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Australian mogul James Packer won approval on Tuesday for a towering six-star hotel and casino complex on Sydney harbour aimed at Asian high-rollers, with work expected to begin shortly. The New South Wales state government legislated to site the Crown Sydney Hotel Resort on foreshore land previously earmarked as public open space in 2013. The casino, which will sit at Barangaroo on the northwestern edge of Sydney's central business district, was then awarded a 99-year gambling licence.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Volkswagen diesel owners can choose to either sell their car back to the company or get a repair that could diminish the vehicle's performance under a settlement of claims tied to the German automaker's emissions-cheating scandal.