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WASHINGTON (AP) - With no warning, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy withdrew Thursday from the contest for speaker of the U.S. House, shocking fellow Republicans just before voting was to begin and plunging Congress into chaos. Lawmakers said they were thunderstruck and in disbelief following McCarthy's announcement, which came moments after they had shown up for an election nearly certain to end with McCarthy as their pick. A mere two weeks ago outgoing Speaker John Boehner announced his plans to resign under conservative pressure, also without warning and stunning to all. Boehner, who planned to leave Oct. 30, said in a statement that he would stay on "until the House votes to elect a new speaker." McCarthy said, "Over the last week it has become clear to me that our conference is deeply divided and needs to unite behind one leader.
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. He asserted that he and other top corporate officials had no knowledge of the cheating software installed in 11 million diesel cars. Though he said he hadn't been briefed on the preliminary findings of the ongoing internal investigation, Volkswagen of America CEO Michael Horn told a congressional subcommittee that a tiny group of software developers in Germany was responsible for the computer code that enabled the cars to trick U.S. government emissions tests. Three lower-level managers have been suspended.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, who helped stop a terror attack on a French train over the summer, was stabbed and seriously wounded Thursday in a fight outside a bar - the latest tragedy to befall him and his buddies since they returned home as heroes. Violence overseas made Stone, National Guardsman Alex Skarlatos and college student Anthony Sadler sudden celebrities in August. In the past week, bloodshed at home thrust them back into the spotlight and shook them personally, first in Oregon, now in Sacramento. The stabbing happened days after a deadly shooting rampage at the Oregon community college Skarlatos attends.
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