U.S. stocks are closing sharply lower, with the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 588 points and the Standard & Poor's 500 index now down more than 10 percent off its recent high. The slump is part of a global wave of selling triggered by increased signs of an economic slowdown in China.TORONTO (AP) � The hack of the cheating website Ashley Madison has triggered extortion crimes and led to two unconfirmed reports of suicides, Canadian police said Monday. The company behind Ashley Madison is offering a $500,000 Canadian (US $378,000) reward for information leading to the arrest of members of a group that hacked the site.NEW YORK (AP) � Opinion polls are one thing, but Nielsen numbers speak more loudly to television executives: Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump's ability to pull in viewers makes him catnip for news programs and wins a level of coverage that feeds on itself. NBC's "Meet the Press" had its biggest audience in more than a year for its Trump interview on Aug. 16, leading that show's biggest competitors � ABC's "This Week" and CBS' "Face the Nation" � to feature phone interviews with the New York businessman this past Sunday.WASHINGTON (AP) � Sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law doesn't start for another couple of months, but the next few days are crucial for hundreds of thousands of customers at risk of losing financial aid when they renew coverage for 2016. Call them tardy tax filers: an estimated 1.8 million households that got subsidies for their premiums last year but failed to file a 2014 tax return as required by the law, or left out key IRS paperwork.TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) � The owner of a home where Rosie O'Donnell's teenage daughter was found last week sent the girl a nude photo, prosecutors said Monday. Steven Sheerer, 25, is accused of having inappropriate online communications with 17-year-old Chelsea O'Donnell. Sheerer, of Barnegat, was scheduled to appear Monday afternoon via video conference in state Superior Court in Toms River.CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) � The judge who oversaw Colorado theater shooter James Holmes' trial gave an impassioned defense of the jury and the process Monday after the mother of one of the wounded said Holmes' life sentence showed more concern for Holmes than for the victims. "You can't claim there was no justice because it wasn't the outcome you expected," Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. said in an unusual speech from the bench during Holmes' formal sentencing hearing for the 2012 attack.BEIRUT (AP) � It took a garbage crisis for Lebanon to finally snap. Anger about the heaps of trash accumulating in Beirut's streets boiled over this week with thousands protesting in the street against a government so dysfunctional it can't hold elections or pick a president, much less deliver basic services.CHIMPANZEE ISLAND, Liberia (AP) � Eleven chimpanzees rushed out from the bush and descended from trees to the shore, making jubilant sounds to greet the speed boat bringing food. Samantha, the oldest of the group in her mid-forties, along with Mabel, Bullet and others eagerly welcomed their daily delivery of pumpkins, rice, plantains and papaya. Some impatiently ran into the water to meet the boat.
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Published: August 24, 2015