Passenger dragged off United Airlines plane wins settlement

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Video of the incident quickly went viral online The Kentucky doctor dragged off a United Airlines flight from Chicago earlier this month has received a financial settlement from the airline. Lawyers for Dr David Dao, 69, say a condition of the payout is that the “amount remain confidential”. United boss […]

Trump ‘backs down’ in new short-term spending bill

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption In 2013, the government did shut down in a row over healthcare US lawmakers have reached a deal to avert a federal government shutdown after the White House backed off a threat to withhold Obamacare subsidies. The stop-gap bill announced late on Wednesday allows Congress an extra week to […]

Fox host Watters takes sudden leave after Ivanka remark backlash

Image copyright Twitter Image caption Watters said the audience that booed Trump treated the event ‘like soccer match’ Fox News presenter Jesse Watters has announced he is taking a holiday, after appearing to make a sexually suggestive remark about Ivanka Trump. He said, with a grin, that he “really liked how she was speaking into […]

‘Overly obese’ body sparks Ohio funeral home fire

Image copyright Hillside Chapel A crematorium in Ohio caught fire while burning the remains of an “overly obese” body, according to the owner. Don Catchen said the corpse caused flames to engulf one of his units in the city of Cincinnati. The fat in the body burned at a higher temperature, prompting the blaze, said […]

100 days: America in a time of Trump

Image copyright Chris Kindred Presidential elections are always something of a national Rorschach test. The reaction to candidates, like the perception of inkblots, helps to divulge the nation’s character, underlying disorders and emotional condition. Donald Trump’s unexpected victory showed that America had a split personality. It also revealed that, among his 62 million supporters, rage […]

First Americans claim sparks controversy

Image copyright San Diego Natural History Museum Image caption Purported stone tools can be seen alongside broken mastodon bones at the excavation site near San Diego A study that claims humans reached the Americas 130,000 years ago – much earlier than previously suggested – has run into controversy. Humans are thought to have arrived in […]

US parks may lose federal protection

Media captionIs Trump threatening the US wilderness? President Donald Trump has signed an executive order requiring a review of environmental protections given to lands owned by the federal government. The order aims to shrink the borders of national monuments created by previous presidents, which Mr Trump called an “egregious abuse of federal power”. Unlike national […]

Trump seeks tax windfall for business

Image copyright Getty Images The Trump administration has proposed slashing the rate of corporation tax with the aim of spurring economic growth, the Treasury Secretary said. Steven Mnuchin unveiled President Trump’s blueprint, which aims to cut the business tax rate from 35% to 15%. Economists say the policy would add trillions of dollars to the […]

First bison calves born in Banff National Park in 140 years

Image copyright Adam Zier-Vogel/Parks Canada Image caption This calf’s first steps in Banff’s backcountry are part of a project to reintroduce wild bison The first bison calves to be born in 140 years in Canada’s oldest national park are taking their first steps. Conservation staff at Banff National Park in the western province of Alberta […]

Trump ‘considering draft order to scrap Nafta’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Signed by President Bill Clinton, Nafta came into force in 1994 The Trump administration has drafted an executive order that would withdraw the US from the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), US media say. It is unclear whether President Donald Trump will follow through and strike down the […]

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