VW executive charged in U.S. emissions probe to plead guilty: court

VW executive charged in U.S. emissions probe to plead guilty: courtA Volkswagen AG executive charged in the automaker's diesel emissions scandal plans to plead guilty on Aug. 4 in U.S. District Court in Detroit, a court spokesman said on Tuesday. Oliver Schmidt, who was chief of Volkswagen's environmental and engineering center in Michigan, has been held since January when he was arrested trying to return to Germany. Schmidt is one of eight current and former executives charged in the U.S. emissions probe.



Appeals court blocks D.C. law restricting gun rights

Appeals court blocks D.C. law restricting gun rightsThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit's 2-1 ruling struck down the local government's third major attempt in 40 years to limit handgun rights, citing what it said was scant but clear guidance from the U.S. Supreme Court on the right to bear arms. The District of Columbia may appeal the three-judge panel's ruling to the full appeals court, potentially a more favorable audience as seven of its 11 members were appointed by Democratic presidents.



In secret control center, N.Y.'s Penn Station moves fewer trains as repairs proceed

In secret control center, N.Y.'s Penn Station moves fewer trains as repairs proceedIn a secret midtown Manhattan location lies the heart of operations for the busiest train hub in the Western Hemisphere, New York's Pennsylvania Station, which is undergoing a massive emergency repair. Staffed 24 hours a day, the control center is housed in a nondescript office building within a block of the station.



NBC beats defamation appeal over 'bomb' segment on 'Today'

NBC beats defamation appeal over 'bomb' segment on 'Today'A federal appeals court on Tuesday said NBC News did not defame an Oregon sporting goods company by characterizing its exploding rifle targets as "bombs" in a report on the "Today" show. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said Tannerite Sports LLC did not show that NBCUniversal, part of Comcast Corp, made false statements about its targets, which contain chemicals that detonate when mixed together and shot with high-velocity bullets.



Fire crews battle to halt spread of Montana blaze, largest in the U.S.

Fire crews battle to halt spread of Montana blaze, largest in the U.S.(Reuters) - More than 600 firefighters in Montana on Tuesday battled to halt the spread of the biggest wildfire in the United States after it torched buildings, raced through forests and drove scores of people from their homes. The Lodgepole Complex fire was 20 percent contained after laying waste to 250,000 acres of timber, brush and range land near the Missouri River, according to the National Interagency Coordination Center. Data on the center's website showed Lodgepole was the biggest of 38 large wildfires burning in the western United States.





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