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Alzheimer’s may be detectable earlier than thought

PARIS — Researchers said Tuesday they had seen the earliest-ever warning signs of Alzheimer’s Disease — among a high-risk group of 20-somethings — in the ongoing quest for early detection and prevention. A major problem in the search for a cure for this debilitating form of dementia is that symptoms…

U.S. stocks score gains on election eve

NEW YORK — US stocks scored gains Monday on the eve of the presidential vote, with President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney locked neck-and-neck in the race for the White House. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 19.28 points (0.15 percent), finishing at 13,112.44. The broad-based S&P 500…

New York probes post-storm price-gouging

NEW YORK — New York authorities are investigating widespread reports of price-gouging on fuel, water and other vital items in the wake of superstorm Sandy, officials said Monday. “Our office has zero tolerance for price-gouging,” Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said. “We are actively investigating hundreds of complaints we’ve received from…

Israel ready to strike Iran ‘if necessary’: Netanyahu

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was ready to order a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities “if necessary”, in an interview aired by Channel Two television on Monday. “I am, of course, ready to press the button if necessary,” Netanyahu said in the interview. “I hope that…

U.S. government sells Zetas horses for $8.8 million

CHICAGO — More than 300 race horses allegedly owned by a top leader of Mexico’s feared Zetas drug gang have been sold for $8.8 million after being seized in a June raid, US officials said Monday. US officials allege that Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, who is believed to be in…

Canada circus shows off long-lost Salvador Dali painting

MONTREAL — A massive painting by Salvador Dali created in 1944 as a backdrop for a ballet put on by New York’s Metropolitan Opera was recently found and displayed Monday in Montreal. The eight by 15 meter piece was offered to circus master Daniele Finzi Pasca, who will use it…

Romney to campaign in Ohio, Pennsylvania on election day

FAIRFAX, Virginia — Mitt Romney will extend his 18-month presidential campaign into Tuesday so he can revisit ultimate battleground Ohio and Democratic-leaning Pennsylvania on election day, his campaign said. The two stops, part of what the campaign described as Romney’s effort to keep working until the polls close, are new…

U.S. judge tosses Apple suit against Motorola

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge on Monday tossed out an Apple lawsuit accusing Google-owned Motorola Mobility of trying to charge the iPhone maker too much for licenses to essential technology for mobile devices. US District Court Judge Barbara Crabb dismissed the case after a week of pre-trial legal wrangling…

Thousands of New Yorkers lack power as nor’easter approaches

Thousands still lack power or heat after Sandy but elsewhere city’s schools and subway lines are almost back to normal New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg promised Monday that all New Yorkers still without power following superstorm Sandy would be found warm shelters ahead of a new storm hitting the…

American writer Julie Otsuka wins French foreign novel prize

US writer Julie Otsuka won France’s Femina foreign novel prize Monday for “The Buddha in the Attic”, a novel about the thousands of Japanese women sent to California in the early 1900s for arranged marriages. The novel follows Fumiko, Hanako and Miyoshi with their kimonos, sandals and long black hair,…

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