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Apple profit rockets with hot iPad, iPhone sales

Apple revenue and profit rocketed to record highs in the recent quarter as sales of iPhones and iPads more than doubled with help from accelerating demand in Asia. Apple said Tuesday that its net profit more than doubled to $7.31 billion on unprecedented revenue of $28.57 billion in the quarter…

Lifestyle changes may cut Alzheimer’s risk

PARIS — Up to half of worldwide cases of Alzheimer’s disease could be due to modifiable lifestyle risk factors, according to a study released Tuesday based on a mathematical model. The theoretical analysis suggests that seven known behaviour-related risk factors, taken together, account for 50 percent of the more than…

Calorie counts higher than advertised in restaurants

WASHINGTON — Nearly one in five dishes served at US restaurants has at least 100 more calories than advertised, a difference that could pack on up to 15 kilograms (22 pounds) per year, said a study on Tuesday. While most of the 269 foods measured at random in the three-state…

Attractive candidates have an advantage among some voters: study

Though then-vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was chastised for spending campaign money on high heels and tight suits in 2008, and John Edwards was mocked for being caught fussing over his hair before a television appearance, they may have been onto something in trying to look their best. Results of…

Poll: People confident debt deal will be reached, but disapprove of tactics

As debt crisis talks and negotiations continue for the second week running at the White House, the media continues to barrage the public with reports of seemingly endless negotiations and attempts at deals. Results of a new CBS News poll signal that the majority of people are ready for a…

Economic slump curbs Americans’ summer travel

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) – Hit by the country’s economic slow-down, a majority of Americans do not plan to travel this summer, and most of those who will won’t be going far from home, according to a new poll. Over a third, or 34 percent, of people surveyed in a…

Karzai orders probe into NATO civilian killings

KHOST, Afghanistan — Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday ordered an investigation into provincial government claims that a NATO raid killed six civilians in the restive east. Government officials said the six, including an 11-year-old girl, died during a military operation targeting the Al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani network. NATO said its troops…

Poll: Americans blame Bush for bad economy by wide margin

By a wide margin, more Americans blame former President George W. Bush for the national economic outlook than they do President Barack Obama, according to a new poll. Numbers out of Quinnipiac University Thursday morning indicated that 54 percent of Americans say Bush is to blame for exploding the federal…

Netflix price hike draws user ire, investor glee

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Netflix Inc’s hefty price increase provoked an unprecedented outpouring of outrage on the Internet, but Wall Street cautiously welcomed the move, sending its shares up nearly 3 percent on Wednesday. Thousands of subscribers complained on Netflix’s official blog with many threatening to cancel subscriptions after the…

Poll: Bachmann rises among Republicans

WASHINGTON — Minnesota lawmaker Michele Bachmann, a favorite of the ultraconservative Tea Party movement, has surged to second place among Republican presidential contenders, a poll said Wednesday. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney remains ahead of the pack, but Bachmann has “zoomed into second place,” more than doubling her support, said…

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