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Blue chip earnings push stock indexes higher

April 21, 2011 12:46 pm | by DAVID K. RANDALL - AP Business Writers - Associated Press | Comments

Strong earnings reports from blue chip companies are lifting stocks across the market.Apple Inc. rose nearly 3 percent after its first-quarter earnings beat analyst estimates. The Travelers Companies and UnitedHealth also rose after beating expectations.All 10 company groups that make up the...

Dry ice lake suggests Mars once had a 'Dust Bowl'

April 21, 2011 12:46 pm | by ALICIA CHANG - AP Science Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Think Mars today is a hostile place? It was worse 600,000 years ago, according to new research that suggests the planet had a dustier, stormier atmosphere."It was an unpleasant place to hang out," said lead researcher Roger Phillips of the Southwest Research Institute. He said Mars' climate was...

Huckabee criticizes Beck for 'progressive' claim

April 21, 2011 12:45 pm | by ANDREW DeMILLO - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Mike Huckabee is criticizing fellow Fox News Channel host Glenn Beck for calling the former Arkansas governor and potential presidential candidate a "progressive."Huckabee released a statement Thursday criticizing Beck for calling him a "progressive" on his radio show earlier this week. Beck on...

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Clinton: Gadhafi may be using cluster bombs

April 21, 2011 12:45 pm | by BRADLEY KLAPPER - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

The Obama administration said Thursday that Moammar Gadhafi's government may be targeting Libyan civilians with cluster bombs, cautiously endorsing claims by rebels and human rights groups that the Libyan strongman's troops are using the indiscriminate weapon on the western city of...

Syrian activists vow largest protests to date

April 21, 2011 12:45 pm | by BASSEM MROUE - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Ahead of what could turn out to be a decisive day for Syria, protesters took credit Thursday for forcing President Bashar Assad to lift the country's 50-year state of emergency and brushed off his attempts to placate the monthlong uprising against his authoritarian regime.Activists said they...

Amazon failure takes down sites across Internet

April 21, 2011 12:45 pm | by PETER SVENSSON - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Scores of websites and Internet services like Foursquare and Reddit crashed or had limited availability Thursday because of problems at a data center run by Amazon.com.The problems revealed widespread reliance on Amazon Web Services, which rents out computers and data storage on a self-service...

Libya rebels claim control of Tunisian border post

April 21, 2011 12:45 pm | by BEN HUBBARD - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Libyan rebels said Thursday they had control of a post on the Tunisian border, forcing government soldiers to flee over the frontier and possibly opening a new channel for opposition forces in Moammar Gadhafi's bastion in western Libya.In the rebel stronghold of Benghazi in eastern Libya,...

Japan seals off no-go zone around nuclear plant

April 21, 2011 12:45 pm | by ERIC TALMADGE - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Japan sealed off a wide area around a radiation-spewing nuclear power plant on Friday to prevent tens of thousands of residents from sneaking back to the homes they quickly evacuated, some with little more than a credit card and the clothes on their backs.Fearing they might not see their homes...

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Obama says new task force will examine gas prices

April 21, 2011 12:45 pm | by JULIE PACE - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama announced Thursday that the Justice Department is assembling a team to "root out any cases of fraud or manipulation" in oil markets that might be forcing up gasoline prices in the United States.The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline was $3.84 on...

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April 21, 2011 12:45 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Obama announces task force on gas prices, says he doesn't want consumers taken advantage of

UBC recognizes 2 Canadian medical researchers with $50,000 prizes

April 21, 2011 12:37 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

(University of British Columbia) Two of Canada's most eminent health researchers -- Dr. Jacques Genest at McGill University and Dr. Michael Hayden at the University of British Columbia -- have been awarded the inaugural Margolese National Brain and Heart Disorders Prizes, the most...

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LabCorp 1Q profit slips on weather and charges

April 21, 2011 10:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Medical lab operator Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings said Thursday its net income slid 4 percent in the first quarter as expenses related to acquisitions and expenses hurt its results.The company said its profit fell to $127.1 million, or $1.23 per share, from $132.7 million, or $1.25 per...

Fleming Pharmaceuticals Now Ready to Step Up Production of Nuclear Radiation Safeguard, ThyroShield®

April 21, 2011 10:36 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | Comments

ST. LOUIS, April 21, 2011 / PRNewswire/ -- Fleming Pharmaceuticals, maker of ThyroShield®– the only FDA approved liquid potassium iodide product indicated for thyroid protection in radiation emergencies – announced today that it has implemented the changes necessary to...

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Facebook Page on Low Body Temperature Offers Free Coupon Codes to Fans

April 21, 2011 10:32 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | Comments

LADY LAKE, Fla., April 21, 2011 /- Dr. Denis Wilson's Facebook page on Wilson's Temperature Syndrome has recently started offering coupon codes to their fans. These coupon codes entitle them to free shipping of the products available on the wilsonssyndrome.com website. Wilson's...

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Summary Box: UnitedHealth 1Q profit climbs 13 pct

April 21, 2011 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

QUARTERLY GROWTH: UnitedHealth Group Inc. said Thursday it earned $1.35 billion, or $1.22 per share, in the first quarter. That's up from $1.19 billion, or $1.03 per share, in the same quarter last year. Revenue rose 10 percent to $25.43 billion.WALL STREET EXPECTATIONS: Analysts surveyed by...

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