White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigns

Media captionThey were the largest crowds. Period. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has quit, reportedly in protest at an organisational shake-up. Mr Spicer stepped down because he was unhappy with President Donald Trump’s appointment of a new communications director, according to reports. Combative Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci has been picked for the role […]

Inmates offered reduced sentences for birth control procedure

Image copyright WTVF-TV Image caption Judge Benningfield says he ‘hopes to encourage personal responsibility’ A judge in the US state of Tennessee is offering to reduce jail sentences for any inmate that volunteers to undergo a birth control procedure. Since Judge Sam Benningfield signed the legal order in May, 32 women and 38 men have […]

Murdered girl’s family beg for US visa to attend funeral

Image copyright Keansburg Police Department Image caption AbbieGail Smith was allegedly stabbed in the neck by her neighbour The family of an 11-year-old girl murdered last week in New Jersey have implored President Donald Trump to let them into the US to attend her funeral. AbbieGail Smith was allegedly stabbed in the neck by her […]

Do you have to rescue someone in danger?

Image copyright The Brevard County State Attorney’s Office Image caption A video of Jamel Dunn’s last moments appeared on social media It is a harrowing video to watch: a man, crying out for help as he struggles to swim in the middle of a Florida pond. Off camera, the voices of five teens, mocking him. […]

Toronto rebukes handyman whose steps save taxpayers $50,000

Image copyright CTV News A Canadian pensioner built a set of stairs at his local park for just C$550 when the city estimated it would cost at least C$65,000 ($51,500, £40,000). But instead of a thank you, Toronto has blocked off access to the steps and asked Adi Astl, 73, to take them down. Before […]

North Korea tourism: US ‘to ban Americans from visiting’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The US state department currently warns US citizens not to travel to North Korea The US is to ban its citizens from travelling to North Korea, according to two agencies that operate tours there. Koryo Tours and Young Pioneer Tours said the ban would be announced on 27 July to […]

Chester Bennington: Linkin Park vocalist ‘took his own life’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Bennington spoke publicly about being abused as a child Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington has died aged 41, LA County Coroner says. The coroner said Bennington apparently hanged himself. His body was found at a private home in the county at 09:00 local time (17:00 GMT) on Thursday. Bennington […]

OJ Simpson to be freed from Nevada prison

Media captionFour things OJ did in while in prison Former US football star and actor OJ Simpson has been granted parole after nine years in a Nevada prison. “Thank you!” said the 70-year-old, bowing his head as the board approved him for release in October. Simpson is serving time for armed robbery, assault with a […]

OJ Simpson makes case for prison parole in Nevada

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Simpson could be free by October if approved for parole Former US football star and actor OJ Simpson is appearing before a parole board to ask to be released after nine years in a Nevada prison. Simpson, who was acquitted for a double murder in 1995, is serving time for […]

Justine Damond shooting: Minneapolis police ambush claim ‘ludicrous’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ms Damond’s family said: “All we want to do is bring Justine home” A lawyer for the family of an Australian woman shot dead by police in Minneapolis says suggestions officers feared an ambush were “ludicrous”. Robert Bennett said Justine Damond was in her pyjamas when she approached them and […]

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