The head of Volkswagen's US division apologized to Congress and said the company takes "full responsibility" for an emissions cheating scandal, according to testimony released Wednesday. Michael Horn, president and chief executive of Volkswagen Group of America, said it was "deeply troubling" that the company installed a "defeat device" on several diesel models for years to hide from regulators the cars' actual gas emissions when in use. "On behalf of our company, and my colleagues in Germany, I would like to offer a sincere apology for Volkswagen's use of a software program that served to defeat the regular emissions testing regime," he said in the testimony prepared for a Capitol Hill hearing Thursday.
The US Coast Guard said Wednesday it will suspend its search for survivors of "El Faro," a cargo ship believed to have sunk during Hurricane Joaquin with 33 crew aboard. The El Faro, which went missing on Thursday, was en route from Florida to Puerto Rico when it was caught in the ferocious storm near Crooked Island in the Bahamas. "The Coast Guard is still continuing its search for the crew members of the 'El Faro.' However, we have decided we will suspend that search at sunset tonight," Coast Guard Captain Mark Fedor told a news conference.