IN THE NEWS: BATTERIES CAN LEAD WAY TO CHARGE TOWARD EFFECIENCY
WASHINGTON (AP) -- "Batteries Not Included." Those three words can be the bane of many of those who buy toys or electronics for gifts this time of year. But when it comes to list of things that can help reduce the nation's dependence on fossil fuel, batteries are definitely included in the discussion. The idea of developing batteries that are better, cheaper and more effective at storing power is at the heart of talks on climate change that start next week in Paris. Better batteries can mean more use for electric cars, solar-powered homes or wind-powered homes -- even on days that are cloudy or when the wind isn't blowing.
IN THE NEWS: VOLKSWAGEN RECALL
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The year may be winding to a close, but Volkswagen's emissions scandal shows no sign of winding down. California air quality regulators have demanded a recall of up to 16,000 more VW, Audi and Porsche diesel models. The notice of the recall comes from the state's Air Resources Board. And it comes less than a week after California and federal regulators said that Volkswagen installed software to cheat emissions tests on more of its diesels than first thought. VW has 45 business days to present a recall plan.