NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are falling again today, as the slump in oil prices continues. There's also a report today indicating that growth in China, the world's second-biggest economy, is continuing to slow down. The Dow has been down by more than 200 points in afternoon trading. The S&P 500 is on track to finish the week lower for the first time in almost two months.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is joining the debate over the Senate's torture report. He says it's hard to rule out the use of extreme measures for getting information if millions of lives are at stake. Scalia tells a Swiss radio network that American and European liberals who say such tactics may never be used are being self-righteous. The 78-year-old justice says he doesn't "think it's so clear at all," especially if interrogators were trying to find a ticking nuclear bomb.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is on track to approve a massive defense policy bill that endorses President Barack Obama's growing military campaign, including air strikes, against Islamic State militants. A vote is expected late this afternoon on the measure that also authorizes funds for basic military operations. It allows for the training and equipping of moderate Syrian rebels battling the Islamic State, a mandate that lasts for two years. It also would provide $5 billion to train Iraqis to counter the extremists.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal judge is putting some limits on what actions police can take during protests in Missouri. The judge yesterday granted a temporary restraining order on behalf of protesters involved in demonstrations against the August shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The ruling applies only to Missouri. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that it requires police to warn crowds of impending use of tear gas and provide "reasonable" time for people to disperse before tear gas is deployed.
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Visitors to the Grand Canyon are doing some cloud-gazing today -- by looking down. A rare weather phenomenon has visitors looking out on a sea of thick clouds just below the rim. The total cloud inversion is expected to hang inside the canyon throughout the day.