May faces opposition in own party over Brexit deal

The UK and EU reached a tentative deal on Britain's withdrawal from the union, but now Prime Minister Theresa May has to sell the agreement to doubters in her own party as well as the opposition in Parliament. May convened her Cabinet today to gather support for the deal.

Pilot PD program explores how students learn

About 1,500 teachers in Maryland, Colorado and Iowa soon will learn more about how students' brains work under a Chan Zuckerberg Initiative-backed pilot program. The Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning has received $1 million from the initiative to expand its Neuroteach Global online professional-development platform that provides short lessons about "the science behind how the brain learns, works, and thrives," said Glenn Whitman, the center's director.

Rep. Waters plans to slow bank deregulation

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., said that when she becomes chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, she will rein in easing of banking regulation. "Make no mistake, come January, in this committee the days of this committee weakening regulations and putting our economy once again at risk of another financial crisis will come to an end," Waters said.

Report: Ahold Delhaize looking to acquire more US assets
Reuters

Ahold Delhaize is looking to add more properties to its grocery portfolio in the US, according to quotes from CEO Frans Muller in a Dutch newspaper. The company currently operates such banners as Stop & Shop and Giant Food in the US market.

CMS: HealthCare.gov breach may have affected over 93K people

The CMS said a HealthCare.gov security breach detected on Oct. 16 may have affected 93,689 individuals, higher than the initial estimate of 75,000 consumers. The agency has already notified affected consumers and offered them free credit protection and other services such as identity theft insurance, identity monitoring and identity restoration, although the agency is not sure whether any personal information was compromised.

Marketers turn to mobile, Amazon, Stories for holidays
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Some 73% of brands say mobile will be more important than desktop for holiday revenue in 2018, and 38% of advertisers intend to invest in Facebook Stories while 37% will spend on Instagram Stories, according to a study by ClickZ and Kenshoo. Additionally, 56% of retailers plan to boost or maintain their Amazon ad spend this holiday season.

California fires threaten supply chains

Three California wildfires are threatening the region's supply chain as workers, businesses and residents continue to scramble. Amazon shuttered its Sacramento warehouse as smoke conditions for workers were too high, road closures have impacted logistics networks, and the USPS has closed eight post offices in the affected areas.

Ransomware biggest threat to small, midsize businesses

Ransomware is the top threat facing small-to-midsize businesses, according to a report. Viruses and spyware ranked behind ransomware, which is becoming more lucrative for hackers as many whose computers have been infected choose to pay to have data restored.

FDA warns company for sale of unapproved stem cell therapy

The FDA has warned StemGenex Biologic Laboratories for selling an unapproved stem cell product as part of a crackdown on sales of regenerative medicines for unapproved indications. The warning letter also noted manufacturing process violations that could create a risk of microbial contamination.

White House orders reports on national 5G strategy

The White House has issued a memorandum calling for reports and recommendations related to wireless technology, setting in motion a process intended to produce a national 5G connectivity strategy. At the same time, it made a blog post headlined "America Will Win the Global Race to 5G."

Pa. infrastructure receives C- from ASCE

The American Society of Civil Engineers gave Pennsylvania infrastructure a C- in its latest report card, including a D+ for bridges, a D+ for roads, a D for public transit, a C for dams, a C for levees, a C+ for ports and a D for stormwater. "The grades ... reflect the current state of our infrastructure and are not reflections of the agencies in our state that are tasked with maintaining our infrastructure, often with limited budgets," Bob Dengler, president of the ASCE Pittsburgh section, says.

Energy policy seen potentially shifting as Democrats seize House control

Trump administration efforts to roll back regulations related to oil and natural gas drilling likely will face increased scrutiny after Democrats take control of the House. "We don't see them rolling President Trump, but the pace of deregulation at EPA will probably slow down because officials will be much busier dealing with subpoenas," said Robert McNally, president of consulting firm Rapidan Energy Group.

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.

TSA preparing to screen 25M travelers over Thanksgiving holiday season

The Transportation Security Administration is getting ready to screen an estimated 25 million passengers between Nov. 16 and Nov. 26. The agency is adding 80 canines and 1,200 TSA officers to help keep lines moving smoothly.