San Jose police officer shot dead

San Jose police officer shot dead

On Tuesday, a Northern California police officer was shot dead after he responded to a call from a man, who threatened to commit suicide. According to the San Jose Police Department, officers also faced firing, when they moved towards an apartment building and one of the officers was killed. The shot officer has not been yet identified.

Many streets in East San Jose were closed off, when officers started finding the shooter. According to authorities, they have been using all San Jose police resources and they have also asked for help from outside.

Bill Gates comments on Steve Jobs

Bill Gates comments on Steve Jobs

The new Steve Jobs autobiographical book 'Becoming Steve Jobs' tells about Microsoft founder Bill Gates' opinions regarding Jobs. Gates has admired Jobs and showed a lot of respect for him. However, he still spoke about the intellect of Jobs, and also the mistakes committed by him. Gates also spoke about Jobs's showmanship.

According to Gates, "I was never in his league. I mean, it was just amazing to see how precisely he would rehearse. And if he's about to go onstage, and his support people don't have the things right, you know, he is really, really, tough on them".

Florida businessman, who was reported Dead in 2013, is still alive

Florida businessman, who was reported Dead in 2013, is still alive

In 2012, Florida businessman Jose Lantigua made odd decisions when his company Circle K Furniture slipped into debt. At that time, he bought new furniture for his home with the company money. In addition, Lantigua built a panic room with steel doors inside his North Carolina hideaway.

After that, he started planning his fake death. He made plan with his wife, Daphne Simpson, to scam about $8 million from insurance companies. In 2013, Mourners gathered at a church in Florida to celebrate the life of Lantigua, who died while on vacation in Venezuela. The cause of his death was illness.

Taco Bell to introduce new Line of Biscuits Tacos from Thursday

Taco Bell to introduce new Line of Biscuits Tacos from Thursday

Taco Bell is introducing a new line of Biscuit Tacos, taco-shaped biscuits with fillings including chicken and gravy. From Thursday, this new breakfast dish will be offered in more than 6,000 US restaurants.

The move is said to be part of an expanded morning menu. Primarily, McDonald's rules the breakfast sector. Therefore, fast-food chains are now making efforts to have their share as well and give stiff competition to McDonald's.

From last year, Taco Bell introduced breakfast menu having waffle tacos, egg burritos and the A.M. Crunchwrap. Customers have appreciated this move of the company and now, breakfast accounts for around 6% of Taco Bell’s sales.

3G Capital in talks to buy Kraft in $40 billion deal

3G Capital in talks to buy Kraft in $40 billion deal

A source familiar with the matter has told Reuters that the Brazilian private equity firm 3G Capital is in negotiations to buy Kraft Foods Group for about $40bn (£27bn).

The possible deal was firstly reported by The Wall Street Journal, which said that Kraft may be valued at $40bn.

Two years ago, 3G teamed up with Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway with a motive to acquire HJ Heinz for $23.2bn. HJ Heinz is the maker of ketchup and baked beans, among other things. 3G Capital is now expected to merge Kraft with Heinz if it clinches a deal. In May, Buffett had said that he expected to work with 3G on more transactions.

In the US, Kraft is battling sluggish demand for packaged food products. Shares of Kraft rose around 16.5% to $71.4 in trading after the bell.

China Tests New Carrier Rocket’s Power System Successfully

China Tests New Carrier Rocket’s Power System Successfully

On Monday, China successfully completed the second ground test of a power system for its next-generation carrier rocket. The rocket will boost its capability to enter space by at least 2.5 times during missions in 2016.

Long March-5 was first test-fired on February 9 this year. The state-run Xinhua news agency reported that the test of the Long March-5 has completed ahead of its first flight next year.

Tan Yonghua, head of the Academy of Aerospace Propulsion Technology, said that with the help of non-toxic, non-polluting liquid propellant, the engines were test-fired on the ground to test the technology.

Merck’s Keytruda is more Effective Treatment of Advanced Melanoma

Merck’s Keytruda is more Effective Treatment of Advanced Melanoma

Pharmaceutical company Merck announced on Tuesday that it has received positive results from Phase III trial of Keytruda drug. The company stated that the drug met its two primary endpoints in the study as first-line treatment for patients with melanoma.

