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Watching China...Terror arrests...President talks gun control

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



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BEIJING (AP) — Chinese market regulators have suspended the use of the so-called "circuit breaker" that automatically kicks in when stock prices plunge too severely. Economists warned that rapid halts to trading might be adding to volatility. On Thursday, trading was frozen for the day after a stock index fell 7 percent a half-hour into the trading day. On Wall Street, the Dow lost nearly 400 points.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say two people have been arrested on terrorism-related charges in California and Texas, including a refugee from Iraq who is charged with lying to federal investigators about his travels to Syria. He was arrested in Sacramento. There are no details on the second arrest, made in Houston.

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — President Barack Obama has faced tough questions in front of an audience of high-profile figures in the debate over gun violence. At a CNN town hall on guns in America, Obama took a question from Taya Kyle, whose late husband was depicted in the film "American Sniper." Also in the audience -- former Rep. Gabby Giffords, who was wounded by a gunman in 2011.

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Donald Trump has spoken at a rally of boisterous supporters in Burlington, Vermont. But the GOP candidate was repeatedly disrupted by protesters despite attempts by Trump's staff to screen the crowd. Trump said in a statement that he wanted to take care of people loyal to his campaign.

PERTH, Australia (AP) — An official says wildfires blazing out of control in Western Australia state have destroyed about 95 homes in a single township and are threatening other communities. A fire official says three people are unaccounted for and four firefighters have sustained minor injuries battling the blazes that have scorched 125,000 acres of woods and farmland. The fires were ignited by lightning strikes.

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