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VW, with limited DC lobbying footprint, braces for Congress

By RONNIE GREENE and MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, Volkswagen Group of America President and CEO Michael Horn will appear before a congressional committee this week. He, and the company, bring little Washington political clout to the table. Continue reading

Vessel’s messages will be key to inquiry of ill-fated ship

By CURT ANDERSON and JASON DEAREN, Associated Press JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Federal investigators looking into the ill-fated voyage of a 790-foot freighter believed to have sunk in the Atlantic during Hurricane Joaquin will focus on the communications between the captain and the vessel’s owner. The National Transportation Safety Board sent a team to Jacksonville on Tuesday to begin the agency’s inquiry, which will help determine why the captain, crew and owners of El Faro decided to risk sailing in stormy waters. Continue reading

New auto safety technologies leave some drivers bewildered

By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Many Americans buying new cars these days are baffled by a torrent of new safety technology. Some features will automatically turn a car back into its lane if it begins to drift, or hit the brakes if sensors detect that it’s about to rear-end someone else Continue reading

Round 2: Downstream South Carolina towns brace for flooding

By BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) — Along South Carolina’s coast, residents were preparing for a second round of flooding as rivers swollen from days of devastating rains make their way toward the Atlantic. In Georgetown, one of America’s oldest cities, Scott Youngblood was putting more sandbags Tuesday by the door of the Augustus & Carolina furniture store on Front Street, the popular tourist attraction that runs along the Sampit River Continue reading

The Latest: EU sends 6 ships to chase smugglers, traffickers

BRUSSELS (AP) — The latest developments as hundreds of thousands of people seeking safety make an epic trek through Europe. Continue reading

APNewsBreak: Gov’t health insurance website getting upgrades

The website, where people can buy health insurance, is displayed on a laptop screen in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 Continue reading

Did US strike on Afghan clinic exceed combat authority?

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials have said the deadly attack on a hospital in Afghanistan was a mistake. But was it also a violation of the limited authority under which American forces are operating in Afghanistan Continue reading

German industrial production falls in August

BERLIN (AP) — Official data show that German industrial production fell in August following an increase the previous month, a report that comes on top of disappointing figures for factory orders. The Economy Ministry said Wednesday that production was 1.2 percent lower in August than the previous month. That followed a rise by the same amount in July, which was revised upward from an initial reading of 0.7 percent Continue reading

Palestinians: Israel to destroy homes of alleged militants

A Palestinian inspects the home of the Abu Jaber family that was demolished by the Israeli military in east Jerusalem, Tuesday, Oct. Continue reading

JetBlue plants a seed with farm-to-tray-table concept

By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Airlines Writer NEW YORK (AP) — JetBlue Airways is trying to bring a little bit of country to the city — opening its own “farm” at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The 24,000 square-foot space — less than half the size of a football field — outside JFK’s Terminal 5 is meant to educate travelers more than actually feed them Continue reading