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VW to Recall Cars in January

Volkswagen’s chief executive said the German car giant will begin a recall in January for cars that were affected by its diesel-emissions scandal. Matthias Müller said all cars that were rigged to cheat U.S. emissions tests should be fixed by the end of 2016


Department of Justice to Release 6,000 Prisoners

The Department of Justice will release about 6,000 federal prison inmates in one of the largest one-time releases of prisoners in U.S. history. The move comes as part of an effort to reduce prison overcrowding and the retroactive application of new sentencing guidelines

Attorney General Begins Inquiry Into Fantasy Sports

The New York attorney general has begun an inquiry into whether employees of major fantasy sports websites have won prizes using practices that appear similar to insider trading, asking two major fantasy betting websites for data on how they prevent fraud


U.S. Deports Fewest Immigrants in Nearly a Decade

The Obama administration deported fewer immigrants over the past 12 months than at any time since 2006, despite President Obama's pledge to focus on finding and deporting criminals living in the country illegally

National Geographic Will Air First Live Brain Surgery

National Geographic, in partnership with Mental Floss, plans to air the first live brain surgery on Oct. 25. "We hope to demystify brain surgery, diminishing the fear and stigma of this operation," said neurosurgeon Dr. Jonathan Miller

General John Campbell Testifies On Situation In Afghanistan To Senate Armed Services Committee

Top General in Afghanistan Recommends More U.S. Troops

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan recommended that President Barack Obama revise his plan and keep more than 1,000 U.S. troops in the country beyond 2016, just days after a deadly U.S. airstrike "mistakenly" hit a hospital

Chloe Goins

Model Sues Bill Cosby Over Alleged 2008 Sexual Assault

Chloe Goins, a model who accused Cosby of drugging her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008, sued the comedian for sexual assault. Goins is seeking punitive damages for a variety of problems she says she has endured since the incident

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Political Betting Raises Questions About Insider Trading

The average citizen can legally place real-money wagers on politics, in a marketplace approved by federal regulators. The new market for political betting has raised questions about the spread of online betting markets that have few rules to prevent insider trading

Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a town hall event at Manchester Community College October 5, 2015 in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Hillary Clinton Targets Wall Street 'Risk'

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will roll out a plan to "go after risk” in the financial markets, she told Iowa voters, stopping short of calling for reinstating the tough financial regulations her husband repealed

Venezuela Socialist Primaries

Socialists' Grip on Power in Venezuela Remains Strong

Amid food shortages, galloping crime and inflation that could top 150% this year, polls in Venezuela show swelling support for the country’s political opposition, but it's too soon to count out the ruling Socialist Party, which has a monopoly on power

Donald Trump Holds Campaign Rally In Keene, New Hampshire

Trump Exposes Divisions in Latino Community

When Donald Trump backed out of an event with the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, he inadvertently exposed major tensions simmering within the organization over how to deal with his candidacy, a microcosm of the divisions within the Hispanic community