Coronado in California and the William O'Dale House in Fishers Island, N.Y. are among America's supposedly haunted hotels. A jilted young woman reportedly causes strange happenings in the Coronado, while a Broadway actress is said to be one of the ghosts in the O'Dale.