United States

Christie ends term as first New Jersey governor to not break a leg in 25 years

Chris Christie left the New Jersey governor’s office with his popularity in tatters, but at least he didn’t break a leg.Republican Chris Christie left the New Jersey governor’s office with his popularity in tatters, but at least he di

United States

The other Ivanka: woman Trump tweeted in error takes aim at his presidency

Ivanka Majic – @Ivanka – writes blogpost year after president’s mistake thrusted UK resident into spotlightA woman from Brighton has marked the first anniversary of her being mistaken by Donald Trump for his daughter on Twitter to voi

United States

The girther movement: is Donald Trump fatter than the White House doctor says?

A physical examination of the US president has declared him to be in great physical shape. But some are questioning his vital statisticsName: The girther movementAge: One day old. Continue reading...

United States

Flash of light and loud bang in Michigan was meteor, experts say

Hundreds of people said they say fireball light up the skyUS Geological Service says it registered as 2.0 magnitude earthquakeExperts say a bright light and what sounded like thunder in the sky above Michigan was a meteor.The American Meteor Society says

Energy

EDF could build second nuclear plant 'for a fifth less than Hinkley Point'

Company claims a plant at Sizewell in Suffolk would be £4bn cheaper than £20bn projectEDF Energy has claimed it could build a second new nuclear power station in Britain that would be a fifth cheaper than the £20bn Hinkley Point C project under c

Films

Star Wars actors mock fan who recut film to remove women

Mark Hamill and John Boyega join social media derision aimed at ‘De-Feminized Fanedit’A fan-made recut of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, designed to remove women from the film, has been mocked on social media by the movie’s stars.The film w

United States

'I would call that torture': police chief on California captivity case – video

Police in California are investigating claims two parents tortured their 13 children. ‘I wish I could come to you today with information that would explain why this happened,’ said Capt Greg Fellows of the Riverside county sheriff’s de

United Kingdom

Snow in the UK – in pictures

Wintry showers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England have closed schools and roads and caused power cuts in some parts of the country. The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for snow and ice Continue reading...

United States

CIA rendition flights from rustic North Carolina called to account by citizens

A Gulfstream jet from a quiet airport south-east of Raleigh flew captives to be tortured around the world. The government failed to act but local people have refused to let the issue dieA year after he was released from captivity in Guantánamo, Binyam

United States

The Mother Load/ America's "childcare deserts" are driving women out of the workforce

Rising daycare costs have put the spotlight on Washington state in a country offering little support for parents seeking childcareNot long after the 2016 election, Shelby McGowan got a somber phone call from her brother.“I’m so sorry,”

United States

Rex Tillerson says the North Korea nuclear threat is growing – video

Secretary of state says the US seeks a diplomatic resolution in the nuclear standoff with North Korea, but declines to comment on whether the White House is considering limited military action against Pyongyang Continue reading...

Australia

‘Mob has always been there for me’: Indigenous drag performers to lead Midsumma pride march

Zac Collins-Widders and Harley Dunolly-Lee are the first Indigenous young people ‘crowned’ to lead the annual eventOn 26 January, while the country celebrates, mourns or ignores Australia Day, Zac Collins-Widders will march through Melbourne

Australia

South Australian Liberals vow to scrap version of Safe Schools if they win election

Two months from election, Liberals promise more comprehensive approach to bullyingSouth Australia’s version of the Safe Schools program will be scrapped if the opposition wins the March state election. The Liberals’ education spokesman, John

Australia

Jessica Falkholt: Australian actor dies after Boxing Day car crash

Home and Away actor’s parents and sister, who were also in the crash, were farewelled at a funeral a week agoHome and Away actor Jessica Falkholt has died in hospital a week after a funeral was held in Sydney for her sister and parents, who were in

United States

White House doctor says Trump will remain 'fit for duty' for years

Physician says president has benefited from ‘a lifetime of abstinence from tobacco and alcohol’ though he could stand to exercise more He does not exercise, has a long history of eating McDonald’s and drinking Diet Coke, and is just sh

United Kingdom

Mountain rescue team called to help drivers trapped on motorway

Motorists stuck in snow on M74 as severe winter weather hits Scotland and Northern IrelandA mountain rescue team was called to help with motorists who were trapped on a motorway in wintry conditions.Moffat mountain rescue team was asked to attend and chec

United States

Trump would benefit from diet lower in fat, White House doctor says – video

The US president had a normal score on a cognitive exam and is in excellent health, although he would benefit from a lower-fat diet and routine exercise, the White House doctor said Continue reading...

Australia

Authorities defend running of Perth youth prison after allegations of torture

Minister says he was assured solitary confinement wasn’t used at Banksia Hill after reports two teenagers spent more than 250 days in isolated cellsWestern Australian authorities have defended their running of Perth’s Banksia Hill juvenile d

United States

Flying car narrowly misses bus and wedges in building – video

A bus’ dashcam captures the moment a speeding car in Santa Ana, California flew through the air, narrowly missing the bus before crashing into the second floor of a building.The front half of the car was wedged inside the building and the other hal

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