German car maker Volkswagen was hit with additional environmental penalties in California in the latest chapter in the 'dieselgate' scandal

Report: German Carmakers May Have Colluded on Diesel Systems

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany’s carmakers VW, BMW, Audi, Porsche may have colluded to fix the prices of diesel emissions treatment systems using industry committees, German magazine Der Spiegel reported on Friday.

Volkswagen has found itself in a firestorm and seen sales plummet since admitting last year that it had deliberately configured as many as 11 million diesel-powered cars sold worldwide

Volkswagen Executive Arrested over Emissions Scheme

DETROIT (AP) — The Volkswagen executive who once was in charge of complying with U.S. emissions regulations was arrested during the weekend in Florida and accused of deceiving federal regulators about the use of special software that cheated on emissions tests.

Volkswagen admitted in September 2015 that it had installed emissions test-cheating devices on nearly 600,000 diesel-powered vehicles in the US and as many as 11 million worldwide

Judge Approves Nearly $15 Billion 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.

BERLIN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 17: A Volkswagen logo and hood ornament in the colors of the German flag is visible on the front grille of a car on December 17, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Volkswagen is continuing to struggle with the consequences of its emissions cheating scandal, in which the …

Ex-Israeli Spy Chief Joins Volkswagen in Cyber Security Venture

Volkswagen is forming a company with the former head of Israel’s Shin Bet intelligence agency to develop cyber security systems for Internet-connected cars and self-driving vehicles, the partners said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Obama Wants $4 Billion to Subsidize Silicon Valley Driverless Cars

In the Obama Administration’s latest welfare for Silicon Valley billionaires, the President intends to ask Congress for $4 billion in federal subsidies and nationalization of transportation safety regulations in an effort to speed the deployment of driverless cars.

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STUDY: Obama’s Dismal Economic Recovery Draws Mexican Nationals Back Home

A drawn out Great Recession in the U.S. over the course of Barack Obama’s Presidency is prompting businesses to outsource operations to Mexico and contributes more to Mexicans leaving America than arriving, according to a new Pew Research study. If Pew estimates are accurate,

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For You, Volkswagen, Ze PR Battle Iz Not Yet Over

In the popular US advertisements for Volkswagen’s much ballyhooed “clean diesel” vehicles, comedy trio The Golden Sisters extol the virtues of VW’s automobiles. After learning about Volkswagen’s diesel deceit, I’m left imagining a more realistic commercial in which the sisters

COFFS HARBOUR, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 13: Sebastien Ogier of France and Julien Ingrassia of France compete in their Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen Polo R WRC during Day Three of the WRC Australia on September 13, 2015 in Coffs Harbour, Australia.

Australia Says Volkswagen Faces Hefty Fines If Emissions Cheating Confirmed

SYDNEY, Oct 1 (Reuters) – German automaker Volkswagen faces millions of dollars in fines in Australia if it is found to have misled local consumers on emissions claims, Australia’s competition regulator said on Thursday. Volkswagen is grappling with the biggest business

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Sources: Volkswagen Board Considering Steps To Prop Up Credit Rating

Volkswagen’s supervisory board is considering steps to prop up the carmaker’s credit rating amid a scandal over its rigging of emissions tests that affects 11 million of its vehicles, two sources close to the board said. The board is considering

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How California Non-Profit Busted Volkswagen on Emissions

A California-based non-profit, the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), is being credited for busting Volkswagen for installing special software on vehicles to cheat diesel emissions tests.


CEO Resigns as VW Scandal Could Cost up to $30B

CEO Martin Winterkorn just stepped down as CEO of VW Group after the company admitted that for the last 6 years they had installed sensor “defeat device” software to reduce emissions readings by up to 98 percent in 500,000 diesel-powered cars sold in the United States.

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Volkswagen Boss Quits Over Diesel Scandal: U.S. Plans Criminal Probe

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned on Wednesday, taking responsibility for the German carmaker’s rigging of U.S. emissions tests in the biggest scandal in its 78-year history. “Volkswagen needs a fresh start – also in terms of personnel. I am clearing

German car maker Volkswagen is pictured on a Golf model at the 66th IAA auto show in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on September 22, 2015. German auto giant Volkswagen revealed that 11 million of its diesel cars worldwide are equipped with devices that can cheat pollution tests, a dramatic …

Volkswagen CEO’s Days Appear Numbered As Emissions Crisis Deepens

Martin Winterkorn’s days as head of Volkswagen AG appeared numbered on Tuesday after the German carmaker said a scandal over falsified vehicle emission tests in the United States could affect 11 million of its cars worldwide. The Tagesspiegel newspaper, citing

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Multinational Corporations in Mexico Shutting Down Due to Drug War Violence

There aren’t many smiles to go with a Coke in state of Guerrero, Mexico, these days. FEMSA, the largest franchise Coca-Cola bottling company the world, shut down its distribution centers in Iguala—site of the kidnapping and likely massacre of 43 students nine months ago—and Arcelia while maintaining facilities in other parts of the state.

Texas Border Man Arrested With $250 K in Cartel Cash

Texas Border Man Arrested With $250 K in Cartel Cash

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — A Texas border man came close to having his thanksgiving dinner in a jail cell after federal agents caught him allegedly trying to smuggle more than $250,000 in cash into Mexico. Agents with U.S. Customs and Border

Vivid memories of 'pure joy' on Berlin Wall anniversary

Germans flocked to their reunified capital Sunday to toast the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s fall and swap memories of a night of “pure joy.” Huddled in wintry weather for a giant street party at the Brandenburg Gate, visitors

Secret Service Arrest Man in Connecticut for Threatening the President

Secret Service Arrest Man in Connecticut for Threatening the President

Police tracked down a man reported as a potential threat to President Barack Obama on Friday, delivering him into Secret Service custody shortly afterwards.  Early on Friday, police in Westchester County, New York were alerted to an individual who was

Choom Gang Reunites on Golf Course for Obama's Birthday Weekend

Choom Gang Reunites on Golf Course for Obama's Birthday Weekend

In the 1970s, Barry Obama would shout “Interception!” to them as he took a hit off a joint out of turn. This weekend, he shouts “fore!” with the reunited members of the Choom Gang. The president spends his birthday weekend

Most Union Members Have Ties to Government, Private Membership Declines

Most Union Members Have Ties to Government, Private Membership Declines

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unions representing government workers are expanding while organized labor has been shedding private sector members over the past half-century. A majority of union members today now have ties to a government entity, at the federal, state or