With the highly anticipated New York Fashion Week just around the corner, most people are probably thinking of extremely tall supermodels in high stilettos and expensive brands.
This season, however, don’t be surprised if you see gym wear on the runways.
"Chanel couture and Dior couture, probably the two most established French fashion houses showed sneakers that were obviously very high end," says Kate Betts, author of Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style, and a former fashion editor.
Betts says that consumers are looking to dress to match their lifestyle.
"It’s the wellness look. I think they want to be active and healthy, even if they’re not active and healthy, they want to look like they are," says Betts.
She believes this new trend has plenty of room for development and predicts there will be more collaborations between active and high fashion labels.
Blood pressure is just not on the radar of most young adults. But even slightly elevated pressure before age 25 can lead to higher heart disease risk in middle age, a study finds. Young people can reduce their risk by exercising, eating right and avoiding smoking.
Iran, the U.S. and five other world powers will meet later this month in Vienna. But the quest for a long-term deal on Iran's nuclear program will have to overcome the deep mistrust that was on display at a security conference in Munich.
The TV spot has won fans online, thanks to its use of slow motion, quick edits, smoke and fire to create an atmosphere that would suit a trailer for a new action hero. Attorney Jamie Casino is riding a wave of popularity as a result.
Billions of dollars are spent each year on mammograms to screen for breast cancer. If American women are screened less frequently, the cost savings might be used to better tailor the care for women at an increased risk of cancer.
The Senate Judiciary Committee spent the day looking into recent data thefts at Target and Neiman Marcus. Lawmakers know there is a big problem, but they are struggling with what role the federal government should play is creating new standards to safeguard consumer data.
Satya Nadella is just the third CEO in Microsoft's 39-year history. He's a Microsoft insider tasked with re-energizing the company and making it more relevant in a future likely to be dominated by mobile technology. As Nadella moves into his new role, he will be supported by Bill Gates, who is stepping down as chairman to become more involved with technology development.
A new front has opened in the political battle over the Affordable Care Act, with Tuesday's release of the Congressional Budget Office's annual budget and economic outlook. The economists updated an earlier estimate about how many workers would leave the workforce because they no longer needed a job to have health care coverage — revising upward from 800,000 people to over 2 million people. Republicans pounced on the higher number, and President Obama now finds himself playing defense.
Asbestos lawsuits have bankrupted scores of companies since the 1980s. In one case, a federal judge found that lawyers for people with a rare cancer linked to asbestos misled courts and made evidence disappear. The judge's decision could affect what other companies must pay victims in the future.
With the Winter Olympics just days away, the status of preparations in Sochi is mixed: Housing for the athletes has been getting rave reviews, but hotels and other buildings are still unfinished.
Americans who got a quarter of their daily calories from sugar were twice as likely to die from heart disease as those who limited their intake to much lower levels, fresh research finds. Unfortunately, most of us have a sugar habit that puts us in the danger zone.
With a vote of 68-32, the Senate approved a sweeping farm bill Tuesday that will set rules and practices for American agriculture. The bill does away with controversial direct cash payments made to farmers under a subsidy system, replacing it with crop insurance.
Ten pharmaceutical companies have agreed to cooperate with the National Institutes of Health in the hunt for new medicines to treat Alzheimer's disease, Type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. All the scientific data produced by the venture will be shared publicly.
Boston physician Vivek Murthy, an outspoken supporter of the Affordable Care Act, told a Senate panel that as surgeon general he'll focus on obesity, smoking cessation, and vaccinating kids.
The cheating did not involve trainees working with nuclear weapons, so the scandal is not comparable to the one rocking the Air Force.
With 22 years under his belt, Satya Nadella is the consummate Microsoft insider. But don’t think that experience made him a shoo-in for the top job.
One reason Microsoft went nearly six months without a CEO was because executives spent time looking for their new one outside the company. Microsoft is a case study of what so many aging technology companies -- from Intel to Hewlett Packard -- are going through.
The old line businesses still bring in a ton of cash but they’re slow to innovate, said Michael Cusumano, a professor at MIT. Often times, he says, companies like Microsoft consider bringing in an outsider to provide that spark.
"I think they juggled all these balls in the air and concluded that it would be too difficult for an outsider to come," said Cusumano. "You really need someone that understands the culture and people to really get the most out of the organization."
Cusumano said that Microsoft seems to have found somebody who can keep the company pumping money, and hopefully, turn it in the right direction.
"Although there’s the mystery and the allure of having the outsider ride in on the white horse," said Sutton. "There’s actually a large body of academic research that shows when outsiders come in, they do worse."
