How to answer when you don't have the answer

Sometimes, it's better to answer a question rather than say, "I'll get back to you," writes Anett Grant. You can bring the question to a level where you are knowledgeable, answer in a forward-looking manner or simply express appreciation for such a good question.

IT team pulls off speedy recovery after Maria

Just two-and-a-half weeks after Hurricane Maria left much of Puerto Rico without power, Universidad del Sagrado Corazon was back up online, delivering courses and registering students for financial aid. Officials there credit a forward-thinking IT team that used the cloud and other resources during the recovery.

Tax bill clears House

The House has passed a bill to significantly change taxation, including $1.5 trillion in cuts for individuals and companies. The overhaul, backed by President Donald Trump, heads to the Senate, which is developing a bill that has major differences from the House measure.

Albertsons invests in Latino grocer El Rancho Supermercado

Albertsons has acquired an equity stake in Garland, Texas-based Latino grocery chain El Rancho Supermercado for an undisclosed amount. The deal will give the 16-store chain the means to speed growth plans and open stores in new markets in Texas, El Rancho President Salah Nafal said.

CDC says most people do not eat enough fruits, veggies

A CDC report found 9% of US adults eat enough vegetables each day and 12% get enough fruit, while 10% consume more fruits and vegetables than recommended in the 2015-2020 dietary guidelines. The study, in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, found men were less likely than women to meet recommendations.

Fred & Farid, Louis XIII Cognac tap Pharrell for anti-global-warming pitch

Fred & Farid New York's new campaign for Louis XIII Cognac features a song recorded by Pharrell Williams that will be released in 100 years, but only if humans have stepped up to tackle global warming. The only version of the track was recorded on clay vinyl, made from soil from the Cognac region, and will be stored in a safe in the brand's cellars, protected from everything except flooding.

GE plans to streamline operations to boost profit margin

General Electric will acquire new companies to streamline its supply chain operations in an effort to boost profit margins while reducing costs overall. Though vague in details, the company's investor update indicated a rigorous revamping.

15% of US agencies reveal Russian firm's software on their systems

A total of 96 of 102 government agencies have submitted reports to the Department of Homeland Security revealing whether or not Kaspersky Labs products were downloaded onto their systems. Roughly 15% of agencies that have reported found the Russian company's products on their systems, and some have already made moves to remove the software ahead of the Dec. 12 deadline.

Pfizer's Sutent approved by FDA for kidney cancer

Pfizer's Sutent, or sunitinib malate, was approved by the FDA as an adjuvant treatment for renal cell carcinoma in adult patients who are at high risk for disease recurrence after a kidney has been removed. The labeling for Sutent contains a boxed warning regarding the risk for severe liver damage.

Charter director opens up about potential mergers, acquisitions
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Charter Communications director John Malone says the company has recently been approached by four firms -- including Altice, Verizon and Softbank -- to discuss a potential merger or acquisition. "The problem is none of them at this point have made a pitch that was worthy of bringing it to the board and proposing it seriously to the board," he explained.

Calif. needs revenue from gas-tax increase to improve infrastructure

California recently raised the gas tax that will inject billions per year for infrastructure funding, but it won't erase the $130 billion backlog of infrastructure maintenance across the state. This editorial notes that motorists could have lower fuel costs or better roads, but not both.

Coca-Cola seeks local recycling partnerships in Western Europe

Coca-Cola European Partners says that it plans to work with regional and local government authorities to achieve its goal of collecting and recycling 100% of its packaging in its territories by 2025. "It will require us to drive a step change in packaging collection, especially in those markets where recovery rates have stalled and where we know that our packaging does not always get collected for recycling," said European Partner's sustainability VP Joe Franses

Discovery flights help nervous flyers conquer fear

Signing up for a discovery flight by using AOPA's flight school finder is a great way for nervous flyers to conquer their fear of air travel. "Sitting in the cockpit yourself for half an hour learning how things work is often the best way to reverse it," commercial pilot Katie Pribyl says.

Marriott stock soars following Starwood merger

Marriott International is leading the industry's current market rally, with its stock value jumping about 80% since completing its Starwood acquisition a year ago. The acquisition has boosted Marriott's bottom line.