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The world keeps turning. Here’s a roundup of what’s happening from the Associated Press.
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.
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-
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.
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.”
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.
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.