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Investor jitters...Americans honored...Jeep SUV probe

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 24, 2015 at 4:51 p.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — Analysts say a severe dip in Chinese stocks is to blame for another day of volatility on stock markets around the globe. Investors shed stocks for safe securities once again. The Dow dipped more than 1,000 points at the opening, gained ground and then lost territory again before the close. One economist says U.S. stocks have been primed for a sell-off for several months. The Dow closed down 588 points.

PARIS (AP) — Three Americans who helped foil an attack by an heavily-armed man on a high-speed train headed to Paris last week have received France's highest honor from President Francoise Hollande (frahn-SWAH' oh-LAWND'). The friends had met up in Europe on vacation and were on their way to Paris by train when they spotted a man carrying an automatic rifle.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs says it has achieved a "historic milestone" in trimming a massive backlog of disability claims. It reached a record 611,000 claims in 2013. Claims older that four months are now said to total fewer than 100,000. The VA says the reduction was achieved with mandatory overtime in the benefits division.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The good Samaritan who helped capture a man accused of shooting Louisiana state trooper says he was first warned off by bystanders but charged up anyway to try to help the trooper in distress. Robert LeDoux (leh-DOO') said he said he could see "pure evil" in the suspect's eyes. Authorities say the suspect -- Kevin Daigle -- had stayed with a man whose body was found today in a home in suburban Lake Charles.

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating complaints that some newer Jeep SUVs can roll away unexpectedly after drivers put them in park. The government says it has received 14 complaints from drivers, including five crashes and three injuries. The investigation covers 408,000 Grand Cherokees from the 2014 and 2015 model years.

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