- - Monday, September 17, 2012

CUPERTINO, Calif. — Orders for the iPhone 5 topped 2 million in the first 24 hours after Apple Inc. started taking them at midnight Pacific time Friday. That’s more than double the number of orders for the iPhone 4S on its first full day.

The company also says that while most pre-orders will be delivered Friday, demand for the iPhone 5 exceeds the initial supply, so some of the devices are scheduled for delivery in October.

RESTAURANTS

‘McNoodles’ joins menu in Austrian McDonald's

NEW YORK — McDonald's is introducing noodle dishes this week at its restaurants in Austria.

The “McNoodles” comes with vegetables and salad, chicken pieces and either sweet and sour or curry sauce. They will be available for a limited time starting Thursday.

A spokeswoman for McDonald's Corp. notes that the company offers other noodle dishes in other parts of the world. But she said it’s the first time the company is using the name “McNoodles.”

MINERALS

Russia: ‘Trillions of carats’found in Siberian diamond field

MOSCOW — Russian scientists are claiming that a gigantic deposit of industrial diamonds found in a Siberian meteorite crater during Soviet times could revolutionize the industry.

The Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences said that the Popigai crater in eastern Siberia contains “many trillions of carats” of so-called “impact diamonds” — good for technological purposes, not for jewelry — and far exceeds the known global deposits of conventional diamonds.

ENERGY

Shell says it won’t drill for oil off Alaska this year

AMSTERDAM — Royal Dutch Shell PLC said Monday that it will no longer seek oil off the coast of Alaska this year after suffering several setbacks.

The company, which has so far spent about $4.5 billion to obtain licenses and prepare for exploratory drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas, said it is scaling back ambitions until next summer after one of its containment systems failed during a test. Earlier, the company delayed drilling because of ice floe movements.

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