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McCarthy abruptly withdraws candidacy for House speaker
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Confronting insurmountable obstacles, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy suddenly withdrew from the contest for speaker of the U.S. House on Thursday, shocking colleagues just before they were to vote and producing ever-deeper chaos for a divided Congress....

VW executive apologizes but says scandal not his fault
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Volkswagen's top U.S. executive offered deep apologies yet sought to distance himself Thursday from the emissions scandal enveloping the world's largest automaker, asserting top corporate officials had no knowledge of the cheating software installed in 11 million diesel cars....

The Latest: Boehner to stay until House votes to replace him
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The latest on the chaos among House Republicans after Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy withdrew his candidacy for speaker (all times local):...

The Republicans' Mr. Congeniality drops out of speaker race
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mainstream lawmakers saw Kevin McCarthy as an honest broker in ragged times. Those farther on the right worried that, as House speaker, he might obstruct their obstructionism....

Battery fires: FAA to back ban on passenger plane shipments
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The risk of unstoppable fires is prompting U.S. officials to back a proposed international ban on rechargeable lithium battery shipments as cargo on passenger airlines....

The Latest: Lawmakers press EPA on its response to VW case
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The latest on the congressional hearing on Volkswagen's emissions-rigging (all times local):...

Clinton server hack attempts came from China, Korea, Germany
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Rodham Clinton's private email server, containing an electronic inventory of some 55,000 pages of emails from her stint as secretary of state, was repeatedly hit by attempted cyberattacks originating in China, South Korea and Germany in 2014, according to a congressional document obtained by The Associated Press....

Rupert Murdoch apologizes for 'real black President' tweet
NEW YORK (AP) -- Rupert Murdoch, who founded the News Corp. media empire that includes Fox News Channel, apologized on Thursday for a Twitter message suggesting that President Barack Obama isn't a "real black president."...

Clinton seeks crackdown for those breaking Wall Street rules
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Just days before the first Democratic debate, Hillary Rodham Clinton released a series of proposals aimed at cracking down on bad behavior by Wall Street, vowing that individual bankers who violate the law will be "prosecuted and imprisoned."...

US airman who thwarted French train attack stabbed
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, celebrated as a hero for helping to stop a terror attack on a French train over the summer, was stabbed and seriously wounded outside a bar in his hometown early Thursday in what police said was an alcohol-related brawl....

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