Experts: US expansion could continue through 2020

US economic expansion could go on through 2020 and exceed the length of the previous longest expansion, which lasted 10 years, according to experts. The odds of a recession occurring by late 2020 are less than 50%, according to most economic forecasters participating in a recent Wall Street Journal survey.

Will final tax bill exclude grad-student measure?

A tentative deal on a compromise congressional tax bill package is not expected to include a measure that would have categorized graduate school tuition waivers as taxable income. The provision was originally included in the House version of the bill, but was not included in the Senate version.

House, Senate agree on final tax bill

House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a far-reaching rewrite of US tax law, congressional Republicans say. The measure, which both chambers could vote on next week, would reduce the corporate rate to 21% from 35% and would cut the top individual rate to 37% from 39.6%.

Sobeys to expand FreshCo discount concept in Canada

Sobeys will rebrand about 65 of its namesake and Safeway stores in Western Canada and transition them to its FreshCo discount grocery banner starting next year, the company said. The supermarket operator has 91 FreshCo stores in Ontario and it's expanding the concept as the discount arena grows more competitive with concepts from Loblaw, Costco and Walmart.

New program integrates vaccination data into EHRs

The Immunization Integration Program, an alternative testing and recognition program for EHRs developed by HIMSS, Chickasaw Health Consulting and ICSA Labs with support from the CDC, aims to integrate vaccination data with patients' EHRs to help reduce the administrative burden associated with charting immunizations. Collaborators hope the program will improve vaccine coverage and compliance and clinical practice related to immunizations, according to Joyce Sensmeier, vice president of informatics at HIMSS.

A look back at how digital advertising fared in 2017

This year, US digital advertising got off to its strongest start ever, rising 23% to $19.6 billion in the first quarter, per the Interactive Advertising Bureau, while Google and Facebook will take home 63% of this year's total ad investment, per eMarketer. 2017 has been dominated by concerns around brand safety, fraud and ad blocking, with action taken by platforms, advertisers and industry groups to make digital advertising safer, more transparent and better for consumers.

Amazon adds Prime delivery perks in 3,000 more markets

Amazon has expanded its same-day and one-day delivery offerings to Prime members in more than 8,000 markets, up from 5,000, the company said Wednesday. The new markets include smaller cities and towns, in addition to the more major metropolitan areas already served by Amazon's Prime program.

AIG scores cybersecurity risks with computerized analysis
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AIG has launched a computerized analysis system that gauges companies' security risks based on current threats and safeguards that are in place. AIG's system provides reports that show how a business can be affected by attacks and what costs could be incurred.

6 new dolphin click types identified by computer algorithm

After sorting through 52 million echolocation signals in underwater sound recordings, a computer algorithm has found six previously unidentified dolphin click varieties, according to findings published in PLOS Computational Biology. Researchers say that figuring out which species of dolphin is making these clicks could help them better track the movements and populations of wild dolphins.

Analysts: AT&T could salvage deal with asset sale, Turner promise

AT&T has a better chance of gaining approval for its proposed Time Warner merger after promising in a legal filing not to allow the Turner networks it is buying to go "dark" for seven years in any disputes with pay-TV distributors, research firm MoffettNathanson wrote in a report. Other analysts said AT&T may have to sell Turner's on-CNN networks to satisfy the Justice Department.

Effects of weather patterns on infrastructure to be studied

The University of Houston is leading a group of seven universities in Texas, Florida and Louisiana that will study flood mitigation, hurricane modeling and public policy related to hurricanes on the Gulf Coast. Researchers say more understanding is needed about the impacts of changing weather patterns on infrastructure.

Report: Wind could account for 20% of generation worldwide by 2030

Land-based and offshore wind could supply 20% of the world's total electricity needs, generate 2.4 million jobs and cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 3.6 billion tons annually by 2030, according to scenarios outlined by the Global Wind Energy Council. The report said that the world's total installed wind capacity is expected to increase from 487 gigawatts in 2017 to 817 GW in 2021.

United Airlines to add flights to Tahiti
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United Airlines will begin offering nonstop service to Tahiti from San Francisco on Oct. 30, 2018.

Alaska Airlines to update smart bag policies

Alaska Airlines announced that in early 2018 it will ban smart bags with lithium batteries from its cargo holds. Passengers will be allowed to carry the bags into the cabin.