AP Interview: Wade chooses to stay with Heat
China points finger at 'manipulators' as shares slump again
Chinese shares tumbled on Friday, after the country's securities market regulator said it had opened an investigation into suspected market manipulation as Beijing struggles to head off a full-blown crash that could damage an already slowing economy. After a slump of more than 20 percent in Chinese stocks since mid-June, the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) has set up a team to look at "clues of illegal manipulation across markets". The China Daily newspaper said on Friday that the CSRC was probing investors who used stock index futures to "short" the market, or bet on prices falling.
Chinese shares plunge more than 5%
The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index slumped 5.02 percent, or 196.36 points, to 3,716.41. The Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China's second exchange, dived 5.77 percent, or 127.82 points, to 2087.99. Chinese markets were among the world's best performers earlier this year, with Shanghai rising more than 150 percent over 12 months in a spectacular borrowing-fuelled bull run until it peaked on June 12.
Longtime Lions stalwart Charlie Sanders dies at age 68
Rangers score 2 in 9th to beat Orioles 2-0
BALTIMORE (AP) ? Leonys Martin ended a scoreless duel with an RBI single in the ninth inning, and the Texas Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles 2-0 Thursday night behind a dominant pitching performance by Yovani Gallardo and three relievers.
Southwest says it has contract deal with flight attendantsDALLAS (AP) ? Southwest Airlines says it has a tentative contract agreement with the union representing its flight attendants.
Aetna nears deal to buy Humana for about $34 billion: sources
U.S health insurer Aetna Inc is nearing an agreement to buy rival Humana Inc for about $34 billion in a cash and stock deal, people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday. One of the people said Aetna's offer would value Humana at about $230 per share and could be announced as early as Friday. The offer, if it goes through, would make it the largest deal in the insurance industry since Anthem Inc bought WellPoint in 2004 for $16.6 billion.
Fireworks-filled van explodes on California freeway
Honeymoon is over for Greek couple who went penniless in NYC
NEW YORK (AP) ? Newlyweds Valasia Limnioti and Konstantinos Patronis' long-planned "dream trip" to the U.S. ended in New York City, where their three-week honeymoon quickly turned into a nightmare: Their Greek-issued credit and debit cards were suddenly declined and they were left penniless.
No racial motivation in US church fires: official
Fires at six African-American churches in the southern United States do not appear to be linked or racially motivated, officials said. Preliminary investigations point to three of the fires being accidental, with the cause of the other three still to be determined, Ginger Colbrun, spokeswoman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), told AFP. "At this time, there is no evidence that (the six fires) are linked or racially motivated," Colbrun said, stressing that investigations into all the incidents are still ongoing.