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Jul 29, 2013

Calling all ‘codaholics’: Automakers vie for tech talent

DETROIT/YUMA, Arizona (Reuters) – Automakers have embarked on an ambitious drive to hire software “codaholics,” an effort that is increasingly pitting Detroit against its technology partners in Silicon Valley.

Just ask Raj Nair, who leads global product development for Ford Motor Co (F.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz). Nair said he lobbied his niece to join the second-largest U.S. automaker as an engineer. But her passions lay elsewhere. She now works for Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Ford’s partner on its in-car entertainment and communications technology.

Jul 29, 2013

Calling all ‘codaholics’: U.S. automakers vie for tech talent

, July 29 (Reuters) – U.S. automakers
have embarked on an ambitious drive to hire software
“codaholics,” an effort that is increasingly pitting Detroit
against its technology partners in Silicon Valley.

Just ask Raj Nair, who leads global product development for
Ford Motor Co. Nair said he lobbied his niece to join the
second-largest U.S. automaker as an engineer. But her passions
lay elsewhere. She now works for Microsoft Corp, Ford’s
partner on its in-car entertainment and communications
technology.

Jul 10, 2013

Thousands pay final tribute to fallen Arizona firemen

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Arizona (Reuters) – Thousands of mourners, led by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, paid tribute on Tuesday to 19 Arizona firemen killed in the worst U.S. wildfire tragedy in decades, saluting the fallen with bell chimes, bagpipes and a prayer from the crew’s lone survivor.

An overflow crowd that included firefighters from around the country, many in dress uniforms, packed a 6,000-seat auditorium and spilled out into the parking lot, where mourners in lawn chairs set up beneath umbrellas watched the ceremony on a large video screen.

Jul 9, 2013

Thousands converge to pay tribute to fallen Arizona firemen

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Arizona (Reuters) – Thousands of mourners, including firefighters from around the country and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, converged in central Arizona on Tuesday to pay final tribute to 19 young firemen killed last week in the line of duty.

The fallen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite firefighting squad from Prescott, Arizona, were overrun by flames on the afternoon of June 30 as they battled a lightning-sparked blaze with hand tools outside the tiny town of Yarnell.

Jul 9, 2013

Thousands expected to pay final tribute to fallen Arizona firemen

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Thousands of mourners, including firefighters from around the country and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, were expected to converge in central Arizona on Tuesday to pay final tribute to 19 young firemen killed last week in the line of duty.

The fallen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite firefighting squad from Prescott, Arizona, were overrun by flames on the afternoon of June 30 as they battled a lightning-sparked blaze with hand tools outside the tiny town of Yarnell.

Jul 7, 2013

Convoy to take remains of fallen Arizona firefighters home

PHOENIX (Reuters) – A solemn caravan of vehicles carrying the remains of 19 firefighters killed battling an Arizona wildland blaze a week ago is set to leave Phoenix on Sunday on a final journey passing through the crew’s hometown.

The convoy is to leave the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s office in central Phoenix late morning, passing beneath crossed fire ladders on a street flanked with fire trucks as it heads for Prescott Valley, about 100 miles north of Phoenix.

Jul 4, 2013

Storm forecasts cloud progress against deadly Arizona wildfire

PRESCOTT, Arizona (Reuters) – Firefighters labored on Wednesday to extend their grip on a smoldering but still potentially lethal blaze in Arizona that killed 19 members of an elite “hotshots” crew in the deadliest U.S. wildfire tragedy in eight decades.

Strong, erratic winds that earlier had whipped the lightning-sparked fire into a deadly frenzy abated for a second day, helping fire crews make headway in subduing the flames, officials for the firefighting command team told Reuters.

Jul 3, 2013

Firefighters gain ground against deadline in Arizona blaze

PRESCOTT, Arizona (Reuters) – Firefighters gained ground on Tuesday against the sprawling blaze in central Arizona that killed 19 members of an elite “hotshots” crew over the weekend in the worst loss of life in a U.S. wildfire in 80 years, officials said.

While the fire remained dangerous and unpredictable, it was no longer burning out of control, and fire managers expected to report some measure of containment by day’s end, officials for the fire command team said.

Jul 3, 2013

Arizona town reeling over loss of firefighters in blaze

PRESCOTT, Arizona (Reuters) – Outside Fire Station 7 in central Prescott stand 19 long-handled shovels propped up against a chain-link fence adorned with flowers, flags, ribbons and memorabilia – a makeshift memorial to the 19 fallen firemen who called the Arizona town their home.

The fast-growing shrine has become a center for the outpouring of grief over the loss of the young members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite firefighting team, who died battling a wildfire outside the town of Yarnell on Sunday.

Jul 3, 2013

Firefighters look for weather break in deadly Arizona wildfire

PRESCOTT, Arizona (Reuters) – Weary crews on Tuesday looked for a break in the weather to gain ground against a fierce Arizona wildfire that has already killed 19 of their fellow firefighters in the worst wildland fire tragedy in 80 years.

Fire managers say the so-called Yarnell Hills fire, which has already charred nearly 8,400 acres of tinder-dry chaparral and grasslands northwest of Phoenix, was zero percent contained as darkness fell on Monday evening.

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