Category: USA

Hurricane Florence closes in on Carolinas

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Motorists streamed inland on highways converted to one-way evacuation routes Tuesday as about 1.7 million people in three states were warned to get out of the way of Hurricane Florence, a hair-raising storm taking dead aim at the Carolinas with 140 mph winds and potentially ruinous rains. Florence was expected to blow […]

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USA – Evacuation order

RALEIGH, N.C. — Florence exploded into a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane Monday as it closed in on North and South Carolina, carrying winds up to 130 mph and water that could wreak havoc over a wide stretch of the eastern United States later this week. Communities along a stretch of coastline that’s vulnerable to […]

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USA – Officer Tasers girl, 11, for shoplifting

Cincinnati – A Cincinnati police officer who deployed a stun gun on a 11-year-old girl suspected of shoplifting violated department policy, investigators say. Officer Kevin Brown, 55, was also heard on bodycam video telling the girl that actions like hers were “why there’s no grocery stores in the black community”. His comment prompted an internal […]

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USA – $400,000 ‘gone’

NEW JERSEY – More than $400,000 (£307,000) that was raised for a homeless man with the help of two strangers is gone, his lawyers have told the BBC. The story of Johnny Bobbitt led to over 14,000 people to contribute to a GoFundMe campaign. He sued the couple who started it for mismanagement. A judge […]

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World: Meghan McCain pays tribute to her father

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator John McCain’s daughter paid tribute to her father on Saturday with a broadside at President Donald Trump, lambasting the U.S. leader without naming him for using “cheap rhetoric” against a man celebrated as a war hero and statesman. Meghan McCain, who has made no secret of her unhappiness with Trump’s criticism […]

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USA – Final journey

DETROIT – The body of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, has arrived in Detroit to begin lying in state as thousands of fans gather for a final goodbye. Her body was delivered in a vintage white Cadillac hearse to the African-American museum in her home town where it will remain for two days. The […]

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USA – Sessions hits back

WASHINGTON — Attorney general Jeff Sessions punched back hard at president Donald Trump’s latest sneering criticism Thursday as their long-running rift exploded into a public smackdown. Trump, concerned by the legal downfall of two former advisers, accused Sessions of failing to take control of the Justice Department, leading Sessions to declare that he and his […]

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WORLD – Dad charged with killing wife and daughters

DENVER, Colorado – A Colorado man has been charged with the deaths of his pregnant wife and their daughters last week. Chris Watts, 33, is facing three counts of first-degree murder and six other counts. Court papers show he claims it was Shanann Watts, 34, who strangled Celeste, three, and Bella, four, after he told her […]

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U.S. airline worker steals plane before crashing

(Reuters) – Federal authorities were searching on Saturday for what drove an airline worker to steal an empty airplane from Seattle’s airport and crashing it into a nearby sparsely populated island, sparking a security scare that saw U.S. fighter jets scrambled. An Horizon Air ground service agent took the controls of a Bombardier Q400 turboprop […]

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USA – Florida paramedics ‘racially profiled’ dying woman

TAMPA – Four US paramedics accused of racially profiling and failing to provide medical care to a dying woman face a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday. Crystle Galloway’s mother says medics assumed the Tampa, Florida, family could not afford the ambulance cost. The 30-year-old’s mother drove her to hospital instead. Galloway slipped in to a coma […]

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WORLD – Air marshals secretly track US passengers

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is facing criticism for secretly tracking Americans on flights, US media report. The “Quiet Skies” programme reportedly uses an unknown algorithm to flag flyers without any criminal record for surveillance on domestic flights. Air marshals tasked with carrying out surveillance have pushed back against the programme, according to US […]

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USA – 1820 reunited . . . but hundreds of children still separated from parents after border split

SAN DIEGO — The Trump administration said Thursday that more than 1,800 children separated at the US-Mexico border have been reunited with parents and sponsors but hundreds remain apart, signaling a potentially long wait for anguished families. The federal government was under a Thursday deadline to reunify more than 2,500 children who were separated at […]

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USA – Three-year-old stabbed at party dies

BOISE, Idaho — A three-year-old Idaho girl who was stabbed at her own birthday party died Monday, two days after a man invaded the celebration and attacked nine people with a knife, authorities said. Timmy Kinner is accused of stabbing a group of children and the adults who tried to protect them at the party […]

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USA – Newsroom shooting

MARYLAND – A gunman killed at least five people and “gravely injured” at least three others when he sprayed a newsroom in the Maryland capital of Annapolis with gunfire on Thursday, authorities said. The suspect was arrested soon after the attack at the Capital Gazette’s office, without exchanging gunfire with police. Police said they did […]

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USA – Kennedy to retire

WASHINGTON – Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy said on Wednesday he plans to retire after three decades as a pivotal vote on the highest US judicial body, giving president Donald Trump an opportunity to make the court more firmly conservative. Kennedy, who turns 82 in July and is the second-oldest justice on the nine-member court, […]

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US: Trump cancels Kim summit amid North Korea ‘hostility’

US President Donald Trump has cancelled a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, saying the world had “lost a great opportunity for lasting peace”. He said his decision was because of “tremendous anger and open hostility” in a recent North Korean statement. The summit aimed at ridding the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons and […]

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USA – Trump declares US leaving ‘horrible’ Iran nuclear agreement

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the landmark nuclear accord with Iran Tuesday, declaring he was making the world safer in restoring harsh sanctions. But he also dealt a profound blow to allies, deepened his isolation on the world stage and revived doubts about American credibility in the most consequential foreign policy […]

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