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Why this US woman is backing minority gun clubs

Meet the US woman who is backing African American gun clubs.

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Raised on Janet

As Janet Jackson wraps up her State of the World tour, one fan reflects on the star's impact on her life.

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Anita Hill to chair Hollywood harassment commission

The lawyer will head the group after a series of Hollywood sexual abuse and harassment allegations.

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Hunter Harrison: CSX railway boss dies

The US transportation company's shares fell sharply on Friday after CEO's medical leave was announced.

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Pentagon's secret UFO programme revealed

US media reports say documents from the operation describe strange aircrafts and hovering objects.

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Santa Barbara evacuated as Thomas flares up again

Strong winds drive the Thomas fire - now California's third-biggest on record - towards the coast.

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San Francisco Aquatic Park shut over 'aggressive' sea lions

San Francisco's Aquatic Park is closed because of rare attacks by sea lions on swimmers.

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Weinstein 'derailed my career' Sorvino says after Peter Jackson claim

Peter Jackson says he 'blacklisted' Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd on Harvey Weinstein's advice.

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Deaths of Canada billionaire Barry Sherman and wife 'suspicious'

Apotex founder Barry Sherman and his wife Honey were found in the basement of their Toronto home.

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US tax bill: Republicans agree sweeping changes

Senate and House lawmakers reveal final details of the biggest change to the US tax code in 30 years.

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Matthew Petersen: Trump's nominee for judge flubs law test

Matthew Petersen's hearing goes wrong quickly when a Republican senator poses basic legal questions.

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North Korea must earn right to talks, says US Secretary of State Tillerson

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson toughens his stance after earlier offering talks with no preconditions.

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'Shocking apathy' to fraternity drinking at Pennsylvania university

Penn State allowed "sadistic" rituals and failed to protect its students, a blistering report finds.

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Holy cow! 'Stormy' the cow makes a break from live nativity

A live nativity scene led to a police chase when one participant managed to break out twice in a day.

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Trump tells FBI: 'I have your back 100%'

Mr Trump praises the FBI after previously calling the agency "disgraceful" and "in tatters".

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Unilever sells margarine business to KKR for £6bn

The Anglo-Dutch firm is selling brands including Flora and Stork to the private equity giant.

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New York police investigating Russell Simmons rape claims

Police have opened an investigation after several women came forward with sexual misconduct claims.

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Amazon backs down in Google streaming spat

The online retailer puts streaming gadgets from Google back on sale, ending a two-year hiatus.

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Sea lion attacks swimmer in San Francisco Bay

The 56-year-old man suffered a serious arm injury in a rare attack.

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Charlottesville: James Alex Fields Jr faces life in prison

James Alex Fields Jr is accused of killing a woman near a white supremacist rally in Virginia.

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US woman used bitcoin to move cash to Islamic State, police say

She is accused of taking out fraudulent bank loans and buying bitcoin to funnel cash to IS.

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Shroud of doubt

A journalist looks for the truth of his father's role in one of the largest clandestine missions in US history.

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No more thaw

The Obama adviser credited with the Cuba thaw looks at what has changed in the past year.

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California firefighter dies as Thomas blaze rages

About 7,000 firefighters are trying to tackling the Thomas fire, the fourth biggest in state history.

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Rabbit dramatically rescued from California wildfire on the mend

A rabbit whose dramatic rescue from California wildfires was caught on video is recovering well.

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How net neutrality affects you

This week the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will decide on whether to repeal an Obama-era law that protects "net neutrality".

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Trudeau aide accused of inappropriate behaviour

A third party will investigate claims brought against deputy director of operations Claude-Éric Gagné.

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Pot and vaping more popular than smoking among US teens

Some 15% of students had used marijuana, 12.1% had vaped but only 5% had smoked, found a study.

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Defiant Roy Moore refuses to concede after Alabama defeat

Defeated Republican refuses to concede Alabama race - then reminds Washington what it will miss.

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Blake Farenthold won't run again for Congress amid accusations

The Texas lawmaker will not stand for re-election next year amid claims of "unacceptable behaviour".

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Omarosa Manigault Newman denies being dragged out of White House

Omarosa Manigault Newman was escorted out of the White House, but she denies storming the residence.

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Roy Moore says Alabama election 'tainted' by outside groups

The Republican says "immorality sweeps over our land" in a fire-and-brimstone video.

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Walt Disney buys Murdoch's Fox for $52bn

Walt Disney says it is to buy 21st Century Fox's entertainment assets for $52.4bn (£39bn)

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Joe Biden comforts John McCain's daughter over cancer

The ex-VP offers words of advice on the senator's cancer during an emotional TV talk show encounter.

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Putin: Trump opponents harm US with 'invented' Russia scandal

Opponents of the US president "invented stories" to make his work seem illegitimate, says Vladimir Putin.

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Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock confesses to sexual misconduct

Super Size Me documentary maker Morgan Spurlock tells of paying to settle a harassment case.

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Kentucky politician takes his own life after sex assault allegation

Dan Johnson, from Kentucky, died from a single gunshot after stopping his car on a remote bridge.

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White House contradicts Tillerson on North Korea, adding to confusion

The secretary of state appears to have been contradicted by the White House and his own department.

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Hurricane Harvey rainfall 'weighed 127bn tonnes'

Scientists established how much rain fell by measuring how much the Earth compressed during the storm.

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Love in North Korea

In 1980, North Korea forced a US soldier and a kidnapped Japanese girl to marry. This is their story.

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The long battle against California wildfires

The Thomas fire in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties is only 25% contained as it enters a second week.

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Republican lawmakers say historic tax deal is agreed

Republicans reportedly say they have agreed the biggest overhaul of the country's tax system in 30 years.

