• In this Sept. 22, 2015, file photo, the amount of carbon dioxide emissions is written on a Volkswagen Passat Diesel at the Frankfurt Car Show in Frankfurt, Germany. A federal judge in San Francisco is facing a deadline on whether to approve a nearly $15 billion deal over Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal that gives most affected car owners the option of having the company buy back their vehicles. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said at a hearing last week that he was strongly inclined to give the deal final approval and would issue a ruling by Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

    Judge approves Volkswagen emissions settlement

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge approved the largest auto-scandal settlement in U.S. history Tuesday, giving nearly a half-million Volkswagen owners and leaseholders the choice between selling their cars back or having them repaired so they don’t cheat on emissions tests and spew excess pollution.

  • This Sept. 11, 2003, photo provided by the USGS Alaska Science Center shows a Black-capped Chickadee with a deformed beak in Anchorage, Alaska. Researchers are hoping they've found what's causing beaks of some bird species to grow twice as fast as normal. The disease is called avian keratin disorder. Affected birds grow beaks that are freakishly long and that sometimes curve up or down. (Handel Colleen/USGS Alaska Science Center via AP)

    Researchers link virus to Alaska birds with deformed beaks

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Biologist Colleen Handel saw her first black-capped chickadee with the heartrending disorder in 1998.

  • San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly talks with referee Pete Morelli during the second half of an NFL football game between the 49ers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Kelly gives 49ers week off for bye despite 6-game skid

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Despite a defense on pace to be one of the worst in the NFL in years, an offense that has struggled to move the ball with any consistency and a six-game losing streak that is the longest for the franchise in eight years, San Francisco coach Chip Kelly gave his players the week off for the bye.

  • Chicago Cubs' Jon Lester, left, and Javier Baez celebrate after Game 6 of the National League baseball championship series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Chicago. The Cubs won 5-0 to win the series and advance to the World Series against the Cleveland Indians. Lester and Baez were named co-MVP of the series. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Bryant, Baez and other young Cubs critical in title chase

    CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant says he gets chills every time the fans at Wrigley Field shower him with “MVP!” chants.

  • In this photo taken Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, is the Millennium Tower in San Francisco. The 58-story building has gained notoriety in recent weeks as the "leaning tower of San Francisco." It's not just leaning. It's sinking, too. And engineers hired to assess the problem say it shows no immediate sign of stopping. The sleek, mirrored high-rise that opened in 2009 as a haven for the city's well-heeled has sunk 16 inches and is leaning at least 2 inches toward other skyscrapers in the crowded downtown financial district. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Tilting, sinking San Francisco high-rise raises alarm

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pamela Buttery noticed something peculiar six years ago while practicing golf putting in her 57th-floor apartment at the luxurious Millennium Tower. The ball kept veering to the same corner of her living room.

  • NFL Today, Week 7


  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Jacquizz Rodgers (32) runs in front of San Francisco 49ers defensive end DeForest Buckner (99) during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Run game led by Rodgers helps lead Bucs past 49ers 34-17

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Missing their top two running backs and trailing by 14 points, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ decision to stick with the running game paid big dividends. Facing a San Francisco defense that can’t stop anyone on the ground sure helped the cause.

  • In this Sept. 18, 2016, file photo, Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph, left, celebrates with quarterback Sam Bradford after catching an 8-yard touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Minneapolis. The Vikings could not have expected a better return from the trade they made with Philadelphia for quarterback Sam Bradford, and this week Bradford and the Vikings will have the opportunity to prove as much to the Eagles. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King, File)

    Eagles 0-2 since bye. Unbeaten Vikings go to Philly off bye

    When the Eagles were 3-0, the schedule called for a bye. They haven’t won since.

  • 49ers hope rejuvenated RB Mike Davis can fill injury void

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers running back Mike Davis’ production can only go up after his weight went down entering his second season.

  • Rob Chandhok, LeEco North America chief research and development officer, holds a LePro 3 phone while speaking at an event in San Francisco, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    China’s LeEco sets out to shake up US consumer tech market

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a story Oct. 19 about LeEco’s entrance into the U.S. market, The Associated Press erroneously reported the address of the company’s online store. It is LeMall.com, not LeWeb.com