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World markets down today...OK labor commissioner killed...Obama focuses on clean energy

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 24, 2015 at 6:51 a.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — World markets are down today following an 8.5 percent plummet of China's main index. Oil prices, commodities and the currencies of many developing countries tumbled on concerns that a sharp slowdown in China might hurt economic growth around the globe. And Wall Street is expected to suffer heavy losses on the open.

PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH' oh-LAWND') is describing as heroes the three Americans and one Briton who stopped a heavily-armed man from possibly attacking a high-speed train headed to Paris. The four men today received the Legion of Honor, France's highest award. U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, their longtime friend Anthony Sadler and British businessman Chris Norman tackled the man last Friday, as he moved through the train with an assault rifle strapped to his bare chest.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama wants to give Americans more power to choose what kind of power they use. The president is traveling to Las Vegas today to attend a clean energy conference. He'll announce new efforts to make it easier for homeowners and businesses to invest in green energy improvements that in the past may have been impractical or unaffordable.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's labor commissioner is dead after being stabbed multiple times at an Oklahoma City restaurant. His son has been arrested on a first-degree murder complaint. Police say Commissioner Mark Costello got into a fight with his son, 26-year-old Christian Costello yesterday evening, and the fight spilled into the restaurant parking lot. Authorities say the elder Costello was stabbed in the head and neck.

MADRID (AP) — Spanish officials say a woman who had never flown a plane brought a micro-light aircraft in for a crash landing after her pilot husband lost consciousness during the flight. She's recovering in the hospital. A Spanish emergency services spokeswoman says air traffic controllers talked the woman through the flight for some 90 minutes before she tried the emergency landing yesterday. The woman's husband died. Authorities say the woman's injures are not life-threatening.

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