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Harvey Weinstein: Salma Hayek alleges he threatened to kill her

The actress is the latest to come forward with allegations against the Hollywood mogul.

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Dramatic end to Los Angeles car chase

The San Fernando Valley pursuit ended in a rather unexpected way.

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Polygamist sect leader Jeff Warrens jailed for food fraud scheme

Officials say Lyle Jeffs sold his followers' food stamps to pay for his expensive lifestyle.

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Why did black Alabamians vote for Democrat Doug Jones?

"I don't think Roy Moore would have represented us at all," says one black voter of the Republican rival.

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Texas mother suspected of subjecting son to 13 surgeries

Kaylene Bowen said the boy had cancer and needed a transplant, but medics concluded he was healthy.

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US Federal Reserve raises interest rates again

The US central bank has moved to increase interest rates for the third time this year.

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Alabama election: Trump says Senate loss proves him right

Republican candidate Roy Moore suffered a shock defeat to Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama.

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The one-year-old who snowboards in US

With her parents watching, this baby tries out snowboarding in Idaho for the first time.

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Steve Bannon: Republican knives out for ex-Trump aide

He "looks like some kind of disheveled drunk that wandered onto the political stage" a congressman said.

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Denim dominance

Despite being based in a small Welsh town, the Hiut Demin Company is exporting its jeans globally.

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FBI officials called Trump 'loathsome' and an 'idiot' in texts

The texts were between operatives who later investigated alleged Russian links to Trump's campaign.

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'Feminism' is Merriam-Webster dictionary's word of year

Women's marches and the #MeToo campaign help make the choice of a leading US dictionary.

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'Humbling defeat'

Some Republicans see the election as a 'humbling defeat', while others have turned defensive.

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George Clooney gave his friends $1 million each

The actor gave gifts to 14 of his closest pals in 2013, reveals his friend Rande Gerber.

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Omarosa Manigault Newman to leave White House next month

The White House said Omarosa Manigault Newman was off to "pursue other opportunities".

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USA Today editorial says Trump unfit to clean Obama's toilet

USA Today's unusually savage opinion also charged the president with an "utter lack of morality".

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Disney set to seal $60bn 21st Century Fox takeover

A sale of Rupert Murdoch's entertainment assets could be confirmed as soon as Thursday, reports say.

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Last chance to save the 'panda of the sea' from extinction

A last-ditch effort to save the world's rarest marine mammal from extinction has been launched.

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Alabama upset: What Jones victory over Moore means for Trump

Few thought the Democrats could pull off such a historic victory, and it could have real consequences for the president, says Nick Bryant.

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Democrat defeats Moore in Alabama race

Doug Jones projected to win a Senate seat for Alabama, after a bitter campaign against Republican Roy Moore.

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Trumplomacy: Tillerson's New Year plans for North Korea

The secretary of state appeared to soften his tone on North Korea at a Washington policy speech.

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US ready for North Korea talks without preconditions, says Tillerson

"Let's just meet and let's talk about the weather," says US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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New York City bomb suspect 'tried to maximise casualties'

US prosecutors say Akayed Ullah carried out Monday's bombing in support of the Islamic State group.

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Canada snubs Boeing in fighter jet deal with Australia

Canada had originally planned to buy 18 Boeing Super Hornets as a stopgap fleet.

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California Thomas Fire: No end in sight for week-long wildfire

The Thomas Fire is the fifth largest blaze in recorded state history and continues to grow.

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Dog lost on Alaska Highway found with help from 'St Nick'

The husky mix had been travelling with his owner, an army officer moving from Alabama to Alaska.

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Keaton Jones: Bullied boy's family faces backlash

The family of bullied Keaton Jones, who has had support from A-list celebs, is being accused of racism and money grabbing.

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Texas teenager accused of terrorism plot

The Houston suspect allegedly wanted to fight for IS overseas or commit an attack in the US.

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Trump attacks 'begging' Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Mr Trump says the Democrat was "begging" him for donations and "would do anything" for cash.

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New York bombing suspect charged

Suspected New York City bus terminal bomber Akayed Ullah charged with terror offences, police say

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US regulator halts Munchee digital-token sale

The SEC halts an initial coin offering and warns consumers of the dangers of crypto-currency investment.

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Alabama Senate race: Trump candidate under spotlight as state votes

The Senate poll could reduce Donald Trump's power to pass laws ahead of next year's mid-term elections.

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Morrissey denies defending Kevin Spacey

The singer disowns a newspaper interview in which he appeared to dismiss Spacey's alleged victims.

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New York Port Authority attack: Akayed Ullah 'inspired by IS'

The suspect tells police he chose the Manhattan bus station "because of its Christmas posters".

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Trump UK visit expected in new year, US ambassador says

Woody Johnson says the president will visit in 2018 despite "ruffled feathers" over recent tweets.

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Charles Jenkins: US soldier who defected to North Korea dies

Charles Jenkins was among four US defectors in the 1960s who later became North Korean film stars.

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'We don't forget this'

More than a dozen women accused have Donald Trump of sexual misconduct. Now, in the moment of #MeToo, how do they feel?

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Debt relief for defrauded students halted under Trump, says report

The US Education Department has stopped cancelling debt for defrauded students, says a report.

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Ruling clears way for US transgender recruits in January

The Pentagon says it is preparing for transgender people to join from January, following the ruling.

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Canada, provinces reach tax deal for recreational marijuana

Canada is expected to have a legal recreational cannabis market in place by July 2018.

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US flood risk 'severely underestimated'

More than three times as many Americans are at risk of having their homes flooded than federal maps show.

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