Category: USA

USA – Gunman dies after being shot at US school

MARYLAND – A gunman who shot and injured two teenage students at a high school in the US state of Maryland was shot dead after a gunfight with a security guard. Austin Wyatt Rollins, 17, shot a 16-year-old girl, who is in a critical condition, and a 14-year-old boy. The attack happened on Tuesday morning […]

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USA – Trump urges death penalty for drug dealers

WASHINGTON – US president Donald Trump has called for drug traffickers to face the death penalty as part of his plan to combat the US painkiller-addiction epidemic. He outlined the proposal during a speech in New Hampshire, a state badly affected by the opioid crisis. Trump said his administration was attempting to change the law […]

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US – Donald Trump lambasts Mueller’s ‘biased’ Russia inquiry

Donald Trump has attacked special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the US presidential election he won in 2016. He tweeted that the inquiry was unfair – and reiterated there had been “no collusion” between his election campaign and Russia. He added that it was dominated by “hardened Democrats” and supporters of his […]

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USA – Miami bridge collapse: Death toll to rise from six

MIAMI/ FLORIDA – Rescue crews are now focusing on recovering victims buried beneath the collapsed bridge in Florida that left at least six people dead, police say. The 174ft (53m) concrete bridge near Florida International University in Miami fell on to an eight-lane motorway on Thursday. Police say more bodies could be found in crushed […]

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USA – Band bus plunges into Alabama ravine

LOXLEY, Alabama — Lulled asleep by the humming of their Texas-bound charter bus following a trip to Disney World, members of a high school band were jarred awake before dawn Tuesday when the rig ran off a highway and plunged into a deep ravine. One person died, driver Harry Caligone, and about three dozen others […]

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HONOLULU – Hawaii woman charged in sexual assaults of Japanese student

Authorities say a woman who recruited international students for programmes in Hawaii has been charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old Japanese exchange student. An Oahu grand jury on Thursday indicted 36-year-old Rika Shimizu on five counts of second-degree sexual assault and four counts of fourth-degree sexual assault. Authorities say Shimizu operated a boarding home for Japanese students […]

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USA – Death row inmate sues Alabama, Asks for Vacated Sentence

ALABAMA – An  death row inmate whose execution went wrong is asking that his death sentence be vacated. The attempted execution was “botched and bloody,” as the inmate’s lawyer put it, and left the inmate under “physical and mental duress.” Doyle Lee Hamm was convicted in 1987 of committing murder during a robbery and sentenced […]

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USA – Top economic adviser Gary Cohn leaves White House in wake of tariff rift

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser Gary Cohn is resigning, the White House announced on Tuesday. Cohn, who had once been rumored as a potential next chief of staff, will leave the White House in the wake of his fierce disagreement with the President’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. […]

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U.S. – Man shoots self outside White House

A man is reported to have shot himself outside the White House in Washington, the United States Secret Service says. It tweeted that agents were “responding to reports of a person who allegedly suffered a self-inflicted gun shot wound” outside the north fence. President Donald Trump is not at the White House, but at his […]

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USA – Trump on board . . . ‘supportive’ of better gun background checks

PALM BEACH/WASHINGTON – US president Donald Trump supports efforts to improve background checks on gun ownership, the White House says. He spoke with Republican senator John Cornyn about a bipartisan bill that seeks to improve the checks in place before someone can buy a gun. The suspect in last week’s Florida school shooting, in which […]

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USA – FBI was notified about Florida man accused of killing 17 at school

PARKLAND  – The Federal Bureau of Investigation was warned in September about an ominous online comment by the 19-year-old man accused of killing 17 people at his former high school but was unable to locate him, an agent said on Thursday. Authorities said the ex-student, identified as Nikolas Cruz, walked into the Marjory Stoneman Douglas […]

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USA – At least 17 dead in Florida school shooting

PARKLAND – At least 17 people are dead after a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, law enforcement officials told CNN. The suspect, a former student, was taken into custody “after he committed this horrific, homicidal, detestable act”, Broward County sheriff Scott Israel said. Law enforcement sources told CNN that the suspect has been identified as […]

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USA – US immigrant who reported prowler to police facing deportation

TUKWILA –  An undocumented immigrant who called police to report a burglary was himself arrested, while the suspect was allowed to go free. Officers in the Seattle suburb of Tukwila detained father-of-three Wilson Macarreno at his home last Thursday. He was held after they found a warrant from immigration officials in a national crime database. […]

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USA – US Flu season still getting worse; now as bad as 2009 swine flu

NEW YORK — The flu has further tightened its grip on the United States (US). This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago. A government report out Friday shows 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. […]

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TAIWAN – At least 2 dead, 198 injured in earthquake off Taiwan

TAIWAN – At least two people are dead and 198 injured in the 6.4-magnitude earthquake that struck off the east coast of Taiwan just before midnight Tuesday, said Jeff Lin with the Hualien Police Department. The quake was centered in the East China Sea about 21 kilometers north-northeast of Hualien City. Light shaking was felt […]

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USA – Michigan couple with 13 sons expecting next child in April

ROCKFORD — A Michigan couple with 13 sons is expecting a 14th child in April but waiting until birth to learn the sex. Jay and Kateri Schwandt say adding another child to their large family won’t be too big of a logistic change or financial burden, WOOD-TV reported . Kateri Schwandt said she’s used to […]

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Two killed, dozens hurt in SC train collision

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) – An Amtrak passenger train collided with a CSX Corp freight train near South Carolina’s state capital on Sunday, killing at least two people on board and injuring at least 70 in the railroad’s third fatal crash in as many months. Amtrak Train 91 was carrying 139 passengers and eight crew members to […]

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