Clinton calling for end to Cuban embargo

Hillary Clinton is in Miami today, where she will call for an end to the economic embargo of Cuba, making her the first 2016 candidate from either party to voice support for further engagement with the Castro regime. Clinton will "highlight that Republican arguments against increased engagement are part of failed policies of the past," her campaign said, drawing a pointed contrast between Clinton and Florida-based GOP rivals Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush.

Report: Work-study college students take on more debt

Students participating in federal work-study programs while in college are 21 percentage points more likely to borrow during their first year of college, according to a new study by the Community College Research Center at Columbia University's Teachers College. The study also found that low-income students are the least likely to be part of such programs.

Mortgage rates dip below 4%

Mortgage rates fell this week as global economic news pushed bond yields lower. The 30-year fixed-rate average dropped to 3.98% -- the first time it dipped below 4% in eight weeks, according to Freddie Mac.

Groupon to Go will offer nationwide food delivery

Groupon is launching its Groupon to Go food delivery and takeout service in Chicago, with plans to expand to metro regions across the country, including Boston and Austin, Texas, this fall. Groupon purports to save customers up to 10% on every order, keeping the new service in line with the brand's image as a deal-finder.

Chicago area seeing more canine influenza cases

Chicago-area veterinarian Anthony Coronado says he still sees several cases of canine influenza every day, and other area veterinary clinics are seeing the illness resurface among dogs after waning somewhat. It's possible the disease is continuing to circulate among dogs in the region because owners aren't being as cautious as they were when the outbreak initially surged. Experts still recommend preventing close contact among dogs and seeking immediate veterinary care for any pet acting ill.

Facebook builds its first Web drone

Facebook's solar-powered Web-beaming drone, which has the wingspan of a Boeing 737 but weighs less than a Toyota Prius, is ready to take to the skies for testing. Test flights are a key step toward bringing drone-based Web access to the 10% of the world's population living in remote areas. "This will be an effort that we will invest in for many years to come," Facebook's Jay Parikh says.

Sears steers shoppers away from do-it-yourself

Sears Home Appliances and Services unit is taking aim at the do-it-yourself approach favored by its competitors and encouraging shoppers to take advantage of the retailer's home services in a new campaign. Sears' services, which include kitchen remodels, window installations and roofing, have previously been advertised through local and direct marketing, but Sears sees "a lot of room in the marketplace for do-it-for-me," said Chip Smith, Sears marketing chief for home appliances and services.

Report: Hiring policies hurting FBI cyber-recruitment efforts

The FBI is authorized to bolster its cybersecurity workforce, but it is struggling to fill positions thanks in part to austere eligibility requirements and the challenge of competing with the private sector on salary. An Inspector General report found that human resources officials blame stringent criteria regarding past drug use for narrowing down the prospective hiring base. In the report, those officials also say that private-industry opportunities keep new hires from sticking around for the long term.

Coretherapix purchased by TiGenix

Coretherapix, a cell therapy developer, was acquired by TiGenix in a deal worth up to $318.5 million, TiGenix announced. The deal boosts TiGenix's cardiology pipeline, giving it access to Coretherapix's allogeneic cardiac stem cell product, AlloCSC-01, which is in a midstage trial as a treatment for heart attack and in preclinical development for the treatment of chronic ventricular tachycardia.

IDC: Tablet sales, iPad's market share continue to slip
Network World

Global tablet shipments fell by 3.3 million units in the second quarter compared with the same quarter a year ago, research firm IDC has found. Apple recently reported an 18% drop in iPad sales, and its market share declined by roughly 3 percentage points to 24.5%, IDC reports.

Digital technology changes surveying
Daily Commercial News

The introduction of smaller digital equipment and the convergence of several modes of data capture -- laser scanning, satellite receivers, Inertial Measurement Unit and distance measuring instruments (DMIs) -- are combining to change surveying, allowing more data to be captured quickly. "What has really changed is that now we have the ability to capture data and then go back to work on it in an environment which is more comfortable," said Stuart Wood, vice president of Leica Geosystems' geospatial division.

Google Street View cars to keep tabs on air quality
National Public Radio

Google's Street View mapping cars are to begin sniffing the air as they drive, allowing the tech giant to keep tabs on air pollution levels in real time. "We are for the first time able to really take a city-scale snapshot of pollution," said Davida Herzl, CEO of Aclima, which is working with Google on the project.

FedEx plans to use wood-based jetfuel

FedEx plans to incorporate the use of wood-based biofuels for its aircraft within two years based on terms of a new agreement between FedEx Express and Red Rock Biofuels. "With our total jet fuel capacity now sold to FedEx and Southwest Airlines, we are building a suite of powerful, global customers that continue to commit to the future of alternative fuels in a market where oil prices are low, providing true validation of our business model and mission," said Red Rock CEO Terry Kulesa.

Airfares expected to reach 4-year low in Aug.

According to a forecast by Fortune magazine, average airfare is expected to drop to $245 for a domestic round-trip ticket in August. That's 5% lower than last year, and the lowest average fare in four years. Analysts say low fuel costs and weaker demand will drive prices down.