China tariffs are not paying for themselves

Tariffs collected on $250 billion in Chinese goods will not be enough to compensate those in industries hurt in the trade dispute, based on recent government figures, and this gap will become even more noticeable to longer it's allowed to grow. The President committed to paying American farmers $28 billion to compensate them for damages related to the trade war, but total funds raised by Chinese imports only came to about $20.8 billion.

Teacher: How empathy can curb bullying

Developing empathy in students is key to curbing bullying, according to David Theune, a Fulbright Distinguished Award recipient residing in the Netherlands and working on a project to end bullying. In this blog post, he shares five strategies to developing empathy, including using podcasts to connect lessons to students' lives and launching a book club

Chinese economy expands at slowest rate since 1992

Chinese GDP increased 6.2% year over year during the second quarter, the lowest rate in 27 years, according to government data. China has reduced its growth target for this year to 6% to 6.5%.

Starbucks opens China store focused on mobile, delivery

Starbucks has debuted an express format called Starbucks Now in Beijing, catering to delivery orders and customers using the chain's mobile ordering and payment services. The chain is competing in China with Luckin Coffee, which is focused on mobile ordering and delivery.

Hacking incident may have exposed info of 25K patients at N.Y. ACO

An employee email account at Plattsburgh, N.Y.-based Adirondacks Accountable Care Organization was accessed by an unauthorized third party between March 2 and March 4, possibly exposing the information of around 25,000 patients. The compromised email account contained a "gap in care" spreadsheet, some of which had the patients' Medicare or health insurance numbers, birth dates or Social Security numbers.

How Sotheby's attracts a new generation of bidders

Sotheby's is celebrating its 275th year in business, but its marketing strategy is much more contemporary and leans heavily on connecting with its 1 million global Instagram followers to promote its art, real estate, jewelry and collectibles. Lauren Gioia, Sotheby's worldwide director of communications, discusses the company's focus on Instagram, the role of celebrity influencers and the goal to open its "literal and digital doors to everyone," with Gioia noting, "You don't need $1 million to shop at Sotheby's, in fact, 60% of items we sold last year were sold for under $10,000."

Amazon workers strike in US, Germany

Amazon warehouse workers in Shakopee, Minn., went on strike, along with another 2,000 employees at seven sites in Germany who walked off the job, to protest wages and working conditions. Employees and activists are also holding protests on Amazon's Prime Day in various locations throughout the US and Europe.

CTA report: Consumer tech sales soaring

Increases in streaming services, artificial intelligence-enabled devices and in-vehicle technology are the main sources of 2.2% year-over-year growth in the US consumer technology market, which is on track to exceed $400 billion in retail revenue in 2019. The Consumer Technology Association's biannual US Consumer Technology Sales and Forecasts report was based on US factory sales to dealers for more than 300 products.

FDA declines to approve AZ drug for type 1 diabetes

The FDA issued a complete response letter to AstraZeneca declining its application for Farxiga, or dapagliflozin, to be used as a supplement to insulin in adult patients with type 1 diabetes that do not respond adequately to insulin alone. The company plans to meet with the agency to decide its next action.

Superyacht rentals take excursions up a notch

Luxury hotel concierges will have no trouble putting their negotiating skills to the test when booking water excursions for guests, thanks to travel company Yotha, which offers Airbnb-style options in "the rarefied world of floating palaces," Peter Allen writes. A weeklong excursion on the French Riviera can cost about $187,000.

Tests point to more wildfire-resistant homes

Landscaping, construction materials and assemblies are the focus of tests by the Institute for Building and Home Safety to reduce damage to homes by wind-driven embers from wildfires. Full-scale testing has revealed key countermeasures that include thinner mesh over eave vents, wider joist spacing and non-combustible siding.

US oil sees largest gain of the year amid US-Iran tensions

US oil prices posted their best performance since December 2016, with West Texas Intermediate for August delivery surging 9.4% last week to settle at $57.43 per barrel on Friday, after President Donald Trump canceled a military strike on Iran. Daniel Yergin, vice-chairman at IHS Markit, says that "the market is poised between where it was before, which was just gloom," and "the possibility that demand will spike up because there will be some kind of settlement with China."

Singapore Airlines tops World's Best international airlines awards

Singapore Airlines' high-level comfort and consistent, top-notch service place it at the front of the line on Travel + Leisure's World's Best list of international airlines. "Even flying coach makes you feel like you're having a luxury experience," one passenger says.

American, United canceling Boeing 737 Max flights through early Nov.

American Airlines will try to rebook passengers for any of its Boeing 737 Max flights through Nov. 2 and will offer additional options or no-penalty cancellations for those who can't be rebooked. United Airlines last week removed the 737 Max from its flight schedule through Nov. 3.