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Trump grants 6,900 Syrians permission to stay in US

The US president extends permits for 18 months, but shuts out those who came after August 2016.

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St Francis Xavier relic visits dozens of Canadian cities

Thousands across Canada have attended public veneration for the right forearm of St Francis Xavier.

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Train carrying Republicans hits lorry in West Virginia

Senators say one person on the lorry was killed by the impact, which cut the truck "in half".

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Trump to release controversial Republican 'memo'

Republicans claim the document shows US surveillance was used to unfairly target the Trump campaign.

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Larry Nassar case: USA Gymnastics doctor 'abused 265 girls'

At least 65 victims will confront Larry Nassar in court in the last of three sentencing hearings.

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Oklahoma blind man who brutally raped girl, 13, is spared jail

The attacker will serve 15 years of probation after admitting to tying up and raping a 13-year-old.

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Top US health official quits after 'tobacco shares' revealed

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chief bought shares after her appointment, media say.

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Iran 'jails Iranian-American gallery owner and wife'

Karan Vafadari says he has been sentenced to 27 years in prison, with his wife getting 16 years.

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'Facebook murder' case: Family of Ohio man sue social media site

Robert Godwin's family take legal action after footage of his death was broadcast on the site.

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Melania Trump defies tradition to arrive alone at speech

It was her first official appearance since claims husband Donald had an affair with a porn star.

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The State of the Union viewed from both sides

The BBC caught up with a Trump voter in Washington state and a 'Dreamer' in Florida to watch the annual address.

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Burns Strider case: Clinton explains handling of 'harassment' claims

Hillary Clinton had been criticised for not firing adviser, Burns Strider, over harassment claims.

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Watch the president's speech

President Donald Trump delivers his first State of the Union address.

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A new Kennedy in the political spotlight

Another member of the political dynasty is speaking after the State of the Union. So who is Joe Kennedy III?

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'Chemtrail' conspiracy theorists: The people who think governments control the weather

The first part of the BBC's series on online conspiracy theories: why some people think chemicals are dropping from the sky.

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Trump to hail 'new American moment'

The president will say: "There has never been a better time to start living the American dream."

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Hawaii false alarm: Officials quit over missile alert

Additionally the employee who sent the warning, who had a record of poor performance, is fired.

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'Emotional support peacock' barred from United Airlines plane

United Airlines refuses to let a woman in New Jersey board a plane with a peacock, citing its size.

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US stocks fall for second consecutive day

Health care stocks suffer as investors worry about the potential for new competition.

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The make-up artist making designs with dead insects

Jasmine Ahumada, from California, attaches spiders and bees to her face to create her distinctive looks.

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Glee actor Mark Salling, 35, found dead

The actor, who had admitted possessing child sex abuse images, is believed to have killed himself.

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State of the Union: Five things to expect in Trump's speech

The US president is expected to highlight a growing economy as he delivers a key speech.

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Amazon joins up with US firms to enter healthcare sector

Amazon, JP Morgan and Berkshire are looking at ways to subsidise healthcare costs for US employees.

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Putin says US sanctions list targets all Russians

Russia's president says the sanctions-based list is "unfriendly" but he does not want to retaliate.

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Red faces over Trump 'State of the Uniom' typo on tickets

Tickets for US President Trump's major speech have to be urgently reprinted over a glaring typo.

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Brain 'pacemaker' for Alzheimer's

Electrical brain stimulation may help dementia patients keep their independence for longer, scientists say.

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Nafta talks are at a 'much better' point, says Mexico

Negotiators for the US, Canada and Mexico say they have made progress, but they remain far apart on some matters.

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US lists 210 Russians linked to Putin but avoids more sanctions

The list was required by a new US sanctions law but no fresh measures are announced.

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US House panel votes to release memo on Russia inquiry

US Republicans say the classified memo shows anti-Trump bias at the justice department.

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Trump ban on refugees from 'high-risk' countries partially lifted

Refugees from "high-risk" countries will face thorough security measures before entering the US.

