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The rise of the 'unlikely' candidate video

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has already done damage to America's reputation.

OPINION: It's too late. There will be many consequences to the Trump nomination, both in the United States and abroad.

One dead in US school shooting

A gunman who shot a police officer has been killed in the US.

Police hunting a man who shot and killed a woman and injured a bystander outside a Washington school.

Top reason Americans will vote for Trump

Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The US presidential election may turn out to be one of the world's biggest un-popularity contests.

Massive wildfire cuts off evacuees video

A Canadian Joint Operations Command aerial photo shows wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

Catastrophic wildfire in Alberta, Canada explodes to tenfold in size, cutting off people in camps and shelters.

Florida death row may empty

While death sentences are increasingly rare across the US, Florida is an outlier.

Court decision may see nearly 400 given reprieve from death sentence.

Top Republican snubs Trump

U.S. Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) talks to the media after being nominated for speaker of the House of ...

Tit for tat as House Speaker Paul Ryan and Trump trade barbs.

Ire in bin Laden raid's shadow

Photos have been released of the Tora Bora, Afghanistan, compound Osama Bin Laden lived in until a Western bombing ...

After the al-Qaeda chief was killed, some think Pakistani intelligence retaliated against CIA's station chief.

Grim Sleeper killer guilty

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Nearly 30 years ago the first victim was found in an alley. The serial killer then went on to stalk the streets of LA for more than two decades.

Higher fence for White House?

After a spate of fence-jumping incidents, the White House is looking to raise the bar - literally.

Forget a wall with Mexico - there's plan to double height of White House's fence.

White powder sent to supercar speedsters

A photo of two of the speeding cars that was submitted to the Star Tribune newspaper in Minnesota.

It seems police are not the only ones annoyed with the highway antics of a dozen drivers in exotic sports cars.

Ex-star's bank robbery arrest

Cramer was 12 years old when he played a boy who has an adventure with an alien spaceship in Flight of the Navigator.

Man who starred in Disney's Flight of the Navigator when he was a child charged by police.

Trump's taco tweet enrages

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Donald Trump causes outcry after tweet with taco salad: "I Love Hispanics!".

New evacuations as wildfire rages video

A Canadian Joint Operations Command aerial photo shows wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

Massive wildfire near Fort McMurray in western Canada grows to five times its initial size.

Trump too toxic for Republicans?

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump is surrounded by family members as he speaks during a campaign ...

He may be the presumptive nominee, but can Donald Trump win over young Republicans?

NZ's future under President Trump

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump smiles as he speaks at the start of a campaign victory party after ...

What would a President Trump mean for New Zealand?

Republicans' tough position

Polarising Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican presidential nominee as the last man standing after Ted Cruz and ...

Republican lawmakers, operatives and donors grapple with whether to support Donald Trump.

Barack boogies with R2-D2 video

The Obamas make a new friend.

The Obamas can even make dancing with robots from Star Wars look cool.

Family flees fire in terror video

The family of three fled past a burning forest.

"Oh my god Steve our house is going to burn down."

Wildfire burns 1600 homes video

An image shared on Twitter apparently taken near Fort McMurray, Alberta.

A fire that threatens to destroy an entire Canadian town has already burned down 1600 buildings.

Trump talks win, running mates

"We had a tremendous victory yesterday. Those numbers were phenomenal. We won with every single group," Trump marveled. ...

Donald Trump says former rival John Kasich is "rising rapidly" on his running mate shortlist.

Bathroom bill 'violates civil rights'

The federal government was giving the state's Republican governor Pat McCrory until Monday to pledge that he will walk ...

US government challenges North Carolina law aimed against gay and transgender people.

Bald eagle brought down plane

The wreckage of the small plane was left strewn through a forest.

Feathers found in the wreckage of a fatal plane crash pointed to a collision with a bald eagle.

Trump: Some hard questions

Will Trump be more effective at mobilising his own supporters or those of his opponent?

OPINION: A look at what could happen now Donald Trump is at the top of the heap.

'I saw so much'

Bolek and his wife, Zosia Brodecki, seen at their home in Rockville, Maryland, are both Holocaust survivors and met in a ...

After a nightmare in concentration camps, they say they lived the American Dream.

Big US quake warning

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California's San Andreas fault "locked, loaded and ready to roll" with big earthquake, expert says.

Trump causes agony in GOP

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump vows to unite his splintered party, but managed to be bitingly ...

As some Republican leaders reluctantly begin rallying around Donald Trump, others agonise over their party's future.

A 101 to the running man challenge video

NZ Police take part in the #runningmanchallenge

Want to get clued up on the new dance craze sweeping the world? Here is who's doing it and how it's done.

End of the Republican establishment? video

Ohio Governor John Kasich speaks as he withdraws as a US Republican presidential candidate in Columbus, Ohio.

The utter failure of John Kasich's presidential bid is more than personal. It's the failure of the Republican establishment to connect with Americans.

'An erotic Disneyland'

The theme park, described as an "erotic Disneyland", is expected to open by 2018.

The theme park will have a Ferris wheel and waterslide, as well as a sex shop, erotic museum and "train of pleasures".

Obama: The water's safe

U.S. President Barack Obama drinks a glass of filtered water from Flint, a city struggling with the effects of ...

The US President makes his point by drinking a glass of water, in front of the people of Flint.

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