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Starbucks opens First Store in India

New Starbucks Store in Mumbai - credit: Starbucks

(Best Syndication News) - Starbucks Coffee Company (Nasdaq: SBUX), along with Tata Global Beverages Limited, opened their first Starbucks store in Mumbai, India on October 19, 2012. The flagship store is located in the historic Elphinstone Building, Horniman Circle, in Mumbai. This 50/50 joint venture will be opening two more Starbucks stores in Mumbai next week; one at Oberoi Mall and another near the Taj Mahal Palace Annexe.

The new stores will have a design and color scheme to match the Indian culture. There will be teakwood furniture, artifacts, and flooring to reflect the locale. The flooring has an artwork pattern that reflects the local culture.

56 People in Cambodia Died from Unknown Illness – Majority are Children under Three Years of Age

Cambodia Map - credit: CIA.gov

(Best Syndication News) - The World Health Organization (WHO) reported an undiagnosed syndrome that killed 56 children in Cambodia. The majority of the children were under the age of three. The Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Cambodia is investigating the cause of the illness.

The initial investigation found 74 cases of the suspected outbreak between April and July 5, 2012. Within these cases, 57 of the infected had symptoms of a fever, respiratory problems, and neurological issues. Fifty-six people died who had these symptoms.

The infected were determined not to have H5N1, other flu viruses, SARS, or Nipah.

The majority of the cases reported were from the Kantha Bopha Children’s hospital in Phnom Penh.

New Zealand Woman with a Two Gallon-a-day Coca Cola Habit Dies at Age 30

soda - credit: National Cancer Institute Renee Comet (Photographer) - PD

(Best Syndication News) - A 30-year old New Zealand woman that drank 2 gallons of Coca-Cola daily died, and experts suspect that her habit contributed to her death.

Low potassium levels may have been a contributing factor. The lack of potassium could cause an irregular heartbeat, suggested pathologist, Dr. Dan Mornin. The soft drinks combined with poor nutrition and a heavy smoking habit may have been other problems that also contributed to her death. This was an extreme amount of soda to drink every day.

Drinking excessive amounts of water could also produce a similar result of death. In 2007, a California woman died after drinking too much water in an attempt to win a Nintendo Wii game console for her kids.

Massive 8.6 Magnitude Earthquake shakes offshore of Indonesia

Map of current Earthquake Activity offshore of Indonesia - USGS.gov

(Best Syndication News) - A major 8.6 magnitude earthquake shook off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia this Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 02:38:37 PM local to the event. The US Geological Survey (USGS) downgraded the earthquake from an 8.9 down to an 8.6 magnitude.

The USGS reported the location of the 8.6 magnitude earthquake event was at 2.311°N, 93.063°E. The closest city was 269 miles, which was Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia.

There have been around 22 aftershocks above 5.0 magnitude ratings, with one measuring in as an 8.2 magnitude earthquake. Nearby, another fault may have been triggered from the 8.6 tremor in the North Indian Ocean with around eight earthquakes measuring over 5.0 magnitude rating.

5.7 Magnitude Earthquake shakes off the Coast of Honshu Japan

Japan Earthquake Activity Map March 15, 2012 - USGS

(Best Syndication News) - A 5.7 magnitude earthquake shook on the shore of Honshu Japan on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 09:05:05 PM local to the event. Another 5.2 magnitude earthquake shook in the early Thursday morning.

The 5.7 magnitude earthquake was located 47 miles south-southeast of Mito, Honshu, Japan. The second closest city was TOKYO, Japan located 55 miles east of the event. The USGS reported that the event happened at 35.710°N, 140.738°E.

Another 5.2 magnitude earthquake shook in the ocean off the coast of Honshu, Japan at a 5.2 magnitude rating on Thursday, March 15, 2012, at 06:38:56. This was located at 35.710°N, 140.738°E reported the USGS. The nearest city was Mito, Honshu, Japan located 86 miles from the event. TOKYO was 108 miles from this earthquake.

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