Fewer small businesses will get tax rate cut than Trump says
FactCheck

President Donald Trump has said "more than 30 million" small-business owners would see their marginal tax rate cut by 40%, but that number is much too high because the Small Business Administration says there are only about 30 million businesses in the country overall, Lori Robertson writes. The rate cut only applies to the top income tax bracket, making the number of recipients closer to 670,000.

Ala. high-schoolers help document civil rights history

Students from an Alabama high school are engaged in a three-year project recording the state's civil rights history. The project, aided by a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation in Birmingham, will involve 144 students who will focus their attention on desegregation of education.

Jobless claims down to 222,000 last week
USA Today

Initial claims for jobless benefits fell to 222,000 last week, with the number of Americans collecting unemployment checks falling to 1.89 million, the lowest mark since December 1973. While claims in Texas and Florida have dropped as people have returned to their jobs, hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands may have kept many people from filing claims yet there, the Labor Department said.

Expert: Acquisitions put SUPERVALU in a strong position

Acquiring both Associated Grocers of Florida and Unified Grocers has put SUPERVALU in a strong position in the food retail industry, according to supermarket expert Burt Flickinger III. The acquisitions bolster SUPERVALU's position among Hispanic and Asian-American consumers and give the retailer the ability to lower store prices on private-label and CPG items, making it more competitive, he said.

More senators support bipartisan deal to stabilize insurance markets
CNBCThe Hill

Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., announced Thursday that 12 Republicans and 12 Democrats signed on to co-sponsor their bipartisan deal aimed at stabilizing the Affordable Care Act markets. Alexander expects the proposal to "become law in some fashion before the end of the year," despite a lack of commitment by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to bring it to the Senate floor for a vote.

Facebook opens up Instant Games on Messenger to ads

Facebook is introducing ads to Messenger's Instant Games in rewarded video and interstitial formats via its Audience Network. The company is testing the ads with select developers and is also trialing in-game purchases.

Under Armour gets into subscription business

Baltimore-based workout wear brand Under Armour is launching a subscription service dubbed ArmourBox, which will offer free shipping and won't charge a monthly fee. Stylists will choose up to six pieces of gear based on customer information, and customers will get a 20% discount if they decide to buy all of the pieces in a box.

Google launches enhanced protections for Chrome, Gmail
ZDNet

Google has rolled out new features designed to enhance security. Chrome's predictive phishing protection offers warnings about phishing sites in real time, while Gmail's Advanced Protection Program offers an additional layer of email protection for select high-risk users.

Studying fish depression could help humans

There may be a correlation between depression in humans and in fish, and scientists suggest studying fish could aid development of antidepressants. Like humans, zebra fish lose interest in eating and in their surroundings when they become depressed.

Analyst: OTT skinny bundles are no threat to cable

Over-the-top skinny bundles from companies such as DISH Network, Hulu and Sony have low subscriber and penetration numbers, making them a "big yawn, a big nothing" thus far, said media analyst Jessica Reif Cohen. While some have a chance of seeing growth in the future, the unified content of traditional cable gives it an edge, Reif Cohen said at a recent industry event.

S.C. port expansion a huge economic boon

The Port of Charleston has seen a 10.6% increase in revenue since larger ships began using the port after the widening of the Panama Canal, and economists says the port's decision to expand to accommodate the ships has been a huge economic driver. Michelin, BMW and other companies have announced expansion plans since the port's improvements, and a recent study says 1 in 11 jobs in South Carolina is linked to the port.

New D.C. shop focuses on local products

Shop Made in D.C., a retailer and restaurant focused on showcasing products made in the nation's capital, was scheduled to launch this week. There are approximately 250 producers on the wait list for shelf space at the shop, which is a collaborative effort between the Neighborhood Restaurant Group and a government-sponsored program called Made in D.C.

United Airlines to serve new cheeseburger on flights

United Airlines will start serving a new $10 burger featuring smoked gouda cheese starting Nov. 1. The burger will be available on domestic flights that run more than 3.5 hours.

Nashville, Tenn., hotel customizes rooms for music-makers

The Hutton Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., has transformed extra space into guestrooms for songwriters. Country singer Dierks Bentley and OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder served as design consultants.