California wildfires destroy 10 homes
2014-07-28 06:14:27 UTC
<strong>Two fast-moving wildfires in California have destroyed 10 homes and have forced the evacuation of hundreds more, US officials say.</strong>
In the Sacramento region, a fire has spread to cover an area of about 4,000 acres, while another...
Kids, guns and the American way
2014-07-25 20:42:21 UTC
In February, a nine-year-old Arkansas boy called Hank asked his uncle if he could head off on his own from their remote camp to hunt a rabbit with his .22 calibre rifle. “I said all right,” recalled his uncle Brent later. “It wasn’t a concern. Som...
Texas migrant crisis: Christian charities step into breach
2014-07-24 17:10:30 UTC
As spring turned to summer, locals in the Texas border city of McAllen noticed a rise in the number of migrant women and children being dropped off at the bus station by immigration officials.
Churchgoers offered them food and clothes, but the ...
Arizona: Joseph Wood dies two hours after execution begins
2014-07-24 06:29:33 UTC
The controversy engulfing the death penalty in the United States escalated on Wednesday when the state of Arizona took almost two hours to kill a prisoner using an experimental concoction of drugs whose provenance it had insisted on keeping secret...
Boston bombing suspect friend found guilty of conspiracy charges
2014-07-21 20:04:23 UTC
A jury has found Azamat Tazhayakov guilty of impeding an investigation and conspiracy after he removed a backpack from the dorm room of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Prosecutors said Tazhayakov and his friend Dias Kadyrbayev removed...
Texas actress, Shannon Richardson gets 18 years
2014-07-17 14:25:54 UTC
A minor actress from Texas was sentenced Wednesday to 18 years in prison for sending ricin-tainted letters to President Obama, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and the head of his gun-control group.
Shannon Guess Richardson, 36, was also...
Facts: More Guns, More Mass Shootings
2014-07-17 21:28:03 UTC
In the fierce debate that always follows the latest mass shooting, it's an argument you hear frequently from gun rights promoters: If only more people were armed, there would be a better chance of stopping these terrible events. This has plausibil...
Bully wildfire and marijuana cultivation in California
2014-07-13 15:18:01 UTC
A 27-year-old man who was allegedly at an illegal marijuana plot is suspected of starting a wildfire that has burned more than 4.5 square miles of forested land in northern California.
The man, whose name was given as Freddie Alexander Smoke II...
Jersey City police officer shot dead during armed robbery of drug store
2014-07-13 15:14:12 UTC
A rookie police officer responding to an armed robbery call at a 24-hour drug store was fatally shot early Sunday by a suspect who had snatched a gun from an armed security guard inside, officials said.
Jersey City officer Melvin Santiago, 23, ...
Teenage survivor of Spring shooting speaks to crowd at Texas school
2014-07-13 15:11:23 UTC
The 15-year-old survivor of a gun attack in which her parents and four brothers and sisters were shot to death last week has spoken publicly for the first time about the incident, urging neighbours and friends to search for goodness out of the tra...
4 children, parents killed in Texas shooting
2014-07-10 18:24:15 UTC
SPRING, Texas (AP) — A gunman charged Thursday in the killing of four children and their parents was dressed as a delivery man when he arrived at the suburban Houston home where the family was shot to death, officials said.
"I have not personal...
US military studied how to influence Twitter users
2014-07-08 19:36:42 UTC
The activities of users of Twitter and other social media services were recorded and analysed as part of a major project funded by the US military, in a program that covers ground similar to Facebook’s controversial experiment into how to control ...
US Fourth of July weekend marred by spate of gun violence
2014-07-06 00:39:24 UTC
The Fourth of July weekend was marred for some by a spate of gun violence in at least three cities across the US.
In Indianapolis, Indiana, seven people were shot – including one who was critically injured – early Saturday morning in an area kn...
Six arrested as Southern California demonstrators clash over immigration
2014-07-06 00:46:20 UTC
Six people were arrested on 4th July after demonstrators from dueling sides of the immigration debate clashed outside a US Border Patrol station in Murrieta, California, where a convoy of busses carrying some of the Central American migrants flood...
USA is determined to build on the team’s success
2014-07-02 18:41:56 UTC
USA detect World Cup legacy and the US Soccer Federation is determined to build on the team’s success.
On paper, the outcome was no different than it had been four years previously. The USA, just as they did at the last World Cup in South Afric...
Abortion clinic 'buffer zones' violate first amendment
2014-06-27 18:34:52 UTC
The US supreme court struck down a Massachusetts law ensuring a 35-foot protective “buffer zone” outside abortion clinics, ruling that it violated the first amendment by preventing the free speech of anti-abortion protesters.
In a unanimous dec...
US holds alleged Auschwitz guard, aged 89
2014-06-19 05:53:32 UTC
The accused, a resident of Philadelphia, was ordered to be held without bail on Wednesday, charged with aiding and abetting the killings at Auschwitz.
Johann "Hans" Breyer, who was taken into custody by US officials on Tuesday night, appeared in ...
Offensive to Native Americans: Redskins trademarks cancelled
2014-06-18 16:00:34 UTC
The US Patent and Trademark Office announced on Wednesday that it is to cancel six trademark registrations belonging to the Washington Redskins, ruling that the NFL team's name is disparaging to Native Americans.
In a landmark decision, the off...
Deadly US tornadoes strike Nebraska
2014-06-17 08:31:17 UTC
At least one person is dead and at least 19 are hurt after two massive tornadoes hit the US state of Nebraska.
The town of Pilger, about 100 miles (160km) north-west of Omaha, with a population of 350 people, was devastated by the twisters.
U.S. Coast guard rescues Scottish rower
2014-06-14 16:33:05 UTC
A man trying to row across the Atlantic from New York to a Scottish island was rescued during a storm early on Saturday by a US coast guard team who plucked him from choppy waters off Long Island, an official with the agency said.
Niall Iain Ma...
Americans want immigration reform, despite political friction
2014-06-10 21:59:21 UTC
Despite a year of contentious national debate and several stalled congressional proposals, Americans still overwhelmingly agree that illegal immigrants living in the United States should be allowed to remain in the country and seek some form of le...
Michelle Obama salutes Maya Angelou's example to all women
2014-06-07 23:54:03 UTC
In a moving tribute to a woman she called “one of the greatest spirits our world has ever known”, first lady Michelle Obama on Saturday thanked the writer Maya Angelou for empowering young black women like herself with her clever, sassy words.
Shooting At Seattle Pacific University: One Dead, at Least Two Injured
2014-06-06 05:34:56 UTC
When Briana Clarke heard popping sounds on a Seattle college campus on Thursday, she thought the source must be something innocent -- bursting balloons. Then she saw a classmate running frantically, saying someone had been shot.
A gunman had open...
Military Fighter Jet Crashes Into Southern California
2014-06-05 08:36:03 UTC
A US military jet has crashed into homes in the California desert, about 90 miles east of San Diego.
Television footage showed at least one home on fire on a residential street in the city of Imperial, following the crash on Wednesday evening.
Sterling agrees to Clippers sale and drops lawsuit
2014-06-04 23:13:12 UTC
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has agreed to sell the team for $2b and drop his lawsuit against the league, his lawyer says.
Maxwell Blecher told reporters his client had "made an agreement with the NBA to resolve all their differen...