The spotlight is on Western Mass in the state Probation Department scandal. Friday, the acting head of probation at Hampshire Superior Court was found guilty of federal witness tampering. Christopher Hoffman of Hatfield intimidated a courthouse employee being questioned by the FBI about alleged patronage hiring at the state agency. Three top probation officials have yet to go on trial, including former deputy commissioner William Burke, also of Hatfield.
Consumers shopping on the government's health insurance website should find it easier to get their questions answered this year.
The German carmaker plans to begin recalling cars affected by its diesel emissions crisis in January and complete the fix by the end of next year.
U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy sought to convince conservative lawmakers on Tuesday that he will be different from retiring Speaker John Boehner if McCarthy is elected as Boehner's successor this month.
Heating bills should drop this winter for most U.S. households, thanks to a combination of lower energy prices and warmer weather across most of the country.