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Fruit, veggie lovers not immune to weight gain

Researchers found that of nearly 374,000 adults in 10 European countries, who were followed for five years, those who ate the most fruits and vegetables were no less likely to gain weight once other factors — like calorie intake and exercise habits — were taken into account. The results, reported…

China test-launches 3D TV channel

China’s state broadcaster has test-launched a 3D television channel, state media said, in a bid to draw viewers and drive consumption by encouraging people to upgrade to 3D-capable sets. Viewers in the world’s largest TV audience now can watch the China 3D TV Trial Channel with a 3D TV, special…

Cantor refuses to admit Reagan raised taxes

Appearing on the CBS News program 60 Minutes on Sunday night, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) experienced an awkward moment when he was challenged to admit that his hero, President Ronald Reagan, did in fact raise taxes. Cantor was speaking with interviewer Lesley Stahl, who asked if he was…

NATO reports ‘incredible’ Afghan drug seizures

The NATO-led force in Afghanistan said Monday it had made “incredible” seizures of drugs in Afghanistan last year and dealt a blow to the finances of the Taliban-led insurgents. “Narcotics trafficking has been a key generator of funding for the insurgency, but that source of revenue is diminishing,” Brigadier General…

Hawaii, Delaware begin certifying same sex civil unions

Two states, Hawaii and Delaware, began certifying same sex civil unions on New Year’s Day, bringing the list of states that recognize same same sex partners to five. New Jersey, Rhode Island and Illinois are the other states where same sex civil unions are recognized. While not quite the same…

Religion plays major role in Iowa caucuses

In a small Sioux City cafe, about a hundred people gather around Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, a Christian conservative and former senator. The election rally begins with a prayer led by Protestant pastor Cary Gordon. He speaks about the need to make the right choice in picking a Republican…

Seoul sees ‘turning point’ with N. Korea

South Korea’s President Lee Myung-Bak said Monday the divided peninsula is at a turning point after the death of North Koreanleader Kim Jong-Il, with opportunities to improve relations. But Lee also vowed to hit back hard against any provocations from the North under the leadership of its young new chief Kim Jong-Un, son of the late dictator.…

Hundreds of dead birds litter Arkansas town for second year in a row

Officials in Arkansas are urging calm after hundreds of dead birds were found littering yards and streets in Beebe, Arkansas for the second New Year’s Eve in a row. The same thing happened last year, when thousands of dead birds were found in Beebe, scattered across an area of about…

Iran tests missiles near key oil strait

Iran on Monday tested missiles near the Strait of Hormuz, underlining its threats to close the vital oil-transit waterway as the West prepares to impose more economic sanctions. The launch of two missiles took place on the final day of war games in waters east of the strait at the entrance to the…

Chairman says Samsung to focus on new products

South Korea’s Samsung Electronics will this year focus on developing new products and tapping into new businesses to get ahead of competitors amid the global economic slowdown, its chairman said Monday. Lee Kun-Hee, in a New Year’s speech to employees, said existing businesses would experience a stagnation in growth, and that new…

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