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VW executive apologizes but says scandal not his fault

Michael Biesecker and Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 5:29pm

Volkswagen's top U.S. executive offered deep apologies yet sought to distance himself Thursday from the emissions scandal enveloping the world's largest automaker, asserting top corporate officials had no knowledge of the cheating software installed in 11 million diesel cars.

Ex-railroad town, Sparks braces for Tesla, Switch boom

Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 4:54pm

Not since the Southern Pacific railroad rolled into this sleepy high desert town in Nevada more than a century ago has there been such excitement — Tesla Motors and other technology companies are coming, and along with them thousands of jobs.

Battery fires: FAA to back ban on passenger plane shipments

Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 4:11pm

The risk of unstoppable fires is prompting U.S. officials to back a proposed international ban on rechargeable lithium battery shipments as cargo on passenger airlines.

The Latest: National Guard asks residents to heed warnings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 3:30pm

The latest on the rainstorm that pounded parts of the East Coast (all times local):

Lawsuit wants plans mandated for dealing with big oil spills

John Flesher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 3:21pm

An environmental group sued the federal government Thursday, contending it gives pipeline owners and operators a free pass on developing legally required plans for dealing with oil spills into lakes, rivers and other inland waterways.

The Latest: Chicago Public Schools mum on indictment

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 3:01pm

The latest on the indictment of former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, following a federal investigation into a $20 million no-bid contract (all times local):

Idaho nuclear lab director eyes new generation of scientists

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 2:52pm

Idaho's federal nuclear facility can become the nation's premier energy security lab while also bolstering the region's economy, the new director says.

Stocks gain as signs point to Fed keeping interest rates low

Ken Sweet and Marley Jay, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 2:33pm

Signs that the Federal Reserve would keep interest rates low for several more months pushed stocks broadly higher on Thursday, adding to what has been a near eight-day rally. Energy stocks advanced with the price of oil.

Netflix raising US price for most popular video plan by $1

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 2:32pm

Netflix is raising the price of its Internet video service by $1 for new customers in the U.S., Canada and some Latin America countries to help cover its escalating costs for shows such as "House of Cards" and other original programming.

Officials: Gas facility explosion leaves 3 workers dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 5:21pm

An explosion at a Louisiana natural gas facility Thursday left three workers dead and two seriously injured, police said.

Chicago officials say cab strike over Uber had little impact

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 5:01pm

Chicago officials say a strike called by a taxi association to protest a proposal to allow ride-booking companies access to the city's airports had little impact on travelers.

Wyoming loses 1 of its 2 Affordable Care Act insurers

Bob Moen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 4:51pm

One of the two companies offering health insurance coverage in Wyoming under the federal health care law has decided to drop out of the program after receiving word that the federal government would be providing drastically less financial help than it expected.

Woman describes issues at mine during trial of ex-coal CEO

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 4:41pm

Massey Energy management required alerting underground miners when federal inspectors arrived at Upper Big Branch Mine — the site of a deadly explosion in 2010 — so workers could stop mining and quickly attend to neglected safety problems, a former Massey miner testified in former company CEO Don Blankenship's criminal trial Thursday.

Subcontractor: I should've walked away before wall collapse

Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 4:31pm

A demolition subcontractor told jurors Thursday that he warned the contractor on trial for the 2013 building collapse that killed six people that his plan to take down a towering brick wall was dangerous.

Texas sues VW over consumer protection, clean air violations

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 4:21pm

Texas has filed suit against Volkswagen, charging that the automaker's emissions rigging violated state consumer protection laws and clean air standards.

NY minimum wage push spurs US debate, faces hurdles at home

David Klepper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 4:01pm

New York's plan to give fast-food workers a $15 minimum wage is spurring similar efforts in states around the country — even as Gov. Andrew Cuomo's push to enact an across-the-board $15 wage faces vocal opposition at home.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 3:41pm

The new director of Idaho's federal nuclear facility says he sees plenty of opportunity to make it the nation's premier energy security lab while also bolstering the region's economy. Mark Peters says the nation's energy security involves the U.S. being able to produce its own energy in a system protected from attacks, including cyber threats.

Court: Hot yoga's sequence of poses can't be copyrighted

Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 2:41pm

The founder of a popular form of yoga that is performed in a room heated to more than 100 degrees lost a court appeal Thursday to copyright a sequence of 26 poses and two breathing exercises.

Appeals court rules for heirs of Santa Claus song composer

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 2:31pm

You'd better watch out: "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" is comin' back into the hands of the heirs of a songwriter who composed it.