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Russian SU-27 warplane 'flew 1.5 metres' from US spy plane

The SU-27 fighter jet was trailing the EP-3 spy plane over the Black Sea in international airspace.

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Three European banks to pay $46m for 'spoofing' market

US authorities announce action against eight people and three banks for manipulating futures markets.

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Maye Musk: "I am just getting started" as a model, aged 69

Older models are the latest fashion trend, thanks to social media and an aging society.

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Facebook to promote local news in drive for 'trusted' content

The company says an update allowing users to select community news will encourage civic engagement.

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Cleveland Indians to drop Chief Wahoo logo from 2019 season

Cleveland Indians will remove the Chief Wahoo logo from their uniforms from 2019, after Major League Baseball said it was "no longer appropriate".

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Bruce McArthur charged over five men's deaths

Man faces five counts of first degree murder, three related to men in Toronto's gay community.

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Terminally ill teen weds school sweetheart

Dustin Snyder has a rare form of cancer and was recently told he had weeks left to live. So he proposed.

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FBI deputy quits after Trump criticism

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who President Trump accused of political bias, is stepping down early - US media

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David Beckham launches Miami Major League Soccer team

Former England captain David Beckham launches his long-planned Major League Soccer team in Miami.

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'Spurned lover' shoots four at Pennsylvania car wash

Alleged attacker Timothy Smith, 28, is on life support with a possible self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, say police.

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Mosque shooting hero braves paralysis

Aymen Derbali is being called a hero after protecting others during a 2017 Quebec mosque shooting.

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Fitness app Strava lights up staff at military bases

Soldiers have been publicly sharing location information as they log their daily runs.

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Nelly lawsuit: US papers detail alleged sex assault in Essex

US lawsuit claims rap star forced woman into sex act in dressing room.

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Quebec remembers mosque shooting, one year on

A year after a gunman killed six during prayers, emotions are still raw in the community.

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The Paul Simon city that turned to Trump

Saginaw, a blue-collar Michigan city, surprisingly voted for Donald Trump in 2016. So what do they think now?

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New York investigates company accused of selling fake Twitter followers

The New York Times has traced links between one company, millions of bots and various celebrities.

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President Trump hits back at Jay-Z over 'superbug' comments

The US president takes to Twitter after the rapper denounces him in an interview as a "superbug".

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Mort Walker, cartoonist who created Beetle Bailey, dies aged 94

His Beetle Bailey cartoon once ran in 1,800 newspapers around the world and reached 200 million readers.

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How to refuel a jet in mid-air

US Air Force pilot Col Chris Amrhein does it all by hand at 23,000ft. Yes, really.

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Trump 'not aware' of UK royal wedding invite

The US president says Prince Harry and Meghan Markle "look like a lovely couple".

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There have been 11 US school shootings this year. Is it time to arm teachers?

US teachers are being trained to kill school shooters. Some say it's the only solution left.

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Larry Nassar: Michigan vows full inquiry at university

Investigators will look at how the sports doctor was able to abuse girls for decades unchallenged.

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Steve Wynn: Casino mogul quits as Republican finance chair

The US casino mogul steps down amid sexual harassment allegations he has called "preposterous".

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Vila, one of world's oldest gorillas, dies in captivity at 60

Vila was 60 years old, two decades over the typical lifespan for her species.

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Tammy Duckworth: The mum making history in the US Senate

Tammy Duckworth, a double amputee, will be the first senator to give birth. About time, she says.

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Las Vegas casino magnate Steve Wynn denies abusing employees

The top Republican denies harassing massage therapists and forcing a staff member into sex.

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Pupils' 1980s message in a bottle resurfaces in Florida

An American couple discover the message sent by a Scottish primary class more than 30 years ago.

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US flu outbreak is worst since 2009 swine pandemic

Thirty-seven children have died and nearly 12,000 patients been admitted to hospital nationwide.

