Report: Health care sector accounted for 45% of cyberattacks in 2017

Cybersecurity insurance agency Beazley analyzed about 2,500 data breaches in the US and several other countries in 2017 and found that health care was the top industry hit by ransomware, accounting for 45% of the total number of cyberattacks, followed by finance and professional services at 12% each. Meanwhile, health care accounted for 28% of W-2 email phishing scams in 2017, putting it again at the top of the list of industries affected by such incidents.

Writing club aims to boost literacy, SEL skills

An elementary school is offering an after-school writing club to students as part of a Washington, D.C., "Excellence in Equity" program. Through a partnership with the Anthology Project, the club engages students in learning literacy and social and emotional learning through creative writing about their lives and experiences that will be collected in anthologies.

Supreme Court rules whistleblowers must alert SEC for protection

The US Supreme Court has ruled in a 9-0 decision in Digital Realty Trust v. Somers that whistleblowers must take claims of wrongdoing to the Securities and Exchange Commission if they want protection against retaliation under the Dodd-Frank Act.

Beard Foundation honors Jose Andres for his humanitarian work

The James Beard Foundation will give the Humanitarian of the Year award to chef and restaurateur Jose Andres, whose World Central Kitchen fed more than 3 million meals to residents of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. "He has demonstrated how, at the most difficult times, hot-cooked meals provide more than nutrition, they provide dignity," said foundation executive Mitchell Davis.

Study: Coffee, beer, wine may reduce risk of premature death

Drinking about two glasses of wine or beer per day reduced a person's risk of premature death by 18%, compared with an 11% reduction for daily exercise, researchers reported at the American Association for the Advancement of Science's annual conference. Two cups of coffee per day reduced the risk of premature death by 10%.

Twitter clamps down on multiple account activity

Twitter is barring its users from being able to post the same messages or simultaneously retweet or like tweets from multiple accounts in an effort to crack down on tactics used by Russian companies and others to make certain content go viral. "These changes are an important step in ensuring we stay ahead of malicious activity targeting the crucial conversations taking place on Twitter," says Twitter's Yoel Roth.

J.C. Penney puts famous faces on new tween fashion brand

J.C. Penney has launched a new in-house tween fashion brand called Obsess that will feature capsule collections created with different influential young women. The line's first collection created in collaboration with Olympic gold medalist gymnast Laurie Hernandez will launch online Monday and in stores March 2.

Qualcomm to use Samsung's LPP tech in 5G chips

Qualcomm will use Samsung's 7-nanometer Low Power Plus process technology in the development of Snapdragon 5G chips. The tech will allow the producer to scale down the size of its microchips, increasing area efficiency by up to 40%, Samsung said.

New theory emerges about Earth's first land plants

The first land plants on Earth may have appeared 100 million years earlier than previously thought, argues a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal. The study examined the genes of living plants instead of relying only on fossil evidence.

FCC set to publish order to roll back net neutrality
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The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday will publish an order to roll back net neutrality regulations, a source says. Congress would have 60 days to reverse the decision by passing a resolution.

Economic council prefers tolls to fuel tax increase

The White House Council of Economic Advisers has come out in favor of tolls and against a gas tax increase to fund transportation infrastructure, even though President Donald Trump has expressed support for such an increase. "The gas tax's current design isn't really a 21st century design," said Kevin Hassett, the council's chairman.

Interior secretary, Calif. governor discuss offshore drilling proposal
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California Gov. Jerry Brown met with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday to express his disapproval of the Trump administration's proposal to open federal waters off California's coast to drilling. "Secretary Zinke made it clear that California's views will be taken into account," said Brown spokesman Evan Westrup.

Air Canada reports a strong 2017

Thanks in part to aggressive global expansion and Air Canada Rouge, the airline's leisure carrier, Air Canada's earnings for 2017 were up 5.2% over 2016 at $153 million. "Our strong 2017 results underscore the effectiveness of our transformation strategy, as well as the success of our global expansion and the power of our comprehensive network," said Calin Rovinescu, Air Canada's president and CEO.

Austin Marriott Downtown in Texas to offer 4 bars

Four bars, including a rooftop pool watering hole, will be featured at the Austin Marriott Downtown, due to open in 2020. White Lodging will operate this addition to the Texas capital's hotel boom.