Spain's king asks acting PM Rajoy to form government
Spain's king on Tuesday tasked Mariano Rajoy with forming a new government, taking the acting conservative prime minister a step closer to power again after a 10-month political deadlock. "I accepted the task," Rajoy told reporters, saying he would now submit himself to a parliamentary vote of confidence which he is almost certain to win after the Socialists opted to abstain -- giving him enough traction to get through. This means Spain should finally get a government next week, capping a rollercoaster 10 months that saw the country go through two inconclusive elections which Rajoy's Popular Party (PP) won both times, but without enough seats to rule alone.
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Judge gives final approval in Volkswagen emissions settlement
A US judge on Tuesday granted final approval for a $14.7 billion class action settlement in Volkswagen's diesel emissions cheating scandal, the largest such automaker settlement in history. The agreement also resolved some claims brought by US and California environmental regulators who had sought penalties for Volkswagen's violations of pollution laws. "Final approval of the 2.0-liter TDI settlement is an important milestone in our journey to making things right in the United States and we appreciate the efforts of all parties involved in this process," Hinrich Woebcken, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, said in a statement.
The Latest: Iraq PM offers new details of assault on town
BAGHDAD (AP) ? The Latest on the developments in Iraq where an operation by Iraqi forces and their allies to retake the city of Mosul from Islamic State militants is no in its second week (all times local):
Man with sons in arms dies in leap from bridge, boys surviveWANAQUE, N.J. (AP) ? A father died after jumping off a New Jersey highway bridge with his two young sons in his arms, yet the toddlers survived the 100-foot plunge and are expected to make a full recovery.
Long, curved, akimbo: Hope uncovered for bird beak deformity
Muslim businessman accuses yacht club of discriminationA Muslim businessman and his wife are suing a Connecticut yacht club on allegations club board members rejected their membership application because of their religion and falsely claimed they supported ...
Police release names of 5 victims in Massachusetts crashMIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) ? Four of the five victims who died in a fiery wrong-way crash this week were young men who attended two Massachusetts colleges.
Ryan urges Pentagon to suspend collection of Guard bonuses
WASHINGTON (AP) ? House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday called for the Pentagon to immediately suspend efforts to recover enlistment bonuses paid to thousands of soldiers in California who signed up to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan.
ECB chief: low interest rates don't make inequality worse
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) ? The head of the European Central Bank is defending the bank's monetary stimulus programs and record-low interest rates against concerns that they hurt savers and favor the wealthy.