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In this Feb. 14, 2013, file photo, the Volkswagen logo is seen on the grill of a Volkswagen on display in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

New York, Massachusetts sue Volkswagen over emissions cheating

- Associated Press

New York state and Massachusetts are suing Volkswagen and its affiliates Audi and Porsche over diesel emissions cheating, alleging that the German automakers defrauded customers by selling diesel vehicles equipped with software allowing them to cheat emissions testing.

Questions and answers about U.S. fuel economy standards

Associated Press

The U.S. government has issued a report on fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards for U.S. cars and trucks that were first established in 2012. The report Monday kicked off a two-year review process leading to a government decision on whether to leave the standards in place through 2025 or change them.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (Associated Press/File)

Rise in oil prices signals Russia on the rebound

Ever since sanctions were imposed on Russia following the annexation of Crimea and the start of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, it has been the Kremlin's strategy to wait out the West, based on a divide-and-conquer approach to the countries of Europe. We now may be seeing that strategy start to pay dividends.

In this Feb. 14, 2013, file photo, the Volkswagen logo is seen on the grill of a Volkswagen on display in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Volkswagen reaches judge's deadline for diesel car fix

- Associated Press

Time is up for Volkswagen to meet a federal judge's deadline to detail how it will make nearly 600,000 diesel cars rigged to cheat on emissions tests comply with clean air laws.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, gives her annual address to Alaska lawmakers on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, in Juneau, Alaska. (AP Photo/Rashah McChesney) ** FILE **

Senate approves wide-ranging energy bill

- Associated Press

The Senate approved a wide-ranging energy bill Wednesday that would promote a variety of energy sources and speed federal approval of projects to export liquefied natural gas to Europe and Asia.

Mitsubishi Motors President Tetsuro Aikawa speaks during a press conference in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Wednesday it used improper testing methods to make some of its vehicle models look more fuel efficient than they actually are. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Japan's Mitsubishi Motors finds falsified fuel mileage tests

- Associated Press

Mitsubishi Motors Corp., the Japanese automaker tarnished by a massive recall cover-up 15 years ago, owned up to another scandal Wednesday, saying employees had intentionally falsified fuel mileage data for several vehicle models.

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch talks with police officers in Indianapolis as part of her national Community Policing Tour, Wednesday, April 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

The global warming assault on free speech

- The Washington Times

"Climate change" is all about us. Nearly everybody believes in it. Who could not? Sometimes a sunny day changes to rain, sometimes snow changes to sleet. The wind blows on Tuesday but changes on Wednesday, from knocking down trees to barely putting a ripple on the surface of the lake. Mark Twain, noticing that some things lie beyond the meddling of man, observed that "everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it."

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship makes his way across Virginia Street in Charleston, W.V., before entering the Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse for his sentencing on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. (F. Brian Ferguson/The Gazette-Mail via AP)

Wounds reopened as ex-coal chief gets 1 year in prison

- Associated Press

Former coal company executive Don Blankenship's expression of sorrow before a federal judge stung for the families who lost loved ones in the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion, the deadliest U.S. mining disaster in four decades.

FILE -  In this April 21, 2010 file photo, oil can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana's tip, as a large plume of smoke rises from fires on BP's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. A week shy of the fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Obama administration proposed new regulations Monday aimed at strengthening oversight of offshore oil drilling equipment and ensuring that out-of-control wells can be sealed in an emergency.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

U.S. judge OKs $20B settlement from 2010 BP oil spill

- Associated Press

A federal judge in New Orleans has granted final approval to an estimated $20 billion settlement, resolving years of litigation over the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.