By Andreas Cremer and David Morgan BERLIN/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Volkswagen's rigging of diesel emissions tests was not a company decision but the result of actions by a small number of engineers, its top U.S. executive said on Thursday. Almost three weeks after it confessed publicly to cheating U.S. emissions tests, Europe's largest carmaker is under pressure to identify those responsible, fix affected vehicles and clarify exactly how and where the cheating happened. The biggest business crisis in Volkswagen's 78-year history has wiped more than a third off its share price, forced out its long-time chief executive, prompted investigations across the world and rocked both the car industry and German establishment.
NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Award-winning playwright and activist Eve Ensler will get a new honor next month —the John Lennon Real Love Award.
MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi will stand trial in Spain on three counts of tax fraud and could be sentenced to nearly two years in prison if found guilty.
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's foreign currency reserves fell for the third consecutive month in September, according to central bank figures, putting pressure on authorities to devalue the currency, limit non-essential imports and take urgent steps to promote investment.
By David Morgan and Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Volkswagen's cheating on emissions with the use of software in diesel cars was not a corporate decision, but something that "individuals did," its U.S. chief executive told lawmakers on Thursday. Michael Horn, Volkswagen's U.S. president and chief executive, testified under oath to the House of Representatives Oversight and Investigations panel about the emissions scandal that has wiped away more than a third of the company's market value and sent tremors through the global auto industry.
NEW YORK (AP) — The end is near for Stephen King's Bill Hodges trilogy, his foray into crime fiction.
U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy will stay on in his current job after dropping out of the race to become House speaker, fellow Republican Representative Darrell Issa said on Thursday. "Kevin McCarthy remains our leader," Issa told reporters. Issa said the current speaker, John Boehner, had called off a vote among Republicans on a nominee for a successor because of a lack of candidates who could secure a majority in the full House.
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a stunning move, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has withdrawn his candidacy for House Speaker.
One of three Americans who recently helped thwart a terror attack on a packed train bound for Paris has been stabbed in his home state of California but is expected to survive, authorities said Thursday. A US Air Force spokesman confirmed that 23-year-old Airman Spencer Stone had been stabbed in Sacramento and taken to a local hospital. Officer Traci Trapani, a spokeswoman for the Sacramento police department, told AFP that police received a call at 12:46 am about a person who had been stabbed outside a bar in the city's downtown area.
Republican Representative Paul Ryan said on Thursday he will not be a candidate for U.S. House speaker after Representative Kevin McCarthy dropped out of the race for the job. "Kevin McCarthy is best person to lead the House and so I’m disappointed in this decision," Ryan said in a statement. "While I am grateful for the encouragement I’ve received, I will not be a candidate," Ryan said.
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