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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Valley Authority has agreed to pay $27.8 million to settle claims from property owners who suffered damages from a huge spill of toxin-laden coal ash sludge.

Volkswagen of America today reported a 14.6 percent drop in July sales over a year ago to 30,553 units, with decreases in both of its top-selling sedans.

The westbound lane of the 8600 block of East Brainerd Road will close at 7 p.m. tonight and remain closed until 6 a.m. Saturday for a water line repair project, the Chattanooga Transportation Department said in a news release.

Prosecutors have upped the charges against a 44-year-old woman who police say walked into a downtown bank in 2012 and pulled a gun on her husband's ex-wife.

Workers are paving U.S. Highway 27 near the Manufacturers Road ramps just north of the Tennessee River, getting ready for the ramps to open in September.

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Association of Realtors President Betty Taisch has two words of advice for those who want to live here and think $1 million will buy them their dream house: Think again.

MOSCOW — For Russian President Vladimir Putin, there are few options left in the Ukraine crisis and they all look bad.

WASHINGTON — For millions of workers, happy days aren't quite here again.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — A three-day cease-fire in the Gaza Strip went into effect Friday following heavy Israel-Hamas fighting that killed 17 Palestinians and five Israeli soldiers.

LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw would have welcomed a little help from the umpires in the ninth inning, if only to end the game a bit sooner. When he didn't get it, the Dodgers' ace finished off the Braves on his own.

MIAMI — Tropical Storm Bertha has formed, becoming the second named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Several bodies had been stored for up to a decade or more at a Rhode Island funeral home whose owner killed himself last week, police said Thursday.

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday it will begin regulating laboratory-developed tests, a growing class of medical diagnostics that have never before been subject to federal oversight.

Faced with massive opposition Thursday night, Dade County commissioners did not vote on a proposed tax increase.

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