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U.S. stocks edged mostly lower Wednesday afternoon, flirting with the prospect of finishing in the red for a third day in a row. A dearth of U.S. economic news had investors focused on data signaling slower growth in China and the ongoing tensions in Ukraine.
Jonathan Martin, the blocker at the heart of the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal, was traded to San Francisco while New England cornerback Aqib Talib agreed to a six-year NFL deal with Denver. Martin spent less than two seasons with Miami, walking away from the team last October to ignite a bullying scandal that led to linemate Richie Incognito being suspended for the remainder of the season and the NFL to launch an inquiry into the Dolphins' workplace activities.