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Ghost hunter who inspired blockbuster horrors dies aged 92

Lorraine Warren and late husband Ed investigated more than 10,000 cases in the US and abroad.

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Californian parents who tortured and abused children given life sentences

Some of David and Louise Turpin’s sons and daughters, ranging in age from two to 29, made their first public statements ahead of the ruling.

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Young woman ‘infatuated’ with Columbine found dead

The announcement came after an all-out manhunt for 18-year-old Sol Pais.

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San Francisco may charge motorists to drive famous crooked street

City and state officials have announced a bill that would give San Francisco the authority to establish a toll and reservation system.

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Mueller report expected to be released on Thursday

The US Justice Department says the redacted report will be sent to Congress and made available to the public.

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Kim Jong Un: North Korea open to further talks with Donald Trump

US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have held two summits.

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Confirmation hearing on new US Ambassador to Ireland today

Edward Crawford will appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington.

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Trump says he will not deliver tax returns to Congress

The US president told reporters on the White House lawn that ‘I would love to give them, but I’m not going to do it while I’m under audit’.

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Last survivor of US Doolittle Raid on Tokyo dies aged 103

The raid saw US planes hit the Japanese capital less than five months after the Empire’s attack on Pearl Harbour triggered the US entry into the war.

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Smollett’s lawyer warns Chicago not to sue for costs of assault probe

Mark Geragos said the TV star will ‘not be intimidated’ by ‘malicious threats’.

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Man who said he was missing boy has twice made similar claims – FBI

Brian Rini claimed to be Timmothy Pitzen, who went missing in Illinois in 2011 at the age of six.

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Biden: I’ll be more mindful of respecting personal space

Former vice president Tweets a video in which he acknowledges that the ‘boundaries of protecting personal space have been reset’.

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Hollywood stars Huffman and Loughlin appear in court in college scam case

They are among dozens of prominent parents and college sports coaches arrested in connection with a college admissions scandal.

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Woman caught driving with a goat on her lap

The woman was also using a mobile phone.

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David Blaine denies sexual assault allegations

Police in New York are investigating claims made against the 45-year-old magician.

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Hillary Clinton’s ex-running mate doubts Electoral College will be ditched

Tim Kaine, who would have been vice-president if the 2016 poll had been decided by popular vote, doubts smaller states will back the reform.

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International regulation is needed for the digital world

For the sake of citizens and companies alike, a new system of digital governance must be found to serve the common good, write Anne-Marie Slaughter and Fadi Chehadé.

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Trade talks in China 'constructive', says US treasury chief

Chinese and US negotiators have adjourned trade talks in Beijing with US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin saying they were "constructive".

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US cut Special Olympics funding - Shameful and unjustifiable

Figures, despite their precision, are not always easily grasped. This time last year, US president Donald Trump asked Congress for $639bn in military spending, a 10% increase.

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Two killed in Seattle shooting

Police took the suspect into custody after a brief stand-off.

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Stacey Abrams says she will not be Joe Biden’s running mate in 2020

The Georgia politician has not ruled out seeking the presidency itself while Mr Biden has not yet announced whether he will enter the race.

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Woman accused of fraud over ‘German heiress’ ruse

Anna Sorokin faces several charges in New York after she allegedly posed as a millionaire to mingle in celebrity circles.

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Markets price in rate cuts in US

The Federal Reserve open market committee last week as expected left US interest rates unchanged but indicated it does not envisage hiking US interest rates this year.

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Global stock markets wary over slowdown threat

US stocks edged higher yesterday as shares of industrial and consumer discretionary companies rose, but gains were kept in check by worries of a global slowdown.

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Democrats demand release of full Mueller report

Donald Trump said publication of the entire document ‘wouldn’t bother me at all’.

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Stormy Daniels' lawyer Avenatti charged with trying to extort millions from Nike

The 48-year-old was charged with extortion and bank and wire fraud in separate cases in New York and California.

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No court decision on R Kelly’s Dubai travel request

The singer is scrambling to pay bills amid his legal troubles, according to a court filing.

