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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury on Tuesday convicted an actor who played a police officer on TV of second-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife that was partially witnessed by their two young sons.
The United States plans to use upcoming talks with top Chinese officials to discuss ways to bring greater pressure to bear on North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday. "The outcome that we're looking for is North Korean agreement to negotiate the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel told reporters. "We have a vastly improved chance of getting that with China's full cooperation, and we intend to use the (U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue) to game out how we can speed up the outcome that we're both working to achieve," he said.
Wall Street fell on Tuesday, led lower by consumer stocks after tepid consumer confidence data, but the S&P 500 was on pace to show gains for May. U.S. consumer spending recorded its biggest increase in more than six years in April as households stepped up purchases of automobiles, but other data showed an ebb in consumer confidence in May. Consumer staples were the worst performing sector, off 0.74 percent, while consumer discretionary shares fell 0.46 percent. Nine of 10 S&P sectors were in the red in afternoon trading. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 121.56 points, or 0.68 percent, at 17,751.66, the S&P 500 lost 8.04 points, or 0.38 percent, at 2,091.02 and the Nasdaq Composite dipped 1.53 points, or 0.03 percent, at 4,931.97.