Adele sold a record 3.2 million copies of her new album, "25," during its first week on sale, doing so in part by allowing online streaming of the lead single but not the full album. Even still, digital plays a role: "Opening-week sales for Adele’s '25' are expected to be split almost evenly between digital downloads and CDs," Ben Sisario writes, with iTunes the main digital seller.
The United Auto Workers secured a number of concessions from Detroit's so-called Big Three automakers during four months of contentious negotiations, observers say. "Workers who had been through a traumatic decade of job losses and concessions wanted to regain some of what they had lost," said Harley Shaiken of University of California-Berkeley.
Facebook has announced that starting next year it will offer four months of paid parental leave to all its full-time employees outside the US. Facebook currently limits paid leave to four weeks for fathers and non-primary caregivers outside the US.
President Barack Obama gave a feisty speech to world leaders as the Paris climate talks got underway, urging the assembled politicians and climate experts to step up and craft a viable long-term strategy for addressing the climate crisis. "I've come here personally as the leader of the world's largest economy and the second-largest emitter to say that the United States not only recognizes our role in creating this problem, we embrace our responsibility to do something about it," Obama said.
A widget has been created by FiveThirtyEight that allows users to search for words or phrases and track how often they were used on Reddit over an eight-year period. The widget shows the rise and fall of particular terms and subjects in popularity from late 2007 through last August.
An impending transfer of wealth of $16 trillion from one generation to the next is just one of three major financial changes that will affect sales departments in years to come. Others are a net outflow of retirement savings caused by baby boomers retiring at a higher rate and a lower savings rate among Americans.
Wages and salaries increased 0.6% during October, according to information provided by the Commerce Department. Meanwhile, High Frequency Economics Chief US Economist Jim O'Sullivan projected that the economy's annual growth rate will reach 2.7% during the final quarter of 2015.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie picked up the crucial endorsement of the New Hampshire Union Leader on Sunday, breathing new life into his flagging campaign. The endorsement is a vindication of Christie's energetic campaign to win the backing of newspapers and GOP officials in the Granite State. "The Union Leader is the endorsement any Republican wants," says GOP activist Steve Duprey. "I think it particularly helps in this year when the field is so crowded."
President Barack Obama's administration created 3,000 new rules this year, requiring a record-breaking 81,400 pages of the Federal Register to explain them, according to an analysis by the Competitive Enterprise Institute. The regulations have cost a total of $4.88 billion, the group calculates.
Thanksgiving may be over, but for former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis turkey season is just beginning. For years, Dukakis has collected his neighbors' leftover turkey carcasses and made them into hearty soups over the months that follow. "Throwing out a turkey carcass is sinful. Absolutely sinful," Dukakis says. "It's a terrible thing to do."
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