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Happening Today: Stocks, FBI, HPV, Lead Tests, Chris Cornell, Chris Berman

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  • A jury acquitted the white Oklahoma police officer who was charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black man, NBC News reports
  • The HPV vaccine that helps prevent cervical cancer in women also might lower the risk in young men of oral infections, a new study finds
  • Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died at age 52, his representative says

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Jury Acquits Tulsa Cop in Shooting Death of Terence Crutcher

A jury acquitted the white Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officer who was charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of an unarmed black man last year, NBC News reported. Officer Betty Shelby fatally shot Terence Crutcher in Sept. 2016 during an encounter that began with a stalled vehicle in the road. Shelby's attorney, who had called attention to the fact that Crutcher was on hallucinogenic drugs during the encounter, said the officer is "elated" by the jury's decision. Crutcher's family, who had stressed that he had his hands up and was not aggressive in the encounter, expressed disappointment after the verdict.

Stocks Suffer Worst Day of the Year Amid White House Chaos

U.S. stocks closed sharply lower as investors digested the latest news out of Washington, with the Dow Jones averaging about 370 points lower, Goldman Sachs contributing the most losses, CNBC reported. The broader S&P 500 and Nasdaq also lagged, dropping 1.8 percent and 2.6 percent respectively. Stocks had rallied all year in part because of hope for lower corporate taxes. But "an impeachment proceeding would blow the market away," former General Electric CEO Jack Welch told CNBC. "This is clearly Washington-driven," said Michael Shaoul, chairman and CEO of Marketfield Asset Management. "It's a lot like 1998-99, when the market had to deal with the [Monica] Lewinsky scandal."

Trump Interviews Conn. Sen. Lieberman, 3 Others for FBI Head

President Trump interviewed four potential candidates to lead the FBI, including former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating and Andrew McCabe, currently the bureau's acting director. Trump also met with Richard McFeely, a former top FBI official. Attorney General Jeff Sessions participated in the interviews. The meetings came more than a week after Trump fired James Comey from his post as FBI director. Trump said that the search for a successor to Comey was "moving rapidly." He also has said he could name a candidate by the end of the week, before he departs on his first overseas trip as president. The Senate must confirm whoever Trump nominates. Press Secretary Sean Spicer informed reporters about the meetings as Trump flew to Washington after addressing U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduates in Connecticut.

Vaccine May Cut HPV Infections, an Oral Cancer Risk, in Men, Study Finds

The HPV vaccine that helps prevent cervical cancer in women also might lower the risk in young men of oral infections that can cause mouth and throat cancers, a new study finds. These cancers are rising fast, especially in men, and research suggests that HPV, the human papillomavirus, is spreading through oral sex. The actor Michael Douglas brought attention to this risk several years ago when he blamed his cancer on it. This is the first study of whether the vaccine might prevent oral HPV infections in young men, and the results suggest it can. No men who had received at least one dose were later found to have infections of HPV strains linked to cancer, but more than 2 percent of unvaccinated men had them. Results were released by the American Society of Clinical Oncology ahead of presentation at its annual meeting next month. HPV is very common — most sexually active people have been exposed to it. Some types cause genital warts. Usually, the virus causes no symptoms and goes away, but some people develop long-lasting infections of strains that can cause cancer.

Common Lead Test May Be Wrong, FDA and CDC Say

As NBC News reports, many children and pregnant women may need to get new lead tests because one of the most common lab tests may have given falsely low readings, the Food and Drug Administration said. The blood tests were made by Magellan Diagnostics and it's the only FDA-approved test used in most doctor's offices, the FDA said. Any adult or child who had blood drawn for a lead test since 2014 may have to be re-tested, the FDA said. Studies have shown many U.S. public water supplies are contaminated by lead. Lead kills developing brain cells and the consequences are permanent. That can include lower IQ scores, poor school performance, inattention, impulsive behavior, aggression and hyperactivity.

Soundgarden Frontman Chris Cornell Dies at Age 52, His Representative Says

Rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died at age 52, according to his representative. Cornell, who had been on tour, died in Detroit, Brian Bumbery said in a statement to The Associated Press. Bumbery called the death "sudden and unexpected" and said his wife and family were shocked by it. The statement said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy. As the lead singer for Seattle-based Soundgarden, Cornell helped architect the 90's grunge rock movement. He was also a Grammy award-winning, Golden Globe nominated singer, songwriter, guitarist, composer and lyricist. In addition, Cornell became involved in philanthropy and started the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation to support children facing challenges, including homelessness, poverty, abuse and neglect.

Memorial Service Held for Wife of ESPN Broadcaster Berman

A memorial service honoring the wife of longtime ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman has been held in Connecticut. Friends, colleagues and relatives of Berman and his wife gathered at Seymour St. John Chapel at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, according to the Hartford Courant. Sixty-seven-year-old Cheshire resident Katherine Ann Berman was killed in a two-vehicle traffic crash May 9 in Woodbury. Police say her car struck the rear of an SUV and both veered off the road. Her car went down an embankment and overturned in a body of water. The SUV driver also was killed. The burial will be in Cheshire Hillside Cemetery.

Nick Carter and Aaron Carter Mourn Sudden Death of Dad

Nick and Aaron Carter's father Robert Gene Carter passed away suddenly at age 65. The 37-year-old Backstreet Boys singer and his 29-year-old brother and fellow pop star announced the news on Twitter. "I am heartbroken to share the news that our father, Robert, passed away last night..." Nick wrote. "While we learn more about the cause of death, and begin the grieving process, we ask that our privacy be respected at this difficult time." "My heart is Completely shattered I'm in shock and I loved my dad so much. #RIP DADDY I Love You," Aaron tweeted. Robert also is survived by wife Ginger Elrod and their son, Kaden, Nick's mother, Jane, Aaron's twin Angel Carter and daughter Bobbie Jean, 35, and another daughter, Virginia, from a previous relationship. Nick's sister Leslie Carter died at age 25 in 2012.

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