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Bitcoin Tops Record $19K, Falls Back Down

The digital currency began the year below $1,000 and its gains have accelerated as investor interest grows

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    Bitcoin Tops Record $19K, Falls Back Down
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    This April 3, 2013, file photo shows bitcoin tokens in Sandy, Utah. Bitcoin surged Thursday, crossing the $15,000 mark

    Bitcoin surged past $19,000 for the first time Thursday before falling sharply from its record high.

    In trading on the Coinbase exchange, the digital currency hit a high of $19,340 after soaring through $12,000 on just Tuesday night. After hitting the record high Thursday, bitcoin fell more than 20 percent from that level to $15,198.63. At 12:02 p.m. New York time, the cryptocurrency traded at $16,260.01.

    Despite its wild ride, bitcoin now has a market value of more than $270 billion, meaning it would rank among the 20 largest stocks in the S&P 500.

    The digital currency began the year below $1,000 and its gains have accelerated as investor interest grows.

    Colorado Man Charged With Five Counts of Murder in Deaths of Wife and Daughters

    [NATL] Colorado Man Charged With Five Counts of Murder in Deaths of Wife and Daughters

    Christopher Lee Watts was charged with five counts of murder Monday for the deaths of his wife Shanann Watts and their two daughters Bella and Celeste. Watts had initially pleaded publicly that his wife and daughters had gone missing. Their bodies were discovered on the property of the oil and natural gas company Watts worked for. The D.A. said that it's "too early" to discuss whether prosecutors would seek the death penalty.

    (Published Monday, Aug. 20, 2018)