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Fined for lesbian wedding cake refusal

A bakery that refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple has been ordered to pay them more than $200,000.

A bakery that refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple has been ordered to pay them more than $200,000.

Fourteen hospitalised after deck collapses

A residential deck on a North Carolina island collapsed and at least 14 people were rushed to the hospital.

Deck collapsed at a North Carolina beachhouse as a family got set to take a group photo.

The Americans are coming!

Many Texas residents suspect that an upcoming military exercise is a secret plot by US President Barack Obama to spy on them, confiscate their guns and ultimately establish martial law.

Many Texans suspect military exercise is secret plot by President Barack Obama to establish martial law.

Jumping fish kills girl

Jayln Rippy, 5, was travelling along the Suwannee River near Gainsville, Florida, when she was struck and killed by a jumping sturgeon.

A 5-year-old girl has died after a sturgeon leapt from a river and struck her.

Hillary Clinton accuses China of hacking

Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

China is stealing commercial secrets and "huge amounts of government information" says US Democratic presidential candidate.

Kiwi to take on US hot dog champ video

Nela Zisser is a model and competitive eater, now eyeing up the annual July Fourth hot dog contest in New York.

Kiwi model and avid eater Nela Zisser says she can out-eat the men at the annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest in New York.

Solar-powered plane breaks record video

Solar Impulse 2, a solar powered airplane attempting a round-the-world flight, flies over Nagoya Airport.

A plane powered by the sun's rays lands in Hawaii after a record-breaking five-day journey across the Pacific Ocean.

Measles death in US

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Autopsy reveals a woman in Washington state died from measles, the first measles death in the US since 2003.

Sisters jump to escape flames video

Two sisters leap for their lives from the window of a burning apartment building.

Trapped in their burning home, two sisters in the US state of Georgia had few options but to take a leap of faith.

Fillings, grit solve 71-year-old mystery

Clay Bonnyman Evans helped solve the mystery surrounding his grandfather, Alexander Sandy Bonnyman Jr, a World War II veteran  whose remains were finally found after 70 years.

He was deep in a pit on a Pacific island when he heard the words his family had waited for so long: "Gold."

Photos: When lightning strikes gallery

The lights of a plane taking off with lightning in the background are seen in this long exposure shot.

When monsoon storms pass over the high deserts of California, it can result in incredible lightning storms.

Mob smashes Walmart store video

A group of teens rampage through a Walmart store in Georgia.

Young people rampage through a Walmart store allegedly wanted to see how much damage they could cause.

Obama delivers on hope

U.S. President Barack Obama winks while in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, April 23, 2013.      REUTERS/Larry Downing  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

He campaigned on hope. It's possible Barack Obama is finally delivering on it.

BP settles US oil spill claims for US$18.7b video

A rig explosion at Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers and spewed oil for nearly three months in April, 2010.

BP reaches a comprehensive US$18.7 billion settlement with the US government and five states over 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill.

Thousands evacuated after train fire

Police in Tennessee block a highway after a train derailment near Maryville.

A freight train carrying flammable and toxic gas has derailed and caught fire in the US state of Tennessee.

False alarm over possible shooter at Navy Yard

Washington DC traffic backs up as police respond to reports of a shooting and subsequent lockdown at the US Navy Yard.

No injuries were reported at the US Navy Yard in Washington DC after reports of a possible shooter.

US steps up the heat on Fifa seven for extradition

The United States is moving to extradite seven Fifa officials from Switzerland.

The US has submitted a formal request for Switzerland to extradite seven Fifa officials.

Biden's message to NZ

US Vice President Joe Biden has delivered a message to the "special people of New Zealand"

United States Vice-President Joe Biden hasĀ an Independence Day message for New Zealand.

Mystery amnesia woman identified video

"Sam" appeared on US television to try to solve the mystery of her past.

"Sam" who thought she might have been Australian is actually an American.

Dolphin leaps into boat, lands on woman

Chrissie and Dirk Frickman get ready to talk to the media after the ordeal.

Woman left with broken ankles after dolphin drops in from nowhere.

CNN couple caught in motel shootout

Chuck de Caro and Lynne Russell at a CNN party in June.

Couple's road trip got derailed when an armed man burst into their room.

Centipede pulled from teen's ear

The centipede in all it's glory. (shudder)

When Grant Botti woke up with a really bad earache he didn't think it'd be down to wildlife inside his head.

Mum injected faeces into IV

Candida Fluty's police mugshot.

Candida Fluty admits deliberately making her 9-year-old son sick for attention.

Antarctic explorer dies at Machu Picchu

Margaret Burrell pictured with her husband Malcolm Laird's photo. The life-long explorer died unexpectedly at Machu Picchu last week.

An 80-year-old Christchurch explorer has died unexpectedly at Machu Picchu in Peru.

US, Cuba to reopen embassies video

The bill now goes to US President Barack Obama to be signed into law.

The US and Cuba have formally re-established diplomatic relations after 54 years.

Oregon legalises recreational marijuana

Oregan residents over the age of 21 can now smoke marijuana privately, grow up to four plants and posses up to 227 grammes.

Oregon is the third US state to allow the smoking and growing of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use.

Distraught people, deadly results video

A protester stands with his hands on his head as a cloud of tear gas approaches following the riots last November in Ferguson, Missouri. The killing of Michael Brown was the first in a string of high-profile US police shootings that focused attention on violence by police.

US police have killed 124 people this year who were in the throes of mental or emotional crisis. Here are some of their stories.

Michelle Obama is Camp Leader gallery

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (C) gives out hugs as she welcomes a group of Girl Scouts to the "Let's Move Outside" campout on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington June 30, 2015. A group of 50 fourth-grade Girl Scouts plan to spend the night in camping tents on the lawn, a celebration of the scouting movement and the National Park Service centennial. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

America's First Lady hosted a massive Girl Scout camp at the nearest National Park: the White House lawn.

Dry run for 'Shawshank' escape

Prison inmates Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 35, are seen in a combination of enhanced pictures released by the New York State police, showing how they might look after escaping.

Escapee David Sweat made a practice run before he and Richard Matt broke out of an upstate New York prison in June.

'Mommy just started a forest fire'

Amber Pangborn was alone for days after getting lost in the Plumas National Forest.

Woman gives birth in forest after getting lost, then accidentally sets fire to it.

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