WASHINGTON — The United States is delaying tariffs on Chinese-made cellphones, laptop computers and other items and removing other Chinese imports from its target list altogether in a move that triggered a rally on Wall Street.
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said Tuesday that it is still planning to go ahead with 10% tariffs on about $300 billion in Chinese imports, extending the import taxes on just about everything China ships to the U.S.
But the agency says it would delay the tariffs to Dec. 15 on some goods, including cellphones, laptop computers, video game consoles, some toys, computer monitors, shoes and clothing.
Dartmouth sets new sex misconduct policy
CONCORD, N.H. — Dartmouth College says its new unified policy on sexual misconduct for faculty, students and staff will provide clarity and consistency across the Ivy League campus.
It comes a week after the college said it would pay $14 million to settle a federal lawsuit accusing it of ignoring years of sexual harassment and assault by former psychology department professors.
The policy, which takes effect Sept. 1, prohibits sexual harassment, assault and exploitation; relationship and interpersonal violence, stalking and other behavior. It also prohibits retaliation against those who report such conduct, and sets up both formal and informal resolution procedures.
Dayton gunman’s friend due in court
DAYTON, Ohio — Federal authorities say they know who helped the Dayton gunman buy the body armor and assemble the weapon used in last week’s mass shooting.
But authorities say there’s not any evidence that Connor Betts’ longtime friend knew about what he had planned.
The accusations came as prosecutors unsealed charges against Ethan Kollie of Kettering that accuse him of lying on a federal firearms form while buying a pistol not used in the shooting.
Kollie is to appear in federal court Wednesday on the charges. Authorities say they discovered that Kollie had lied on the form while investigating the Aug. 4 shooting.
H.K. flights canceled again amid protests
HONG KONG — Protesters severely crippled operations at Hong Kong’s international airport for a second day Tuesday, forcing authorities to cancel all remaining flights out of the city after demonstrators took over the terminals as part of their push for democratic reforms. After a brief respite early Tuesday during which flights were able to take off and land, the airport authority announced check-in services for departing flights were suspended as of 4:30 p.m. Departing flights that had completed the process would continue to operate.
It said it did not expect arriving flights to be affected, though dozens were already canceled. The authority advised people not to come to the airport, one of the world’s busiest transport hubs.
NYPD cop fatally shoots himself
NEW YORK — Another NYPD cop took his own life early Tuesday, shooting himself inside his Yonkers home.
The off-duty seven-year veteran of the department left a note when he shot himself in the head about 3:30 a.m., sources said. His fiancee was in the home when he shot himself. He died at the scene.
He is the eighth NYPD cop to take his own life this year. Four officers killed themselves in July.
CHP officer, gunman die in shootout
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A California Highway Patrol officer was killed and two other officers were wounded in a shootout Monday evening off the 215 Freeway in Riverside that also left the gunman dead and motorists dodging bullets.
Officer Andre Moye, 34, was killed, and another officer was in critical condition Monday night after the shooting that also left a third CHP officer with minor injuries. Authorities said two civilians are thought to have suffered minor injuries. The suspect, who has not been identified, died at the scene.
Moye was a CHP officer for almost three years and was assigned to the Riverside office after graduating from the CHP Academy on March 3, 2017.
The incident is thought to have started after a traffic stop.
Heat, humidity invade South
ATLANTA — Most of the South — from Texas to parts of South Carolina — will be under heat advisories and warnings as temperatures will feel as high as 117 degrees.
The most intense heat Tuesday was expected in Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Alabama; and in areas near Memphis, Tenn.
The warnings come one day after the temperature and humidity combined for a Monday heat index of 121 degrees in Clarksdale, Miss. It was only a few degrees cooler in West Memphis, Ark.
In Alabama, the highest reported heat indexes Monday were 112 degrees in Florence, Tuscumbia and Gurley.
The heat index is what the temperature actually feels like.
Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are prime threats during heat waves, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.