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Trump administration officials defend US Capitol riot response

Former US President Donald Trump still falsely claims he won the election.

One of the ex-Trump administration said he feared sending troops to the US Capitol could fan fears of a military coup.

Republicans oust Trump critic Liz Cheney from top post

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaks to reporters after House Republicans voted to oust her from her leadership post as chair ...

The move came after she repeatedly rebuked former US President Donald Trump for his false claims of election fraud and his role in fomenting the January 6 Capitol attack.

US cult leader didn't deserve mummified death, family says

Amy Carlson, Love Has Won’s “Mother God”, believed she was Jesus Christ and Marilyn Monroe in previous lives.

Amy Carlson's decayed body was found wrapped in a sleeping bag drapped with Christmas lights. Her family wants to know how she ended up leading a cult, and dead.

Seven life sentences for US ex-hospital worker's killing of seven patients

Reta Mays, a former US nursing assistant pleaded guilty to intentionally killing seven patients with fatal doses of insulin.

The former US nursing assistant offered no explanation for why she killed seven elderly veterans with fatal injections of insulin.

US shooter killed six people, then himself after he wasn't invited to party

A photo of Joana Cruz (foreground) is seen at a makeshift memorial. Cruz was the matriarch of the family in which six ...

A man who fatally shot six people at a birthday party was upset at not being invited to the gathering thrown by his girlfriend’s family, police say.

Two dead whales dislodge from hull of HMAS Sydney in California

Two dead whales dislodged from underneath a Royal Australian Navy ship as it berthed in the US city of San Diego.

The Royal Australian Navy has confirmed the two carcasses shifted from underneath the vessel as it berthed.

Liz Cheney says Trump and Republican backers threaten democracy

Liz Cheney has lashed out at Donald Trump and his supporters.

Liz Cheney has lashed out at leaders of her own US Republican Party, accusing Trump and his supporters of following a path that would “undermine our democracy”.

Blowing his nose into a blanket could land US flyer a huge fine

The FAA said the man repeatedly ignored orders to wear a mask, then coughed and blew his nose into a blanket (file photo).

The passenger also repeatedly ignored orders to wear a mask as US aviation authorities continue a crackdown on unruly travellers.

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A Covid crime wave - is anxiety over the US reopening fuelling a rise in gun violence?

A Covid crime wave - is anxiety over the US reopening fuelling a rise in gun violence?

Lightning strike hurls chunk of road at truck

A truck was badly damaged, and its passengers injured after a lightning strike sent a chunk of a road through its windows.

Lightning caused a piece of road to smash through a truck's windscreen in the US, meanwhile in the UK, a boy has been struck by lightning on a football field.

Dogecoin plunges after Elon Musk's SNL appearance

Saturday Night Live host Elon Musk during the monologue on May 8, 2021.

The cryptocurrency tumbled as much as 30 per cent after the Tesla chief and self-appointed “Dogefather" hosted Saturday Night Live.

Man steals police car, crashes it, then steals a second one

Police chase Florida

In a scene straight out of a comedy about bumbling cops, a Florida man steals a police car, crashes it in the woods and then steals a second one while police are looking for him.

As Covid cases spike at Mexican resorts, US tourists keep on partying

Visitors pose for photos on the beach at the Grand Oasis Cancún resort. Many hotels that cater to foreign guests are ...

Hotels in Quintana Roo are reporting an influx of advance bookings for summer 2021.

Melinda Gates met divorce lawyers in 2019 over Bill's friendship with Jeffrey Epstein

The usual office response to news of a celebrity split “played out like clockwork when Bill and Melinda Gates’ divorce ...

A new report says Bill's dealings with Epstein were a “source of concern” for his wife.

Security footage shows Tesla owner got into driver's seat before deadly crash

According to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, home security camera footage shows that the owner of a Tesla ...

Home security camera footage shows that the owner of a Tesla got into the driver's seat of the car shortly before a deadly crash.

Pfizer vaccine expanded to US children as young as 12

US regulators have expanded use of Pfizer's shot to those as young as 12, sparking a race to protect students before ...

US regulators have expanded use of Pfizer's vaccine to those as young as 12, sparking a race to protect students before they head back to school in Autumn.

After a concussion, a third of youths develop mental health issues

Concussion is often a topic of discussion in professional sport, but there is less public discourse around the effects ...

New research shows while young people recover quickly from the common effects of concussion, mental health impacts can linger.

New White House panel aims to separate science, politics

In an effort to turn the page on the Trump era, the Biden administration is putting together a taskforce to tighten ...

Eager to the turn the page on the Trump years, the Biden administration hopes to unearth past problems with the politicisation of science in government, and tighten scientific integrity rules.

Republicans prepare to oust Cheney

Liz Cheney, the House Republican Conference chair. Donald Trump and his supporters are intensifying efforts to shame ...

Loyalty to Donald Trump counts far more than Liz Cheney's conservative credentials.

US Capitol rioters make questionable claims about police

At least a dozen of the 400 people charged so far in the January 6 insurrection have made dubious claims about their ...

At least a dozen of the 400 people charged so far in the January 6 insurrection have made claims that police stood by and welcomed them inside.

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Watch the moment a black bear indulged in a relaxing bath.

Watch the adorable moment 11-year-old black bear Takoda gave himself a relaxing bath to cool off during a warm spell.

Elon Musk reveals he has Asperger's syndrome during 'Saturday Night Live' monologue

Elon Musk recently changed his title at Tesla to ‘Technoking’.

Tesla boss revealed he has Asperger's syndrome during his monologue, which appears to be the first time he has publicly said he has the condition.

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Three bystanders, including a four-year-old girl, were shot in New York City's Times Square after gunfire broke out in a dispute.

US man convicted of fatally punching son, allegedly over Father's Day cheesecake

A US jury this week convicted a man in the US city of Milwaukee of homicide for the 2019 death of his 5-year-old son.

Prosecutors say Travis Stackhouse admitted to punching the child in the stomach because the boy had eaten a piece of his Father's Day cheesecake.

Obama's dog Bo dies from cancer

FILE - In this March 15, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama pets the family dog Bo, a Portuguese water dog, outside ...

Barack Obama and his wife Michelle described Bo as a “true friend and loyal companion”.

Eleven-year-old Florida girl dies attempting to save puppies from fire

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Rilee Beisler died after she attempted to save two puppies caught in a fire in the US.

Trump Justice Department secretly obtained reporters' phone records

Donald Trump frequently clashed with journalists throughout his term in office.

It also tried to obtain their email records over reporting they did on Russia's role in the 2016 US election.

Rio's last wild macaw is lonely and looking for love

A blue-and-yellow macaw that zookeepers have named Juliet, left, grooms with a captive macaw at BioParque, in Rio de ...

Some say Juliet the macaw is indulging a forbidden romance. More likely, loneliness compels her to seek company at Rio de Janeiro’s zoo.

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The Missouri woman allegedly tried to hire a hitman to kill her ex-husband's 74-year-old mother.

US man turns theft of prosthetic arm into charity

Parker Hanson's prosthetic arm still has not been recovered.

A US college baseball player whose prosthetic arm was stolen plans to give away the money donated by people who want to buy him a replacement.

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