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Joshua Boyle: Former Taliban hostage faces new charges

The former Afghanistan hostage will undergo a 60-day psychiatric assessment before trial.

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Bombardier wins trade dispute in US

It means tariffs of 292% will not now be imposed on orders of C-Series planes by American carriers.

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USA Gymnastics board ordered to quit over Larry Nassar abuse

Members of the board are given six days to resign or the federation will be decertified.

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Canadian billionaire couple 'murdered'

Deaths of Canadian billionaire couple Barry and Honey Sherman treated as murder, Toronto police say.

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Trump base slams his plan to grant citizenship to undocumented migrants

Trump fans are urged to burn their Make America Great Hats over the citizenship plan.

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Supreme Court halts execution of inmate with dementia

Vernon Madison had several strokes and can't remember killing a policeman in 1985, say lawyers.

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Democrat Joe Kennedy to respond to Trump's union speech

The Democrat from the Kennedy political dynasty will respond to the US president's first union address.

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Patrick Meehan won't run again for Congress amid accusations

The Republican congressman allegedly paid his aide to keep quiet after she accused him of harassment.

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US economy loses steam as imports surge

The 2.6% expansion in the last three months of 2017 means annual growth missed Trump's target.

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Trump launches attack on 'predatory' trade

The president attacks "predatory" trade practices but says "America First is not America alone".

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Live coverage of President Trump's Davos speech

President Trump is giving a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

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What's wrong about this picture?

The cover of the Hollywood issue of Vanity Fair appeared to show her with an extra limb.

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Canada politician Patrick Brown resigns amid sexual allegations

Brown's political career was derailed in the wake of accusations of sexual misconduct against teens.

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Museum offers gold toilet to Trump instead of Van Gogh's work - report

The Guggenheim declines a White House request for a Van Gogh, instead offering an 18-karat lavatory.

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US flu outbreak: Boy, 12, is latest to die

Officials warn a particularly deadly strain of the virus is sweeping across the United States.

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Facebook and Google criticised by George Soros

The billionaire investor says the tech giants' monopolies are a threat to democracy.

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Can US border agents lawfully search you?

A viral video shows border patrol agents questioning passengers aboard a Greyhound bus. Can they legally do this?

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Edible bandages for bears' burnt paws

After two bears are injured in California wildfires, a creative solution to get them back on their feet.

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The other 'Dreamers' facing uncertain future

Trump has thrown into doubt the fate of immigrants brought to the US as children - and many are from Asia.

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Trump plan to offer citizenship to 1.8m undocumented immigrants

The proposed bill, to be unveiled on Monday, requests $25bn in funds for a wall on the Mexican border.

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Casey Affleck pulls out of presenting Best Actress Oscar

The Manchester By The Sea actor has in the past faced allegations of sexual harassment.

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Alcatraz escape: Fugitive John Anglin's name on letter to police

"Yes we all made it that night, but barely!" says a letter from someone claiming to be John Anglin.

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Father-of-five's T-shirt ad finds kidney donor

A father-of-five has a life-saving transplant after a matching donor saw his T-shirt appeal.

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Jovanna Calzadillas: Las Vegas survivor's amazing recovery

Jovanna Calzadillas was not expected to live after a bullet hit her brain. Now she's heading home.

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50 Cent forgot he's a Bitcoin millionaire

The rapper forgot about an agreement to accept Bitcoin payment as part of a record deal.

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Senate to release transcripts on Russian lawyer meeting

Interviews with Trump officials who attended a 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer will be published.

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Octavia Spencer: 'Jessica Chastain helped me earn five times my asking salary'

Oscar winner Octavia Spencer is earning five times more on a new film thanks to Jessica Chastain.

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Doomsday Clock moved to just 2min to 'apocalypse'

The symbolic clock moves to just two minutes to midnight over nuclear war concerns.

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Dashcam footage shows dramatic Florida shootout

Police are searching for a man who opened fire at another car in Florida. No one was injured.

