US stocks hit the skids as consumer companies fall

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are skidding Tuesday and are on track for their biggest drop in more than a month. Consumer companies are taking big losses as investors worry about the health of the U.S economy. Machinery companies are also down, while concerns about Europe's banks are hurting financial stocks. The price of oil continues to fall.

  • Written by MARLEY JAY, AP Markets Writer

Medical benefits of dental floss unproven

HOLMDEL, N.J. (AP) — It's one of the most universal recommendations in all of public health: Floss daily to prevent gum disease and cavities.

Except there's little proof that flossing works.

  • Written by JEFF DONN, AP National Writer

Obama: Pulling up drawbridge on trade would hurt US workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama found common cause with the leader of Singapore in the face of growing political headwinds against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, warning that to "pull up a drawbridge" on trade would only hurt the United States and its workers.

  • Written by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press

NYC's top cop stepping down after challenging tenure

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton is leaving the nation's largest police force, after a tenure in which he received credit for keeping crime down and navigated tension between police and minority communities.

  • Written by TOM HAYS, Associated Press JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press