Utah health care
Modern Healthcare magazine has named Charles Sorenson, the president and CEO of Intermountain Health, to its list of the "100 Most Influential People in Healthcare." Sorenson was 97th on the list that included luminaries such the Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts in the No. 1 spot and President Barack Obama at No. 4.
Car dealers fight
The New Car Dealers of Utah plans to donate $5,000 to the Utah Highway Patrol to help combat drunk and impaired driving during the Labor Day weekend. It intends to present its check on Saturday. The donation will help the Utah Highway Patrol add an additional 20 shifts over the holiday weekend.
Diet Pepsi formula
PepsiCo Inc. is testing new artificial sweeteners for its Diet Pepsi drink that could let the soda keep its taste for a longer period of time. The problem is that the current sweetener used in the soda aspartame loses its potency faster than high fructose corn syrup, the sweetener that's used in most regular sodas. The new version could come out as soon as next year.
girls a hit
Lego's new line of toys created specifically for girls helped first-half profits jump 35 percent, despite criticism for fueling gender stereotypes. The family-owned Danish toy maker on Friday said net profit rose to $336 million, from $248 million in the first six months of 2011. Sales rose 24 percent to $1.5 billion.
Ford may have
Ford Motor Co. says its Focus small car is on track to become the best-selling car in the world this year, trumping the Toyota Corolla. Ford sold 489,616 Focus sedans and hatchbacks worldwide in the first half of 2012. That was almost 27,000 more than the perennial best-seller, the Corolla.
A Tokyo court dismissed Apple Inc.'s claim that Samsung infringed on its patent the latest ruling in the global legal battle between the two technology titans over smartphones. The court case addressed only synchronizing technology that allows media players to share data with personal computers and was not comparable to the victory Apple won in the U.S. last week.
rose in July
U.S. factory orders rose 2.8 percent in July, the biggest overall advance in a year, reflecting sizable gains in demand for motor vehicles and airplanes, the Commerce Department said Friday. But core capital goods orders, viewed as a good proxy for business investment spending, plunged 4 percent, the largest amount in eight months.