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Stocks end dismal month...Clerk faces decision...Republicans ridicule wall idea

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 31, 2015 at 2:51 p.m.

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NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is closing out its worst month in more than three years on a down note. Stocks fell broadly in today's trading, with the exception of energy shares, which reversed an early slump after the price of crude oil surged. The S&P ends the month down 6.3 percent, its worst showing since May of 2012. Investors have been worried about slowing growth in China and elsewhere and looming interest rate hikes in the U.S. Today, the Dow fell 114 points, the S&P lost 15 and the Nasdaq composite slid 52 points.

HOUSTON (AP) — More details are emerging today about Friday's shooting death of a sheriff's deputy near Houston. Prosecutors say the man who's accused of killing Deputy Darren Goforth shot him in the back of the head, and then fired 14 more times. A lawyer for Shannon Miles says he plans to plead not guilty. A prosecutor says investigators are still looking for a motive -- and that he has "no idea" whether the shooting is connected to heightened tensions around the country between law enforcement and civilians.

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A court-imposed stay has expired for a Kentucky county clerk who defied a judge's order to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Unless the nation's highest court intervenes on her behalf, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis tomorrow will have to choose whether to issue marriage licenses, defying her Christian convictions, or continue defying a federal judge who could fine her or send her to jail. A lawyer for Davis says she's "going to have to think and pray about her decision overnight."

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A federal appellate court is considering whether California's death penalty is unconstitutional because of excessive delays. The court heard arguments today in the case of a Los Angeles rapist and murderer on death row over two decades. A federal judge ruled last year that the death penalty is dysfunctional because of unpredictable delays that have seldom led to executions.

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) — A spokeswoman for Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker says the Wisconsin governor's remarks have been misunderstood -- and that he isn't really calling for a wall between the U.S. and Canada. The spokeswoman says Walker was referring generally to border security when he told NBC's "Meet the Press" yesterday that it was a "legitimate issue." But Walker's Republican rivals are ridiculing the idea, with Rand Paul calling it "pretty dumb."

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