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Alabama woman who joined Islamic State cannot return to US, says Pompeo

The US Secretary of State said Hoda Muthana does not have a US passport.

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Grand Canyon officials looking into possible radiation exposure at park

Uranium can be harmful depending on the amount, how people interact with it and the exposure time.

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Editor of Alabama newspaper calls for of KKK 'to night ride again'

A small Alabama newspaper has advocated for the resurgence of America's most feared white supremacist terrorist organisation, the Ku Klux Klan.

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New York City aims to stop discrimination based on hairstyles

New York City has unveiled novel anti-discrimination guidelines to ensure people do not have their hairstyles held against them.

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Runner who fought back to survive attack by mountain lion describes ordeal

Travis Kauffman killed the animal after it attacked him while he was out running.

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White supremacist gets life in prison for killing black man with sword

James Jackson said the killing was intended to be practice for further assaults on black people.

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Former US agent charged with revealing classified information to Iran

A former counterintelligence agent with the US air force has been accused of revealing classified information to Iran.

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Huawei hits back at US over boycott suggestions

One of the company’s rotating chairmen accused the US of a ‘geopolitical campaign’ against the tech firm.

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Ex-astronaut seeking to take US Senate seat of the late John McCain

Mark Kelly is married to former US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who was injured in an assassination attempt.

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US economy may go into recession, warns Krugman

Nobel laureate Paul Krugman said the US economy may be heading into a recession at a time when the US Federal Reserve doesn’t have the firepower to properly combat a slump.

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Prosecutors seek new sentence for officer who killed black teenager

Attorney general Kwame Raoul and the special prosecutor who won the conviction think the law was not properly applied in Jason Van Dyke’s sentencing.

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Hundreds take part in social media-organised snowball fight in Washington

People at Wright Park in Tacoma, Washington, took cover behind picnic tables and used sledges as shields.

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These strange frozen ‘ghost apples’ have been spotted in a Michigan orchard

The extremely rare phenomenon appears to be a result of ice forming around rotting apples in freezing weather.

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Descendants from last US slave ship gather in Alabama

The Africans were illegally smuggled into Alabama for a bet.

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US state looks to overturn stay of execution on Muslim inmate in imam row

Alabama’s execution rules say only a prison employee, a Christian chaplain, can be present in the death chamber.

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Man kills mountain lion in self-defense while on a jog

A man fought off and killed a mountain lion that attacked him while he was out on a jog in a Colorado National Park.

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Nurse enters not guilty plea over rape of incapacitated woman who later gave birth

A nurse accused of raping an incapacitated woman who later gave birth at a long-term care facility in Phoenix has pleaded not guilty to a sexual assault charge.

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Jeremy Corbyn congratulates newly-elected Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

It is understood the pair spoke for 45 minutes on Sunday evening.

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US state governor refuses to quit in row over racist yearbook photo

Ralph Northam, the Democrat governor of Virginia, has again rejected demands that he step down.

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US state governor vows to stay in office despite blackface photo

A United States governor has been urged to resign over a racist photo in which he appeared more than 30 years ago.

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Unseen work by JD Salinger to be published, says author’s son

Matt Salinger confirmed reports that the author of The Catcher In The Rye continued to write decades after he stopped publishing books.

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Soundbite of the week

The week’s stand-out soundbite from the You Couldn’t Make It Up ministry — every government has one — popped out of the mouth of Sarah Sanders who, if she hasn’t been fired since Wednesday, is press secretary at the White House.

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Parole recommended for Manson follower Leslie Van Houten

Van Houten was among the followers in Manson’s cult who stabbed to death wealthy grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary in 1969.

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US senator awarded €500,000 in damages over attack in lawn dispute

Republican Rand Paul was attacked while gardening at his home in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

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Aughinish role highlighted as sanctions on Rusal lifted

Shares in Aughinish Alumina owner Rusal rose 9% to reach their highest since April after US sanctions were lifted, as the importance of the Limerick plant in the global metal supply chain was laid bare.

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30-year-old orca dies at SeaWorld’s Orlando park

The company announced in 2016 that it had stopped its orca breeding programme.

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US flights hit by shutdown as increased sick leave hampers air traffic control

US aviation officials have reported delays in air travel because of a "slight increase in sick leave" at two East Coast air traffic control facilities.

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Former US police officer who shot dead black teenager may have sentence reviewed

Jason Van Dyke was sentenced to nearly seven years in prison.

