Trump threatens US-Mexico border closure, discounts trade deal

The US will use its military to close the southern border if Mexico does not stop the flow of migrants from Central America into the country, said President Donald Trump via Twitter today. "The assault on our country at our Southern Border, including the Criminal elements and DRUGS pouring in, is far more important to me, as President, than Trade or the USMCA," he wrote.

What does the future hold for Iceland's language?

Icelandic, Iceland's official language and the tongue spoken by the Vikings, is facing challenges as the island nation becomes less isolated, writes Ragnar Jonasson, an author from Iceland. In this commentary, Jonasson highlights how tourism is transforming Iceland's economy and ponders what it means if English becomes more commonly used.

Fed stands by position rates must go higher

Federal Reserve policymakers agree they should keep raising interest rates, according to meeting minutes, rejecting President Donald Trump's criticism that rates have increased too much. The rate-setting committee says increasing short-term interest rates "would most likely be consistent" with expected economic growth, the minutes show.

Time Out to open US food halls in 2019

Time Out Group will expand its food hall concept to the US next year, after building the business model in Portugal for four years. The first US location, slated to open in Miami Beach, will include 17 concepts from local chefs and food halls will follow in Boston, Chicago and New York later in 2019.

Incompatible EHR platforms could affect patient care, study finds

A study in BMC Health Services Research showed that the lack of interoperability in EHR systems could hinder the adoption of such technologies and affect patient care improvements. Researchers found that hospitals are more likely to exchange clinical summaries with other facilities in the region if they use the same vendor, driven by the ease of communication between their EHR systems.

Facebook gets tougher on clickbait ads

Facebook has announced that it will ban or demote ads that have clickbait headlines but no substantive information on landing pages; that policy will also apply to ads that use sensationalized language or low-quality content. The platform said that advertisers who continually post low-quality content could be penalized across all campaigns.

Tractor Supply speeds ahead in the age of e-commerce

Tractor Supply and its 1,900 stores serving rural areas of the US have grown in the age of e-commerce with products that aren't practical for online shopping, such as baby chickens. The retailer booked $7.3 billion in sales last year, a 56% increase over five years, and plans to open 500 more locations by 2028.

New privacy tool gives Apple users access to data

In a move that mirrors Apple's response to General Data Protection Regulation mandates in Europe, Apple users in the US will now be able to download, delete or change data the company has collected on them.

J&J's Xarelto label expansion approved for major cardiovascular risks

The FDA approved updated labeling for Johnson & Johnson's Xarelto, or rivaroxaban, to state it can reduce the risk of major cardiovascular events in patients with chronic peripheral artery disease or coronary artery disease. Xarelto is used in combination with aspirin for these conditions.

Hulu may offer smaller TV bundle sans cable networks

Hulu CEO Randy Freer recently said that the service may offer smaller bundles of programming that would include news and sports while limiting cable content to on-demand shows. The move could let Hulu eliminate network carriage fees and attract customers looking for cost-friendly options.

Video: $1.6B LAX terminal renovation breaks ground

Over the next decade, American Airlines will spend $1.6 billion to renovate its terminals at Los Angeles International Airport. The project, which broke ground Oct. 17, will entail upgrading check-in facilities at Terminal 5, connecting terminals on both sides of the building and combining the baggage claim and check-in areas.

US energy trade balance improves amid export growth

The American energy trade gap has diminished considerably over the past 10 years, with the value of energy imports only about 1.5 times higher than exports in 2017, compared with the 2003-2007 period when imports were running 10 times greater than exports in value, according to the US Census Bureau. Crude oil is still the biggest energy import into the US, while petroleum products represent the primary export at 70% of the total value of 2017's US energy exports.

Basic economy might be bad for fliers, but it's smart strategy

The airline industry is an example of how offering clear pricing tiers, starting with a cheap option that offers little or no perks, sets customer expectations and helps them decide whether to spend more, write Thomas A. Stewart and Patricia O'Connell. "By creating a class of service many passengers shun, basic economy appears to have made ordinary service seem less bad," they write.

W Hotels' Brazil debut coming in 2021

W Hotels will arrive in Brazil in 2021 with the opening of the W Sao Paulo. "Brazil is beautiful in every way, from the diversity in design and architecture to the endless varieties of dishes to the people themselves. Everyone wants to be a part of the action, and W is no exception," said Anthony Ingham, W Hotels Worldwide's global brand leader.