The US economy grew more slowly than expected in the second quarter of 2016, rising a modest 1.2 percent, according to an advance estimate released Friday by the Commerce Department. The department also revised first-quarter growth estimates for gross domestic product downward to 0.8 percent from 1.1 percent, reflecting poorer results in residential investment, private inventories and exports. The second quarter results were well below analysts' expectations of 2.6 percent growth and could temper the cautious optimism expressed in advance of this week's meeting of the US Federal Reserve.
Protests over a police killing of an unarmed black youth in Ferguson, Missouri two years ago forged a new national civil rights movement, and are now shaping a law-and-order message from Republican candidates for state governor. Four Republicans and four Democrats are campaigning ahead of Tuesday's primary vote, vying to be their party's gubernatorial candidate in the conservative heartland state where tax cuts and limiting the power of labor unions are among the top issues. Democratic Governor Jay Nixon, who is ending his second four-year term, must step down due to term limits.