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Bruce McCandless's pioneering spacewalk 'quite comfortable'

The first person to fly untethered in space, Nasa astronaut Bruce McCandless, has died.

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Conductor Charles Dutoit denies 'forced physical contact' claims

Charles Dutoit says allegations by women of "forced physical contact" have "no basis in truth".

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Bruce McCandless, who made first untethered space flight, dies at 80

In February 1984, Bruce McCandless pushed off from the Space Shuttle and drifted alone into space.

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Miss America CEO suspended over 'inappropriate' leaked emails

Former contestants criticise the "appalling" messages said to include vulgar references.

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Mysterious lights over LA baffle onlookers

The phenomenon was visible from parts of California and Arizona - the culprit: A SpaceX rocket.

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Canine cannabis

Vet groups are cautious, but a growing number of dog owners say the drug is easing their pets' pain.

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California Thomas fire becomes largest in state's history

The Thomas fire has now burned an area greater than New York City, Brussels and Paris combined.

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A town called Santa Claus

A town in Indiana has been named Santa Claus since the 19th Century - so what is life like there?

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The science of slipping

Researchers construct an ice lab to test the performance of winter footwear and prevent accidents.

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San Francisco: Man arrested over Christmas terror plan

The man allegedly discussed with undercover agents targeting San Francisco over Christmas.

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Trump's ambassador to Netherlands in 'fake news' blunder

Dutch TV catches out new envoy Pete Hoekstra on Islamic "no-go zones" claim.

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Emails show Miss America CEO mocked and shamed contestants

The TV production company for Miss America says it has cut ties over the vulgar and defamatory emails.

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Raccoon 'dragged US baby across room' in Philadelphia attack

Images show four-month-old Jourini Black with severe claw marks after the Philadelphia attack.

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Barry and Honey Sherman: Thousands mourn Canadian billionaires

The last few days have been "painful and bizarrely surreal", their son said of the mystery deaths.

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US-Mexico border bridegroom smuggled heroin

Border guards fume at news they unwittingly escorted the San Diego man to his wedding.

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US Congress averts federal government shutdown for another month

The short-term bill does not address some of the thorniest partisan issues such as immigration.

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Auschwitz survivor Eva Schloss recorded in virtual reality

Eva Schloss was asked 1,000 questions on 116 cameras to preserve her story for future generations.

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Opioid crisis linked to two-year drop in US life expectancy

The rate declines for a second consecutive year, the first time this has happened since 1962-63.

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Dick Enberg, award-winning US sports broadcaster, dies at 82

Dick Enberg, famous for his cries of "Oh my!", suffered a suspected heart attack, his family says.

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Eric Schmidt steps down as boss of Google owner

The executive chairman of Google-owner Alphabet will remain on the board as a technical adviser.

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Should Americans say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

President Trump is clear which season's greeting he thinks should be used - but do Americans care?

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Festive firearms

FBI statistics suggest that December is the busiest month for gun sales - so who buys firearms at Christmas?

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Slender Man stabbing: Girl gets 25 years in mental hospital

The Wisconsin teen was convicted of helping stab a classmate to please the horror character in 2014.

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Father 'famous' for Christmas lights dies fixing display

Doud Musson had been making holiday displays for 30 years, but died when he fell from the roof.

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Canada TV personality Steve Ecklund shoots cougar, sparking backlash

The host of an outdoor show boasts online about killing the mountain cat and is pilloried for it.

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Jerusalem: UN resolution rejects Trump's declaration

States overwhelmingly call on the US to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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Florida fraternity engaged in 'conspiracy' in student's death

The family of Andrew Coffey says he "died alone in a room full of people", as a court urges charges.

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Kaci Sullivan: 'I gave birth as both genders'

Kaci Sullivan's second child came after he began to transition and start living as a man.

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Memphis defies state ban to remove two Confederate statues

The city sold off parkland after Tennessee denied the council's bid to get rid of the monuments.

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Khloe Kardashian confirms she is pregnant with her first child

After months of speculation, Khloe Kardashian finally confirms she is pregnant with her first child.

