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A trader fills orders Monday in the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index options pit at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Watching market numbers plummet can make investors queasy, but analysts say keeping a level head through volatility is the best course.

Keep Calm And Carry The 1: Investors Often Miscalculate Amid Volatility

Investors are in the midst of a sell-off. The Chinese stock market's troubles are leading to big questions about how much that country's problems will be a drag on the rest of the global economy. The Dow Jones industrial average was down Monday nearly 600 points, or 3.5 percent.

So, what are average investors to do? Nothing. Hang tight. At least that's what most financial experts say.

But that advice is easier to give than to follow. When pushed off a cliff, one's natural instinct is to grab for anything to stop the fall.

Judi and Wayne Richardson, who lost their daughter Darien to gun violence in 2010, filed an application for a referendum on background checks Monday.

Advocates In Maine Take Steps To Put Gun-Sales Background Checks On Ballot

A Maine couple who lost their daughter to a shooting in 2010 has filed the paperwork to start the process of putting criminal background checks for gun buyers to a vote next fall. The state currently requires the checks only for sales by licensed dealers, not for private sales conducted online, at gun shows or elsewhere.

In calling for a referendum to require background checks for most sales, Judi and Wayne Richardson are working with the state chapter of the advocacy group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, which was formed after the Sandy Hook school shooting of 2012.

The Justice Department indicted Sen. Bob Menedez on bribery and conspiracy charges earlier this year, and the lawyers in the case have been getting under each other's skin.

Sen. Menendez Bribery Case Heats Up With New Justice Filing

This post was updated at 8:40 pm ET with details of a notebook the Justice Department submitted as evidence.

The Justice Department forcefully defended its prosecutors Monday against allegations of misconduct and perjury lodged by lawyers for Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and an eye doctor who served as one of his longtime donors.

Trader William McInerney keeps an eye on developments at the New York Stock Exchange, Monday.

A Nasty Place On Wall Street: What Kind Of A Dive Is This?

Stocks opened Monday with a swan dive: The Dow Jones industrial average plunged about 1,000 points, or 5 percent, in just minutes.

By midday, enough brave buyers had waded back in to push up prices — up to where losses were only around 1 percent or so.

But that didn't last. Around 3 p.m., the Dow dropped again, sliding nearly 700 points.

Stress-filled minutes ticked down until 4 p.m.: CLANG, CLANG, CLANG.

The closing bell rang. Brows were wiped, and commentators scrambled to explain why investors had seen both panic selling and panic buying.

In one week, Blue Bell ice cream will be back on store shelves in parts of Texas and Alabama. The frozen dessert was pulled from the market four months ago.

Blue Bell Says Its Ice Cream Will Be Back In Some Stores Next Week

At the end of this month, containers of Blue Bell ice cream, a staple in Texas and other states, will finally return to store shelves. The company's ice cream has been absent from stores for four months after a wide recall over listeria concerns.

New Ferguson Judge Overhauls Municipal Courts

Five months after the U.S. Justice Department said the city of Ferguson, Mo., unfairly used its courts to raise money, a new municipal judge ordered that all arrest warrants made before Dec. 31, 2014, be withdrawn.

People gathered outside a damaged building after clashes in Silvan between Turkish security forces and members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) youth wing last week.

In Turkey, A Kurdish Conflict Flares — Again

In Washington, Turkey is seen as an important ally in the fight against the Islamic State, or ISIS, in Syria and Iraq. But Ankara is also struggling to quell a resurgent conflict with its own Kurdish minority.

Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki poses with a Nepalese flag during a news conference in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Sunday. He will begin his fifth attempt to climb Mount Everest on Tuesday.

Mount Everest Open To Climbers For The First Time Since Deadly Earthquake

A Japanese man who is missing nine fingers will be the first person to attempt to climb Mount Everest since a deadly earthquake rocked Nepal earlier this year. More than 9,000 people were killed, including at least 17 on the mountain.

Laura Martinez may be the only blind chef in the country running her own restaurant. La Diosa opened in January. Martinez was hired directly out of culinary school by acclaimed Chicago chef Charlie Trotter and worked for him until his restaurant closed in 2012.

Chef Wants Diners To Remember Her Cooking, Not Her Blindness

Many chefs dream of opening their own restaurant. But Laura Martinez faced an obstacle that many people thought would make that dream impossible to fulfill: The 31-year-old chef is blind.

It took two years for Martinez to open La Diosa, her tiny restaurant in Chicago, this past January. In addition to her white chef's jacket, Martinez wears dark sunglasses when she works.

Traders signal offers Monday in the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index options pit at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Major market indexes tumbled around the world amid worries about China's slowing economy.

Don't Panic About Stocks. It's Not 2008 All Over Again, Economist Says

The big price drops on Wall Street in recent days have had many people worried. We asked people on social media to send us some questions about the stock market volatility and we turned to economist Austan Goolsbee for answers.