Drone deliveries: Federal officials say they will allow operators to fly small drones over people and at night, potentially giving a boost to commercial use of the machines. Most drones will need to be equipped so they can be identified remotely by law enforcement officials. The final rules announced Monday by the Federal Aviation Administration “get us closer to the day when we will more routinely see drone operations such as the delivery of packages,” says FAA Administrator Stephen Dickson. Read the full story.
Middle age: On Jan. 1, the oldest millennials, born in 1981, will turn 40 and officially become eligible to sue employers under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, The Washington Post reports. It may seem silly to fret about age discrimination among a generation long vilified as the embodiment of entitled youth. But research shows that for many millennial women, age discrimination is already a reality—one that will become critical during the recovery from the coronavirus crisis, as discrimination tends to peak during and after recessions. Read the full story.
Publishers win: Like most industries, book publishers will be happy to see the end of 2020. But for many of them, the year has brought some positive news, which has been as welcome as it was surprising: Business has been good, The New York Times reports. With so many people stuck at home and activities from concerts to movies off limits, people have been reading a lot—or at least buying a lot of books. Print sales by units are up almost 8% so far this year, according to NPD BookScan. E-books and audiobooks, which comprise a smaller portion of the market, are up as well. Read the full story.