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Global stock indices edge lower as U.S. government shutdown looms

NEW YORK: World stock markets continued a week-long sell-off on Friday as the threat of a U.S. government shutdown and further hikes in U.S. borrowing costs compounded investor anxiety that global economic growth is slowing. MSCI’s index of global equities fell 0.1 percent, dragged down by broad declines in Europe and Asia. On Wall Street, U.S. stocks moved higher after Commerce Department data showed the U.S. economy is on pace to grow by 3 percent this year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 351.17 points, or…

An egg a day helps lower risk of heart disease

A Chinese study suggests that people who eat an egg just about every day may have a lower risk of heart attack and stroke than individuals who don’t eat eggs at all. Researchers examined survey data on egg consumption among 461,213 adults who were 51 years old on average. When they joined the study, none had a history of heart disease. Overall, they ate an average of half an egg daily; about 9 percent of them avoided eggs altogether while 13 percent ate roughly one egg every day. At least half of the participants were…