US Stocks Down Sharply 2 Days In A Row

After the huge sell-off yesterday and further losses in Asian and European markets, U.S. stocks fell again Thursday at the opening bell. The Dow dropped 130 points before recovering and climbing toward positive territory. Later in the day, though, stocks headed lower. On Wednesday, the Dow plunged more than 830 points as investors worried that rising interest rates might slow economic growth. The Federal Reserve has been gradually raising interest rates to less stimulative levels in response...

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The U.N.'s top court gave a partial victory to Iran in its dispute with the U.S. on Wednesday, saying the U.S. "must remove" sanctions that could stop food, medical supplies and other humanitarian products from entering Iran.

Updated on Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. ET

Wednesday afternoon, at exactly 2:18 p.m. ET, million of Americans received a text headlined "Presidential Alert" on their cellphones.

But it wasn't exactly from President Trump. Rather, it was a test of a new nationwide warning system that a president could use in case of an armed attack by another country, a cyberattack or a widespread natural disaster.

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A change in leadership at the top of Onondaga County government took little more than a week – with scant opposition.  The resignation of Joanie Mahoney as County Executive paved the way for the unchallenged appointment of successor Ryan McMahon. 


As the fight over the Brett Kavanaugh nomination continues to reverberate throughout the country, the shorthanded Supreme Court began its new term Monday. Republicans had hoped to seat nominee Brett Kavanaugh in time for the start of the term, but that, of course, did not happen.

Christine Garcia, a 37-year-old stay-at-home mom, doesn't consider herself a particularly political person. But like a lot of women, she has strong opinions about President Trump.

"Maybe on the business side ... the money is better as far as I understand," Garcia said. "But a lot of the other things are very worrisome," she added with a laugh, as she pushed her daughter on a swing in a park in Birmingham, Mich., an affluent suburb of Detroit.

Garcia considers herself a fiscal conservative but a social liberal.

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A new installation of electric vehicle chargers in DeWitt is part of a move by the state to increase use of EVs. Three new stations were unveiled Monday at the DeWitt Town Hall.


President Trump said Monday he wants a "comprehensive" reinvestigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh so long as it is over within the one-week timetable as laid out in the Senate compromise reached Friday.

Trump said it "wouldn't bother me" if FBI investigators talked with all three women who have leveled allegations about sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh — allegations that the federal appeals court judge has denied — or pursue whatever other avenues they deem appropriate.

Brian Moore

Getting and keeping a job is one of the best proven ways out of poverty. WAER's Brian Moore explores workforce development programs in Syracuse that are helping people gain skills and lasting employment. In the first episode of his series, he goes to the Catholic Charities culinary school program and learns how cooking is a step for many into a better life. 


It's rare for college football to have a true freshman break onto the scene and take the country by storm. That kind of fan fare is typically reserved for college basketball. Apparently, no one told that to Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who was recently named the team's starter. 

WAER's James Colgan chronicles the takeover of Trevor Lawrence this week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast


Netanyahu's Not-Quite-2-State Solution

Sep 30, 2018

Updated 8 a.m. ET Monday

President Trump's administration has begun pressing Israel to embrace the idea of a Palestinian state. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is insisting on something less.

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