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News at noon: Stocks tumble; Trump's first ad; Oregon's armed protestors; untested rape kits, Bucs Turning Point

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump speaks at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum on Saturday in Biloxi, Mississippi. Trump, who has strong support from Southern voters, spoke to thousands in the small Mississippi city on the Gulf of Mexico. Trump continues to split the GOP establishment with his populist and controversial views on immigration, muslims and some of his recent comments on women.  [Getty Images]

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump speaks at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum on Saturday in Biloxi, Mississippi. Trump, who has strong support from Southern voters, spoke to thousands in the small Mississippi city on the Gulf of Mexico. Trump continues to split the GOP establishment with his populist and controversial views on immigration, muslims and some of his recent comments on women. [Getty Images]

U.S. stocks are opening 2016 on a grim note, dropping sharply after a plunge in China and declines in Europe.

Donald Trump has released his long-awaited and hotly anticipated first ad. He says he hopes the spot impresses upon undecided voters that the country has become "a dumping ground."

People in Burns, Oreg., are used to worrying about friction between the federal government and locals, but the armed takeover of a nearby national wildlife refuge is raising concerns to a new high.

More than 13,000 untested rape kits are in evidence rooms around the state of Florida, a new report Florida Department of Law Enforcement report shows. FDLE says at least 9,484 of those kits "should be submitted" for testing to catalog DNA evidence that could be key in solving other cold cases and finding serial rapists.

Andrew H. Warren, a former federal fraud prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice, announced his candidacy Monday for Hillsborough State Attorney, becoming the first Democrat to challenge Republican State Attorney Mark Ober in over a decade.

In just four weeks, the Buccaneers went from playoff contenders to NFC South basement dwellers for the fifth straight season. Count Jameis Winston among the players who regressed. The rookie quarterback, who threw four interceptions against the Panthers in Week 4, threw two more Sunday. In 14 other games this season, he threw a total of nine. Read more in this week's Turning Point.

Ununtrium, ununpentium, ununseptium and ununoctium: they really roll off the tongue, don't they? They are four new superheavy elements added to the periodic table. But don't worry, those names are temporary. The teams that discovered them can now set about giving them official names.

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News at noon: Stocks tumble; Trump's first ad; Oregon's armed protestors; untested rape kits, Bucs Turning Point 01/04/16 [Last modified: Monday, January 4, 2016 11:55am]
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