Analysis finds pay disparity in newsrooms

Female and minority journalists make significantly less money than male and white journalists do, according to an analysis of seven pay-equity studies. The analysis says some inequity stems from larger raises for men and whites than for women and minorities, but executives dispute study findings, saying they do not take into consideration differences in work experience.

Students learn to use AI for good
EdScoop

Carnegie Mellon University is partnering with the Office of Naval Research and Naval Research Laboratory on a program to help leverage artificial intelligence to better respond to natural disasters. The university also is starting an AI degree program this fall with the aim of helping students learn how to use the technology for humanitarian purposes.

EPA moves toward state regulation of coal

Environmental Protection Agency acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler has signed a proposal giving states authority to set emission standards for power plants that burn coal. The proposal could result in the release of at least 12 times as much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as would have been allowed by the Obama-era Clean Power Plan.

SUPERVALU restructuring to boost sale of retail units

SUPERVALU shareholders have voted to reorganize the company in order to make it easier to sell its retail store operations. As such, sales of banners such as Cub Foods could be concluded before the wholesaler's acquisition by United Natural Foods.

Survey: Telemedicine tops list of most promising health IT trends

Reaction Data polled 97 C-suite executives and directors from health care provider organizations and found that 29% cited telemedicine as the most promising emerging technology, followed by artificial intelligence, interoperability, data analytics and mobile data. Rounding out the top eight were information security, the cloud and blockchain.

Former FCC Chairman Wheeler on tech legislation
Axios

Former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has published a new paper for Harvard's Kennedy School of Government's Platform Accountability Project that argues that big technology companies must grab the opportunity to shape national regulation around privacy, transparency and competition. "The uncertainty and confusion of contradictory international and domestic initiatives is bad for innovation, and for marketplace competition," he says.

J.C. Penney to launch big-and-tall brand with Shaq

J.C. Penney and brand ambassador Shaquille O'Neal have teamed on a new big-and-tall men's fashion line called Shaquille O'Neal XLG, set to debut at 350 stores next month. The retailer is already a leading department store for big-and-tall men, a category that comprises about 10% of total men's fashion sales, according to NPD Group.

Google boosts Gmail security with launch of "confidential mode"
ZDNet

Google has enhanced the security of email with the launch of confidential mode for mobile devices. Gmail's new data-protection feature allows users to set an expiration date for emails and revoke access to sent emails.

3 firms disclose suppliers of romaine lettuce linked to E. coli outbreak

Red Lobster, Panera Bread and Texas Roadhouse revealed their suppliers of romaine lettuce linked to E. coli outbreak and have since been dismissed from the list of at least 11 defendants in civil complaints connected to the outbreak. A total of 210 people were infected and five died from the outbreak, which reached 36 states.

Pai: Net neutrality claims fall short

Claims that the rollback of net neutrality regulations would lead to the destruction of the internet have proved to be baseless, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said at a Senate oversight hearing. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., suggested that internet service providers were simply laying low while the rollback faces litigation, while FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel agreed that ability and incentive would eventually lead to internet fast and slow lanes.

BIG unveils design to put Miami Produce Center on stilts
New Atlas

Bjarke Ingels Group has designed a mixed-use development which, if it comes to fruition, would put the proposed Miami Produce Center on stilts and place a garden on the roof. The project would encompass roughly 1.3 million square feet and would include residences, offices and hotel space.

Caesars to cut carbon emissions by 95%

Caesars Entertainment has committed to reduce carbon emissions by 95% of 2011 figures by 2050. Meanwhile, 60% of Caesars' suppliers will set science-based emissions reduction targets by 2023, according to the company.

Mass. partnership to use storytelling with STEM

Educators in Massachusetts will soon work to create a science, technology, engineering and math curriculum that integrates storytelling and students' imaginations into lessons for middle-schoolers. Using a $1.1 million National Science Foundation grant, a school district, Springfield Technical Community College and Smith College will partner on the four-year project with the goal of being the "Harry Potter of STEM education," according to one official.

United's Economy Plus offers more amenities for travelers
Forbes

United Airlines' Economy Plus is a good compromise for travelers who long for the comfort of the premium cabin but need something more budget-friendly, writes reviewer Geoff Whitmore. The seats offer five extra inches of legroom compared to regular Economy, 10-inch seatback screens featuring games, movies and TV shows, and complimentary wine and beer.