The Brief

VW America CEO Testifies At House Hearing On Emissions Cheating Scandal
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VW Chief in the Hot Seat

Volkswagen's top U.S. executive apologized as the emissions-rigging scandal engulfing the world's largest automaker deepened and members of Congress said the company violated the public's trust, and said he felt personally deceived

Kevin McCarthy

McCarthy and Rivals Make Speaker Pitch

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy appealed to sharply divided fellow Republicans to back him for speaker at a time of turmoil and change. But the day's secret-ballot elections were shaping up as merely an early skirmish in the chaotic battle to lead the House

Sepp Blatter

FIFA’s Sepp Blatter Suspended as Swiss Probe Intensifies

The ethics committee of the soccer organization banned Blatter, FIFA vice president and UEFA president Michel Platini, and secretary general Jerome Valcke for 90 days. It also banned former vice president Chung Mong-joon for six years

Iran Policy Oversight Act

Senate Democrats Unveil Gun Control Legislation

The bill package to be introduced in the wake of last week's deadly Oregon shooting includes a version of an earlier proposal to expand background checks, but now also includes online gun purchases and firearms bought from unlicensed dealers at gun shows


Pentagon Keeps Light Shining on the Top Brass

One of the world's largest office buildings is reducing light levels until Oct. 31 in honor of October's Energy Action Month — but a memo obtained by TIME reveals that the top military chiefs get to keep their lights shining

French President Francois Hollande awards US Airman First Class Spencer Stone with the Legion d'Honneur medal as US National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos applauds during a ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris

Paris Train Hero Stabbed in Sacramento

French train attack hero Spencer Stone was in a stable condition after being stabbed in Sacramento. Airman First Class Stone, one of three Americans who helped thwart a terror attack on a French train in August, had been "repeatedly stabbed," officials said


Wikileaks Will Pay $50,000 for Kunduz Bombing Footage

The website says U.S warplanes should have captured the incident in Afghanistan that killed 22 people at an MSF hospital. "We are raising a U.S. $50,000 bounty to obtain the footage, the cockpit audio, the inquiry report and other relevant materials"

Amazon Challenges Etsy With 'Handmade' Craft Store

The newly launched marketplace includes items from over 85 countries, and even seems to take a dig at its rival by saying users can "customize your products when you buy, no need to send separate messages to the artisan to specify options"