The IRS official who oversees tax-exempt groups has suddenly backed out of a Western Mass speaking engagement. Lois Lerner was supposed to speak at the Western New England Law School commencement in Springfield. Now she says she doesn’t want her presence to distract from the ceremony. Lerner recently told reporters she’s not good at math, when questioned about the unfolding scandal at the agency.
Volkswagen's cheating on emissions with the use of software in diesel cars was not a corporate decision, but something that "individuals did," its U.S. chief executive says.
McCarthy had been the favorite to be selected as the official party choice to replace John Boehner.
The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation on Wednesday that would allow the military to avoid mandatory spending cuts, setting up a likely veto from President Barack Obama, who is pushing for a broader budget deal.
A recruiting push by Islamic State militants via thousands of social media postings remains one of the biggest threats facing the United States, military official say.