US stocks sink on new China worries, North Korean bomb claim

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks took their second big loss of the week Wednesday on more signs of weakness from China's economy. Oil prices again fell sharply, nearing their lowest level in 12 years. Energy stocks fell far more than the rest of the market. The Standard & Poor's 500 index is on pace for its lowest close since October.

  • Written by MARLEY JAY, AP Markets Writer

Trying to right itself, a criminal investigation at Chipotle

NEW YORK (AP) — Chipotle reported a sales plunge of 30 percent for December after a series of food scares at its restaurants and disclosed that a federal criminal investigation tied to the sickening of customers has begun.

  • Written by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Study: Mexico violence caused drop in male life expectancy


MEXICO CITY (AP) — A new study suggests that Mexico's drug violence was so bad at its peak that it apparently caused the nation's male life expectancy to drop by several months.

  • Written by MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press