Category: USA

George Bush Senior dies at the age of 94

Former US President George HW Bush has died at the age of 94 at home in Houston, Texas. Bush Sr served as the 41st US president between 1989 and 1993, his term defined by the end of the Cold War and the first Iraq war against Saddam Hussein. While his health had been failing in […]

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USA – Watts sentenced for ‘inhumane’ killings of daughters and pregnant wife

Before learning he would never walk out of prison Monday, Chris Watts sat at the defense table, head down and leg bobbing, as his mother told him she loved him and his slain wife’s family called him a monster. Calling it perhaps “the most inhumane and vicious crime that I have handled out of the […]

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USA – Gunman opens fire at U.S. synagogue

A gunman has entered a synagogue in the US city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and opened fire, police report. Emergency services arrived at the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue at about 10 a.m. local time, according to reports. There are multiple casualties, a spokesman for the Pittsburgh police department said. A service was taking place at […]

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USA – Police: Florida schoolgirls planned to kill students, drink their blood

BARTOW – Two girls at a middle school in central Florida were waiting in a bathroom, planning to overpower at least 15 smaller students, kill them with knives and drink their blood, authorities said Wednesday. The Bartow Middle School students were arrested Tuesday and charged with conspiracy to commit murder, possession of a weapon on […]

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WORLD – Migrants pause to honour dead man

HUIXTLA, Mexico — Still more than 1,000 miles from their goal of reaching the United States, a caravan of Central American migrants briefly halted their arduous journey Tuesday to mourn a fellow traveler killed in a road accident, and to rest weary, blistered feet and try to heal illnesses and injuries suffered on the road. […]

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USA – ‘Rogue killers’

WASHINGTON — In a comment that could give Saudi officials a route to climb down from outright denials, president Donald Trump suggested Monday that “rogue killers” could be responsible for the disappearance and presumed murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who hasn’t been seen since entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago. Trump’s comment […]

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U.S. – Hurricane Michael kills 17, death toll expected to rise

Rescuers are picking their way through devastated areas of north-west Florida, in the United States (U.S.), amid fears that the death toll from Hurricane Michael will rise. The hurricane, one of the most powerful in US history, struck on Wednesday with winds of up to 155 miles per hour. According to officials, at least 17 […]

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USA -Governor: Limo that crashed shouldn’t have been on the road

SCHOHARIE, N.Y. — The supersized limousine that crashed and killed 20 people outside a country store failed a safety inspection last month and shouldn’t have been on the road, and the driver wasn’t properly licensed, New York’s governor said Monday. The state moved to shut down the owner, Prestige Limousine, as state and federal authorities […]

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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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