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The world keeps turning. Here’s a roundup of what’s happening from the Associated Press.
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks turned lower late Thursday as the House of Representatives prepared to vote on a bill to avoid a U.S. debt default.
The market was up for much of the day but started to sink in the last half-hour of trading. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 68 points, or 0.6 percent, to 12,234 in the late afternoon.
The index had been up as many 82 points earlier in the day following an unexpected decrease in new claims for unemployment benefits. The Dow has fallen over the previous four days over worries that the U.S. might default on its debt as soon as next week if Congress doesn't raise the country's borrowing limit.
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Police are warning residents to be on guard for wallet thieves in Cobb County grocery stores.
Officer Mike Bowman tells WSB Radio that police have been watching for such crimes after at least a dozen wallets were stolen from elderly women as they shopped for groceries.
Bowman said many of the crimes have occurred in Kroger and Publix grocery stores.
Police tell the Marietta Journal they arrested a suspect Wednesday at a Publix store in one of the cases. Jail records show that 31-yearold Ricky Waller Jr. of Marietta has been charged with one count of theft by taking and credit card transaction fraud. The records do not indicate whether he has an attorney in the case, and he has not been charged in connection with any other thefts.
OSLO, Norway ( AP) — Norway cast it as the isolated act of a lone-wolf terrorist, whose boasts of a far-flung network of anti-Muslim warriors were the fantasies of a deranged mind.
European officials at an emergency counter-terror meeting see a continentwide threat from right-wing extremists amid mounting Islamophobia — and warn of possible copycats.
Two visions of the Norway atrocity emerged Thursday, as Europe gropes for answers following an atrocity that claimed 78 people lives.
While a picture emerged of a solitary killer, the attack carried out by Anders Behring Breivik has stirred questions in Europe about whether authorities have neglected the threat of right-wing extremists in their push to crack down on Islamist terror groups after 9/11.
NEW YORK (AP) — An apple a day may keep the doctor away. But when you put it in a Happy Meal, it might help keep regulators at bay too.
McDonald's on Tuesday said that it would add apple slices and reduce the portion of French fries in its children's meal boxes beginning this fall, effectively taking away consumers' current choice between either having apples with caramel dip or fries as a Happy Meal side.
The move by McDonald's, which has become a leader in moving from just burgers and fries to more nutritious fare like oatmeal and salads, comes as fast food chains face intense scrutiny from health officials and others who blame the industry for childhood obesity and other health-related problems. Some municipalities have even banned fast food restaurants from selling kids' meals with toys.