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Suspected 'maternity hotels' raided

BORN FREE: US federal agents following a raid on Carlyle Apartments in California, suspected of  involvement in "maternity tourism" schemes.

Around 20 alleged 'maternity hotels' where foreigners can give birth in the US, have been raided by federal agents.

Homeland Security funding signed off

FULLY FUNDED: House Speaker John Boehner returns to his office after today's controversial vote.

Despite objections the US Homeland Security gets a massive funding bill passed

White supremacist faces death penalty

RACIST ATTACK: Frazier Glenn Miller allegedly used a shotgun to kill three people at a Kansas Jewish centre.

Prosecutors allege 74-year-old white supremacist drove interstate to kill Jewish people

Ex-CIA boss to plead guilty

BLACK BOOKS: David Petraeus will plead guilty, marking the end of a dramatic fall from grace from four-star General and CIA head.

Former CIA Director David Petraeus has agreed to plead guilty to mishandling classified information.

Smithsonian bans selfie sticks

RULED OUT: Feel free to snap a selfie, just leave the sticks at home, says the Smithsonian.

The Smithsonian has banned use of selfie sticks in all of its museums.

Villarrica volcano erupts in Chile video

HOT STUFF: Ash and lava spew from the Villarrica volcano, as seen from Pucon town in the south of Santiago.

Thousands flee as lava surges down the slopes of South America's most active volcano.

Snapchat 'priest' offers confession

Snapchat, which makes a mobile application for sending photos and videos that disappear within seconds, wants to raise as much as $500 million.

A mysterious San Antonio 'priest' is offering to absolve sins digitally - by taking confessions using Snapchat.

Obama defends Iran diplomacy video

US President Barack Obama speaks during an exclusive interview with Reuters in the Library of the White House.

Obama tells Reuters that the odds are against reaching a final agreement, strongly criticises Israeli PM's stance.

Warning of 'nuclear nightmare' video

US Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate president pro tempore Orrin Hatch applaud Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his address to Congress.

Israeli PM Netanyahu uses controversial address to US Congress to warn against Iran nuke deal.

'Sorry' for Tamir Rice claim

KILLED: 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

The video of Tamir Rice's final moments, though silent and impersonal, remains chilling.

Review all police shootings: task force

DOUBLE CHECK: A White House task force recommends independent reviews of police shootings should be standard protocol.

White House task force calls to abolish racial profiling and independently review all police shootings.

US embassy in Cuba in 6 weeks?

FAST MOVER: While Obama wants the US embassy in Cuba completed quickly, he says undoing 50 years of "rupture".

Obama wants initial groundwork to normalise diplomatic relations with Cuba done by April 10.

Slushy waves amaze

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Cold weather in the United States is creating slushy waves.

Secret reference in Clinton's portrait

SECRET SHADOW:  Former US President Bill Clinton stands near his portrait during an unveiling ceremony at the Smithsonian on April 24, 2006 in Washington, DC. The Clintons reportedly hate the painting because of its reference to Monica Lewinsky.

It turns out Bill Clinton's presidential portrait has a secret. And it involves Monica and "that" dress.

Chile's Villarica volcano rumbling video

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Chile has issued an alert over increased activity at Villarica volcano.

Mummy blogger poisoned son with salt

LACEY SPEARS: Documented her son's health woes on a blog. She has been found guilty of killing him by force-feeding him salt.

A woman who blogged for years about her son's health woes killed him by force-feeding him salt.

'Half-tonne killer' loses 362kg

STUNNING WEIGHT LOSS: Since her trial in 2011, Mayra Rosales has lost 362kg and wants to lose more.

Woman dubbed the "half-tonne killer" for falsely claiming she killed her nephew makes headlines again, after losing 362kg.

Daughter dug grave for will

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A US woman has admitted digging up her father's grave in search of his "real will". She found only vodka and cigarettes.

LA police shoot homeless man video

A man speaks to LAPD officers during a demonstration against the grand jury's decision in the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of Michael Brown, in Los Angeles, California November 28, 2014.   REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage   (UNITED STATES - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS CRIME LAW)

In a dramatic confrontation caught on video, Los Angeles police shot and killed a homeless man in the heart of downtown's bustling skid row.

Suicidal teen told: 'Get back in'

Michelle Carter and Conrad Roy.

Michelle and Conrad exchanged more than 1000 text messages in the week before his death. One could cost her dearly.

Woman fakes her own abduction

GONE GIRL: Jennifer Alvarez staged her own disappearance to get out of planning her boyfriend's birthday party.

In a Gone Girl-style plot, a woman reportedly staged her own kidnapping to avoid planning her boyfriend's birthday party.

30 minute flight takes over nine hours

An American Airlines flight that typically takes less than an hour ended up being a nine-hour journey.

An American Airlines flight that usually takes 30 minutes got a "little chaotic" when it was grounded for nine hours.

Facebook feud leads to girl's death

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A feud between teenage girls on Facebook ends with one of the girls dead and two injured.

Protests leave shelves bare

A truck driver sleeps during a truckers' protest in Betim, Minas Gerais state.

Brazilian police sent in backup troops to control striking truckers after demonstrations turned violent.

Missing blind dog survives

Ed Davis with his dog Madera.

A blind dog who was missing for two weeks during a cold snap in Alaska has been found.

'Don't use Congress to play politics'

WARNING SHOT: US Secretary of State John Kerry hopes Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress on Tuesday doesn't threaten a Iranian nuclear deal.

US Secretary of State warns Israel's prime minister not to turn an address to Congress this week into "some great political football".

Baseballer goes in to bat for US

US Ambassador Mark Gilbert 26022015 US President Barack Obama (left) and US Ambassador Mark Gilbert

New US ambassador Mark Gilbert and wife Nancy are spilling over with new experiences - Flat whites, hongi and cricket.

Venezuela 'gringo' clampdown

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro during a rally to commemorate the 26th anniversary of the social uprising known as 'Caracazo'.

Nation to limit the activities of US diplomats and require American citizens to apply for visas for the beach.

Stolen Picasso found in US mail

1911 painting La Coiffeuse or The Hairdresser, by Pablo Picasso.

A Picasso painting missing from Paris for more than a decade resurfaced in the United States mail.

Mother's death may have sparked killing spree

Joseph Jesse Aldridge, the suspect in a shooting spree that left seven other people dead.

Discovery of mother's body may have sparked Missouri killing spree.

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