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Volkswagen says it will pay Indian fine even as it appeals

Jan. 18, 2019 7:26 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Volkswagen Group said Friday that it will pay a fine of 1 billion rupees ($14.2 million) imposed by India for installing software on vehicles that allegedly cheated pollution testing devices, though it is still appealing the order. The company said it has challenged the National Green...

Grand jury charges 4 Audi managers in emissions case

Jan. 17, 2019 7:08 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A federal grand jury in Detroit has indicted four Audi engineering managers from Germany in a widening diesel emissions cheating scandal. Richard Bauder, Axel Eiser, Stefan Knirsch and Carsten Nagel were named in a 12-count indictment alleging conspiracy, wire fraud and violations of the...

Democrats hit Trump EPA nominee on coal lobbying, rollbacks

Jan. 16, 2019 5:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday called climate change "a huge issue" but not the "greatest crisis" and drew fire from Democrats at his confirmation hearing over the regulatory rollbacks he's made in six months as the agency's...

Big winners in Trump rollback of wetlands rules? Developers

Jan. 14, 2019 8:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pointed to farmers Monday as winners from the administration's proposed rollback of federal protections for wetlands and waterways across the country, describing farmers crying in gratitude when he ordered the change. But under long-standing federal law and rules,...

Volkswagen to build electric vehicles at Tennessee plant

Jan. 14, 2019 2:28 PM EST

German automaker Volkswagen said Monday its factory in Tennessee will be the focus of an $800 million investment in the company's manufacturing of electric vehicles in North America, a sign of a growing push into the electric car market by European companies. Volkswagen made a couple of announcements that it will...

Heavy smog, worsened by weather, raises alarm across Asia

Jan. 14, 2019 5:27 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Unusually high levels of smog worsened by weather patterns are raising alarm across Asia, with authorities in Thailand's hazy capital Bangkok handing out face masks and preparing to seed clouds for rain to clear the air. A combination of construction dust, auto exhaust and other pollutants,...

Fiat Chrysler to pay around $650M in emissions cheating case

Jan. 9, 2019 8:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fiat Chrysler will pay more than $650 million to settle allegations that it cheated on emissions tests involving more than 104,000 Jeep SUVs and Ram pickup trucks, a person with the knowledge of the settlement told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The Italian-American automaker will be...

Trump EPA orders rollback of Obama mercury regulations

Dec. 29, 2018 12:21 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has targeted an Obama-era regulation credited with helping dramatically reduce toxic mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants, saying the benefits to human health and the environment may not be worth the cost of the regulation. The 2011 Obama administration...

A look at the AP's top Tennessee stories of 2018

Dec. 21, 2018 11:14 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Here is a look at the top 10 Tennessee stories of 2018, according to an Associated Press survey of reporters, editors and broadcasters. 1. NASHVILLE MAYOR RESIGNS Former Nashville Mayor Megan Barry revealed in January that she had a prolonged extramarital affair with her former...

Minnesota OKs final major state permits for PolyMet mine

Dec. 20, 2018 4:30 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State pollution regulators on Thursday issued the last major state permits sought by the developers of the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, leaving only one major federal permit still pending. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announced its approval...