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Trump lays out pathway to citizenship for immigrants

He says hundreds of undocumented immigrants could see a path to citizenship after 10 to 12 years.

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Trump casts doubt on Mid-East peace talks

Donald Trump questions whether peace talks with Israel will ever resume, blaming the Palestinians.

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President Trump predicts 'tremendous increase' in UK-US trade

The prime minister says the UK-US rapport is as strong as ever, despite recent differences.

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David Copperfield responds to sexual assault allegation

The world's highest paid magician responded to a claim he assaulted and drugged a woman in the 1980s.

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Oprah 'not interested' in presidential bid

Oprah Winfrey tells a US magazine she is not interested in running for the White House in 2020.

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Larry Nassar: MSU president resigns amid gymnast abuse row

The president of Michigan State University quits in response to the Larry Nassar abuse scandal.

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Russia probe: Trump 'looking forward' to FBI interview

President Trump has said for the first time he is willing to be interviewed under oath by the FBI.

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Cannabis growers in marijuana mega-merger

The deal creates the world's most valuable pot producer, as Canada prepares to legalise the drug.

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Trump 'looking forward' to interview by special counsel

The president says he is "absolutely" ready to face the Mueller probe into alleged Russian meddling.

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The church that thrives in a ghost town

The town of Centralia, Pennsylvania, has been left to die - so how does its last church survive?

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Logan Paul returns to YouTube with suicide awareness video

Logan Paul has spent weeks away over a backlash to a video he posted showing a dead body.

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Fall in tourists to US 'blamed on Trump'

The number of visitors to the US fell 4% in the first seven months of 2017, pushing it down the global rankings.

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Donald Trump's 'hatred of sharks' benefits conservation charities

Shark conservationists see donations rise after claims the US president hates the animals.

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Ursula K Le Guin: The 'fearless' author who showed us a different world

The author refused to blindly accept how the world is supposed to work, in both life and fiction.

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David Beckham 'set to launch MLS team in Miami next week'

The reported announcement would come after years of wrangling over the location of a stadium.

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Grumpy Cat wins $710,000 payout in copyright lawsuit

The internet-famous cat had something to smile about after being awarded over $700,000 in court.

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Disgraced US Olympics doctor jailed for 175 years

Former US Olympic gym doctor Larry Nassar jailed for sexual abuse after emotionally-charged hearing.

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Larry Nassar case: Who is Judge Rosemarie Aquilina?

"You are no longer victims, you are survivors," Judge Aquilina told the women who confronted Nassar.

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Larry Nassar case: The 156 women who confronted a predator

Ex-Olympic doctor Larry Nassar has received a 175-year sentence for abuse. This is his victims' story.

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Trump 'asked acting FBI chief Andrew McCabe how he voted'

Mr Trump asked Andrew McCabe about his political leanings in a meeting last year, US media report.

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Larry Nassar: More than 150 women testify against 'monster' doctor

Three women abused by the former USA gymnastics doctor explain why they testified, as sentencing begins.

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Eldest of 13 tortured siblings was bullied, classmate says

A classmate of the eldest Turpin sibling says she looked as though she had been dragged through mud.

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Two self-drive cars crash in California

A Tesla Model S and a GM Chevy Bolt are involved in separate collisions on California's roads.

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EU fines chipmaker Qualcomm £870m for Apple payments

The world's biggest mobile phone chipmaker was found to have 'illegally shut out rivals".

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Davos 2018: 'More to come' on US trade tariffs

Donald Trump wants to deal with what he calls unfair foreign competition, says the Treasury secretary.

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Trump's choice Jerome Powell approved as Federal Reserve head

The Senate backs the president's choice, Jerome Powell, for the world's most powerful economics job.

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Stephen Miller: How much influence does he have on Trump?

Through speeches and the media, Stephen Miller influences the president on immigration and other policies.

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Tammy Duckworth set to be first Senator to have baby in office

Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth is expecting her second daughter in April, making Senate history.

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