New home sales down 11.4% in April
5/24/2017 Construction Dive

Sales of new homes fell by 11.4% in April, measuring at a rate of 569,000, according to the Commerce Department. Although new home sales dropped below expectations during the month, they were still up 0.5% year-over-year.

Student internships offer real-world lessons
5/24/2017 The Hechinger Report

Students at a high school in New Hampshire are required to participate in twice-a-week internships. Kim Carter, the school's co-founder and CEO, says internships help provide real-world lessons for students and support academic standards.

Moody's downgrades China's credit rating

Moody's Investors Service has lowered its rating for China's government debt to A1 from Aa3, responding to the likelihood that the debt load will increase. This is the first time the credit rating agency has downgraded Chinese debt since 1989.

Lowes Foods to expand in S.C.

Lowes Foods will open a new store in Lexington, S.C., this week, with another new store to follow there this summer. The move is part of Lowes' bigger expansion in South Carolina, which also includes a new store in a former Bi-Lo location in Columbia and two additional stores in Summerville and Mount Pleasant.

Report: 49% of health care groups experienced file-sharing data breach
5/23/2017 Health IT Security

A report from the Ponemon Institute and Metalogix found that in the past two years, 49% of about 1,400 health care organizations surveyed have experienced one or more confirmed file-sharing data breaches. Fifty-eight percent of respondents reported that their organization does not do enough to see that users of Microsoft SharePoint handle confidential or sensitive data appropriately, and 79% questioned existing tools' ability to safeguard sensitive data from a targeted breach or unintentional exposure, the report found.

Pepsi debuts new flavor with Snapchat codes
5/24/2017 Digiday

Pepsi is launching a limited-edition drink called Pepsi Fire that's flavored with cinnamon and features Snapcodes on the bottles and cans. Consumers can scan the codes to access sponsored lenses, exclusive geofilters and a mobile game, "Pepsi Summer Quest," on Snapchat.

Why Amazon is making its Seattle neighborhood bananas

Amazon created a Community Banana Stand in its Seattle neighborhood two years ago to give out free bananas to the public and has since added a second stand. The online retail giant has given more than 1.7 million to its employees and area residents, and restaurants in the area have seen their sales of bananas fall as patrons pick them up from Amazon for free.

Supercell acquires 62% stake in game studio Space Ape
5/24/2017 Reuters

British game studio Space Ape has announced that Finnish mobile game company Supercell, maker of "Clash of Clans," has bought a 62% equity interest in the company. The transaction valued Space Ape at $90 million.

Merck's Keytruda approved for cancer patients with certain genetics
5/24/2017 Reuters

The FDA has granted accelerated approval to Merck's Keytruda, or pembrolizumab, as a treatment for patients with solid tumor cancer who have the microsatellite instability-high biomarker or mismatch repair deficient, and who are not eligible for surgery. The decision marks the first approval of a cancer drug based on genetic traits.

Moss to executive produce, star in BBC series "Fever"
5/24/2017 The Hollywood Reporter

Elizabeth Moss will star in and executive produce upcoming BBC miniseries "Fever." Annapurna TV will produce the series, which is based on Mary Beth Keane's novel and tells the story of the first known healthy carrier of typhoid fever.

Many states lack qualified workers

With the unemployment rate below 4% in nearly one-third of the metropolitan areas tracked by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it can be difficult for many companies to find qualified workers. "Our companies are saying, 'We could grow faster, we could produce more product, if we had the workers,' " said Utah Manufacturers Association President Todd Bingham.

Trump wants to terminate Gulf of Mexico royalty-sharing program
5/24/2017 FuelFix

President Donald Trump's 2018 budget proposal includes ending a program under which the federal government shares revenue from Gulf of Mexico oil and natural gas royalties with four of the states with Gulf shorelines -- Texas, Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi. "Eliminating Gulf state revenue sharing for offshore energy production would punish coastal states that support and host the development of home-grown energy and jobs," Randall Luthi, president of the National Ocean Industries Association said.

Meteors likely leaving bits of metal in Mars' atmosphere
5/23/2017 Space

Meteors may be leaving behind bits of metal in the Martian sky as they fly through the planet's atmosphere, according to a study published online in Nature Geoscience. Researchers analyzed data collected over two years by NASA's MAVEN space probe.

Treatments align with the moon at Capella Marigot Bay
5/24/2017 HuffPost UK

The Auriga Spa at Capella Marigot Bay resort in St. Lucia is set among lush greenery and even boasts a spa treehouse. The Auriga Spa signature treatment offers a choice of four treatments that represent the energies of the lunar cycle, whether you want to rise to your full potential or renew yourself.