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Nelly accuser sues rapper for defamation

A college student who accused Nelly of rape says he was wrong to call her allegation false.

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Apple's iPhones slowed to tackle ageing batteries

Customers have long suspected iPhones slow down over time. Now, Apple has confirmed some models do.

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Mind of a killer

Wealthy, fun-loving aviation heir Dellen Millard had everything. Then he started killing.

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AT&T to pay $1,000 bonus due to tax cuts

The telecoms giant, which will also invest $1bn more in the US, said the tax reform was "monumental".

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Catt Sadler: US TV host quits over equal pay dispute

Catt Sadler says she found out she earned about half as much as her male co-host at E! News.

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Trudeau's tropical vacation broke rules, says ethics czar

The Canadian PM and his family vacationed on the Aga Khan's private island in the Bahamas.

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Jerusalem UN vote: Trump threatens US aid recipients

The US leader says countries thinking of voting against the US in a UN vote could lose financial aid.

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Virginia Democrat Shelly Simonds wins recount by one vote

Shelly Simonds lost a Virginia House race by 12 votes - but a recount gave her the narrowest of wins.

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Lady Gaga announces two-year Las Vegas residency

The pop star makes $100m deal to bring a "brand new show" to the MGM Park Theater next year.

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Republican tax bill is 'government for sale', say Democrats

President Trump will sign the biggest rewrite of the US tax code in a generation in the coming days.

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US man sentenced for plot to behead right-wing blogger

A 28-year-old conspired to kill Pamela Geller, one of the most outspoken critics of Islam in the US.

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Virginia Democrat Shelly Simonds 'takes seat by one vote'

The reported result will create a 50-50 power split with Republicans in Virginia's House of Delegates.

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Longest-frozen embryo born after 24 years

US mother who gave birth to the child was herself only one year old when the baby was conceived.

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Canine killers

As a young woman is killed by her own pit bulls, what can make a dog turn on a human friend?

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YouTube prankster admits killing boyfriend in stunt gone awry

Monalisa Perez shot her boyfriend through a book, which failed to stop the bullet.

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US 'will be taking names' during UN vote on Jerusalem

Donald Trump will note who backs a resolution criticising his recognition of the city as Israel's capital.

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US lifts ban on lethal virus experiments despite security risks

Scientists can apply to make lethal strains of illnesses despite fear of accidental outbreaks.

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Elon Musk accidently tweets his private phone number

The post was quickly deleted, but not before many of his followers noticed.

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Disgraced US cardinal Bernard Law dies in Rome

Cardinal Bernard Law resigned as archbishop of Boston in 2002 over his handling of sex abuse cases.

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Derailed US train lacked automatic safety system

The US train that crashed on a bend did not have anti-speeding technology, investigators say.

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Canada and US set up talks on North Korea for January

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was in Canada for meetings on issues like North Korea and trade.

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Inside 'the bunker'

Hector Barajas founded The Bunker after he found no help for US veterans like him: the deported.

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US tax bill: The winners and losers

Who will be most affected by the new US tax bill - for better and worse?

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US tax bill: Winners and losers

Who will be most affected by the new US tax bill - for better and worse?

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Virginia woman mauled to death by her dogs, police say

Police release graphic details after rumour of a murderer on the loose swept through the rural town.

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Canada spends as much on marijuana as wine

Once cannabis is legalised this summer, the government stands to make hundreds of millions in taxes.

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What is in Republican tax plan?

After weeks of lobbying and vote-trading, one of the biggest tax changes in US history is about to happen.

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Harvey Weinstein: Ex-assistant criticises gagging orders

Zelda Perkins wants UK law to change, 19 years after accusing the film mogul of trying to rape a colleague.

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Mexico bus crash: 11 tourists killed

Eleven died and another 20 were hurt when the bus overturned on a trip to an ancient Mayan ruin.

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Canada couple separated after 70 years due to lack of care facilities

"This is the worst Christmas that we will ever have," said Audrey Goodine, 89.

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US Green Party's Jill Stein targeted in Russia inquiry

Jill Stein says she will hand over all relevant communications to US Senate investigators.

