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  • Nasdaq stocks posting largest percentage decreases

    A look at the 10 biggest percentage decliners on Nasdaq at the close of trading: Xilinx Inc. fell 14.3 percent to $41.26. Jakks Pacific Inc. fell 13.8 percent to $7.19. Kandi Technologies Group Inc. fell ...

  • As Cereal Slips, a New Battle Over Breakfast Dollars
    As Cereal Slips, a New Battle Over Breakfast Dollars

    Starved for growth at other mealtimes, companies like Yum Brands Inc., Burger King Worldwide Inc. and Kellogg Co. are battling to change how Americans start their day. "People are time-pressed in the morning and know exactly where they're going, and that doesn't vary much," said Alex Macedo, Burger King's North American president, in a recent interview. Of consumers who eat out at least twice a week, 30% say they do so for breakfast, compared with 40% for lunch and 50% for dinner, according to Bernstein.

  • AP reporter witnesses condemned inmate's gasping
    AP reporter witnesses condemned inmate's gasping

    FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — An Associated Press reporter who witnessed an Arizona murderer's execution watched him gasp and snort for more than an hour and a half before he finally took his last breath.

  • Now You Can Repel Mosquitoes With An App
    Now You Can Repel Mosquitoes With An App

    Weary of spraying sticky mosquito repellent on your arms? Sick of the bug spray stench? Then this app is for you: introducing Anti Mosquito, the app that releases a high-pitched sound unheard by humans but extremely irritating to mosquitoes.

  • Taller, Fatter, Older: How Humans Have Changed in 100 Years
    Taller, Fatter, Older: How Humans Have Changed in 100 Years

    Humans are getting taller; Most of the transformations that occur within such a short time period "are simply the developmental responses of organisms to changed conditions," such as differences in nutrition, food distribution, health care and hygiene practices, said Stephen Stearns, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Yale University. But the origin of these changes may be much deeper and more complex than that, said Stearns, pointing to a study finding that British soldiers have shot up in height in the past century. "Evolution has shaped the developmental program that can respond flexibly to changes in the environment," Stearns said.

  • Turkish PM says he, Obama no longer talk directly

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he no longer holds "direct" telephone conversations with U.S. President Barak Obama, suggesting a rift between the leaders who were once close.

  • Hamas leader calls for humanitarian truce in Gaza
    Hamas leader calls for humanitarian truce in Gaza

    By Amena Bakr DOHA (Reuters) - Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal called on Wednesday for a temporary truce to allow humanitarian relief into Gaza, but said his group would keep fighting against an Israeli offensive and would not agree to a more lasting ceasefire without full negotiation of terms. "We are very interested to have a humanitarian truce as we did last Thursday. We need the calm for a few hours to evacuate the wounded and assist in the relief... This means a real truce backed by a real relief programme offered to the people of Gaza," he said at a news conference in Qatar. The leader of the Islamist group, which controls Gaza, asked for the international community to help bring medicine, fuel and other supplies into the territory.

  • Hamas calls for end to blockade of Gaza border
    Hamas calls for end to blockade of Gaza border

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal is calling for the opening of Gaza's borders and the end of a more than seven-year-long blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt on the Palestinian strip.

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