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NA­TIONAL

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.

STATE

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.

WORLD

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.

Life­style

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.

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