California firefighter dies as Thomas blaze rages

California firefighter dies as Thomas blaze rages

Image copyright MARK RALSTON Image caption The Thomas fire has destroyed about 900 properties, including 690 homes A California firefighter has been killed by a wildfire burning across Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Fire chief Ken Pimlott said the victim was apparatus engineer Cory Iverson, 32, a father-of-one whose wife is pregnant with a second […]

How net neutrality affects you

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted three to two to roll back an Obama-era law that protects “net neutrality”. The change will enable internet service providers (ISPs) to speed up or slow down different companies’ data, and charge consumers according to the services they access. Find out more about how the vote happened Visuals: […]

Walt Disney buys Murdoch’s Fox for $52.4bn

Walt Disney buys Murdoch’s Fox for $52.4bn

Image copyright Disney Image caption Disney chief executive Bob Iger and Rupert Murdoch Walt Disney has agreed to buy 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets for a total $52.4bn (£39bn). The deal includes Fox’s 39% stake in satellite broadcaster Sky, and the 20th Century Fox film studio, Disney announced. Fox’s remaining assets, including Fox News and […]

Roy Moore says Alabama election ‘tainted’ by outside groups

Roy Moore says Alabama election ‘tainted’ by outside groups

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Roy Moore is a former Alabama chief justice Roy Moore says he will not accept defeat in Alabama’s election, arguing the vote was “tainted” by outside groups trying to stay in power. In a four-minute video on YouTube, the hardline Republican lashed out after Democrat Doug Jones claimed victory in […]

Omarosa Manigault Newman denies being dragged out of White House

Omarosa Manigault Newman denies being dragged out of White House

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mrs Newman denies that she tried to storm into the White House residence One of Donald Trump’s former aides has denied trying to storm the White House residence after being fired. Omarosa Manigault Newman – a fiery former star of Mr Trump’s TV programme, The Apprentice – reportedly tripped […]

Morgan Spurlock admits sexual misconduct

Morgan Spurlock admits sexual misconduct

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Morgan Spurlock made his name with the documentary Super Size Me, which looked at the effects of eating fast food US documentary film-maker Morgan Spurlock has publicly confessed to a history of sexual misconduct, referring to himself as “part of the problem”. Spurlock, who made the hit film Super […]

Blake Farenthold won’t run again for Congress amid accusations

Blake Farenthold won’t run again for Congress amid accusations

Image copyright Twitter Image caption This 2009 photo of Mr Farenthold with a scantily clad model at a fundraiser pyjama party went viral A Republican congressman who used taxpayer money to settle a harassment lawsuit with a former aide will not run for re-election, the party says. Blake Farenthold is facing an ethics investigation amid […]

Putin: Trump opponents harm US with ‘invented’ Russia scandal

Putin: Trump opponents harm US with ‘invented’ Russia scandal

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Putin has been giving his marathon annual news conference in Moscow Russia’s president has accused opponents of his US counterpart Donald Trump of harming the US by “inventing stories” about contacts with Russia. At his annual news conference, Vladimir Putin said contacts between the Trump team and Russian officials […]

Film-maker Morgan Spurlock confesses to sexual misconduct

Film-maker Morgan Spurlock confesses to sexual misconduct

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Morgan Spurlock made his name with the documentary Super Size Me, which looked at the effects of eating fast food US documentary film-maker Morgan Spurlock has publicly confessed to a history of sexual misconduct, referring to himself as “part of the problem”. Spurlock, who made the hit film Super […]

Joe Biden comforts John McCain’s daughter over cancer

Joe Biden comforts John McCain’s daughter over cancer

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Biden says he is a long-time friend of Mr McCain despite the political divide Biden comforts tearful McCain daughter Former US Vice-President Joe Biden has offered comfort and advice to Meghan McCain over the health of her father, US Republican Senator John McCain, during a TV talk show. Mr […]