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Trader Michael Capolino (right) watches prices on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday. Stocks endured another bloodbath, and oil fell below $27 a barrel. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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Economy

Wall Street Has Another Brutal Day, As Stock Prices Plummet

Fears about slowing global growth have sent the Dow Jones industrial average down by about 10 percent this month since the start of the year.

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Airport workers rallied Monday for higher wages near LaGuardia Airport in New York City. Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A sign promotes a real estate project last month in Kunming, China. Construction of residential and commercial properties has outpaced demand in China, a factor that some analysts cite in forecasting another global economic downturn. Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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A woman fills her car with gas in Woodbridge, Va., on Tuesday. Supplies of crude oil and refined gasoline have driven prices at the pump down, and they're expected to go even lower. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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John Swanton of the California Air Resources Board, explaining how a 2013 Volkswagen with a diesel engine is evaluated at an emissions test lab. The U.S. has filed a civil complaint against Volkswagen over emissions cheating in its diesel cars. Nick Ut/AP hide caption

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Puerto Rico's governor, Alejandro Javier Garcia Padilla, shown here in an appearance in Washington this month, has been urging Congress to allow the commonwealth to seek bankruptcy protection. Sait Serkan Gurbuz/AP hide caption

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (from left), Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and South African President Jacob Zuma pose for a photo during the BRICS Summit in Ufa, Russia, in July. RIA Novosti via AP hide caption

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International

Highflying 'Emerging Markets' Had Their Wings Clipped In 2015

A weakening commodities market, hindered largely by the slowdown in China, has hurt economies in Latin America, Africa and elsewhere.

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A file photo shows AIDS activists carrying an image of Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli in a makeshift cat litter pan, angry over his company's move to raise a drug's cost. Shkreli was arrested on charges unrelated to that 5,000 percent price hike. Craig Ruttle/AP hide caption

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