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Pentagon: U.S. needs to beef up ability to deter cyber attacks

The U.S. military needs to improve its ability to deter attacks on its computer networks, top intelligence officials say.


10 FOR TODAY: Wednesday, Sept. 30

Here's a look at some of the big stories making news today, Wednesday, Sept. 30.


Boehner: House could consider debt limit as well as stopgap spending

As Congress moves toward passing a short-term funding bill to avert government shutdowns this week, House Speaker John Boehner left open the possibility of tackling major fiscal measures in October.


Obama, Castro meet as they work on thawing U.S.-Cuba ties

President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro at the United Nations in a rare one-on-one meeting between the former Cold War foes.


Scramble to fill top jobs in House after Boehner exit

House Republicans have plunged into a chaotic leadership scramble as they maneuver to find their next leaders in the wake of Speaker John Boehner's sudden resignation.


Volkswagen to refit cars affected by emissions scandal

Volkswagen announced plans on Tuesday to refit up to 11 million vehicles and overhaul its namesake brand to try to move on from the scandal over its cheating on diesel emissions tests.


Obama, Putin spar over Syria

Russia and the United States agreed on Monday to look for a diplomatic end to the Syrian civil war but clashed over the central question of whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should retain power.


10 FOR TODAY: Tuesday, Sept. 29

Here's a look at what's making news today.


Congress begins advancing spending bill with deadline looming

Congress is poised to rush legislation to President Barack Obama this week that would avoid a government shutdown on Thursday with the start of a new fiscal year.


U.S. regulator considers expanding Takata air bag recalls

The recall of Takata air bags could expand to include seven more manufacturers, including Volkswagen and Tesla Motors.


Obama, Putin to confront tensions on Syria, Ukraine

Putin, who will meet U.S. President Barack Obama in New York on Monday, branded U.S. support for rebel forces in Syria as illegal and ineffective and said Damascus should be included in international efforts to fight Islamic State.


Pew: Immigrants will drive U.S. population growth in next five decades

Immigrants and their descendants will drive U.S. population growth over the next half century, transforming the country into one where no racial or ethnic group is a majority.


TSA: Record number of guns found in airport searches

U.S. airport security agents discovered a record 67 firearms in luggage passengers intended to carry on to airplanes during one week.


Boehner slams some GOP hard liners as ‘false prophets’

House Speaker John Boehner is warning against people in his own party making unrealistic promises.


Making headlines this week

A look at some of the week's biggest newsmakers and the headlines you may have missed.


House Speaker John Boehner to quit Congress

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, who struggled with repeated rebellions by conservatives during a tumultuous five-year reign as the chamber's top Republican, will step down from the speakership and leave the House at the end of October.


Pope attacks ‘boundless thirst’ for wealth and power

Pope Francis condemned the craving for material gains and power, telling an annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations that greed is destroying the Earth's resources and aggravating poverty.


House GOP may opt against shutdown over Planned Parenthood

House GOP leaders have summoned their divided conference for a make-or-break discussion on how to fight taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood without having the battle lead to a government shutdown next week.


Obama to host China’s President Xi amid simmering tensions

President Barack Obama will host Chinese President Xi Jinping for his first U.S. state visit on Friday, but the pomp and pageantry will not be enough to mask tensions over alleged Chinese cyber spying, Beijing’s economic policies and territorial disputes with its neighbors.


EPA to change diesel tests to thwart VW-like cheating

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will make sweeping changes in the way it tests for diesel emissions after getting duped by clandestine software in Volkswagen cars for seven years.

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