IBM's Watson, the computational genius that has bested "Jeopardy" champions, published a cookbook and even been unleashed in the fight against cancer, now has what is perhaps its greatest challenge: taking on the federal procurement morass.
Once mostly the purview of children, Halloween has grown into a major consumer holiday that now includes 18 to 34 year-old millennials and older adults who seize the opportunity for a night of escapism.
The Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal has tanked the company's stock price, ousted its top executive and could ultimately cost the world's top automaker tens of billions of dollars. It may also destroy the credibility of diesel technology from all automakers.
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach handled 39 percent of U.S. container imports in 2002, but that figure fell to 32 percent by 2013, according to U.S. census data. They have lost business to competitors at a time when, overall, global trade is booming and imports are rising at all ports, including L.A. and Long Beach. And the ports are losing out to others that can handle larger vessels.
Corporate America usually hasn't viewed hot-button social issues as any of its business. Then came Indiana. The controversy over the state's religious rights measure signed into law recently has been striking for the parade of well-known businesses that not only joined in the opposition to the law but took the lead in voicing their disapproval.
Of all the issues the Obama administration is grappling with, a modest redesign of what food labels say about sweeteners might not have seemed among the more controversial. But ever since First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled the plan last year, a lobbying frenzy has ensued.
More than 4,400 ships bring nearly $400bn worth of goods through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach every year, a crucial link in the global supply chain of factories, warehouses, docks, highways and rail lines. Most blue-collar workers along the chain have seen their wages slashed with the quick rise of global trade. But the longshoremen who move the goods the shortest distance, between ship and shore, have shrewdly protected pay that trumps that of many white-collar managers.