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  • "GMA" is #1 Across All Key Target Demos for the Week of October 20th

    ABCNewsPR at ABC News1 hr ago

    GMA" is #1 for the Week Across All Key Target Demos

    "GMA" Grows Week-to-Week and Year-to-Year Advantages Over NBC's "Today"

    in Adults 25-54

    "GMA" is Widening its Season Margins Over "Today" Compared to the Same Point Last Season

    ABC News' "Good Morning America" ranked as the No. 1 morning newscast across all key target demos: Total Viewers (5.216 million) , Adults 25-54 (1.931 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.380 million) for the week of October 20, 2014, based on Live +Same Day Data from Nielsen Media Research. "GMA" beat the No. 2-ranked "Today" (4.612 million, 1.764 million and 1.379 million, respectively) by 604,000 Total Viewers, by 167,000 Adults 25-54 and by 1,000 Adults 18-49.

    "GMA" increased its Adults 25-54 lead over "Today" both week to week (+6% - 167,000 vs. 158,000) and year to year (+114% - 167,000 vs. 78,000). "GMA" has widened its news demo lead over the NBC program versus the year-ago week in all 5 weeks of the season to-date.

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  • UPS Driver Caught on Video Tumbling $12K Package

    ABC News at ABC News20 hrs ago

    UPS reps were "horrified" recently when they watched a store's surveillance video showing one of their drivers treating a package with little care, a store associate said.

    "[The UPS driver] just basically threw the thing out the door," Ray Martel of East Hills Instruments in Westbury, New York, told WABC-TV.

    UPS predicts 11 percent hike in December packages. FedEx, UPS make plans for a better holiday season. UPS considering using unmanned flying vehicles.

    On Monday, Martel said the UPS driver - who was not the store's "regular" guy - delivered a box to East Hills Instruments.

    When the driver was told that the box needed to be returned to the sender because East Hills did not accept cash-on-delivery items, he became disgruntled, Martel said today.

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  • Chemical in Cocoa May Boost Brain Power

    ABC News at ABC News2 days ago

    By Dr. Crystal Agi

    A chemical found in chocolate may improve brain function, according to a small new study released today by doctors at Columbia University.

    Their research was partially funded by candy-maker Mars, Inc., and additionally supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the James S. McDonnell Foundation.

    In the study, the doctors looked at 37 participants age 50 to 69. They gave half of them daily supplements containing 900 milligrams of cocoa flavanol, a chemical found in many types of chocolate. The other half got only 10 milligrams of flavanol a day.

    The subjects then engaged in complex tasks designed to stimulate a part of the brain associated with memory that often declines as we age - the dentate gyrus. The researchers measured the time it took participants to complete certain tasks while monitoring the subjects' brain function using a specialized MRI machine, according to the study.

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