• In this Sept. 23, 2015 file photo, diesel Volkswagens are seen behind a security fence on a storage lot near a VW dealership in Salt Lake City. Volkswagen is far from the first company to stand accused of trying to game required emissions tests. Almost since the passage of the Clean Air Act in 1970, major manufacturers of cars, trucks and heavy equipment have been busted for using what regulators call “defeat devices” _ typically programing a vehicle’s on-board computer to boost horsepower or fuel mileage by belching out dirtier exhaust than allowed. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

    VW the latest in long list of companies caught cheating

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In stock car racing, there’s an old adage: If you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’. You could say the same sometimes for auto makers up against stricter environmental rules.

  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation Janet McCabe, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, before a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on “Economy-wide Implications of President Obama's Air Agenda.” Facing a court-ordered deadline, the Obama administration is preparing to finalize stricter U.S. emissions limits on smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    EPA set to tighten smog limits as business gears for fight

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency announced new rules Tuesday to reduce toxic air pollution from oil refineries by forcing operators to adopt new technology that better monitors and controls emissions.

  • In this Sept. 23, 2015 file photo, company logos of the German car manufacturer Volkswagen sit in a box at a scrap yard in Berlin, Germany. Who knew about the deception, when did they know it and who directed it? Those are among questions that state and federal investigators want answered as they plunge into the emissions scandal at Volkswagen that has cost the chief executive his job, caused stock prices to plummet and could result in billions of dollars in fines. Legal experts say the German automaker is likely to face significant legal problems, including potential criminal charges.  (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

    Volkswagen faces major legal trouble in emissions scandal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Who knew about the deception, when did they know it and who directed it?

  • People walk on the Champs Elysees during the "day without cars", in Paris, France, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. Pretty but noisy Paris, its gracious Old World buildings blackened by exhaust fumes, is going car-less for a day. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo presided over Sunday's "day without cars," two months before the city hosts the global summit on climate change. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    Amid VW scandal, polluted Paris asks if time to dump diesel

    PARIS (AP) — Guidebooks rarely mention it, but Paris is one of the most polluted cities in the rich world. The Eiffel Tower is periodically shrouded in smog, and there’s one key culprit: France’s disproportionately heavy reliance on diesel fuel.

  • Friday, September 25, 2015

    On final leg of US visit, Pope Francis heads to Philadelphia for Catholic family assembly