Armed National Guard troopers in battledress deployed in force in Baltimore on Tuesday after a riot triggered by anger over the death of an African American arrested by police. Thousands of military and police reinforcements have been ordered to the US port city to quell unrest in which cars were torched, stores looted and officers attacked. "This violence is not going to be tolerated," he told reporters at the temporary checkpoint, manned by riot police and Guard troopers with assault rifles. Baltimore has declared an overnight curfew from 10:00 pm Tuesday (0200 GMT Wednesday) and local and national leaders have appealed for calm after the latest in a series of incidents to stir US racial tension.
Apple's and Merck's analyst-beating earnings failed to hold up US stocks in early trade Tuesday, with the iPhone maker's shares sinking despite its blowout quarter. The markets opened slightly higher but received a blow with the sharp fall in the Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index, which unexpectedly sank to 95.2 from 101.4 in March. The broader S&P 500 fell 12.57 (0.60 percent) to 2,096.35, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index, led by Apple, gave up 51.59 (1.02 percent) at 5,008.66. Merck (+4.0 percent) impressed investors as sales and profits in the first quarter, though lower than a year ago, beat analyst expectations.