Sutton pointed to a study that showed former GE C.E.O.’s who went on to head-up other companies did consistently worse than insiders. And that trend holds across industries.
Sutton said the problem is that outsiders often think there’s a silver bullet. That is, if they lay-off departments and issue mandates, a turnaround is sure to happen. But he said, that approach ignores the human factor.
"Every organization has its own quirks and history and culture," Sutton said. "And it turns out it takes a very long time to learn where, if you will, the bodies are buried and where the good things are."
But insiders can be tainted by company culture, said Harlan Platt, who teaches turnarounds at Northeastern University.
"I got into the business of turnarounds by asking this silly question, ‘How do you find a good manager at a bad company?’" Platt said.
Platt said Microsoft’s poor culture of innovation suggests that a company man might not be the best bet.
All told, 2014 hasn’t been the rosiest year on Wall Street so far. The markets are up a bit today after a dismal yesterday, but the Dow Jones Industrial Average is about 1,000 points lower than it was at the beginning of the year, and the S&P 500 is off about 75 points.
So: We’ve been hearing a lot lately about how a market correction is coming. Should we be bracing for the fall?
Historically speaking, yes.
Technically, a correction is a change of 10 percent or more, so the Dow would need to lose around 650 more points and the S&P 500 would need to drop by another 100.
"The S&p 500 has averaged a correction, that is a drop of 10 percent of more, every 18 months and currently we haven’t had one since 2011, so we’re about 28 months overdue," says Alec Young, Global Equity Strategist at S&P Capital IQ.
Plus, many key economic indicators like manufacturing and unemployment indicate stocks should be a little lower says Bill Stone, Chief Investment Strategist at PNC Wealth Management. "We will get a 10 percent pullback sometime. Whether this is it or not is hard to say, but you ought to a be ready for it."
Still, we’re probably not talking about a crash, because companies’ profits are pretty much in line with current stock values.
"The best measures of long run stock market fundamentals, the price to earnings ratio, is not in bubble territory," says economist Heidi Shierholz, with the Economic Policy Institute in Washington DC.
But those profits don’t necessarily mean a strong economy. In fact, says Shierholz, a lot of Wall Street’s success has come at the expense of main street’s economy.
"The very weak labor market actually strongly reduces wage growth, and is one of the reasons corporate profits are doing so well right now."
As for investors, PNC’s Stone says they should try to sit tight.
"That is, unfortunately, I guess the price of owning what has long term been the best performing asset class... you probably need Maalox along the way."
Not the extra-strength Maalox we needed in 2008, though. Most economists expect the market will end 2014 a little higher than where it started.
Like all teams do, Seattle studied its opponent. Then during the game, says cornerback Richard Sherman, the Seahawks figured out the hand signals that the Denver quarterback was using. Other teams do that too. Seattle certainly took advantage of things, though, and dominated during the 43-8 win.
Other rovers have gotten stuck in similar terrains, so this is a delicate operation for the Mini-Cooper-sized vehicle.
In a speech today, President Barack Obama talked up plans to give all schools fast internet connections. And he came prepared with a sound bite:
"In a country where we expect free Wi-Fi with our coffee, we should definitely demand it in our schools," he said.
Many of the high-stakes tests students will take in coming years are administered online. According research by the non-profit Education Superhighway, about a third of schools have enough broadband to give the most advanced tests. The group's director, Evan Marwell, says another third could give more basic online exams.
"And then we still have a third of our schools that don't have enough bandwitdth to administer a test on a computer," says Marwell. "That's a problem."
Tomorrow the Federal Communications Commission plans to announce what the President calls "a $2 billion down payment" toward fixing that problem.
The FCC currently distributes more than that to schools for telecom -- a $2.4 billion fund called E-Rate, paid for out of fees collected by telecom companies. But so far, only half of E-Rate's money goes toward broadband connections. Some pays for cellphones, and a quarter of it pays for phone service: -- translation: landlines.
"That made sense back at the beginning of the program [in 1996]," says Marwell. "How did most schools get on the Internet in 1996? Dial up. But today, how many schools get on the internet with dial up?"
When E-Rate funds do pay for broadband, it turns out that we don’t really know exactly how much bandwidth schools get for the money.
"That would be really useful information," says Danielle Kehl, a policy analyst with the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute.
Kehl says the FCC doesn't get information from broadband providers about the rates schools pay and the bandwidth they get. For a simple reason: "They don’t actually ask the telecom providers for that precise information," she says.
She hopes the agency will change that don’t ask, don’t tell practice.