Marriott ends 46-day strike
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Marriott International has agreed to the terms of Boston employees, ending a 46-day strike, and has settled contracts in several other locations, giving increased pay, job security and workplace safety. Negotiations are ongoing in San Francisco and Hawaii, which have more than 3,500 workers on strike.

Does data influence college recruitment, giving?

Personalized communication from college and university officials during the application process played a role in school choice for 87% of students, according to a survey on behalf of education-technology company Ellucian. Researchers also found that alumni were more likely to donate to their alma mater when data was presented to them showing how their money was funding programs they care about.

Brexit transition deal approved by EU ministers

Ministers representing the 27 countries remaining in the EU back a draft agreement for the UK's withdrawal and subsequent relationship with the bloc, EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says. The ministers say the EU will not reopen negotiations, regardless of any difficulties UK Prime Minister Theresa May encounters in getting parliamentary approval.

Fairway Market adds mobile self-scanning option

Fairway Market has launched self-scanning checkout in all of its stores for shoppers to use on their own mobile devices. Customers scan a QR code to check out when they are finished adding items.

Verma: "Relentless innovation" is key to creating value

"Relentless innovation" is critical to creating value, CMS Administrator Seema Verma told the Alliance for Connected Care Telehealth Policy Forum for Health Systems. Verma said telehealth is changing the face of health care, Medicare laws and rules can be barriers to innovation, and the lack of interoperability is one of the most significant obstacles to innovation.

Targeting Nov. for holiday marketing

It's anticipated the click-through-rate for advertising is 125% higher in November, per ZypMedia data, and brands should leverage this by starting sales earlier, writes Jack Loechner. November is believed to be the best month for engaging consumers with holiday sales promotions, with ads seeing the highest click-through-rates from November 1 to 12, he writes.

Home Depot can now reach 95% of the US in just two days

Home Depot has invested in several pilot facilities and innovations over the past five years, and now it has the ability to deliver parcels to 95% of the US population in two days or fewer. The company's goal is to ramp up its pilot fulfillment centers so it can reach 90% of US residents with next-day or same-day delivery on a large number of product offerings.

Verizon ramps up security with tools from Vidder

Verizon has added tech tools from its partner company Vidder to provide extra layers of security to applications. Verizon did not buy Vidder outright, but instead has purchased some assets that bolster Verizon's security and offer additional protection against cyberattacks.

Multistate salmonella outbreak expands to 246 cases in 25 states

The CDC reports that a salmonella outbreak linked to beef products recalled by JBS Tolleson has expanded to 25 states, with 246 cases reported. States newly associated with the recall include Connecticut, Missouri and Massachusetts.

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."

$1.1B MLB stadium expected to be ready for 2020

The seating bowl and supporting structures of the Texas Rangers' $1.1 billion Globe Life Field are beginning to take shape, and the baseball stadium is expected to be ready for the 2020 season. An adjacent Loews hotel under construction should be finished next year.

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.

American Airlines adds nonstop service to Guyana

American Airlines has launched nonstop service between Miami, Fla., and Guyana in South America. The flights will be offered four times a week.