The VW Logo is photographed at a car  at the Car Show in Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. Volkswagen has   admitted that it intentionally installed software programmed to switch engines to a cleaner mode during official emissions testing.  (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

VW offers diesel owners gift cards and vouchers

Volkswagen, in an effort to appease owners of small diesel-powered cars involved in an emissions cheating scandal, is offering them $1,000 in gift cards and vouchers, the company said.

FILE - In this July 9, 2014, file photo, Senate Foreign Relations Committee members Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., left, and Sen. Christopher Murphy, D-Conn., participate in a committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. In the fight against the Islamic State group, members of Congress talk tough on extremism, but most want nothing to do with voting to legally authorize the military campaign, preferring to let the president take ownership of the mission. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Congress dodging war powers despite US mission in Syria

In the fight against ISIS, members of Congress talk tough, but many want to run for cover when it comes to voting on new war powers to fight the militants, preferring to let the president own the battle.

FILE - In this March 30, 2010 file photo, reviewed by the U.S. military, a U.S. trooper mans a machine gun in the turret on a vehicle as a guard looks out from a tower in front of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba.  The Pentagon is expected to roll out a plan next week outlining its long-stalled effort to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center, and will include details suggesting the Centennial Correctional Facility in Colorado is a more suitable site to send detainees that officials believe should never be released.  (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

Pentagon plan to close Guantanamo expected; options listed

The plan represents a last-gasp effort by the Obama administration to convince staunch opponents in Congress that dangerous detainees who can’t be transferred safely to other countries should be housed in a U.S.-based prison.