In the trial, the company has included a total of 834 patients. The patients were given Keytruda 10mg/kg every three weeks, Keytruda 10mg/kg every two weeks, or four cycles of ipilimumab 3mg/kg every three weeks. According to the company, the patients who received Keytruda showed meaningful improvement in overall survival, compared with patients receiving Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.'s ipilmumab and Yervoy.

FAA approval to test deliveries by unmanned drones is too little too late: Paul Misener

FAA approval to test deliveries by unmanned drones is too little too late: Paul

Last week, e-commerce company Amazon was awarded with an 'experimental airworthiness certificate' by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The certificate allows Amazon to test a delivery drone outdoors in the US as the company wants to deliver packages to customers by air. At a congressional hearing on Tuesday, Amazon blasted the FAA for the delay in the approval of commercial drone testing.

Paul Misener, Amazon's vice president for global public policy, told lawmakers at the hearing that the approval is too little and too late. According to him, the six-month delay in approval made the test delivery drones obsolete and irrelevant as the company has already moved past the drone design that regulators approved last week.

Slave-Caught Seafood is Major Source of Supply to Supermarkets, Restaurants and Even Pet Stores in US

Slave-Caught Seafood is Major Source of Supply to Supermarkets, Restaurants

The Associated Press carried out an interview of Burmese slaves sitting on floor staring through the bars of the cage in which they were locked. These slaves were on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles away from their home.

An Associated Press video camera also captured few salves loading cargo ships with slave-caught seafood, a few yards away.

The seafood caught by the slaves is the major source of supply to major supermarkets, restaurants and even pet stores in the United States.

Eight imprisoned men were considered a flight risk as there were laborers who might dare to run away. These slaves live on very less rice and curry a day and have barely enough space to lie down.

Uber will not operate in San Antonio

Uber will not operate in San Antonio

San Antonio announced on Tuesday that ride-sharing company Uber cannot operate in the city. But, the neighboring towns of the second most populous city in the state of Texas said that they want the company provide its ridesharing services in their cities.

Earlier this month, San Antonio officials signed off a rule which requires drivers to have permission to operate in Alamo city. According to reports, if a driver picks up a passenger in nearby cities, the Uber driver will not be able to use streets of San Antonio to reach at the destination.

Lexmark to purchase Kofax for $1 billion

Lexmark to purchase Kofax for $1 billion

Lexmark International, an American corporation that manufactures laser printers, announced that it would buy software developer Kofax for $1 billion to boost its software business.

According to Lexmark, the deal would help its Perceptive Software business to achieve its revenue target of $500 million in 2016. It would also add about 10 cents per share to the company's adjusted profit in 2015.

This is the deal made by Lexmark in recent years. The deal has changed the company from a primarily printer maker to a printing, imaging and software company.

Kofax provides data services to financial, insurance and health care companies such as Citigroup, Metlife and Humana. The financial advisor to Lexmark and Kofax are Goldman Sachs and Lazard respectively.

US Government Proposes New Definition of Farms

US Government Proposes New Definition of Farms

The U.S. Government is revising its definition of a farm. As per the new definition, some people who receive farm subsidies but do not carry out any sort of work would receive less government money.

Congress last year assigned the Agriculture Department a task of creating a new definition for what it means to be 'actively engaged' in farming, a criteria to receive subsidy.

USDA on Tuesday proposed that farms must document their managers and must put in 500 hours of substantial management work annually or 25% of the time necessary for the success of the farming operation to qualify.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said, "We want to make sure that farm program payments are going to the farmers and farm families that they are intended to help".

Ruth Porat to be new CFO of Google

Ruth Porat to be new CFO of Google

Google has announced that Ruth Porat, who is presently Chief Financial Officer at Morgan Stanley, will join as CFO of the technology major. The announcement was made after Google CFO Patrick Pichette expressed his plan to retire through Google+ post.

In 1987, Ruth joined Morgan Stanley and was posted at various positions at the company, together with Global Head of the Financial Institutions Group, Vice Chairman of Investment Banking and co-Head of Technology Investment Banking. During the financial crisis, Ruth handled the Morgan Stanley teams, giving advice to the US Treasury on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and the New York Federal Reserve Bank on AIG.

Stars can Generate Sounds: Study

Stars can Generate Sounds: Study

A recent study, published in Physical Review Letters, has revealed that stars can generate sounds. The scientists said that they made this discovery by chance, when they were studying plasma.

