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Stocks continue declines...Executed sheikh mourned...'Affluenza' mom leaves LA

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 7, 2016 at 11:51 a.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — Amid mounting fears about the health of China's economy, U.S. stocks are posting further losses today. Technology and financial companies are among those hit hardest. China's stock market slipped about seven percent today, and trading there was automatically suspended -- setting off another slump in Asian and European stocks. On Wall Street, the Dow has been more than 300 points lower in afternoon trading.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — There's been a peaceful memorial service today in Saudi Arabia for the Shiite sheikh who was executed by the Saudi government last weekend. The execution prompted crowds of protesters to attack two of Saudi Arabia's diplomatic outposts in Iran, and inflamed tensions between the two countries. But Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince tells The Economist magazine that he doesn't believe the kingdom and Iran will go to war.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Some Alabama probate judges have resumed issuing marriage licenses to gay couples despite a memorandum from the state Supreme Court's chief justice indicating they should not do so. Several judges suspended license operations yesterday afternoon after state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore issued an administrative order in which he noted that the court's directive to deny licenses had never been withdrawn. But federal prosecutors in Alabama say the state's order has been trumped by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last June that effectively legalized gay marriage nationwide.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The mother of a fugitive teenager known for using an "affluenza" defense in a deadly drunken-driving case is no longer in the custody of Los Angeles authorities. A sheriff's spokeswoman says Tonya Couch left jail early this morning. She declined to confirm whether Couch was on her way to Texas, but authorities in Texas have said they would bring her back by tomorrow. Couch is charged in Texas with hindering the apprehension of a felon and will be held on $1 million bond. Her 18-year-old son remains behind bars in Mexico.

NEW YORK (AP) — Two high-profile lawsuits accusing the New York Police Department of discriminating against Muslims with illegal surveillance have been settled. Civil rights lawyers say the settlement requires the NYPD to change its guidelines, to prohibit investigations based on race, religion or ethnicity. Police officials say the safeguards were already in place, and that the department wasn't forced to admit any wrongdoing.

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