VW exec sees US fixes soon in emissions test cheating

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The top executive of the Volkswagen brand worldwide says he's optimistic that U.S. environmental regulators will approve fixes within the coming weeks or months for diesel engines that cheat on emissions tests.

  • Written by TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer

APNewsBreak: US sees Assad staying in Syria until March 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's best-case scenario for political transition in Syria does not foresee Bashar Assad stepping down as the country's leader before March 2017, outlasting Barack Obama's presidency by at least two months, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press.

  • Written by MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press

North Korea says it tested H-bomb, though advance doubted

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Soon after the ground shook around its nuclear testing facility, North Korea trumpeted its first hydrogen bomb test — a powerful, self-proclaimed "H-bomb of justice" that would mark a major and unanticipated advance for its still-limited nuclear arsenal.

  • Written by FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press

Chicago's law department under review after police scandal

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was on the defensive again Tuesday, dealing with the fallout from a judge's opinion accusing a top city lawyer of hiding evidence in another case involving a fatal police shooting.

  • Written by SOPHIA TAREEN, Associated Press DON BABWIN, Associated Press

Drought stricken California welcomes El Nino's storms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Despite the potential for flooding and mudslides, storms moving toward California were welcome news for a state suffering from a severe drought. But officials warned against reverting to old water-use habits.

  • Written by KRISTIN J. BENDER, Associated Press SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press