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About 200 suspected poisoned by pesticides in Azerbaijan

Jun. 21, 2018 6:57 AM EDT

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Health officials in Azerbaijan say that about 200 farm workers have been poisoned with chemicals while working in cotton fields. The prosecutor general's office says it's investigating the breach of safety regulations involving the use of pesticides in cotton harvesting. Health...

Audi names Schot interim CEO, puts jailed Stadler on leave

Jun. 19, 2018 7:32 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German automaker Audi has named sales chief Abraham 'Bram' Schot as interim CEO following the arrest of Rupert Stadler as part of a probe into emissions cheating. Audi, a division of Volkswagen, said in a statement Tuesday that it has also complied with Stadler's request to temporarily...

Asian stocks tumble after new Trump tariff threat

Jun. 18, 2018 11:37 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks tumbled Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump escalated a dispute with Beijing over technology policy by threatening a tariff hike on additional Chinese goods. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index fell 2.3 percent to 2,953.54 points and Hong Kong's Hang Seng lost 2...

Judge orders restrictions for 'Diesel Brothers' stars

Jun. 18, 2018 7:41 PM EDT

WOODS CROSS, Utah (AP) — Stars of the Discovery Channel show "Diesel Brothers" have been ordered not to modify vehicles in ways that could lead to greater pollution. Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment attorney Reed Zars told the Standard-Examiner he was glad a judge intervened with the June 8 order....

How the Audi CEO's arrest fits into the VW diesel scandal

Jun. 18, 2018 11:37 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The arrest of the CEO of Volkswagen's Audi division is another milestone in the German automaker's three-year scandal over diesel emissions cheating. Rupert Stadler, who was detained in Germany on Monday, is the highest-level executive at Volkswagen to have been arrested since the scandal...

Audi CEO detained in diesel emissions case

Jun. 18, 2018 7:58 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities on Monday detained the chief executive of Volkswagen's Audi division, Rupert Stadler, as part of a probe into the manipulation of emissions controls. The move is an extension of the emissions scandal that has rocked Volkswagen since 2015 and led to billions in fines, the...

Trump's move to redefine water rule threatens wetlands banks

Jun. 15, 2018 12:49 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A private firm is making big money selling promises about some gator-infested Florida swampland. The Panther Island Mitigation Bank isn't another land boondoggle, but part of a federal system designed to restore wetlands across the United States. Panther Island's owners preserved...

Prosecutor: VW responsible as a whole for diesel scandal

Jun. 14, 2018 9:34 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors say that automaker Volkswagen as a whole is responsible for the 2015 diesel emissions cheating scandal, a day after the company said it would accept a one-billion euro fine (1.18 billion dollars). Braunschweig senior prosecutor Klaus Ziehe said Thursday his investigation...

Volkswagen to pay Vermont $6.5 million in emissions lawsuit

Jun. 13, 2018 2:23 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont and people who bought certain Volkswagen diesel models that were rigged to cheat on emissions tests will be getting a total of $6.5 million from the automaker, Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced Wednesday. Under the terms of the settlement VW will...

Volkswagen fined $1.2 billion in Germany over diesel scandal

Jun. 13, 2018 12:54 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Automaker Volkswagen said Wednesday that it's being fined 1 billion euros ($1.18 billion) by German authorities in connection with the diesel emissions scandal. Volkswagen said in a statement it would accept the fine imposed by prosecutors in the German city of Braunschweig. Prosecutors...