NEW YORK/MUNICH—U.S. industrial gas supplier Praxair Inc and German peer Linde AG are in early-stage talks about a merger to create a market leader with a value of more than $60 billion, Linde said on Tuesday, Aug. 16, sending shares in both companies higher. An agreement would accelerate consolidation sweeping the industrial gas sector where slower economic growth has weakened demand in the manufacturing, metals and energy sectors and put pressure on smaller players to compete.
ATLANTA -- Ervin Santana got a victory against his former team and in the process helped the Minnesota Twins snap a seven-game interleague losing streak against the Atlanta Braves. Santana...
CHICAGO—U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump named 64 agriculture policy advisors on Tuesday, Aug. 16, a lengthy list that includes the governors of Iowa and five other farm states and a former federal agriculture secretary. The announcement came as Trump, a New York businessman seeking his first elected office, looks to improve his standing among voters, including those in swing states such as Iowa.
WASHINGTON/PHILADELPHIA—Hillary Clinton's White House transition team, a mix of former advisers of President Barack Obama, close confidants, long-time colleagues and former elected officials, reflects the sense of careful organization the Democratic candidate has aimed to project in her presidential campaign. But her Republican rival, Donald Trump, could seize on the group to make the point that she is part of the establishment he aims to defeat in November's election, and to reiterate his charge that a Clinton administration would be an Obama "third term."
MILWAUKEE—Milwaukee's curfew on teenagers and community leaders' calls for restraint brought relative calm to the city overnight after two nights of riots sparked by the fatal shooting of a black man by a black police officer. Sylville Smith, 23, was killed on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 13, after he was stopped for acting suspiciously and then fled. Authorities said he was carrying an illegal handgun and refused orders to drop it when he was shot.
Now, all you need is a phone number to start a video call with any contact who uses an Android- or iOS-based smartphone. Google on Tuesday, Aug. 16, launched Google Duo, pitting it directly against Apple Inc's FaceTime, which allows video calls only between Apple devices. Duo will also compete with Microsoft Corp's video-calling app Skype, Facebook Inc's Messenger and even its own Hangout app.
Eight people have died and 40,000 homes have been affected in the "historic flooding event" that has deluged Louisiana in recent days, Governor John Bel Edwards said at a press conference on Tuesday. "It's unprecedented," he told reporters in Baton Rouge. "We understand that there are a lot of people who are suffering." The governor said emergency crews had rescued more than 20,000 people and 1,000 pets and continued to search for more after a storm that broke historic records for 24-hour rainfall in multiple locations.
The Federal Reserve could possibly raise U.S. interest rates as soon as September, an influential Fed policymaker said on Tuesday, Aug. 16, in comments that boosted the dollar ahead of next week's signature meeting of world central bankers. New York Fed President William Dudley said that as the U.S. labor market tightens and as evidence builds of wage gains, "we're edging closer towards the point in time where it will be appropriate I think to raise interest rates further."
WARSAW—Polish and German treasure hunters have started digging at a site in southwest Poland where they believe a Nazi-era train rumored to have gone missing is hidden - despite the skepticism of experts. Andreas Koper and Piotr Richter said last year they had located the train buried underground. According to local legend, it was carrying looted jewels and guns and disappeared into a tunnel ahead of advancing Soviet Red Army forces in 1945, towards the end of World War Two.
RIO DE JANEIRO—Current men's volleyball Olympic champions and medal favorites United States won the chance to defend their title by securing a quarter-final slot with a 3-0 victory over Mexico on Monday. The U.S. has clawed back from the brink of elimination after losing its first two games to Canada and Italy and began its comeback with a stunning 3-1 win over hosts Brazil. United States overwhelmed the last-placed Mexicans in straight sets (25-23, 25-11, 25-19) in their last preliminary game and is guaranteed a place in the quarter-finals.