The team of scientists was studying hydrodynamics (the motion of fluids) and while analyzing the interaction of an ultra-intense laser with a plasma target, they observed that in the trillionth of a second after the strike of the laser, the plasma flowed quickly from areas of high density to regions of low density, which led to something similar to a traffic jam.

Bark Beetles not adding to risk of Wildfires in Forests of Western US

Bark Beetles not adding to risk of Wildfires in Forests of Western US

Researchers from the University of Colorado at Boulder conducted a study to conclude that mountain pine beetles have adjusted to survive the cold months. Owing to which, the tree-killing beetles now leave behind stands of dry wood. It was feared that the situation could lead to early season of wildfires.

However, such was not the case, said researchers from the University of Colorado at Boulder. The researchers came to know the activity of the beetles have equal to negligible effect on the area burned during the three peak years of wildfires since 2002.

Public Help asked to Name Newly Discovered Geological Features of Pluto and its Largest Moon

Public Help asked to Name Newly Discovered Geological Features of Pluto

NASA's New Horizons mission, the SETI Institute and the International Astronomical Union (IAU) has started a new campaign in which people have been asked to suggest names for newly discovered features of Pluto and also of its satellites.

People can suggest names from the given themes of the IAU for the celestial bodies. The campaign has been started as on July 14, 2014, NASA's New Horizons probe will fly past Pluto and its largest satellite, Charon.

As it will fly past Pluto and its largest moon, it will provide first close-up look at the celestial bodies. Officials affirmed that the flyby would be so quick that the new Horizons team would not have time to name the geological features in advance.

NASA Satellites capture Growth Spurt from newborn Star

NASA Satellites capture Growth Spurt from newborn Star

An international team of astronomers has captured the explosive growth spurt of very young protostar named HOPS 383.

The star is located in the nebula of the constellation Orion around 1,400 light years from Earth, where plenty of other young stars are still in their birth clouds.

The earliest phase of development of the newborn star was captured by using data from orbiting observatories and ground-based facilities.

The growth spurt typically happens when the forming celestial body accumulates a lot of gas and dust relatively quickly. Stars are formed within collapsing fragments of cold gas clouds. As the cloud contracts under its own gravity, its central region becomes denser and hotter.

Maternal Smoking linked to Greater Fetal Mouth and Touch Movements

Maternal Smoking linked to Greater Fetal Mouth and Touch Movements

Research from Durham and Lancaster universities have shown the harmful effects of smoking on unborn babies. The researchers said that pregnant women who smoke may have babies who witness delayed development of the central nervous system.

The researchers have captured 4-D ultrasound scans, which unveiled movements of baby when their mothers inhale cigarette smoke. The scans show how babies in the womb open their mouths and cover their faces.

In fact, it also appears that they frown when they mothers inhale cigarette smoke. The researchers said, "Fetuses whose mothers were smokers showed a significantly higher rate of mouth movements than the normal declining rate of movements expected in a fetus during pregnancy".

Animals Have Capability to Predict Earthquakes, Claims Study

Animals Have Capability to Predict Earthquakes, Claims Study

A new study has showed that animals have the ability to predict earthquakes. They can feel the bad vibes in the earth's atmosphere, said researchers. The findings of the research were published in the journal Physics and Chemistry of the Earth.

Researchers during the study captured on camera for the first time how the behavior of wild animals changes before an earthquake.

For the new study, researchers used data gathered from a series of motion-triggered cameras in the Yanachaga National Park in Peru.

After deeply going through the collected data, researchers found that significant changes in animal behavior started 23 days before the magnitude 7.0 Contamana earthquake struck the region in 2011.

Universe will collapse in tens of billions of years: Study

Universe will collapse in tens of billions of years: Study

A new study has revealed that the universe will stop expanding soon and its collapse will take place sooner than expected. The physicists claimed that galaxies could rip themselves to shreds in tens of billions of years, which is a relatively short time in cosmological terms.

Physicists Nemanja Kaloper at the University of California, Davis (UCD) and Antonio Padilla at the University of Nottingham said that the clues for collapse of universe can be found in dark energy, which will also help to explain the why the rate of expansion in the universe has accelerated.

Dark energy is considered as a mysterious force that shows how the universe expands. However, no one really knows what exactly what it is. It acts in opposition to gravity and occupies the entire universe.

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