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Queen of clubs

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:34:47 GMT

Not many professional gamblers are bipolar women, but Cat Hulbert was one of the best - and she delighted in winning money from men.

Trump presidency: Border hawk ex-general to run US security

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:23:41 GMT

Retired General John Kelly has been reportedly tapped to lead the Department of Homeland Security.

First US Somali lawmaker gets 'Islamophobic threats' in taxi

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:20:01 GMT

The first US Somali lawmaker says she was subjected to "hateful" anti-Muslim threats from a taxi driver.

Charleston church gunman Dylann Roof 'evil, evil, evil'

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:24:03 GMT

A prosecutor tells a jury that Charleston massacre accused Dylann Roof had a "cold and hateful heart".

Woman accused of death threats to Sandy Hook massacre mother

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 01:55:26 GMT

A woman is charged with making death threats against the mother of a Sandy Hook massacre victim.

'Thousands' of geese die in toxic Montana pit mine

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:00:35 GMT

Migrating snow geese die after landing in mine wastewater acidic enough to dissolve steel.

Toronto boy planned attack on massacre anniversary - police

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 23:32:20 GMT

A Canadian teen is charged with planning to attack a school on the anniversary of a Montreal massacre.

Terry Branstad 'old friend of China to be US ambassador'

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:00:42 GMT

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad will be the new US ambassador to China, according to US media.

Donald Trump is Time magazine's Person of the Year

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:35:35 GMT

US President-elect Donald Trump is named Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2016.

Oakland fire: Refrigerator fault may have been cause

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 04:50:02 GMT

A deadly fire in Oakland may have been caused by a refrigerator, US investigators say.

Jumping robot inspired by bush babies

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:15:37 GMT

Scientists in the US have unveiled an athletic robot which takes its inspiration from bush babies.

Pipe dreams

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:22:38 GMT

In Canada, some aboriginal communities embrace oil and gas development, rather than oppose such projects.

Man of his word?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 22:16:00 GMT

Donald Trump made a successful campaign with big promises. But if his supporters didn't even believe him, how should the press handle him now?

Free flights

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 01:45:05 GMT

At least 10 people who expected to spend the holidays by themselves won a free flight home.

Air Force $

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:02:55 GMT

Military gear, special shielding and its own defence systems - Air Force One is two of a kind.

Young and talented

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:12:13 GMT

Tributes have poured in for the young creatives dead or missing in the Oakland dance party fire.

Rogue's gallery

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:56:18 GMT

National Gallery of Canada says the account's name was "confusing" patrons.

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.

How China could tackle Trump

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:29:25 GMT

There are many ways China could respond to any further provocations from Donald Trump after his Taiwan call.

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.

Mannequin challenge of gunfight misfires

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:33:04 GMT

A gunfight-themed mannequin challenge has resulted in two people being arrested.

John McCain: 'Pearl Harbor forever changed the world'

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:17:34 GMT

The US Senator John McCain has said that many families were changed after Pearl Harbor.

Jumping robot inspired by bush babies

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:15:35 GMT

Scientists in California have built an extremely agile robot inspired by bush babies.

Good Samaritan stops high-speed car chase

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:40:25 GMT

Good Samaritan stops high-speed car chase

Pearl Harbor survivor, 103, recalls 'human torches'

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:41:55 GMT

James Downing, a 103-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor, shares his vivid memories of how the day unfolded.

Megyn Kelly laments Trump's 'online nastiness'

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:47:03 GMT

Fox News presenter Megyn Kelly tells the BBC about her feud with Donald Trump over his treatment of women, and how her gender may have fuelled the backlash against her.

Canada's Justin Trudeau has tearful reunion with Syrian refugee

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:31:43 GMT

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wiped away tears at a reunion with a Syrian refugee who he welcomed at Toronto Pearson International airport last year.

Damon defends his role in Chinese film 'The Great Wall'

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:30:51 GMT

Actor Matt Damon has defended his role in the Chinese film The Great Wall following accusations of 'whitewashing'.

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.

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.

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.

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.