EPA expects preliminary VW defeat device software fix next weekVolkswagen AG is expected next week to provide U.S. and California regulators with a preliminary attempt at a software fix for the defeat devices it installed in 2012-2014 Passats, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday.In an email response to a Reuters query, EPA said Volkswagen told regulators it would deliver the software to the agency and the California Air Resources Board in an attempt to "address and correct" the illegal software algorithm that the carmarker admits to have used in its diesel vehicles to evade U.S. emission standards. "EPA and CARB will immediately begin evaluating the proposed software," the EPA said.
Carson says armed Jews would have 'diminished' Holocaust
UN announces government of national unity for divided LibyaSKHIRAT, Morocco (AP) ? The U.N. envoy for Libya has announced a national unity government for Libya after months of difficult talks between the north African country's two rival governments.
A look at Chicago's Tribune Tower as it goes up for sale
CHICAGO (AP) ? A 36-story Chicago landmark, the Tribune Tower, is up for sale. Tribune Media Co. announced Thursday that it has hired real estate investment banking firm Eastdil Secured to explore a sale or find a partner to help redevelop the building, which is home to the Chicago Tribune. Tribune Media phrased the move as an exploration of "strategic monetization alternatives." The building sits on 3 acres along Chicago's Michigan Avenue. Here are some features of the historic edifice that make it significant:
People pack meeting of panel eyeing expansion of whale tanks
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) ? Protesters and supporters filled a meeting room Thursday where a California commission was considering a vast expansion to the tanks that SeaWorld uses to hold killer whales in San Diego.
U.S. House slams regulators for not catching Volkswagen for years
By David Morgan and Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG's U.S. chief executive blamed "individuals" for using software to cheat on diesel emissions at a House hearing on Thursday as lawmakers attacked federal environmental regulators for failing to catch the fraud for years. Michael Horn, head of Volkswagen Americas, testified before a House of Representatives oversight and investigations panel about the emissions scandal that has chopped more than a third of the company's market value and sent tremors through the global auto industry. Volkswagen's use of defeat devices, software that evaded U.S. tests for emissions harmful to human health, was not a corporate decision, but something a few employees engineered, Horn said under oath.
Video: California officers ignored dying man's distressLOS ANGELES (AP) ? Police officers in the California desert city of El Centro repeatedly ignored signs of medical distress in a man they suspected of being a drug dealer, even telling a 911 dispatcher to ignore calls from his family for help, according to a video released Thursday on a judge's order.
'Twilight' author says new book is 'not a real book.'
Ex-Chicago Public Schools leader charged with corruption
CHICAGO (AP) ? The former CEO of Chicago Public Schools plans to plead guilty to corruption charges announced Thursday that allege she helped steer more than $23 million worth of no-bid contracts to education companies in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks.
Colts' QB Luck out for second game; Hasselbeck to start