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US stocks Thursday fell sharply as weak Chinese economic data and rising tensions in Ukraine offset solid US retail sales and labor-market data. The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled 231.19 points (1.41 percent) to 16,108.89. The broad-based S&P 500 fell 21.86 (1.17 percent) to 1,846.34, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index slumped 62.91 (1.46 percent) to 4,260.42. Stocks had opened higher following better-than-expected US reports on retail sales and unemployment claims, but veered into negative territory mid-morning with the sell-off accelerating in the afternoon.
NEW YORK (AP) — Rescue workers using dogs and thermal-detection gear searched the rubble Thursday for victims of a gas explosion that killed at least seven people, while investigators tried to pinpoint the leak and determine whether it had anything to do with New York's aging gas and water mains, some dating to the 1800s.