John Glenn, first American to orbit Earth, dies aged 95

John Glenn, first American to orbit Earth, dies aged 95

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption At age 77 Glenn became the oldest man to travel to space Former astronaut John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth, has died at 95. The ex-Marine and US Senator had been in hospital in Columbus, Ohio, for more than a week and died surrounded by his children […]

Trump picks Andrew Puzder to lead US Department of Labor

Trump picks Andrew Puzder to lead US Department of Labor

Image copyright AP Donald Trump has chosen an anti-regulation fast-food executive, opposed to a higher minimum wage, to lead the US Department of Labor. The president-elect said Andrew Puzder, the latest tycoon added to his cabinet, had a “record fighting for workers”. Mr Puzder, chief executive of CKE Restaurants, which operates the Carl’s Jr and […]

Viola Desmond: First Canadian woman on banknote

Civil rights activist Viola Desmond is the first Canadian woman to appear on the face of a banknote, replacing Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A Macdonald, on the $10 bill. Video by Dan Lytwyn Viola Desmond: First Canadian woman on banknote

US actor Judge Reinhold arrested in Dallas

US actor Judge Reinhold arrested in Dallas

Image copyright AP Image caption Reinhold co-starred in such 1980s films as Beverly Hills Cop and Fast Times at Ridgemont High US actor Judge Reinhold has been arrested after a confrontation with security officials at Dallas airport. Police say the 59-year-old actor was held on a disorderly conduct charge at Dallas Love Field. The police […]

Hillary Clinton warns of ‘fake news epidemic’

Hillary Clinton warns of ‘fake news epidemic’

Image copyright AP Image caption Hillary Clinton warned that fake news “can have real world consequences” Losing US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has called for urgent action to stop the proliferation of “fake news”. Mrs Clinton said it was an epidemic with “real world consequences” that threatened America’s democracy. She urged the private and […]

John Glenn dies: Trailblazing US astronaut was 95

John Glenn dies: Trailblazing US astronaut was 95

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption At age 77 Glenn became the oldest man to travel to space Former astronaut John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth, has died at 95. The ex-Marine and US Senator had been in hospital in Columbus, Ohio, for more than a week and died surrounded by his children […]

Donald Trump attacks union leader who called him a liar

Donald Trump attacks union leader who called him a liar

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Chuck Jones (right) met Senator Bernie Sanders earlier in the year Donald Trump has blasted a union leader who accused him of lying about his deal to stop an air conditioning maker from moving jobs to Mexico. The US president-elect said Chuck Jones had done a “terrible job” for […]

UAE investigators probe Ohio student killed by police

UAE investigators probe Ohio student killed by police

Image copyright ABC Image caption Alameri’s name trended on Twitter in his home country with people sharing photos of him Abu Dhabi police are travelling to the US state of Ohio to “participate in the investigation” into the death of an Emirati student who was shot by police. Ohio officials say that 26-year-old Saif Nasser […]

Woman accused of death threats to Sandy Hook massacre parent

Woman accused of death threats to Sandy Hook massacre parent

Image copyright Google A woman has been charged with making death threats against the parent of a child who died in the Sandy Hook school shooting massacre, authorities say. Lucy Richards made the threats in January this year because she thought the attack was a hoax, officials say. The 57-year-old, of Tampa, Florida, allegedly wrote […]

Trump picks climate sceptic Pruitt for environment chief

Media captionLawyer David Rivkin tells Radio 4’s Today Scott Pruitt ‘absolutely cares about the environment’ US President-elect Donald Trump has chosen an outspoken critic of President Obama’s climate change policies to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, 48, is seen as an ally of the fossil fuel industry. He has been […]