News Wrap: Stocks Tumble on Consumer Sentiment, Earnings Numbers
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HARI SREENIVASAN: The bears were back on Wall Street today. Stocks
tumbled after a survey of consumer sentiment fell sharply, and after earnings by
big banks and Google disappointed investors.
The Dow Jones industrial average lost 261 points to close below 10098.
The Nasdaq fell 70 points to close at 2179. For the week, the Dow lost 1
percent; the Nasdaq fell nearly 1 percent.
Federal authorities announced the largest ever crackdown on Medicare
fraud today. It involved charging for treatments and therapy that never
happened and for medical equipment that wasn’t needed. The alleged scams
totaled $250 million. Thirty-six people were arrested in raids across five
states from Florida to Texas. They included several doctors and nurses.
Attorney General Eric Holder and the health and human services
secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, made the announcement at a health care fraud
summit in Miami.
ERIC HOLDER, U.S. attorney general: With today’s arrests, we’re putting
would-be criminals on notice. Health care fraud is no longer a safe bet. It’s
no longer easy money. If you choose to engage in health care fraud, you will be
found, you will be stopped, and you will be brought to justice.
HARI SREENIVASAN: Medicare fraud costs the government between $60
billion and $90 billion a year. Cleaning up the problem is supposed to help to
pay for the president’s health care overhaul.
West Virginia is getting a new temporary U.S. senator. Governor Joe
Manchin today tapped Carte Goodwin, his former general counsel. He’s 36 years
old. Goodwin will succeed the late Robert Byrd, who died last month at the age
of 92. The state legislature is likely to call a special election in November.
Goodwin is expected to step aside so that Governor Manchin can run for the final
two years of Byrd’s term.
Apple moved today to address the so-called death grip problem with its
latest iPhone. Users have reported that holding the phone with your bare hand
can obstruct part of the antenna and muffle the signal. Apple CEO Steve Jobs
announced buyers will get free protective cases to fix the problem.
He spoke at company headquarters in Cupertino, California.
STEVE JOBS, CEO, Apple: We’re not perfect. We know that. You know
that. And phones aren’t perfect either. But we want to make it — make all of
our users happy. And if you don’t know that about Apple, you don’t know Apple.
HARI SREENIVASAN: Jobs also said only five of every 1,000 iPhone users
have reported any problems, and he complained this has been blown so out of
proportion that it’s incredible.
Those are some of the day’s major stories — now back to Jeff.