SHRM CEO outlines 3 priorities for HR

HR has come under intense scrutiny over the past year, with the spike in allegations of sexual harassment, said Johnny C. Taylor Jr., CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management, in remarks during the general session at this year's SHRM show and conference. Taylor detailed three priorities for HR organizations, including building inclusive workplace cultures.

How districts recover from network failures

Accidents, natural disasters and hackers can dismantle schools' networks and destroy valuable data. This article showcases how several school districts responded to network failures and steps they took to get back up and running.

Bayer reportedly wraps up $15B bond offering

Germany's Bayer has completed an offering of $15 billion in US dollar-denominated bonds divided into eight tranches ranging from three to 30 years to fund its acquisition of Monsanto, sources said. The sale is expected to be followed by a €5 billion offering in four tranches.

Survey: Wegmans, Publix lead consumer favorites

Wegmans and Publix were named consumers' favorite grocers in a survey by Market Force Information. Wegmans took the top spot for the third straight year, followed by Publix, Trader Joe's, ALDI and H.E. Butt Grocery.

Apps aim for earlier diagnosis of mental illness using data from wearables

Australian company Medibio is developing mobile apps and wearable devices to enable earlier diagnosis of mental health problems through collection and analysis of heart rate during sleep, breathing, mood changes and more. The company, whose cloud-computing platform spots indications of mental illnesses using machine learning, is looking to apply for FDA approval of a clinical decision support tool after it finishes a clinical trial.

Pinterest adds creative companies to Marketing Partners

Pinterest has introduced a creative dimension to its Marketing Partners program, with seven new companies onboard: Popular Pays, QuickFrame, Shutterstock Custom, Social Native, The Online Studio, Vidmob and Vidsy. The company reports that the new partnerships will enable advertisers to gain help in creating Pins from over 10,000 creatives.

Children's hospital to be the new home for Toys R Us mascot

The 16-foot fiberglass statue of Toys R Us mascot Geoffrey the Giraffe that stood in the lobby of the retailer's headquarters will have a new home at Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. Liquidation adviser Joseph Malfitano paid an unspecified fee to buy the statue and will spend $10,000 to ship it to the hospital.

US-CERT warns about Hidden Cobra malware
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The US Computer Emergency Readiness Team has issued a warning about a newly discovered malware launched by North Korean group Hidden Cobra, also known as Lazarus Group. "These files have the capability to download and install malware, install proxy and Remote-Access Trojans (RATs), connect to command-and-control servers to receive additional instructions, and modify the victim's firewall to allow incoming connections," the US-CERT report notes.

House expects to pass over 50 opioid bills by the end of this week

House lawmakers passed 38 bills aimed at combating the opioid abuse epidemic last week, including measures that would give NIH more authority to study nonaddictive painkillers and prevent opioid smuggling through international mail. The House this week expects to pass at least another 19 opioid measures and a legislative vehicle that would wrap in all of the opioid bills passed by the chamber, with the goal of sending the bills to the Senate by August.

Experts: Comcast purchase of Fox assets could lead to $4B tax bill
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Comcast's purchase of 21st Century Fox assets could result in a tax bill for Fox's Murdoch family totaling more than $4 billion, whereas an all-stock deal with Disney would be tax-free, tax experts say. Fox has scheduled a board meeting Wednesday to further discuss whether to move forward with Comcast's $65 billion bid.

Construction industry looks for creative ways to fill labor shortage

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the construction industry is trying to fill 225,000 construction jobs each month due to an inadequate labor force. "Among the contractors expressing concern about worker skill levels, more than one-third (37 percent) believe the problem has worsened in the last six months, and almost half (47 percent) believe it will continue to worsen in the next six months," a new report says.

Oil production from Alaskan refuge may be more than 12 years away

Oil production likely won't begin in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska until after 2030. The Energy Information Administration said companies will need time to acquire leases, look for oil and build infrastructure in the refuge, which may offer 5.7 billion to 16 billion barrels of oil in the coastal plain.

UPS to upgrade avionics on more than half its fleet

UPS is upgrading the avionics systems on 137 Boeing 757 and 767 freighters and 52 Airbus A300s, a process expected to take two and a half years. "This will allow us to be able to configure the aircraft to continue flying at least another 20, perhaps 30 years," says Christian Kast, UPS advanced flight manager.

Fla. draws lavish hotel development by Hard Rock

Hard Rock Hotels is investing heavily in its four Florida properties, including the Daytona Beach location which held its grand opening May 1. Highlights include ongoing construction of a 15-story hotel tower at the Seminole Hard Rock & Casino in Tampa and a guitar-shaped tower at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood.