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NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are moving broadly lower on Wall Street in morning trading Wednesday, led by drops in big technology companies and erasing the S&P 500′s gains for the week.

The S&P 500 slipped 0.7% as of 10:26 am. Eastern. Trading has been choppy throughout the week as the benchmark index comes off a four-week winning streak.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 175 points, or 0.5%, to 33,978 and the Nasdaq fell 1.2%.

Small-company stocks fell more sharply than the rest of the market. The Russell 2000 fell 1.5%.

Pricey technology companies and retailers had some of the biggest losses. Utilities and makers of essential consumer products, which are typically considered less risky, held up better than the broader market.

Wall Street was absorbing a mix of retail updates that showed inflation pressure continues to affect businesses and consumers, but also shows that spending remains strong.

Target fell 2.5% after reporting a nearly 90% plunge in second quarter profits as it was forced to slash prices to clear unwanted inventories. The retailer warned earlier this summer that it was canceling orders from suppliers and aggressively cutting prices because of a pronounced spending shift by Americans as the pandemic eased.

Children’s clothing and accessories chain Children’s Place fell 9.6% after reporting a surprise second-quarter loss as it faced supply chain problems and pressure from inflation.

Bond yields rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 2.88% from 2.81% late Tuesday.

Sales at U.S. retailers were unchanged last month, according to the Commerce Department, and economists had expected a slight increase in July. Part of the weakness came from a 1.8% drop in gas sales, reflecting lower prices at the pump.

Wall Street has been closely reviewing the latest economic data and corporate updates to get a better sense of how inflation is affecting businesses and consumers and whether the hottest inflation in 40 years is peaking or beginning to cool. Investors are also monitoring inflation to determine how much further central banks have to go in their fight against higher prices.

Britain’s inflation rate rose to a new 40-year high of 10.1% in July, a faster pace than in the U.S. and Europe as climbing food prices in the United Kingdom tightened a cost-of-living squeeze fueled by the soaring cost of energy. Inflation pressures prompted the Bank of England to boost its key interest rate by half a percentage point this month, the biggest of six consecutive increases since December.

The Federal Reserve has been raising interest rates in order to slow the economy and temper inflation, but investors remain concerned that it could hit the brakes too hard and send the economy into a recession. The Fed in July raised its benchmark interest rate by three-quarters of a point for a second-straight time. Wall Street will get more details on the process behind that decision when the Fed releases minutes from that meeting later Wednesday.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) —  With a lot of schools switching to e-learning, some working parents are struggling to find child care.

However, new options are popping up across Indiana.

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis has created two options for families. They have an extended child care program and a new supervised e-learning program, where kids 14 and younger can bring their technology to the YMCA and do at-home learning with some help.

The program was announced as many schools prepare to reopen with online-only instruction or an option for e-learning.

At the Baxter YMCA in Indianapolis, curbside drop off, temperature checks and face masks have been an adjustment during the summer programs.

“We have to keep our mask on,” said 7-year old Grace Bell.

Now that it’s time for school, with some districts going virtual, parents are also making adjustments.

“It’s kind of frustrating and upsetting. Just because you can’t afford not to go to work and you can’t afford to just not have someone watch your kid either,” Tonya Black said. 

Black’s 10-year old son, Cayden, attends the YMCA Summer program and is scheduled to go back to school in person. However, Black said options are limited if his school switches to e-learning, so she was thrilled to hear that the YMCA has options.

“We will be open Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.” said the YMCA senior program director, Mark Lantz. “We will provide extended care in the morning and afternoon, which will be a lot of YMCA activities, which is what you see behind me. There’s different board games, and different activities for the kiddos. But, then during the day we want to make sure that the kids have a conducive environment for learning, so we will be in classroom settings, conference rooms. And be able to make sure they stay on task with their e-learning.”

YMCA Supervised E-Learning

YMCA staff said that the kids will be socially distanced and supervised. They can do both programs or pick one, anywhere from one to five days a week. The YMCA will also work with parents who need financial help. Student’s will bring their iPads, Chromebooks and laptops, then supervisors will partner with schools to keep kids on schedule.

When it comes to parents who have COVID-19 safety concerns, the YMCA said they haven’t seen any positive cases through their summer program and are confident these programs will be safe.

“Part of our mission as the YMCA is to make sure we can be there for families when there is a need and we feel like there is a need right now for this e-learning care,” said Lantz.

Kids at the YMCA said this is a better option than learning at home with parents who are working.

“I think it’s a pretty good idea for kids who can’t do in school learning,” said 10-year old Bryson Bridges.

“People are there to help you, at home you can’t always have people to help you,” said 11-year old Michelle Hand. 

Plus, the kids get to socialize. That’s what they said they miss the most right now. While these programs are a good alternative, everyone’s hopeful for school to get back to normal, eventually.

“I hope to go to school and see my BFF,” said Bell.

The YMCA said spots for both programs are filling up fast. Parents can reach out to the YMCA for more information or sign up online.

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Indiana coronavirus timeline

With information from the Indiana Department of Health through March 4, 2021, this timeline reflects updated tallies of deaths and positive tests prior to that date.

(CNN) — A 102-year-old woman is under suspicion of the murder of her 92-year-old neighbor in a residential care home in Chézy-sur-Marne, northern France.

A carer found the “lifeless” 92-year-old woman in her room shortly after midnight Saturday morning and alerted emergency services, a spokeswoman for the High Court of Soissons told CNN, referring to a press release.

The woman’s face was visibly swollen, the court’s statement said. An autopsy revealed she died by asphyxiation, after being strangled and punched in the head.

The woman living in the room next door told the carer she had “killed someone,” the spokeswoman said.

In a “state of confusion and agitation,” the 102-year-old was admitted first to a hospital, then to a psychiatric hospital.

Police have opened an investigation into “voluntary homicide against a person vulnerable due to their physical condition,” the AFP news agency reports.

Prosecutor Frederic Trinh told AFP news agency that the suspect will undergo a psychological examination to determine whether she can be held criminally responsible for her neighbor’s death.

Police have not yet been able to question the woman, Trinh said.

LONG BEACH (KRON/CNN) — A person of interest is now in police custody in connection to the beating death of a woman in Long Beach. 

Witnesses say the man used an electric scooter as a weapon. 

Heartbroken friends and family members say 63-year-old Rosa Manjarrez had spent the morning visiting with friends just a few blocks from her Long Beach home. 

“She went to eat over there because they enjoy all the time, you know, they made food and they enjoy,” said Gabriel Luquin, a friend of Manjarrez.

After lunch, friends say she started making the three-block walk home when a man began attacking her just a few steps from her friend’s home. 

Police say the suspect then picked up a scooter that had been lying on the sidewalk and beat her to death. 

Friends say they know her attacker as someone who always hangs around the neighborhood and seems mentally unstable. 

“We saw him all the time around there. So my wife, she warned me about the guy few times and I was … okay, just try to avoid him,” said Luquin. 

Police say they took a person of interest into custody from a Circle K about a half mile from the murder scene within a few hours of the deadly attack. 

Meantime, the tragic news of Manjarrez’s passing swept through this neighborhood. 

“I just heard the news so it’s shocking. She was a nice woman. Everybody in the neighborhood knew her. She’s always walking and she does. She didn’t drive,” said neighbor Veronica Morales. 

Neighbors say she loved gardening, her husband, and her extended family, and was like family to many others in the neighborhood. 


It seems like “Game of Thrones” has apparently suffered yet another editing gaffe in its final season. 

GoT fans will recall the blunder involving a Starbucks cup on the table during a celebration in which the actors drank from goblets and horns. 

In last night’s episode, however, the gaffe this time centered around Jaime Lannister’s hand, which had somehow regenerated! 

If you recall, Lannister, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, had his hand cut off by the enemy as he defended Brienne of Tarth from being sexually assaulted back in season 3.

When he reunited with sister Cersei (Lena Headey), she has a prosthetic hand made for him out of gold.

But last night’s episode shows an apparently real hand.

Here’s how fans reacted to the gaffe: 

CNN contributed to this report. 

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — If you think the nightmare that is tax season is over, you’ve got another think coming. 

The Internal Revenue Service is changing how you adjust your paycheck withholdings.

There will be a new W-4 form that “better incorporates the changes ushered in by the new tax law so that the amount held back for taxes in each of your paychecks,” according to USA TODAY. 

The IRS’ goal is for taxpayers not to owe any money, but also for there to be no money owed to taxpayers. 

Officials said the new form will be more complicated, however, and more so resembles the 1040-form versus a W-4. 

Instead of claiming a certain number of allowances based on exemptions (which have been eliminated) taxpayers will be asked to input the dollar amounts for the following: 

The first draft is already out but another draft version of the new W-4 is expected by May 31. 

After that, the IRS will ask for public comment and review those comments, with plans on posting another draft later this year. 

The final version of the new 2-4 will be released by the end of this year, just in time for the 2020 tax season. 

Some information to have handy includes: 

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – After a long winter, the birds have returned, and so have the golfers. The young golfers out on the course are part of a program called The First Tee that teaches them how to properly play the game.

“The First Tee is a youth development program,” said program director Treyla Lee. “And it’s an opportunity to teach life skills with the game of golf, so we use the game of golf as our classroom.”

The First Tee of Siouxland teaches those main aspects of the sport: driving, chipping, and putting.

“I like how it’s skill based and a lot of it is as you age you get better at the game so I just wanna see how good I can get once I’m older,” said Luka Ernesti, a 13-year-old member of The First Tee.

“I like putting because when you get the ball into the hole it feels like I just scored a home run in baseball,” said Colby Mullen, another First Tee golfer.

But beyond the basics, The First Tee is about kids having fun.

“I like doing this because it gives me something to do to get out of the house during the day, and I get to do this with my friends,” said Caleb Mullen, Colby’s older brother who first got into the sport five years ago.

Maria Zorrilla is one of the program’s coaches. Golf has always been a part of her life, and she enjoys helping the next generation learn.

“So I’ve been playing golf since I was six so I’ve always been really involved with it and I’m really interested in being a coach,” Zorrilla said.

But the focus of The First Tee isn’t just golf lessons, it’s life lessons.

“We would incorporate driving the ball into responsibility, so you’re responsible for your space, you’re responsible for the balls that you hit, and you’re responsible for making sure that you and others are safe,” Lee said.

“We have our nine core values,” Zorrilla said. “And we talk about integrity, sportsmanship, responsibility, honesty, but we also talk with them about how to use it school and how to use it in their day to day life.”

Off the course, and in the classroom, the objective is to improve the lives of these golfers.

“It’s helped me get along with my teachers more because my coaches are kind of like my teachers so that helps me,” Caleb Mullen said.

Responsibility is something the First Tee focuses on heavily, because of it’s importance to both golf and life in general.

“It helps us know how to act in situations where we wouldn’t know how to act before, it teaches you how to be responsible and not to forget things you should do,” said Maria Ernesti, Luka’s younger sister and a member of the program.

As the weather improves, more and more young golfers will head out to courses to learn more about golf, and more about the things they can do to improve their lives.

Detectives from the Aurora Police Department are traveling to Kentucky to determine if a 14-year-old there is Timmothy Pitzen, who disappeared in 2011 after his mother committed suicide in a Rockford motel room.

According to FBI Louisville, Aurora PD is working with the Newport Police Department, Cincinnati Police Department, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, and both FBI Louisville and FBI Cincinnati on the case.

ABC 7 Chicago confirms one of the detectives is a cold case investigator.

According to the Sharonville Police, the boy told Cambell County authorities that he is Timmothy Pitzen, and that he had escaped two kidnappers that had been holding him for seven years, according to a police report.

The boy told police he was being held in a Red Roof Inn somewhere in the area, but couldn’t say which one.

The FBI told WCPO they are conducting a DNA test to determine the boy’s identity.

Aurora Police Sgt. Bill Rowley told the Associated Press Wednesday afternoon that the department knows there is a boy involved, but don’t know who he is or if he has any connection to Pizen. Rowley said, “It could be Pitzen. It could be a hoax.”

The boy described his two kidnappers to police as white males, with body-builder builds. One had black curly hair, a Mountain Dew shirt and jeans, with a spider web tattoo on his neck. He said the other was short in stature with a snake tattoo on his arms.

The vehicle they were driving is described as a newer model Ford SUV with Wisconsin plates. The SUV is white in color with yellow transfer paint, and a dent on the left back bumper.

According to the police report, the boy escaped and kept running across a bridge from Ohio into Kentucky.

The Newport Police Chief said a resident called police when they saw the boy “just milling around, walking around, looked odd…and they called the police and said this person looks out of place. He was by himself.”

In May of 2011, Timmothy checked out of Greenman Elementary School in Aurora, about 75 miles away from Rockford. He was picked up by his mother, Amy Fry-Pitzen.

Surveillance footage captured Pitzen leaving a Wisconsin resort with his mother, before his mother killed herself in a Rockford motel room.

She left behind a note which read, “Timmothy is with someone who loves and cares for him and you will never find him.”

Before Amy was found dead, the two were spotted at Key Lime Cove in Gurnee, and the Wisconsin Dells, and later Amy was seen at the Sullivan’s grocery store in Winnebago.

The case puzzled police for eight years. They were unable to find any sign of Pitzen or his belongings. They did find his mom’s cell phone back in 2013, but it did not provide police with any new leads.

Timmothy’s father, Jim, now lives in Clinton, Iowa with his dog Bailey, who he adopted shortly after Timmothy went missing.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Auburn’s romp through college basketball royalty has brought down the winningest program of all.

Bryce Brown scored 24 points, Jared Harper and Anfernee McLemore made the plays that mattered in overtime, and the fifth-seeded Tigers rallied from a 10-point hole to beat second-seeded Kentucky 77-71 on Sunday to earn the Auburn program its first trip to the Final Four.

Harper finished with 26 points for the Tigers (30-9), who roared through Kansas and North Carolina just to reach the finals of the Midwest Region. But few gave the plucky bunch of 3-point specialists much of chance against the star-studded Wildcats (30-7), especially after they lost versatile forward Chuma Okeke to a gruesome knee injury in the closing minutes against the Tar Heels.

Chuma was there in more than just spirit, though. He was rolled behind the bench in his wheelchair early in the second half, and was right there to join in the celebration at the buzzer.

The Tigers had only reached the Elite Eight once before, and that was 33 years ago. But after twice losing to Kentucky during the regular season, they rose to the occasion on the game’s biggest stage.

They forced overtime when Harper made a tying layup with 38 seconds to go then the diminutive guard scored the first four points of the extra session. And when Ashton Hagans scored for Kentucky, it was McLemore who added back-to-back baskets that forced the Wildcats to play catch-up.

They never made it all the way back.

Samir Doughty made the second of two free throws to give Auburn a 74-71 lead with 16.1 seconds left, and the Wildcats’ Keldon Johnson misfired at the other end, wrapping up a victory that will surely send the Auburn fan base streaming to Toomer’s Corner.

PJ Washington had 28 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Wildcats, though he had a shot blocked that could have given his team the lead in the closing seconds. Johnson added 14 points and Hagans had 10.

Auburn coach Bruce Pearl admitted his team would need to shoot lights-out to beat Kentucky, and midway through the first half the Tigers were still searching for the switch.

The team that knocked down 17 3-pointers in a regional semifinal win over North Carolina missed seven of its first eight shots. Brown clanked two wide-open attempts in the first minute, and his brazen bunch quickly found themselves staring up at a big hole against a much bigger team.

The plan for Big Blue Nation was simple: bludgeon Auburn inside. And it became a whole lot easier when forwards Malik Dunbar, Horace Spencer and Austin Wiley picked up two fouls apiece.

Dunbar earned his third before halftime, earning a seat next to Pearl on the bench.

Yet despite a depleted front line, the SEC Tournament champs managed to stay in the game. Harper kept dashing to the rim for layups, he converted a four-point play late in the half, and the Tigers — who had won 11 straight after a blowout loss at Rupp Arena — were within 35-30 at the break.

It took Brown finding his rhythm for the Tigers to find the lead.

The SEC’s most prolific 3-point shooter this season buried one early in the second half. After he added a pair of free throws on the next trip down floor, Brown corralled a loose ball and dropped another 3-pointer from the corner to give Auburn its first lead at 40-37 with 17 1/2 minutes left.

Then it was Washington’s turn to provide the clutch plays.

The sophomore forward, who eschewed the NBA draft for another year in Lexington, made an acrobat duck-under layup to knot the game 58-all. Then, Washington followed up his own miss with a finger-roll to give the Wildcats a 60-58 lead with a minute to go.

Harper’s scooping layup moments later knotted the game, and both teams had chances to score again in regulation. Washington and Johnson had shots swatted in the paint for Kentucky, and Spencer — an odd choice to take the final shot — missed an open 3 at the buzzer for Auburn.

All it did was delay the wild party that would soon take place on the Tigers’ bench.


The hashtag “DoItForChuma” began trending on social media Saturday, less than 24 hours after Okeke hurt his knee against the Tar Heels. He was curiously absent from the Auburn sideline until the under-16 timeout in the second half, when his wheelchair was pushed to the bench to a huge ovation.


Auburn proved it could win without burying a dozen or more 3-pointers, going just 7 of 23 from behind the arc. The so-called “football school” also held their own on the boards, turned the ball over a mere nine times and proved to basketball’s bluebloods that they are every bit as good.

Kentucky needed more from Tyler Herro, who hit the go-ahead 3 in the regional semifinals against Houston. The polarizing freshman managed just seven points on 3-for-11 shooting, and he was completely absent during the most important stretches off the game.


The Tigers head to the Twin Cities for the Final Four, where they will face South Region champion Virginia. The Cavaliers beat Purdue in an overtime thriller on Saturday night.


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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Tyler Herro hit a 3-pointer with 25.8 seconds left to give Kentucky the lead after Houston had erased a double-digit lead, and the Wildcats escaped their NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal with a 62-58 win over Houston Friday night.

Herro’s huge basket gave the Wildcats a 60-58 lead and came after Houston’s Corey Davis Jr. had his driving shot swatted away by PJ Washington, who was making his return after missing the first two tournament games with a left foot injury.

Davis missed what would have been a tying layup before Herro hit two more free throws to secure the win and send the second-seeded Wildcats to the Elite Eight for the seventh time in 10 years, Kentucky will face Southeastern Conference rival Auburn for a trip to the Final Four.

Herro led the Wildcats (30-6) with 19 points and Washington added 16.

Houston (33-4), in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1984, used a 17-6 surge to finish a comeback from 13 points down early in the second half. Armoni Brooks, who finished with 20 points, made three of his six 3-pointers during the run, the last a fade-away from the corner to tie it at 49. Davis then muscled a shot over Reid Travis in the lane with 3:39 left for the Cougars’ first lead since 13 minutes left in the first half.

After Washington made two free throws to tie it, Brooks struck again, this time from the right side, to make it 54-51.

The Cougars couldn’t quite finish the job. Davis’ floater made it 58-55 before Washington scored over Fabian White Jr. to make it a one-point game. He missed the tying free throw, and then raced to the other end to block Davis’ shot and turn the momentum back to Kentucky.

The Wildcats had been playing since March 16 without Washington, who spained his left foot in the SEC Tournament against Tennessee. His status was a mystery right up until the first media timeout, when he entered to a standing ovation from fans behind the Kentucky bench.

He showed no effects from the injury, scoring in the lane on his first shot and converting Keldon Johnson’s entry pass into a big dunk. Next, he passed out of a double team to Immanuel Quickley, who swished a 3-pointer from the corner, and then he hit a mid-range jumper for a 21-14 lead at the midway point in the first half.

Wildcats coach John Calipari had said Thursday that he would be “stunned” if Washington played more than 15-18 minutes, if he played at all. He played 26.


Houston: The Cougars’ best season since the Phi Slama Jama teams comes to an end. Convincing wins over double-digit seeds Georgia State and Ohio State were one thing, but the Cougars were going to be hard-pressed to advance against a Kentucky team near full strength with Washington’s return. They almost did it.

Kentucky: The Wildcats look formidable now that Washington is back. Kentucky came out blazing against the nation’s top field-goal defense and then gutted out a ragged second half thanks to Herro’s big 3-pointer.


Kentucky beat Auburn twice in the regular season.

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