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New York (AFP) – U.S. stocks closed at new records Monday after the Dow topped 16,000 for the first time and the S&P 500 breached the 1,800 mark.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 14.06 (0.09 percent) higher at 15,975.76 after reaching 16,030.28 earlier in the session.

The broad-based S&P 500 closed down 6.63 (0.37 percent) at 1,791.55.

The tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index, itself within striking range of 4,000, lost 36.90 (0.93 percent) at 3,949.07.

Sean O'Keefe

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Almost 500 national security experts — including 22 four-star military officers — slammed Donald Trump in a public letter released Thursday, calling him unfit for his role as commander in chief and endorsing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

The letter, simply addressed "To Our Fellow Citizens," is a bipartisan effort signed by prominent Republicans and Democrats alike who say they "fear" for their country under Trump. Signatories include former Navy Secretary and NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe, who served in both Bush administrations, and former Defense Secretaries Chuck Hagel, Leon Panetta, and Ash Carter.

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