- McCarthy abruptly withdraws candidacy for House speaker
8 Oct. 20152:42 PM ET
WASHINGTON (AP) — With no warning, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy withdrew Thursday from the contest for speaker of the U.S. House, shocking fellow Republicans just before voting was to begin and plunging Congress into chaos.
- Clashes intensify in Syria from Russian-backed offensive
8 Oct. 20154:09 PM ET
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Clashes intensified Thursday between Syrian troops and insurgents in central and northwestern Syria, part of what a top general called a "wide-ranging" offensive aided by Russian airstrikes and apparently aimed at clearing positions near government strongholds on the coast.
- VW executive apologizes but says scandal not his fault
8 Oct. 20154:27 PM ET
WASHINGTON (AP) — Volkswagen's top U.S. executive offered deep apologies yet sought to distance himself Thursday from the emissions scandal enveloping the world's largest automaker, asserting top corporate officials had no knowledge of the cheating software installed in 11 million diesel cars.
- Tragedies befall American heroes since French train attack
8 Oct. 20154:03 PM ET
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, who helped stop a terror attack on a French train over the summer, was stabbed and seriously wounded Thursday in a fight outside a bar — the latest tragedy to befall him and his buddies since they returned home as heroes.
- Israeli leader calls for calm amid spiraling attacks
8 Oct. 20153:37 PM ET
JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought to calm Israelis Thursday as a wave of Palestinian stabbing attacks spread deeper into Israel and clashes erupted across the West Bank, vowing to combat the growing violence without alienating international allies.
- Blatter suspended as FIFA president; Platini also banned
8 Oct. 20152:56 PM ET
ZURICH (AP) — Sepp Blatter is out of a job at FIFA. Michel Platini might never even get there.
- Rangers' Beltre leaves playoff game with stiff back
8 Oct. 20154:51 PM ET
TORONTO (AP) — Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre left Thursday's AL Division Series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays in the third inning after hurting his back on a slide.
- Molina on Cardinals' roster, will play wearing splint
8 Oct. 20154:43 PM ET
ST. LOUIS (AP) — All-Star catcher Yadier Molina is on the St. Louis Cardinals' roster for the NL Division Series against the Chicago Cubs and will play wearing a splint to protect a strained ligament in his left thumb.
- Daily fantasy football draws attention, ire of NCAA
8 Oct. 20152:04 PM ET
Watch any of the weekend's college football games and it's hard to go even 30 minutes without seeing a commercial for upstart sites DraftKings and FanDuel.
- Matt Barnes: NBA looking into incident with Knicks' coach
8 Oct. 20154:54 PM ET
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The NBA is investigating the incident between Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes and Knicks coach and former teammate Derek Fisher, a situation Barnes said is "personal matter" involving someone who was a good friend at one point.
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