A nightmare on Wall Street

Mike Picarella was only one victim of Eileen Hedges, a Wall Street executive who nurtured a toxic culture of bullying and sexual harassment that went unchecked for years, David Dayen writes. Dayen details Picarella's experience of reporting Hedges to HR, hiring a lawyer and enduring unexpected fallout that overlapped with federal accusations of money laundering, internal investigations and a shocking trial verdict.

What factors prevent students from graduating?

A survey from Civitas Learning found that one-quarter of college students say it will be hard for them to finish their degree, with students describing time management and anxiety as their top challenges. Students say they felt most confident turning to academic advisers for help, but about a quarter say it had been six months or longer since they did so.

Chinese trade surplus with US hits record

China's trade surplus with the US reached a record high of $28.9 billion in June, the last month before the US imposed tariffs on Chinese imports. The only trading partner that buys more Chinese products than the US does is the EU.

McDonald's rolls out retro swag to celebrate Global McDelivery Day

McDonald's will team with Uber Eats on July 19 to bring back Global McDelivery Day across six continents. Customers who order more than $5 worth of food will receive a free '90s themed memorabilia item, which include socks, pins and T-shirts.

Web-based intervention could aid weight loss

Overweight or obese individuals who participated in cognitive behavioral therapy counseling combined with an online health behavior change support system lost more weight, and 33% achieved a weight loss of 5% or more over 24 months, compared with those who received only CBT-based group counseling or self-help guidance-based group counseling or were in control groups, all with or without HBCSS, according to a study in the Journal of Internal Medicine. Finnish researchers used a cohort of 532 people ages 20 to 50 and found those in the web-based intervention groups also had three times higher odds of losing more than 10% of their body weight.

Aerie uses social to spotlight women with health issues

Aerie continues its #AerieREAL push with ads showing a variety of women with chronic illnesses, including diabetes, vitiligo and fibromyalgia. The women in the recent ads were chosen after responding on social media with photos and stories about themselves.

Amazon promotes Prime Day with VR kiosks

Virtual reality kiosks in 10 shopping malls are giving visitors an enticing preview of Amazon's Prime Day on Monday. The VR experience enabled by an Oculus Rift begins with a balloon ride and a tour that highlights some of the many values that will be available.

Researchers: RDP access to IT systems for sale on dark web

Backdoor access to IT systems can be purchased for $10 on the dark web, McAfee Labs researchers report. Remote desktop protocol access for tens of thousands of compromised systems could be used for system disruption, malware campaigns and other attacks.

FDA grants orphan status to Acceleron's muscular dystrophy drug

Acceleron Pharma's midstage ACE-083 was granted orphan drug designation by the FDA. The drug is being developed as a treatment for patients with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy.

AT&T's Stephenson: We expected a DOJ appeal

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson says the company expected the Justice Department to appeal the court's decision allowing AT&T to acquire Time Warner and says the company will take the battle to the Supreme Court if necessary, though it does not anticipate that happening. The appeal "doesn't change anything -- the merger is closed," Stephenson told reporters Thursday.

Interstates 80, 55 among Chicago agency's priorities for improvement

A Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning proposal recommends improving Interstates 80 and 55, with the Illinois Department of Transportation imposing tolls after reconstruction. The plan also recommends raising the state's motor fuel tax by 15 cents and states that the federal government should consider increasing its gas tax.

Caesars to cut carbon emissions by 95%

Caesars Entertainment has committed to reduce carbon emissions by 95% of 2011 figures by 2050. Meanwhile, 60% of Caesars' suppliers will set science-based emissions reduction targets by 2023, according to the company.

TSA to ask foreign airports to screen powders
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The Transportation Security Administration will ask foreign airports with nonstop flights to the US to closely examine powders in travelers' bags, starting June 30. The substances could be items like cosmetics, protein powders or baby powder and the focus is on containers of 12 ounces or more.

At MGM National Harbor, recycling proves a safe bet

Recycling is a conspicuous priority at the MGM National Harbor hotel and casino in Prince George's County, Md., following a companywide sustainability policy. Guests have responded to the initiative, which features 135 recycling bins throughout the property and separation of recyclables from disposables by staff.