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Speaker's Race in Disarray

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy abruptly announced he is withdrawing from the race to become House Speaker, sparking a new level of chaos in the Republican Conference just minutes before a vote was set to take place

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VW Exec. Apologizes for Emissions Scandal

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

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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

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Marvel's Ant-Man Is Getting a Sequel

Marvel Studios announced ,that this summer’s Ant-Man will be followed up with a sequel. Ant-Man and the Wasp marks the first time a Marvel film has been named for its heroine and will be released in 2018

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Israel Bars Ministers From Jerusalem Site Amid Attacks

A Palestinian stabbed four Israelis with a screwdriver before a soldier shot and killed him amid fresh violence that prompted Israel's premier to bar Cabinet ministers and lawmakers from a sensitive Jerusalem holy site at the heart of the latest tensions

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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

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"

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Belarus Novelist Wins Nobel Prize for Literature

Her first novel, "The Unwomanly Face of the War," published in 1985 and based on the previously untold stories of women who had fought against the Nazi Germans, sold more than 2 million copies. Her books have been published in 19 countries