Afghans swell migrant tide as they flee war, unemployment

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — As a recent high school graduate from a middle-class Kabul family, Mohammed Fahim Aazar has the means to go to college and pursue a profession in Afghanistan, but instead he's acquired a $5,600 visa and a plane ticket to Turkey, where he will embark on the migrant trail to Europe.

  • Written by LYNNE O'DONNELL, Associated Press

In VW inquiry, states scrutinize ads to build case

WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, Volkswagen lured customers with "clean diesel" ads that sent cars zooming off the lot and the company's revenues spiraling. Now, in the wake of VW's admission that its software cheated emissions tests, those ads could bring major sticker shock for the German automaker.

  • Written by RONNIE GREENE, Associated Press RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press

1st refugees relocated from Greece fly to Luxembourg

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Thirty refugees left Greece for Luxembourg on Wednesday, the first from Greece under a new EU relocation plan but only a minuscule fraction of the hundreds of thousands of asylum-seekers who have entered Greece this year.

  • Written by ELENA BECATOROS, Associated Press

Policy fights, funding battles still pose shutdown threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite a broad budget deal, the White House and congressional Republicans must resolve dozens of policy issues and spending fights if they are to avoid a holiday season government shutdown.

  • Written by ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

Mayor: Fight not over for Houston nondiscrimination measure

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Mayor Annise Parker has rallied supporters of a defeated ordinance that would have established nondiscrimination protections for gay and transgender people in the city, telling them the fight isn't over.

  • Written by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press