McCain torpedoes Republican Obamacare repeal plan again

McCain torpedoes Republican Obamacare repeal plan again

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Healthcare affects one-fifth of the US economy Senator John McCain has said he cannot support his fellow Republicans’ latest effort to repeal Obamacare, dealing it a potentially fatal blow. The Arizona senator, who is battling brain cancer, said he “cannot in good conscience” vote for the new plan, which […]

Puerto Rico dam failure "imminent" after Hurricane Maria

Puerto Rico dam failure "imminent" after Hurricane Maria

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Floodwaters from Hurricane Maria have destroyed homes in Puerto Rico and knocked out the island’s electricty A failing dam is causing “extremely dangerous” flooding on a Puerto Rico river in the wake of Hurricane Maria, authorities say. The National Weather Service (NWS) said the “imminent failure” of the Guajataca […]

US Health Secretary Tom Price’s private air travel probed

US Health Secretary Tom Price’s private air travel probed

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The former Georgia congressman has been tasked by Trump with overhauling the US healthcare system An internal investigation has been opened into Health Secretary Tom Price over his private plane travel on official government business. A spokesman for the agency’s inspector general told the BBC “we take this matter […]

James Comey: Protests disrupt speech to Howard students

James Comey: Protests disrupt speech to Howard students

Image copyright Howard University Protesters shouting “no justice, no peace” have disrupted a speech by former FBI director James Comey to university students in Washington DC. Mr Comey was giving a convocation address at Howard University, a leading historically black college. It took some 13 minutes before Mr Comey, fired in May as head of […]

Obama-era campus sex assault rules rescinded

Obama-era campus sex assault rules rescinded

Image copyright Reuters The Trump administration has overturned rules introduced under President Barack Obama for handling university sex assault allegations. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said the previous administration’s guidance was unfairly tilted against the accused. Mrs DeVos said campuses would continue to confront such “horrific crimes”. But she added: “The process also must be fair […]

Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez had ‘most severe’ brain disease

Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez had ‘most severe’ brain disease

Image copyright Getty Images An ex-NFL footballer who killed himself in April after he was acquitted in a double murder trial had a “severe case” of a degenerative brain disease. Aaron Hernandez, 27, suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a condition associated with head injury, his family lawyer said. He was found hanging in a […]

Busiest US-Mexico border crossing shuts for construction work

Busiest US-Mexico border crossing shuts for construction work

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tens of thousands of people pass through the border crossing every day California officials are warning of travel chaos over the weekend, as one of the largest land border crossings in the world closes for construction. The San Ysidro Port of Entry – between San Diego, California and Tijuana, […]

North Korea: Trump and Kim call each other mad

North Korea: Trump and Kim call each other mad

Image copyright EPA Image caption Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump are trading insults after the US president’s UN speech Kim Jong-un has said remarks by “deranged” US President Donald Trump have convinced him he is right to develop weapons for North Korea. In an unprecedented personal statement, Mr Kim said Mr Trump would “pay dearly” […]

Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez had ‘most severe’ brain disease

Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez had ‘most severe’ brain disease

Image copyright Getty Images An ex-NFL footballer who killed himself in April after he was acquitted in a double murder trial had a “severe case” of a neurodegenerative brain disease. Aaron Hernandez, 27, suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a brain disease associated with head injury, his family lawyer said. He was found hanging in […]

‘Decapitated man’ Halloween display in Tennessee sparks 911 calls

‘Decapitated man’ Halloween display in Tennessee sparks 911 calls

Image copyright Greene County Sheriff’s Department Image caption Officers investigated, only to find it was a puppet stuffed with straw A local US police department has urged people not to call 911 after reports that a man had been crushed by a garage door. The supposed victim in Greene County, Tennessee, turned out to be […]

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