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Ex-Southampton and Portsmouth footballer held in Colombia on US drug warrant

Prosecutors in Texas believe Jhon Viafara was part of a criminal network tied to the feared Gulf cartel, Colombia’s chief prosecutor’s office said.

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Hundreds of US homes flooded as rivers breach levees

The flooding has been blamed for at least three deaths.

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Councillor accuses Republican Party of racist 'St Paddy's Day message'

"To try to demonise your political opponent by using his Irishness is absolutely absurd and it's racist."

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Rescues and evacuations as floodwaters breach levees in US Midwest

At least one person has died after bridges were washed out in the deluge.

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US police move bears which had set up home in the middle of a road

The mother was tranquillised and the cubs were carried out before they were all rehomed in a nearby forest.

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Goat elected mayor of US town soils carpet at swearing-in ceremony

Lincoln the Nubian goat won a hard-fought campaign against 15 other pets, including a gerbil called Crystal.

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J1 students warned against websites overcharging for visas

Students going on a J1 trip to the US are being warned of websites overcharging for a visa.

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Turbulence injures 30 on flight from Istanbul to New York

Dozens of ambulances lined up in front of the terminal at New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport to quickly treat the injured.

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US actor Jussie Smollett faces 16 charges over ‘staged hate attack’

The Empire star told police in late January that he was physically attacked by two men in downtown Chicago.

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US woman charged over death of baby abandoned in ditch 38 years ago

Police in South Dakota said they used DNA and genealogy sites to catch the woman.

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Teacher in the US wins over €8k for simply reading the small print

Donelan Andrews claimed the prize 23 hours after the contest began.

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Kentucky zoo closed after huge sinkhole discovered

Officials in Kentucky estimated the sinkhole is about 45 metres by 75 metres, and about 15 metres deep in places.

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‘Brilliant’ man who was an inventor of the calculator dies

Jerry Merryman was one of the three men credited with inventing the device.

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Hillary Clinton rules out running for president in 2020

The former US secretary of state, senator and first lady ruled out another campaign after losing the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump.

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Anonymous winner claims 1.5 billion US dollars Mega Millions jackpot

For months, South Carolina residents had speculated on why the winner had not stepped forward.

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Update: Searches resume after tornado kills 23 in Alabama

Rescuers are scouring the rubble of mobile homes and houses in search of survivors of a powerful tornado that rampaged through south-east Alabama and killed at least 23 people.

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New Orleans fatal crash suspect told police: ‘I have a drinking problem’

Tashonty Toney has been charged with vehicular homicide after the deaths of two people.

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Edward Nixon, brother of former US president Richard Nixon, dies aged 88

Edward Calvert Nixon was the fifth son of Frank and Hannah Nixon and had been the last surviving brother of the former president.

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Sully the service dog has new role helping wounded vets

Sully served Mr Bush for six months until the former president died in November.

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US housing falls sharply

US housebuilding tumbled to a more than two-year low in December as construction of single and multi-family housing declined, the latest indication that the economy had lost momentum in the fourth quarter.

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Woman and daughter charged in US over deaths of five family members

Shana S. Decree and Dominique Decree were both arrested with the former claiming the deceased people wanted to die.

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This is hell: ‘Exhausted’ passengers stranded on US train for 36 hours

Nearly 200 people are still stuck after their train hit a fallen tree on Sunday evening.

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NFL team owner Kraft ‘visited sex parlour on day of championship game’

The 77-year-old was chauffeured to the Florida massage parlour in a white Bentley on the evening of January 19.

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US teenager to sue over coverage of encounter with Native American

He is also threatening legal action against The Associated Press and other news organisations.

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Judge imposes gag order on Trump confidant Roger Stone

The judge had already issued an order limiting comments in the case.

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Empire actor Jussie Smollett staged attack to promote his career, say police

The 36-year-old is accused of filing a false police report.

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Brothers in Smollett case ‘manned up’ to correct story, says lawyer

Gloria Schmidt said the two men had accepted money from the Empire star and wanted to come clean.

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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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