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Police describe execution-style killings inside Florida bank

Zephen Xaver, 21, has been charged with five counts of premeditated murder over the deaths of four bank employees and a customer.

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At least five dead in Florida shooting

At least five people have been killed in a shooting in Florida.

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Nurse arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting woman in vegetative state in US

US police have arrested a male nurse on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman who had been in a vegetative state.

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Suspected US spy who holds Irish passport had materials containing ‘state secrets’, says lawyer

Paul Whelan, a former US Marine who holds an Irish passport, was arrested in Moscow in December.

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Crowded field of candidates: Kamala Harris in White House race

Though we are still at the very early stages of the race the field is, on one side of the draw at least getting crowded — especially as the champion seems likely, though is not absolutely certain, to have a free run on the far side of the track.

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Diocese in apology after Native American surrounded by jeering youths

One teenager, wearing a Make America Great Again hat, stood inches from Nathan Phillips and smirked.

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Justifiable journeys or junket jamborees?

American presidents do not have the legal power to prevent members of the US Congress travelling abroad, but they can stop them getting taxpayer-funded flights on military planes.

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US bank robbery suspects arrested after slapstick car chase

Officers from Texas had been monitoring the group when they attempted another raid on Thursday.

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Ambassador hails mighty ‘relief’ for Aughinish jobs as sanctions lifted

Aughinish Alumina workers in Limerick will be “mightily relieved” after the US Senate backed the US Treasury Department’s decision to lift sanctions on companies linked to Russian billionaire OlegDeripaska.

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Watch this enormous herd of elk cross a street in Washington state

An enormous herd of elk was caught on camera as it crossed a road in the north-west United States.

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US politician votes for measure condemning his own racist comments

Steve King had said in an interview he did not know why terms like ‘white nationalist’ and ‘white supremacist’ were offensive.

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Three children die after getting trapped in freezer

The children were aged one, four and six.

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This Ohio dad built his daughter a wheelchair-accessible ‘fort’ out of snow

Gregg Eichhorn made his daughter Zahara a brilliant castle as snow fell on Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Stormy Daniels sues police over strip club arrest

The porn star, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was arrested in July on suspicion of inappropriately touching a female undercover officer.

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Man arrested in the US over teenager’s abduction and parents’ deaths

Jake Thomas Patterson as apparently out looking for her when he was arrested.

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US troop withdrawal from Syria underway

The US-led military coalition in Syria has begun the process of withdrawing troops, an American military official said.

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Thousands of child bride requests approved by US

Thousands of requests by men to bring in child and adolescent brides to live in the US were approved over the past decade, according to government data.

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Woman in vegetative state ‘may not have shown signs of pregnancy’

Staff at the Arizona care facility are being DNA tested.

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After 2018, don’t be fooled by quiet start for stock markets

Last year turned out to be an uncertain, volatile and generally difficult one for equity market investors, writes Jim Power.

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Dashcam footage catches moment highway patrol officer saves man from burning car

Florida Highway Patrol shared a dramatic video of a car crashing into one of their vehicles.

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DNA tests for staff at US clinic where woman in vegetative state gave birth

US police have served a search warrant to get DNA from all male employees at a care facility in Arizona where a patient who was in a vegetative state gave birth.

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Clemency for woman convicted of murder whose case was championed by celebrities

An American woman serving a life sentence for murder whose case was championed by several celebrities has been granted clemency.

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Police believe Texas murder of girl, seven, was not racially motivated

A black man has been charged after a white man had initially been suspected.

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Five children heading to Disney among seven killed in Florida crash

The children were travelling in a large passenger van which was involved in a pile-up with two HGVs.

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Diverse new US Congress convenes

It is the first new Congress to convene during a partial government shutdown.

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Alaska at 60: 8 reasons to visit America’s ‘last frontier’

The last great American wilderness turns 60 today, and its as beguilingly beautiful as ever…

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Zoo suspends exhibits after toddler enters rhino enclosure

The Brevard Zoo announced the suspension of the Rhino Encounters exhibit and similar displays in a statement on Wednesday.

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Boy, 14, faces crash murder charge after egg-throwing sparks car chase in the US

An SUV was filled with teenagers who were throwing eggs at other cars when another driver began chasing them, authorities in Texas said.

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Why a judge’s health matters to US politics

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been diagnosed with lung cancer after breaking ribs. If she retired, her replacement would tilt the US Supreme Court to the right, says TP O’Mahony

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