SAN FRANCISCO - Electric car maker Tesla has confirmed that it is under probe by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) over its Chairman and CEO Elon Musk's announcement of talking the company private. According to a report in NPR late on Tuesday, Tesla said "it was complying with a Justice Department request for documents". "Last month, following Elon's announcement that he was considering taking the company private,
WASHINGTON - At least seven people were killed as hurricane Florence made landfall in the US state of North Carolina, battering the state with a powerful combination of wind and rain. Warnings were issued about the risk of life-threatening flash flooding in parts of North and South Carolina as well as in Virginia. It was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm on Friday, but continued to soak the East Coast area with rain, downing trees...
LONDON - British Airways (BA) on Friday said personal and financial data of its nearly 380,000 customers who booked online on its website and mobile app has been compromised. Urging the customers to immediately contact their banks after their credit cards details were compromised, the airways said it was investigating the theft that happened between August 21 and September 5. "We are investigating, as a matter of urgency,
LONDON - The Coca Cola Company on Friday said it will buy British coffee shop chain Costa for $5.1 billion, diversifying further from its soft drink roots, according to a Dow Jones report. Founded in London in 1971, Costa, a rival to Starbucks Corporation in the UK, has nearly 4,000 stores in 32 countries and also sells coffee in grocery shops and gas stations. Coke said the purchase would give it a strong position in coffee across parts of Europe,
ANKARA - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday warned that his country would boycott electronic goods from the US, after Washington imposed punitive sanctions on Ankara over the latter's refusal to extradite a jailed American pastor. Tensions between the two countries have escalated over US pastor Andrew Brunson, who was arrested in Turkey nearly two years ago over terrorism allegations.
WASHINGTON - NASA is all set to launch its historic small car-size probe to "touch the Sun" from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 3.33 am EDT (1 pm India time) on Saturday. The probe is named after Eugene Parker, a solar physicist who in 1958 first predicted the existence of the solar wind, the stream of charged particles and magnetic fields that flow continuously from the Sun.
SAN FRANCISCO - As Google is trying to make a comeback in China with censored apps, its biggest rival in the country, Baidu, said it was prepared to take on the US tech giant and defeat it, the media reported. According to a report in The Verge on Tuesday, Baidu CEO Robin Li wrote on his verified WeChat account that if "Google decides to return to China, we are very confident we can just PK and win again."
ABU DHABI - An Indian expat on Friday hit a jackpot by winning 10 million dirhams in a raffle draw at Abu Dhabi International Airport. "This is great. Since this is for real I am very happy," said Vazhappallil Yohannan Simon, who first thought it to be a prank. There was one Syrian -- Taisir Nasr Sabih -- in the top 10 winners list, rest all were from India. Sabih won 70,000 dirhams, the Khaleej Times reported.
NEW YORK - The United States has expressed concern over the participation of terrorist-affiliated people in Pakistan's elections but commended the voters for rejecting them. In a statement on Friday afternoon, State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert also noted with concern the the "flaws in the pre-voting electoral process". "The US also has deep reservations over the participation of terrorist-affiliated individuals...
NEW JERSEY - Continuing its quest for the best speller in the community, the 2018 South Asian Spelling Bee (www.SouthAsianSpellingBee.com) traveled to Texas and New Jersey this past weekend with stops in Dallas and New Brunswick. With a huge turnout this year, the Bee attracted some top talent as well as young and new spellers that competed for the coveted prizes and titles. At the Dallas Regional, current Scripps National Champion...