Today in One Paragraph
U.S. stocks tumbled after Chinese markets closed less than 30 minutes after trading began. Lawyers for Baltimore police officer William Porter filed for an injunction to prevent him from testifying against colleagues in the Freddie Gray case. In response to North Korea’s claim to have tested a hydrogen bomb, House Speaker Paul Ryan vowed that the chamber will vote to toughen U.S. sanctions against the country. Meanwhile, on the campaign trail, Bernie Sanders called the Obama administration’s recent immigration raids “inhumane,” and Hillary Clinton earned the endorsement of Planned Parenthood. And tonight, President Obama will field questions at a forum on gun control hosted by CNN.
Market Tremors. The Dow Jones industrial average slid more than 2 percent after a halt in trading in China set off concerns in global markets. Anxiety is growing among investors and market experts around the world, many of whom had already expressed worries about the Chinese currency going into 2016—though some have shrugged off the declines. (Corrie Driebusch and Riva Gold, The Wall Street Journal)
Motion Filed. Lawyers for Baltimore police officer William Porter—whose trial ended in a mistrial last month—filed a request to keep him from testifying in the upcoming trial of another officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray. Porter’s attorneys argue that although he was granted immunity, it “does not protect him from facing new charges.” (Justin Fenton and Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun)