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Pomegranate juice claims deceptive, U.S. rules

WASHINGTON — Pomegranate juice has not been proven to be an effective treatment for cancer, heart disease or erectile dysfunction, US regulators said Monday, calling a company’s ad claims deceptive. The US Federal Trade Commission’s chief administrative law judge D. Michael Chappell ruled that the company, POM Wonderful LLC, violated…

Obama steps up assault on Romney’s business record

CHICAGO — Mitt Romney’s venture capitalist record became a political tug of war Monday as US President Barack Obama painted his rival as a corporate raider despite some high-profile Democrats voicing dismay over the strategy. The White House swiftly tried to close ranks among Democrats after a rising star in…

France has done ‘its duty’ in Afghanistan: Hollande

CHICAGO — French President Francois Hollande said Monday his country had done “more than its duty” in Afghanistan, as officials said a calendar to pull out troops would be drawn up in the coming days. Hollande also denied that France would have to make some kind of payback for pulling…

Obama says very concerned by al Qaeda in Yemen

CHICAGO — US President Barack Obama said Monday the United States was very worried about the threat posed by an Al-Qaeda affiliate in Yemen after the group massacred almost 100 soldiers in a huge suicide blast. Obama pledged to work with the Yemeni government to crack down on Al-Qaeda in…

Judge scolds attorneys in Oracle vs. Google patent trial

SAN FRANCISCO — The judge presiding over a patent trial pitting Oracle against Google scolded rival attorneys on Monday as deliberating jurors grappled with subtleties of references in computer software code. US District Court Judge William Alsup’s patience was tried as Oracle and Google lawyers argued opposite responses to jury…

Google provides temporary Cornell science campus

NEW YORK — Google on Monday agreed to provide a temporary home to a high-tech science college run by Cornell University in New York City. The Silicon valley firm’s chief executive Larry Page announced that Google will allocate 22,000 square feet (2,000 square meters) of its New York headquarters to…

U.S. shares score solid gains but Facebook flops

NEW YORK — US shares racked up strong gains Monday with the Nasdaq adding nearly 2.5 percent helped by an Apple surge, but Facebook shares flipped below their IPO price on their first full day of trading. Jumps in the prices of the Nasdaq’s two largest companies — Apple and…

World’s smallest artificial heart implanted in Italian baby

ROME — Italian doctors in March implanted the smallest ever artificial heart into a 16-month-old baby before the infant received a permanent organ donation, said the hospital that performed the operation. “In March, the smallest artificial heart in the world was implanted at the Bambino Gesu Hospital in Rome,” Antonio…

Rep. Ros-Lehtinen presses on jets in Taiwan

WASHINGTON — A senior US lawmaker said Monday that she spoke to Taiwan’s leaders about the need to upgrade the island’s air force, after the House of Representatives voted to force the sale of new F-16s. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is leading a…

High-ranking baboons are healthiest: study

WASHINGTON — Just as wealth and social status are often linked to good health in humans, the animal kingdom too has its benefits for those at the top of the hierarchy, according to a US study out Monday. After studying 27 years worth of data on baboons in Kenya, researchers…

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