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Justin Ross Harris sentenced to life for son's hot car death

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:38:24 GMT

A US father who left his toddler to die in a hot car has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Sheriff's deputy dies in San Antonio sinkhole

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 07:33:35 GMT

An off-duty sheriff's deputy dies when her car falls into a water-filled sinkhole in San Antonio.

Lady Gaga says she has PTSD after being raped at 19

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:36:10 GMT

Pop star Lady Gaga reveals she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after being raped at 19.

White House looks to reassure China after Trump-Taiwan call

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 04:01:37 GMT

The White House seeks to reassure China after President-elect Trump spoke to Taiwan's president.

Al Gore meets Donald Trump and Ivanka for climate talks

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:30:12 GMT

US ex-Vice-President and climate activist Al Gore holds talks with Donald Trump and his daughter.

Walter Scott murder case ends in mistrial for former officer

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:11:46 GMT

The murder case of a South Carolina officer who shot a fleeing black motorist ends in a mistrial.

Oakland fire: Death toll rises to 36 and 'will increase'

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:06:03 GMT

A criminal inquiry opens into a fire that killed dozens of people at a warehouse party in California.

Jimmy Kimmel to host 2017 Oscars

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:38:36 GMT

Jimmy Kimmel will host the 2017 Oscars ceremony, which will take place on 26 February.

US Capitol plotter Christopher Lee Cornell sentenced

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 21:48:18 GMT

A US man cries "Allah is in control" as he is jailed for 30 years for plotting to kill Barack Obama.

Standing Rock Protest: Trump to review Dakota pipeline ruling

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:51:53 GMT

Donald Trump will review a decision to halt work on a controversial oil pipeline when he takes office in January.

Pizzagate: Gunman fires in restaurant at centre of conspiracy

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:05:37 GMT

A man is arrested after opening fire in a restaurant at the centre of a bizarre fake US election story.

Trump cabinet: Ben Carson nominated for housing secretary

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:29:40 GMT

US President-elect Donald Trump nominates ex-campaign rival Ben Carson for housing secretary.

Canadian woman, 96, becomes a great-great-great grandmother

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 21:36:04 GMT

Delighted Canadian Vera Sommerfeld, 96, now heads a family with six generations all alive at once.

Bob Dylan writes speech for Nobel ceremony

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:08:53 GMT

Musician Bob Dylan has written a speech to be delivered at the Nobel Prize ceremony later this week.

Shinzo Abe to be first Japanese PM to visit Pearl Harbor

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:27:33 GMT

He will be the first Japanese PM to visit the site when he attends a service with President Obama.

Sacred battle

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:13:33 GMT

Native Americans protesting against the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota have succeeded in blocking the project, for now. What do the leaders of the movement expect will happen in coming months?

On the money

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 21:56:40 GMT

The Bank of Canada have released the name of five women who could go on Canada's money. But will anyone recognise them?

Hidden message

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:46:48 GMT

A viral video which hides its real message in plain sight has clocked up millions of views.

Fake embassy

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:59:03 GMT

An organised crime ring was giving out real US visas in Ghana's capital Accra for a decade - how did they get away with it for so long?

Sleeping on toilet floors

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:03:06 GMT

How Chris Gardner went from sleeping rough with his young son on the floor of a public toilet to the life of a multi-millionaire investor.

Latinos v Donald Trump

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 03:08:23 GMT

Millions have watched a film from Uruguay depicting Donald Trump as a robot at war with Mexicans.

Settling scores

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:00:01 GMT

The BBC's James Cook visits the Standing Rock camps, where activists have built a community.

No entry

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 01:49:30 GMT

Journalist's case raises fears America's weak press freedom laws don't protect against government power.


Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:04:21 GMT

Thousands of people are spreading a false rumour about a Washington pizza restaurant and a child sex ring. But why?

US unemployment rate falls to nine-year low

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:28:21 GMT

The US economy created 178,000 jobs in November, with the unemployment rate falling to a nine-year low.

Starbucks boss Howard Schultz to step down

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:04:21 GMT

The chief executive of Starbucks, Howard Schultz, is leaving his role to focus on luxury brands.

Mnuchin promises to boost US growth as Treasury boss

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:53:05 GMT

Steven Mnuchin, the new US Treasury secretary, pledges to strengthen the US economy with a tax overhaul not seen since the days of Ronald Reagan.

'No truth in journalism': Trump voters cast wide net for news

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:26:28 GMT

Donald Trump claims the US media is crooked and biased. So where do his supporters get their news?

Bowe Bergdahl attorney: 'Keep open mind over case'

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:03:40 GMT

How should US soldier Bowe Bergdahl be treated after walking off his combat post in Afghanistan? A US military veteran discusses the options with Sgt Bergdahl's attorney.

Obama, Hollande, Renzi: G7 leaders are disappearing

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:21:34 GMT

In June 2015, G7 leaders took a group photo, 17 months later, five of them are out of power or close to it.

Oakland warehouse fire: Dozens feared dead

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 10:13:07 GMT

Dozens of people are feared dead after a fire broke out during a rave at a converted warehouse in Oakland, California.

Hawaii snow captured in time-lapse footage

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 10:54:54 GMT

Parts of the US state of Hawaii have received up to three feet (90cm) of snow.

Fidel Castro's ashes make final journey as Cuba says goodbye

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 04:07:27 GMT

As Fidel Castro's ashes make their final journey from Havana to Santiago, Cubans try to come to terms with the death of their revolutionary leader.

Tech enables a paralysed man to drive

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 03:03:52 GMT

The semi-autonomous Corvette has been modified to enable Sam Schmidt to drive on public roads.

Prince Harry and Rihanna get HIV tests in Barbados

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 23:06:32 GMT

Prince Harry and Rihanna have taken HIV tests together in Barbados to raise awareness on World Aids Day.

Tennessee wildfires: Couple return to find remains of their home

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:56:02 GMT

A couple who were evacuated from their home during the Tennessee wildfires have returned to see what remains of their property.

Dolly Parton heartbroken over wildfires

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:24:31 GMT

The wildfires have killed three people and injured 14 near Dolly Parton's Tennessee resort.

Factory workers win $421m lottery

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:41:24 GMT

Amy O'Neill talks about her $421m lottery win, shared with 20 colleagues at a Tennessee car parts factory.