Four people, including a homeless person and two hikers, have died from the record-breaking heat in the U.S. Southwest, media reports said, where triple-digit temperatures have driven residents indoors and canceled airline flights. The first two fatalities recorded in the three-day heatwave took place on Monday in Santa Clara County, California, south of San Francisco, and included a homeless person found in a car, the San Jose Mercury News reported. The victims were identified only as a 72-year-old man and an 87-year-old woman. "It is tragic when someone dies of hyperthermia since in most every case it could have been prevented," Dr. Michelle Jorden of the Santa Clara County Coroner’s Office told the newspaper. "Hyperthermia and heat stress happen when a body's heat-regulation system cannot handle the heat. It can happen to anyone, which is why it is so important to be in a cool location, drink plenty of water and take a cool bath or shower if you are getting too hot," Jorden … [Read more...] about Four die from heat in sweltering U.S. Southwest: reports
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European anti-trust regulators Monday launched in-depth probes into takeover bids for two Asian companies by two American peers in the computer hard disk drive sector, media reports said Tuesday. U.S.-based Seagate Technology has said it wants to buy Samsung Electronics Co's loss-making hard disk drive unit for 1.4 billion U.S. dollars -- a deal that will give Seagate access to Samsung's NAND-type flash chips for its solid-state drive products. Western Digital plans to purchase Hitachi Ltd's hard disk drive business for 4.3 billion dollars to give it an edge in developing next-generation storage technology. The two planned acquisitions in a sector with just five manufacturers worldwide have raised concerns in Brussels, the European Commission said. "Hard drives are the backbone of the digital economy," said EU competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia in announcing the investigation. "The sector has already experienced significant consolidation and the proposed acquisitions will further … [Read more...] about Regulators probe U.S. takeover bids for Asian computer companies
Nokia is planning to stop selling its low-end phones and smartphones in the United States, instead focusing on products using Microsoft's Windows Phone platform, U.S. media reported on Tuesday. The Finnish handset maker will end sales of its low-end Series 40 phones and smartphones based on the Symbian mobile operating system in the United States and Canada, as it needs to put all of its efforts into the Windows Phone products which are due out later this year, Chris Weber, head of Nokia's U.S. subsidiary, told technology news site All Things Digital. "When we launch Windows Phones we will essentially be out of the Symbian business, the S40 business, etc.," Weber said. In February, Nokia and Microsoft announced plans to form a broad strategic partnership, under which Nokia agrees to adopt Windows Phone as its principal smartphone strategy. North America is a priority for Nokia, Weber noted, in part because it is a key market for Microsoft and also because Nokia sees it as a key to … [Read more...] about Nokia to focus on Windows Phones in U.S.
TAMPA, Fla., March 14 - U.S. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump hunted for votes in three states on Monday before a crucial round of nominating contests, and dismissed outbreaks of violence at his campaign events as "a little disruption." TAMPA, Fla., March 14 - U.S. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump hunted for votes in three states on Monday before a crucial round of nominating contests, and dismissed outbreaks of violence at his campaign events as "a little disruption." Trump, who made appearances in North Carolina, Florida and Ohio ahead of Tuesday's primaries, said the establishment Republicans who have labored to stop his outsider candidacy needed to recognize his strength and rally to his cause. The billionaire businessman trained his fire on rival Republican candidate, Ohio Governor John Kasich, at an evening rally in Youngstown, Ohio. Kasich is running neck and neck with Trump in the state. "Your coal industry is dead. Your steel industry is … [Read more...] about Trump aims for big U.S. primary wins, calls campaign ‘a lovefest’
A chilling video showing the execution of journalist James Foley by Islamist militants marks the second time an American reporter has been beheaded by captors overseas, echoing the murder of Wall Street Journal correspondent Daniel Pearl in Pakistan in 2002. While Pearl worked for one of the largest news organizations in the world, Foley was on assignment for GlobalPost, an online news startup with about 28 full-time staffers that is trying to survive as a small, independent outlet. The contrast underscores the changes that have been buffeting the news business, which in recent years has seen big staff reductions and fewer journalistic resources devoted to international coverage, including wars. At least 20 U.S. newspapers that once maintained bureaus abroad, including The Baltimore Sun, Los Angeles Times and The Boston Globe, have closed bureaus and scaled back foreign coverage, according to Pew Research Center. On the evening newscasts at the major U.S. networks ABC, NBC and CBS, … [Read more...] about Execution of U.S. journalist reveals the changing business of war coverage