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Cambridge Analytica inquiry to continue after collapse

Cambridge Analytica inquiry to continue after collapse

Technology
Regulators will pursue an investigation into Cambridge Analytica despite the data firm announcing its collapse.The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), which has been looking into the British firm's handling of data harvested from millions of Facebook users, and raided its offices in March, said the inquiry would continue.Cambridge Analytica said on Wednesday that it had been the subject of "numerous unfounded accusations" and had been "vilified" for activities that were both legal and accepted as a "standard component of online advertising in both the political and commercial arenas".It blamed a "siege of media coverage" for driving away customers, meaning the company's continued operation was no longer viable, leaving it "with no realistic alternative to placing the company into admi...
Massive high-rise fire causes building collapse; at least 1 dead

Massive high-rise fire causes building collapse; at least 1 dead

World
A massive fire engulfed two high-rise structures in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Tuesday, causing one of the buildings to collapse. Video posted on social media early Tuesday showed the 20-story building crumbling to the ground as flames raced toward the top floor, killing at least one person. The second building was seen with about half its floors engulfed in flames, but authorities said it was not in danger of collapsing. At least one person was killed in the fire and three were reported missing, but authorities said those figures could go up. The collapsed building was a former federal police headquarters that had since been occupied by squatters, according to local reports. Officials with the Sao Paulo Fire Department said as many as 50 families may have been living there at the time. Wi...
Bridge collapse puts spotlight on rapid building technique

Bridge collapse puts spotlight on rapid building technique

Technology
As the 950-ton concrete bridge section was swung into place over a highway last weekend, Florida International University officials were beaming with pride. The pedestrian bridge on the edge of the Miami-area campus was a signature achievement of the school's Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center, a research group set up with federal funding a few years ago to show how spans could be built faster and cheaper in the U.S. "FIU is about building bridges and student safety. This project accomplishes our mission beautifully," FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg boasted that day. "We are filled with pride and satisfaction at seeing this engineering feat come to life and connect our campus to the surrounding community." Five days later, the bridge collapsed onto the busy s...
Dehydration Caused Tim McGraw to Collapse On Stage. Here's Why the Condition Is So Scary

Dehydration Caused Tim McGraw to Collapse On Stage. Here's Why the Condition Is So Scary

Health
Country singer Tim McGraw collapsed on stage in Dublin over the weekend, People reported this morning, and dehydration appears to be to blame. McGraw’s wife, Faith Hill, told concert-goers that her 50-year-old husband was “super dehydrated,” and that she “made the decision that he cannot come back out on stage.”McGraw’s rep said in a statement that the singer was “attended to by local medical staff on-site and will be fine.” That’s certainly a relief, but it made us wonder: How serious does dehydration have to get to cause someone to drop to his knees while performing, as McGraw reportedly did? And how exactly does a lack of fluids lead to a full-on collapse?It turns out, several different factors can be at play. The body needs water for optimal functioning of course, and lots of inne
Jobs threatened as Toys R Us and Maplin collapse

Jobs threatened as Toys R Us and Maplin collapse

Business
The future of 5,500 jobs was hanging in the balance on Wednesday following the collapse of two major retailers in Toys R Us UK and Maplin.Administrators were called in to both companies within an hour of each other after Sky News reported both had failed in their efforts to secure a rescue.Toys R Us was first to admit defeat - despite securing a deal among its creditors just before Christmas that allowed it to shut its worst performing stores and slash its rent bill.Image:A notice informing customers of the collapse of Toys R Us is stuck on the window of its High Wycombe store. Pic: Sinead SillarsIts problems, a result of high poor sales, were compounded by demands for a £15m VAT payment.Administrators confirmed all 105 stores would remain open for now and that most of the stock would be d