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VW chief: Scandal is 'hard to believe'

Volkswagen's U.S. boss blamed unnamed engineers at the company for the deceptive software that cheated emissions testing, and denied that anyone in senior management made a decision to break the law.

"This was not a corporate decision. To my best…


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House GOP to vote on House speaker nominee

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is the favorite to win over a majority of his colleagues in a secret-ballot vote Thursday afternoon to select the Republican Party's nominee to replace Speaker John Boehner.

But that's just the first battle:…


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Train hero Spencer Stone stabbed in California

A U.S. airman who was injured while helping thwart an attack on a train in France two months ago has been stabbed in northern California, a U.S. defense official speaking on condition of anonymity said Thursday.


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How Republicans will choose the next speaker

House Republicans will cast secret ballots on Thursday to elect their party's nominee to succeed House Speaker John Boehner, who is resigning at the end of the month.

Reps. Kevin McCarthy, R-California, Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Daniel Webster,…


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Want to smell like an Andy Kaufman prank?

Well, this smells like a prank. But, apparently, it's not.

Xyrena, a California company that bills itself as a "celebrity partnered on-demand perfumery," is releasing "Andy Kaufman Milk & Cookies," a fragrance inspired by the comedian's 1979…


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Sepp Blatter: FIFA's top bosses suspended

It's like the end of a Shakespearean play. Multiple bodies, with the king, the two men who would be king and their lieutenants strewn across the stage. Perhaps understandably even the acting king won't be hanging around for too long.

There was…



Israeli-Palestinian violence spreads

The spike in violence between Palestinians and Israelis shows no signs of abating, with three stabbing attacks reported Thursday.

Two Israelis were assaulted within about an hour of each other Thursday, authorities said.

In Tel Aviv, a female Israeli…



Officials: 30 dead after Yemen wedding bombed

Airstrikes hit a wedding celebration in a rebel-held portion of Yemen, killing at least 30 people, local officials said, amid a months-long conflict in which a Saudi-led coalition has bombed rebel areas.

It wasn't initially clear who had carried out…


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Murdoch: Obama not a 'real black president'

Rupert Murdoch, one of the world's most powerful media moguls, posted a tweet Wednesday night that seemingly questioned whether President Obama is a "real black president."

The tweet ricocheted around the web and was widely denounced.



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Belarusian Alexievich wins literature Nobel

Belarusian author Svetlana Alexievich, known for chronicling the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize for literature Thursday "for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time."

She is only the…


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ISIS troops rape women 'to make them Muslim'

Sitting on a shabby green sofa somewhere in the ISIS-controlled city of Mosul, Iraq, the militants laugh and joke as one of them films their excited chatter.

"Today is the female sex slave market day, which has been ordained," explains a skinny,…


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Clinton on look-alike doll: 'It looks like Trump's hair'

While talking to supporters in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Hillary Clinton was handed a look-alike doll of herself. Clinton said the doll's "hair looks more like "Donald Trump's."

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Republicans to make choice for Speaker

House Republicans vote Thursday to nominate the party's candidate for House Speaker, as John Boehner resigns at the end of the month. The person with the most support from the party's base may run into some opposition from the far-right wing of the GOP.


Brothel owner makes student loan offer

Bunny Ranch owner and star of HBO's ‘Cathouse,’ Dennis Hof, has offered to match money any employee puts toward paying off a student loan.

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