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Italy launches investigation into VW scandal

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Rome: The Italian antitrust authority has opened an investigation into Volkswagen (VW) for possibly misleading consumers who have bought diesel cars from the German automaker.

The inquiry into VW and its subsidiary in Italy is launched because of “complains filed by a number of consumer associations”, a news agency quoted antitrust authority as saying in a statement released on Friday.

The hypothesis for investigating concerned a possible “improper commercial practice in selling cars and commercial vehicles with qualities and emission standards that would actually be below the declared values,” the antitrust body said.

At least 648,458 vehicles were overall involved in the scandal in Italy, according to data released by VW earlier this week.

They will all be recalled to undergo revision.

The Italian antitrust body said its investigation against improper commercial practice would concern “several types of vehicles sold by VW Group between 2009 and 2015, with VW, Audi, Seat, and Skoda brands.”

“Consumers may have been misled in their purchases by the claims on emissions and type approval standards used by Volkswagen within their advertising campaigns and informational brochures distributed by dealers and retailers,” it added.

Last month, VW acknowledged cars with Type EA 189 engines had been equipped with a device able to temporarily reduce emissions during official testing in the US and Europe.

The cheating practice involved up to 11 million diesel cars worldwide, the company admitted.

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Three people killed in shooting at Oklahoma Walmart

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Oklahoma: Three people are dead, including the suspect, from a shooting in the parking lot of an Oklahoma Walmart Monday morning, state police said.

At least nine shots were fired during the incident in Duncan, about 80 miles south of Oklahoma City, authorities said.

A woman and a man were fatally shot in a car in the parking lot of the store in Duncan, about 80 miles south of Oklahoma City, according to the Duncan Police Department. The suspected shooter, who was outside the car, then turned the gun on himself, police said.

A handgun was found on the scene, Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford said during a news conference. He said at least nine shots were fired.

The victims and suspect, who have not been identified, had “knowledge of each other.

The two victims who were found dead in the car visited the Money Center at the Walmart before the shooting, while the suspect had never entered the store.

The shooting took place days after the reopening of a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, that had been the scene of a mass shooting Aug. 3. That attack left 22 people dead in the parking lot and inside the Cielo Vista Supercenter.

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