Republicans in chaos as favorite quits speaker race

WASHINGTON - Republicans in Washington faced a sudden leadership vacuum when the front-runner to take control of the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, dropped out of the race.

Bill Gross sues Pimco for $200 million over forced ouster 4:46pm EDT

NEW YORK - Billionaire bond investor Bill Gross sued his former employer Pacific Investment Management Co and its parent Allianz SE for $200 million, saying a greedy "cabal" of executives drove him out of the bond fund giant he helped found because they wanted his huge bonus for themselves.

Debris is seen in the water from the El Faro search area in this handout photo provided by the US Coast Guard, October 6, 2015. REUTERS/US Coast Guard/Handout via Reuters

El Faro: Collision course with a hurricane

NEW YORK/MIAMI - New data raises questions about how the ill-fated El Faro cargo ship navigated its path during Hurricane Joaquin.  Full Article 

A man comforts a woman whose relatives were killed, at a site hit by what activists were airstrikes carried out by Russian air force in Maasran town, in the southern countryside of Idlib, Syria October 7, 2015. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Did U.S. spies drop the ball on Russia?

WASHINGTON - Senior U.S. lawmakers have begun probing possible intelligence lapses over Moscow’s intervention in Syria, concerned that American spy agencies were slow to grasp the scope and intention of Russia’s dramatic military offensive.  Full Article | Slideshow: The view from the ground 

President and Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen Group of America Michael Horn testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington October 8, 2015. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

'We have broken the trust of our customers'

Michael Horn, the head of Volkswagen of America, apologized for the software that rigged emissions tests in testimony before Congress.  Video 

Flowers are placed on the grave of an unidentified migrant, who drowned at sea during an attempt to cross a part of the Aegean Sea from the Turkish coast, at the Saint Panteleimon cemetery of Mytilene, on the Greek island of Lesbos, October 7, 2015. REUTERS/Dimitris Michalakis

No place left to die

LESBOS, Greece - Buried beneath low mounds of earth on Greece's Lesbos island, lay Afghan, Iraqi and Syrian refugees who drowned this summer in the Aegean Sea trying to reach Europe. No one can say where the next bodies will be buried.  Full Article 

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Minnesotans treated to rare light show

The Aurora Borealis is visible in Minnesota, in a rare example of the natural phenomenon appearing so far south. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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