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A group campaigning against obesity predicts that by 2030 more than half the people in 39 states will be obese — not merely overweight, but obese. Mississippi is expected to retain its crown as the fattest state in the nation for at least two more decades. The report predicts 67 percent of that state’s adults… Continue Reading Advocates: 39 states’ obesity rates to pass 50 pct

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The government says the number of long delays in July involving planes stuck on airport tarmacs was more than the previous eight months combined. Twenty eight planes were stuck on the ground at U.S. airports for more than three hours that month, the height of the summer travel season. Eighteen of those planes were operated… Continue Reading Long flight delays soared in July

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A customer in Shenzhen, China, took a brand new laptop out of its box and booted it up for the first time. But as the screen lit up, the computer began taking on a life of its own. The machine, triggered by a virus hidden in its hard drive, began searching across the Internet for… Continue Reading New cybercrime documents show vulnerability of Internet

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U.S. employers posted fewer open jobs in July

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U.S. employers posted fewer jobs in July than in June, the latest evidence that hiring is weak. Job openings fell to a seasonally adjusted 3.67 million, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That’s down from June’s 3.72 million job openings, which was revised lower. The figures follow Friday’s disappointing employment report, which said the economy added… Continue Reading U.S. employers posted fewer open jobs in July

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Toys R Us gets into the tablet computer game

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Toys R Us plans to launch its own tablet computer aimed at children called Tabeo on Oct. 21, a low-priced entry into the increasingly crowded tablet business. The news comes ahead of the holiday season, which can account for up to 40 percent of retailers’ annual sales. Toys R Us has focused on exclusive toys… Continue Reading Toys R Us gets into the tablet computer game

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US stocks mostly flat after weak jobs report

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Stocks on Wall Street are edging between small gains and losses following news that the U.S. economy added fewer jobs than expected in August.   The Dow Jones industrial average was down nine points at 13,283 shortly before midday Friday. The Standard & Poor’s 500 was up three at 1,435. The Nasdaq was down less… Continue Reading US stocks mostly flat after weak jobs report

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Nokia shows off new flagship smartphones

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  Nokia revealed its first smartphones to run the next version of Windows, a big step for a company that has bet its future on an alliance with Microsoft.   Nokia’s new flagship phone is the Lumia 920, which runs Windows Phone 8. The lenses on its camera shift to compensate for shaky hands, resulting… Continue Reading Nokia shows off new flagship smartphones

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Stocks fall on weak construction, factory reports

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Stocks are falling on Wall Street following reports that construction spending and manufacturing have weakened in the U.S. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 86 points at 13,004 shortly before midday Tuesday. The broader S&P 500 index fell seven points to 1,399 and the Nasdaq composite fell 20 points to 3,047. The U.S. stock… Continue Reading Stocks fall on weak construction, factory reports

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  American Airlines and US Airways are one step closer to a potential merger.   The companies said Friday they signed legal documents allowing them to confidentially exchange information. But a deal is still far from reality.   “It does not mean we are merging — it simply means we have agreed to work together… Continue Reading American Airlines, US Airways merger talks start

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Good news from the U.S. retail sector — higher consumer spending numbers and stronger-than-expected sales at stores like Target and Macy’s — left investors unimpressed Thursday. Stocks dropped broadly on worries that high gas prices and a stagnant job market will crimp consumer spending soon enough. By midday, the Dow Jones industrial average was down… Continue Reading Stocks fall as consumer spending fails to impress

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