Category: USA

U.S. – Man shoots self outside White House

A man is reported to have shot himself outside the White House in Washington, the United States Secret Service says. It tweeted that agents were “responding to reports of a person who allegedly suffered a self-inflicted gun shot wound” outside the north fence. President Donald Trump is not at the White House, but at his […]

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USA – Trump on board . . . ‘supportive’ of better gun background checks

PALM BEACH/WASHINGTON – US president Donald Trump supports efforts to improve background checks on gun ownership, the White House says. He spoke with Republican senator John Cornyn about a bipartisan bill that seeks to improve the checks in place before someone can buy a gun. The suspect in last week’s Florida school shooting, in which […]

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USA – FBI was notified about Florida man accused of killing 17 at school

PARKLAND  – The Federal Bureau of Investigation was warned in September about an ominous online comment by the 19-year-old man accused of killing 17 people at his former high school but was unable to locate him, an agent said on Thursday. Authorities said the ex-student, identified as Nikolas Cruz, walked into the Marjory Stoneman Douglas […]

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USA – At least 17 dead in Florida school shooting

PARKLAND – At least 17 people are dead after a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, law enforcement officials told CNN. The suspect, a former student, was taken into custody “after he committed this horrific, homicidal, detestable act”, Broward County sheriff Scott Israel said. Law enforcement sources told CNN that the suspect has been identified as […]

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USA – US immigrant who reported prowler to police facing deportation

TUKWILA –  An undocumented immigrant who called police to report a burglary was himself arrested, while the suspect was allowed to go free. Officers in the Seattle suburb of Tukwila detained father-of-three Wilson Macarreno at his home last Thursday. He was held after they found a warrant from immigration officials in a national crime database. […]

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USA – US Flu season still getting worse; now as bad as 2009 swine flu

NEW YORK — The flu has further tightened its grip on the United States (US). This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago. A government report out Friday shows 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. […]

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TAIWAN – At least 2 dead, 198 injured in earthquake off Taiwan

TAIWAN – At least two people are dead and 198 injured in the 6.4-magnitude earthquake that struck off the east coast of Taiwan just before midnight Tuesday, said Jeff Lin with the Hualien Police Department. The quake was centered in the East China Sea about 21 kilometers north-northeast of Hualien City. Light shaking was felt […]

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USA – Michigan couple with 13 sons expecting next child in April

ROCKFORD — A Michigan couple with 13 sons is expecting a 14th child in April but waiting until birth to learn the sex. Jay and Kateri Schwandt say adding another child to their large family won’t be too big of a logistic change or financial burden, WOOD-TV reported . Kateri Schwandt said she’s used to […]

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Two killed, dozens hurt in SC train collision

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) – An Amtrak passenger train collided with a CSX Corp freight train near South Carolina’s state capital on Sunday, killing at least two people on board and injuring at least 70 in the railroad’s third fatal crash in as many months. Amtrak Train 91 was carrying 139 passengers and eight crew members to […]

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USA – Suspect in LA school shooting believed to be 12

LOS ANGELES — Two students were shot and wounded, one critically, inside a Los Angeles middle school classroom Thursday morning and police arrested a female student believed to be 12 years old, authorities said. A 15-year-old boy hit in the head was transported to a trauma center in critical but stable condition, according to fire […]

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USA – Trump victory as Senate backs tax overhaul

US senators have passed a sweeping tax cuts bill, paving the way for Donald Trump’s first big legislative victory. The package would mark the biggest tax overhaul since the 1980s. It was passed by 51 votes to 49, after a series of amendments in a marathon session. Democrats complained it only benefited the wealthy and […]

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USA – Man stabbed 100 times ‘beheaded’ by gang in park

WASHINGTON – Members of an El Salvadorian street gang stabbed a man 100 times, beheaded him and cut out his heart in a park near Washington DC, police say. Up to 10 members of MS-13 communicated on walkie talkies as they closed in on their victim at a recreational area in Wheaton, Maryland, say officials. […]

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USA – Shooter killed wife before gun rampage

CALIFORNIA – A California man killed his wife and hid her body in their home before he fatally shot four people during a gun rampage, police have said. “We believe that’s probably what started this whole event,” Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston told reporters on Wednesday. Kevin Janson Neal, 43, fired into an elementary […]

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USA – Gunman ‘angry at mother-in-law’ . . . 26 dead, including eight members of one family

TEXAS – The man accused of killing 26 people including an 18-month-old child at a Texas church had sent threatening text messages to his in-laws who sometimes attended the house of worship before launching the latest US mass shooting, officials said on Monday. “There was a domestic situation going on within the family and the […]

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TEXAS – At least 26 killed in church shooting

At least 26 people have been killed after a gunman opened fire at a church during Sunday services, police say. The attack happened at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, a small town in Wilson County, Texas. The gunman, who is reported to have been killed in the aftermath, entered the church and opened […]

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USA – Trump legal team scrambles to prepare for new stage of Russia probe

President Donald Trump’s White House and personal lawyers scrambled Saturday to learn where the knife might fall in the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, triggering a guessing game among aides after days of trying to turn attention away from allegations of collusion with Russia during the election. Attorneys involved in the case said their […]

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US – More women accuse Hollywood producer of rape

Two more women have accused Harvey Weinstein of raping them as the top Hollywood producer finds himself increasingly shunned by his peers. British actress Lysette Anthony says he attacked her at her London home in the late 1980s while another, unidentified woman says she was raped in 1992. The organisation behind the Oscars has voted […]

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