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Republican tax bill: House and Senate to hold final votes

The bill is set to mark the party's first major legislative triumph under President Donald Trump.

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Disney's President Donald Trump robot gets mocked

An animatronic version of Donald Trump created by Disney's roboticists has attracted ridicule.

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Sea of troubles

The president's new National Security Strategy aims to enact his America First world vision.

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China condemns US 'Cold War mentality' on national security

After being labelled a rival power, China says the US should "abandon outdated notions".

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Serena Williams asks fans for help over baby's teething

Tennis champion Serena Williams says "teething - aka the devil - is so hard".

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White House to 'temporarily' shut petition website

The Obama-era We The People site will be replaced by a new platform in the new year, officials say.

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US sprinter's coach and agent probed

Athletics anti-doping officials launch an investigation into what IAAF president Lord Coe calls "serious allegations" about world champion sprinter Justin Gatlin's coach and an agent.

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HR McMaster weighs in on North Korea nuclear threat

Donald Trump's national security adviser says the US is committed to a resolution of the crisis.

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Cyber-Attack: US blames North Korea for WannaCry

It is the first time Pyongyang has officially been held responsible for the malware attack last May.

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Sarah Palin's son charged with domestic assault of father

The former vice-presidential nominee's son is charged over a confrontation involving a firearm.

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Matthew Petersen: Test-flunking Trump judge nominee withdraws

Matthew Petersen was unable to answer basic legal questions when senators quizzed him.

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Amtrak Washington train crash: Aerial footage of the scene

Carriages plummeted off both sides of a highway bridge in Washington state after a train derailed.

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US thief robs shop using golf club

A North Carolina shop assistant was prepared when a thief robbed him with a golf club.

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Mother and three children found dead in New York house fire

Five other family members are injured including one who broke his pelvis by jumping out a window.

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Trump touts 'America First' national security strategy

He will outline the "four pillars" of the plan, which no longer labels climate change a threat.

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ESPN president John Skipper resigns citing substance addiction

John Skipper says his resignation from the Walt Disney-owned sports broadcaster follows years of addiction.

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Train carriage falls on US highway

A train carriage plummets on to busy highway in Washington state and there are reports of casualties.

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Jay-Z halts show for fan who survived cancer

Jay-Z halted a concert in California for a fan who has survived cancer twice.

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Delight as power restored in Atlanta

Passengers at Atlanta airport had to wait hours without power.

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Bitcoin trading starts on the huge CME exchange

The Chicago-based CME exchange begins Bitcoin trading for investors.

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Jay-Z brings cancer survivor on stage

The rapper halts his show in California after spotting a fan's sign in the audience.

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Indonesia recaptures US citizen after Bali prison break

Held on drugs charges, he escaped a Bali prison but was caught on the neighbouring island of Lombok.

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Russia inquiry: Trump denies he plans to fire Robert Mueller

The US president says he won't sack the man probing possible Russian interference in US elections,

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Barry Sherman: Murder unit to probe Canadian mystery deaths

Canadian police confirm a homicide unit will investigate the deaths of a billionaire and his wife.

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Capturing East Harlem

Photographer Joseph Rodriguez's images of the characters of East Harlem in the 1980s.

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Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson airport power cut grounds flights

The world's busiest airport says the cause of the blackout is being investigated.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi takes $450m on opening weekend

It is the second biggest grossing opening weekend in North America.

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CIA 'helped stop Russia terror attack'

The CIA helped Russia foil a planned terror attack on a St Petersburg cathedral, Russian media say.

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Christmas across US Mexico border

A Christmas service was held over the US-Mexico border, commemorating Posada Without Borders.

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Barry Sherman: Family disputes reports on mystery double death in Canada

Barry Sherman and his wife were found dead at their home in Toronto, Canada, in unclear circumstances.

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Trump Russia probe: Mueller has 'thousands' of transition team emails

Special counsel Mueller reportedly has tens of thousands of records from the Trump transition team.

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Taking two million photos of Obama

During Obama's eight-year presidency, photographer Pete Souza took close to two million photos.

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