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Lawmakers grilled Volkswagen of America CEO Michael Horn on Capitol Hill Thursday, pressing him on his company's emissions scandal. The U.S. subsidiary is also potentially facing billions in fines for violating the Clean Air Act, as well as state investigations and class-action lawsuits. (Associated Press Photographs)

Lawmakers grill VW U.S. chief on Volkswagen emissions scandal

- The Washington Times

Lawmakers expressed sharp skepticism Thursday as the head of German automaker Volkswagen’s U.S. operations told a congressional panel that deceptive emissions software in millions of VW diesel cars was installed by lower-level engineers without knowledge of top company officials, in the first public testimony on Capitol Hill since the scandal broke last month.

In this photo provided by JetBlue, farmer Katrina Ceguera works at a 24,000 square-foot "farm" outside Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. The space is meant to educate travelers more than actually feed them, although eventually JetBlue would like to serve items grown there in terminal restaurants and even make some blue potato Terra Chips that are served on flights. (Jetblue via AP)

JetBlue goes green at JFK

- Associated Press

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.

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Associated Press

A Madison high school is switching to a gender-neutral homecoming court in an effort to make transgender and gender nonconforming students feel more comfortable.

FILE - In this  Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 file photo, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. holds a campaign sign on a street corner in Memphis, Tenn.  Wharton Jr. has conceded Memphis' mayoral election to a city council member who is now poised to become the city's first white mayor in almost a quarter-century. Wharton's concession to councilman Jim Strickland came late Thursday, Oct. 8,  before complete results for the nonpartisan election were posted.  (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)

Vote: Councilman to become Memphis' 1st white mayor since 91

- Associated Press

Voters in the majority-black city of Memphis have tapped a city councilman to become their first white mayor in nearly a quarter-century, rebuffing a three-term incumbent whose campaign sagged under rising crime, poverty and the troubled finances of this gritty Mississippi River community.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif. walks out of nomination vote meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, after dropping out of the race to replace House Speaker John Boehner, who is stepping down and retiring from Congress at the end of the month. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

GOP in tumult after McCarthy's withdrawal from speaker race

- Associated Press

Jolted by political lighting for the second time in two weeks, House Republicans are staring at turmoil and uncertainty after Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's astonishing decision to abandon his campaign to become the chamber's next speaker.

Construction executives plead guilty in $19M contract scheme

Associated Press

Three eastern Pennsylvania construction executives have admitted they conspired to fraudulently obtain nearly $19 million in federally funded bridge and highway projects through a program for businesses owned by women and minorities.

Caesars unit seeks more time for bankruptcy plan

Associated Press

The debt-heavy subsidiary of casino giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. is again asking a federal court to give it more time to file its bankruptcy plan to get out from under $10 billion of its $18.4 billion in debt.

Fulbright program exports teaching methods to the world

- Associated Press

Neo Tshani Mafunye is fluent in four languages. The special education secondary school teacher from Francistown, Botswana in Africa can communicate with her students in English, Kalanga, Setswana and sign language.