China worries drive US stocks down nearly 3%
New York (AFP) - US stocks lost another nearly three percent Tuesday as new data offered more evidence that China's industrial machine is stalling.
Home detention for white police chief who shot black man
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A white former police chief will have to spend a year under home detention but won't have to serve any prison time in the 2011 shooting death of an unarmed black man.
US auto sales pace heats up in August
US auto sales rose at a solid pace in August, boosted by continued robust demand for sport utility vehicles and pickups amid low gasoline prices and an improving jobs market. Lightweight vehicle sales totaled 1.58 million, increasing from July but down 0.5 percent from a year ago, in part because the last month had one less selling day than August 2014, according to Autodata. "As one of the earliest and most reliable indicators of goods consumption, we take a positive signal from stronger-than-expected August vehicle sales," said Jesse Hurwitz, US economist at Barclays.
Thailand arrests second 'important' suspect in Bangkok blast probe
Fourteen foreigners were among those who died in the attack, which the military government said was aimed at an already ailing economy. The man was also believed to have played a role in a smaller explosion in Bangkok on the day after the bombing at the shrine, Thai police spokesman Prawut Thawornsiri told reporters. "From all the evidence we have, the man arrested was an important member of the group that planted the two bombs in Bangkok," Prawut said.
Climate: CO2 will forever alter key ocean microbes
Like a chemistry experiment gone awry, global warming will irrevocably mutate a micro-organism that plays a crucial role in the ocean food chain, reports a study published Tuesday. Rising atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas, will eventually transform an entire group of these tiny creatures, called cyanobacteria, into turbo-charged nitrogen-processing machines, laboratory experiments showed. "This would fundamentally change the nitrogen cycle of the ocean," explained lead author David Hutchins, a professor at the University of Southern California.