Volkswagen CEO faces tough questions in congressional hearing

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 says.


McCarthy drops out of race for House speaker, election postponed

McCarthy had been the favorite to be selected as the official party choice to replace John Boehner.


Senate approves defense bill despite veto threat

The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation on Wednesday that would allow the military to avoid mandatory spending cuts, setting up a likely veto from President Barack Obama, who is pushing for a broader budget deal.


Media savvy Islamic State grave concern for U.S. at home

A recruiting push by Islamic State militants via thousands of social media postings remains one of the biggest threats facing the United States, military official say.


10 FOR TODAY: Thursday, Oct. 8

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Obama makes pitch to win support for Pacific trade pact

U.S. President Barack Obama kicked off a sales pitch for a 12-nation Pacific Rim trade agreement.


Gov’t health insurance website getting upgrades

Consumers shopping on the government's health insurance website should find it easier to get their questions answered this year.


Volkswagen recall to start in January

The German carmaker plans to begin recalling cars affected by its diesel emissions crisis in January and complete the fix by the end of next year.


McCarthy seeks to convince conservatives he’s not like Boehner

U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy sought to convince conservative lawmakers on Tuesday that he will be different from retiring Speaker John Boehner if McCarthy is elected as Boehner's successor this month.


Forecast calls for lower heating bills this winter

Heating bills should drop this winter for most U.S. households, thanks to a combination of lower energy prices and warmer weather across most of the country.


10 FOR TODAY: Wednesday, Oct. 7

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General Mills recalls 1.8 million boxes of Cheerios

The company is recalling the original and honey nut flavored varieties.


Obama confident Congress will approve Trans-Pacific Partnership

The U.S. is one of 12 Pacific Rim nations to reach a pact this week that would liberalize commerce, affecting the costs of products ranging from dairy to biotech drugs.


11 dead in historic South Carolina flooding

Floodwaters from unprecedented rain have closed some 550 roads and bridges and prompted hundreds of rescues of people trapped in homes and cars.


Yellowstone National Park sets record year with 3.8 million visitors so far

More people visited Yellowstone National Park last month than any September previously, and the park has set a new annual visitation record with nearly three months still left in the year.


California governor signs bill legalizing physician-assisted suicide

Physician-assisted suicide will become legal in California under a bill signed into law on Monday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, despite intense opposition from some religious and disability rights groups.


10 FOR TODAY: Tuesday, Oct. 6

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Pacific trade negotiators reach landmark deal, fight over approval looms

The U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim countries have reached a deal on the most sweeping trade liberalization pact in a generation.


Student loan debt crosses generations

Weighed down by their own loans, many parents lack the means to fund their children's educations without sinking even deeper into debt.


House GOP in turmoil with new uncertainty in speaker race

House Republicans are in upheaval as their front-runner for speaker faces fresh opposition and conservatives push to postpone leadership elections.

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