Zzzzzz: Sleep gadgets adjust to help you rest

In this Friday, July 7, 2017, photo, Sleep Number store manager Lee Pulliam demonstrates how the company's sleep technology tracks your sleeping patterns, in addition to the other features of the Sleep Number 360 Smart Bed, including a foot warming element, adjustable side comfort, head and foot raising capability and an analysis of how well a person slept. A number of companies are incorporating sleep science into products that help people track and improve the quality of their sleep. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

NEW YORK (AP) — Pillows that track your snoozing patterns? A bed that adjusts based on how much you twist and turn? Companies are adding more technology into their products, hoping to lure customers craving a better night’s sleep.

Fed tells Congress further rate hikes on the way

In this Wednesday, June 14, 2017, file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks in Washington, to announce the Federal Open Market Committee decision on interest rates following a two-day meeting. Yellen releases her semiannual report to Congress, Friday, July 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve said Friday it expects the U.S. economy will strengthen and warrant further gradual increases in its key interest rate. That rate forecast was included in the Fed’s semi-annual monetary report to Congress, which Chair Janet Yellen will deliver to Congress next week. The Fed has raised interest rates three times since December, pushing its benchmark rate to a range of 1 percent to 1.25 percent. The Fed noted that policymakers still expect one more rate hike this year and another three hikes in 2018. The Fed said this projected pace of hikes would still allow the labor market to keep strengthening and inflation to climb to the Fed’s 2 percent target. The Fed also signaled that it expects to begin reducing its massive bond holdings this year.

Eclipse expected to draw big crowds to Idaho

Weiser is selling its own special eclipse glasses, with filters that make it safe to look at the sun during the solar eclipse. Betsy Z. Russell / The Spokesman-Review

WEISER – Idaho is bracing for an influx of tourists from around the world on Aug. 21, all bent on viewing a singular event: the first coast-to-coast total eclipse of the sun in the United States since 1918.



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