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Trump threatens broadcaster NBC after nuclear report Trump threatens broadcaster NBC after nuclear report
US President Donald Trump has raised the prospect of challenging media licences for NBC News and other news networks after unfavourable reports. He took aim at NBC, which made him a star on The Apprentice, after it reported he wanted to boost America's nuclear arsenal almost tenfold. Mr Trump labelled the report "fake news" and "pure fiction". NBC also angered the White House last week wh...
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Las Vegas shooting: Did guns use bump-stocks to fire more? Las Vegas shooting: Did guns use bump-stocks to fire more?
US media are reporting that the gunman who killed almost 60 people at a concert in Las Vegas on Sunday may have used legal but controversial accessories to allow semi-automatic rifles to fire hundreds of rounds per minute. Two officials told the Associated Press that two devices known as "bump-stocks" had been found along with 23 guns inside Stephen Paddock's room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and...
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Trump vows to tackle N Korea on Asia trip Trump vows to tackle N Korea on Asia trip
US President Donald Trump will travel to five Asian countries in November to participate in regional summits, the White House has announced. He will visit Japan, China, South Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines and the US state of Hawaii for an 11-day trip. "The president's engagements will strengthen the international resolve to confront the North Korean threat", the White House statement said....
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US pulls staff from Cuba over 'specific attacks' US pulls staff from Cuba over 'specific attacks'
The US is withdrawing more than half of its staff at its embassy in Cuba in response to mysterious attacks which left its diplomats unwell. Washington is also warning Americans not to visit the country because some attacks occurred in hotels. At least 21 staff reported health problems ranging from mild brain trauma and deafness to dizziness and nausea. Describing the US decision as "hasty...
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US health secretary Tom Price quits after plane scandal US health secretary Tom Price quits after plane scandal
US Health Secretary Tom Price has resigned over the use of expensive private planes for official business. He previously apologised after making 26 private flights since May at a cost of $400,000 (£300,000) to taxpayers. Government officials, except those dealing with national security matters, are required to take commercial flights for work related travel. Three other members of Preside...
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Puerto Rico: Trump lifts shipping ban for storm-hit island Puerto Rico: Trump lifts shipping ban for storm-hit island
US President Donald Trump has waived shipping restrictions to help fuel and supplies reach storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, the White House has said. Mr Trump "has authorized the Jones Act be waived for Puerto Rico", a statement said on Twitter. Puerto Rico had pressed the US to lift the act, which limits shipping between coasts to US-flagged vessels. The US territory is struggling with fuel, w...
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Bump in U.S. Incomes Doesnít Erase 50 Years of Pain Bump in U.S. Incomes Doesnít Erase 50 Years of Pain
Incomes are up. Poverty is down. And job openings have hit a record high. But if the economy is so wonderful, why are so many Americans still feeling left behind? The disconnect between positive statistics and peopleís day-to-day lives is one of the great economic and social puzzles of recent years. It helped fuel President Trumpís political rise and underpins the frustrations that played out i...
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Six dead at Florida nursing home left without power Six dead at Florida nursing home left without power
Six people at a Florida nursing home that was left without power for days after Hurricane Irma have died. Police evacuated 115 residents on Wednesday from the facility, whose air conditioning was cut by the storm. Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said three were found dead at the nursing home in the city of Hollywood. Three others died in hospital. Ten million people are still without...
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Trump restores police surplus military equipment scheme Trump restores police surplus military equipment scheme
US President Donald Trump has lifted restrictions imposed by Barack Obama on the transfer of surplus military-style equipment to the police. An executive order provides police with items including bullet-proof helmets and armoured vehicles. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the aim was to enhance public safety. Mr Obama barred the military from handing over some types of military equipm...
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President Trump pardons controversial sheriff Joe Arpaio President Trump pardons controversial sheriff Joe Arpaio
US President Donald Trump has pardoned Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who had been convicted of criminal contempt. Mr Arpaio, 85, was found guilty after he defied a court order to stop traffic patrols targeting suspected immigrants. He was due to be sentenced in October. The president had hinted at the pardon at a rally in Phoenix on Tuesday. Thanking the president, Mr Arpaio said his conviction w...
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