NPR's business news starts with Wall Street taking a bite out of Apple. Apple shares dropped more than six percent, after the company said quarterly profits rose only 54 percent over last year. Investors are used to Apple blowing past analysts' expectations, and yesterday's numbers came in below predictions, so they were a disappointment.
ARI SHAPIRO, host: Unions are shutting down Greece today in what a prominent Greek newspaper calls the mother of all strikes. Flights are grounded, state offices are shuttered and shops are closed in the biggest organized protest against austerity measures since the debt crisis began almost two years ago. This week, parliament is expected to pass the latest package of cuts. But the protests show that the country's big unions will continue to resist. Joanna Kakississ has this story from Athens.
All of the major U.S. airlines are expected to report a profit for the third quarter, except for American Airlines. Its earnings come out later today. If United Airlines and Delta can make money in this economy, what's the problem with American? NPR's Wade Goodwyn explains.
Older voters were President Obama's weakest age group in his 2008 win. They were the GOP's strongest in 2010. Some members of the Saddlebrooke Republican Club near Tucson, Ariz., watched the debate on TV and discussed the issues that resonated with them.
Palestinians have been celebrating the release of nearly 500 prisoners in an exchange with Israel that freed Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. It will be weeks before the second phase of the prisoner exchange takes place.
In Las Vegas, Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate was arguably the hottest show on the Strip.
It was supposed to be a test for businessman Herman Cain, who has gone from nowheresville to competing for the title of front-runner. But Texas Gov. Rick Perry, whose debates and poll numbers have been lackluckster, showed a combative side that had been missing up until now.