US lawmaker quits after discussing ‘surrogacy’ with aides

Image copyright Getty Images Arizona Republican Trent Franks has resigned amid an ethics investigation into conversations he had with female staff about surrogacy. The announcement came after a congressional panel said it was opening an inquiry into sexual harassment claims against Mr Franks. The lawmaker said he discussed surrogacy with two female aides when he […]

US jobs growth stronger than expected

Image copyright Getty Images US jobs growth was better than expected in November, with payrolls rising by 228,000. Service, health care and manufacturing firms helped to drive the gains, holding the unemployment rate held steady at 4.1%. Economists had expected an increase of about 200,000 jobs, but early festive season hiring and a rebound after […]

Roy Moore accuser Beverly Nelson added note to evidence

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ms Nelson (left) with her lawyer at a press conference on Friday Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore’s supporters are crying foul after one of his sexual assault accusers said she added to a key piece of evidence. Beverly Nelson said she noted the date and location beneath what she maintains […]

California wildfires: Nearly 200,000 flee as new blaze spreads

Media captionFootage captures the moment a motorist risked his life to rescue a wild animal amid California wildfires Nearly 200,000 residents have been evacuated from their homes in California as firefighters battle several raging wildfires. Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in San Diego on Thursday after a new blaze spread from 10 […]

California wildfires: Nearly 200,000 flee amid new blaze

Media captionFootage captures the moment a motorist risked his life to rescue a wild animal amid California wildfires Nearly 200,000 residents have now been evacuated due to California wildfires as crews pivot to fight a new blaze. Some 5,000 firefighters have been battling four brushfires that have destroyed hundreds of homes in the south of […]

Senator Al Franken to resign amid sexual misconduct claims

Media captionFranken attacked Donald Trump and Roy Moore in his resignation speech Democratic Senator and ex-comedian Al Franken has said he plans to quit “in the coming weeks” after string of sexual harassment allegations. “I am proud that during my time in the Senate that I have used my power to be a champion of […]

Ex-policeman Michael Slager jailed for shooting Walter Scott

A former South Carolina police officer has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for fatally shooting an unarmed African-American motorist. Michael Slager committed second-degree murder when he shot Walter Scott, 50, in the back as he fled arrest after a traffic stop, a judge ruled. “I forgive you,” relatives of Scott told Slager, 36, […]

California fire burns Bel-Air mansions as spread continues

Image copyright EPA Image caption Firefighters rescued both a work of art and the family Christmas tree from this Bel-Air home Residents of Los Angeles’ wealthy Bel-Air neighbourhood have found their homes under threat after another wildfire erupted in California. The so-called Skirball Fire destroyed several homes in the exclusive area, quickly spreading over 150 […]

US House votes to expand concealed carry gun rights

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Gun control is an emotive issue in the United States The House of Representatives has voted to allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons between states, accomplishing a decades-long firearms lobby goal. The Republican-controlled chamber passed the bill by 231-198, in their first major gun legislation since a 2012 […]