(Holyoke, MA) — Mass Live and the Springfield Republican have filed a public records request to find out why a former city solicitor in Holyoke walked off with a big severance package. Heather Egan suddenly quit this month after a year on the job. She was given 45-grand on her way out the door, and Mayor Alex Morse won’t say why. City councilors have said they want answers. Under state law, documents including emails between city officials are public records.
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.