How the next recession may affect employment

Recent stock market activity and drops in interest rates have many economists discussing the possibility of a recession in the US economy and its impact on employment. Mark Zandi of Moody's says unemployment would nudge up 2-3 percentage points, with jobs in manufacturing, media, finance and construction among the most affected.

Shipping containers converted to mobile STEM labs

STEM labs are sprouting up in shipping containers that Maryland education nonprofit Learning Undefeated has repurposed as Drop Anywhere Labs. The 22-by-8-foot containers can accommodate up to 12 students and host lessons on STEM topics including career paths.

Expert: Marketing automation best technology for advisers

Marketing automation is the leading front-office technology for financial advisers for many reasons, writes marketing expert Bob Hanson. It assists with marketing list segmentation, it allows advisers to run successful digital campaigns, and it tracks results to increase return on investment, he explains.

Friendly's perks up coffee program

Friendly's has refreshed the coffee offerings at its 175 eateries, with new brewing machines and 100% Arabica beans from roaster S&D Coffee & Tea. The family dining chain is also brewing its first iced coffee offering.

CDC updates HPV vaccination recommendations

The CDC released updated guidelines in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report recommending young adults up to age 26 receive catch-up human papillomavirus vaccination if they were not fully vaccinated as adolescents in accordance with existing guidelines, while those ages 27 to 45 should only be vaccinated if they are at risk for HPV. The guidance reaffirmed previous pediatric HPV immunization recommendations advising that children receive initial vaccination at ages 11 or 12 and one follow-up dose after six months to one year.

YouTube Originals no longer behind paywall

YouTube Originals will now be available for free for all viewers and will be supported by ads and YouTube Premium subscribers will be able to view the content ad-free. YouTube will also be using an algorithm to recommend videos for Premium subscribers.

Tiffany's to create a collection just for men

Luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co. is introducing its first full line designed for men in a push to boost sales and court younger consumers. The retailer's 300 stores will feature a separate space for the 100-design line, which will also include non-jewelry items like beer mugs and ice tongs.

Instagram asks hackers to test Checkout

Instagram is inviting white hat hackers to test its Checkout feature, which allows users to buy products directly from the site. The hackers are limited to those who have already provided "high-quality" information as part of bug bounty programs.

Administration to push forward with drug reference pricing proposal
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CMS Administrator Seema Verma said the Trump administration will push ahead with a proposal to align Medicare drug prices with those paid in other countries despite resistance from many Republicans, who warn the plan involves a form of price controls. Verma said the proposal is a "top priority" for the administration, but she declined to reveal any timetable for when the plan might move forward.

Broadband DATA Act gets Senate Commerce approval

The Senate Commerce Committee unanimously approved legislation aimed at making broadband maps more accurate by setting up parameters for the Federal Communications Commission to act and for groups to challenge the FCC's maps. "This is a big win for the cause of rural broadband and for good public policy," USTelecom President Jonathan Spalter said of the Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability Act.

Financing plan approved for Superdome renovation

Louisiana's State Bond Commission has approved the sale of up to $350 million in bonds to pay for a $450 million renovation of New Orleans' 44-year-old Superdome. Under the financing deal, the state would provide $90 million, the Saints would cover $150 million and the Superdome management district would pay $210 million.

Nuclear rocket could be used for space travel, Elon Musk says

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, said that using nuclear thermal rockets for inter-space travel should be an area of research for NASA. "To be clear: good for in-space transit, but not recommended for Earth to orbit!," Musk Tweeted.

F-35 orders confirmed for S. Korea, Japan

South Korea is on track to have 10 F-35s in its fleet by year's end, with a total of 40 expected in the next two years. Japan, meanwhile, has confirmed orders for 42 F-35s with short takeoff and vertical landing capabilities.

Fla., Caribbean tourism also suffering from record sargassum blooms

Extraordinary amounts of sargassum seaweed have put a whale-sized dent in travel to not just to Mexico but Florida and the Caribbean too, as the seaweed rots and reeks. Some destinations have installed barriers in the water to try to keep sargassum out, while others have resorted to spending millions of dollars to haul it away.