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NA­TIONAL

NEW YORK — Stocks are clos­ing lower af­ter Moody’s knocked Ire­land’s bond rat­ing to junk, say­ing the coun­try would likely need an­other res­cue. Moody’s al­ready has junk rat­ings on Greece and Por­tu­gal.

Ire­land is again the fo­cus of in­vestor fears that a heav­ily-in­debted Euro­pean coun­try will de­fault. That could cause dis­rup­tions on fi­nan­cial mar­kets and a slow­down in lend­ing.

The Dow Jones in­dus­trial av­er­age lost 59 points, or 0.5 per­cent, to close at 12,446 Tues­day. The Stan­dard & Poor's 500 in­dex is down 6 points, or 0.4 per­cent, to 1,314. The Nas­daq com­pos­ite is down 21, or 0.7 per­cent, at 2,782.

About three stocks fell for ev­ery one that rose on the New York Stock Ex­change. Vol­ume was lighter than av­er­age at 3.7 bil­lion shares.

STATE

ATHENS — Po­lice say a man was at­tacked with a ma­chete while sitting on his porch in Athens.

The Athens Banner-Her­ald re­ports the man was at his home in the 200 block of West Dougherty Street when he got into an ar­gu­ment with an­other man who swung a ma­chete at him.

Athens-Clarke po­lice say the ma­chete cut the man’s lip dur­ing the Sun­day dis-

pute.

WORLD

NI­COSIA, Cyprus — Hun­dreds of an­gry marchers forced their way into the grounds of the Cypriot pres­i­den­tial palace in Ni­cosia late Tues­day, dur­ing a protest over a fa­tal blast at a naval base that killed 12, wrecked a key power plant and forced the res­ig­na­tions of the de­fense min­is­ter and top mil­i­tary chief.

Pro­test­ers were stopped at an in­ner gate about 100 me­ters from the palace by riot po­lice, who fired tear gas af­ter be­ing at­tacked by a few stone-throw­ing youths. Youths later set fire to rub­bish bins out­side the palace grounds. No ar­rests or in­juries were re­ported.

It was un­clear whether Pres­i­dent Dim­itris Christofias was in the build­ing.

SPORTS

PHOENIX — Scor­ing in the first half of the sea­son dropped to its low­est level in 19 years and the ma­jor league bat­ting av­er­age shrunk to its small­est mid­sea­son fig­ure since 1985, con­fir­ma­tion that the Steroids Era has ended and that a new Age of the Pitcher is tak­ing hold.

There were 8.4 runs per game prior to the All-Star break, ac­cord­ing to STATS LLC, down 6 per­cent from last year's 8.9 at the mid­point and 20 per­cent from the peak of 10.5 in 2000.

“The pitch­ers in the Na­tional League — it’s crazy,” San Fran­cisco's Pe­dro San­doval said Mon­day, a day be­fore the All-Star game.

“We've got Roy Hal­la­day, Tim Lince­cum, Matt Cain, Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee.”

EN­TER­TAIN­MENT

NEW YORK — A judge on Tues­day dropped charges that rap­per Foxy Brown vi­o­lated a court or­der by moon­ing her neigh­bor af­ter the woman told pros­e­cu­tors she would not tes­tify at the trial.

As­sis­tant District At­tor­ney Robert Is­dith said he had tried to meet with the neigh­bor, Irene Ray­mond, in the weeks be­fore the trial and didn't get any­where. When he fi­nally got in touch with her, she said she didn’t want to pur­sue the case, he said.

“While the district at­tor­ney’s of­fice has no doubt the de­fen­dant com­mit­ted this crime, we have no other choice but to dis­miss this case,” Is­dith said.

OFF­BEAT

SALT LAKE CITY — A polyg­a­mous fam­ily made fa­mous by the re­al­ity TV show “Sis­ter Wives” plans to chal­lenge the Utah bigamy law that makes their life­style il­le­gal, a Wash­ing­ton-based at­tor­ney said Tues­day.

In an email to The Associated Press, at­tor­ney Jonathan Tur­ley said he will file the law­suit chal­leng­ing Utah's bigamy law in Salt Lake City’s U.S. District Court on Wed­nes­day.

Tur­ley rep­re­sents Kody Brown and his four wives, Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn.

Brown is only legally mar­ried to Meri Brown.

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