NEW YORK (AP) — One stock market strategist says he's seeing "a lot of fear in the markets." It didn't take long for that fear to become evident again today, as the Dow industrials dropped 1,000 points in the opening minutes. A wave of buying quickly cut those losses in half, and in afternoon trading the blue-chip index has been about 300 points below where it started the day. There are concerns that a sharp slowdown in China could hurt economic growth around the globe.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Police officers who responded to the Colorado theater shooting three years ago are getting a chance to talk about how that night affected them. The officers are talking in court during the final phase of sentencing for James Holmes. He will spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted earlier this month of 12 counts of murder. As a formality, the judge also must sentence Holmes on 141 other counts that include attempted murder and an explosives charge.
OKANOGAN, Wash. (AP) — A massive fire burning in north-central Washington is now the largest in state history. The Okanogan (oh-kah-NAH'-guhn) Complex of wildfires was measured overnight at just over 400 square miles. The flames grew by more than 26 square miles yesterday. They're expected to spread even more in coming days.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's attorney general is launching an investigation into how the school system in the state's largest city hired a high-level administrator who faces child sex abuse charges. The probe will focus on how the safety measures in the Albuquerque public schools were breached, allowing Jason Martinez to be hired before a background check was completed. He resigned last week -- and it later surfaced that he faces six felony counts of sexual assault on a child in Colorado.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Zoo says two panda cubs born Saturday are doing well, but their caretakers had a challenging night. Because pandas won't usually nurse twins if left to their own devices, officials are following a procedure developed by Chinese breeders. Panda mom Mei Xiang (may shahng) gets to nurse and bond with one cub at a time. The other cub is kept in an incubator. Every several hours, the cubs are swapped. But last night, the mom wouldn't put down the cub she was holding. So the team cared for the smaller cub until a successful swap was made this morning.