One dead after vehicle crashes into Massachusetts Apple store

At least one person was killed and 16 others were injured when a vehicle crashed into an Apple store in Massachusetts, local officials say. The incident took place around 10:45 local time, in Hingham, about 13 miles (20 km) south of Boston. Images from the scene show a gaping hole in the store’s glass front. Authorities are investigating the cause of the accident. The area in front of the store, which is part of a local shopping plaza – has been cordoned off by emergency personnel. “The dark colour SUV went through at a rate of speed undetermined through a … Continue reading One dead after vehicle crashes into Massachusetts Apple store

Nancy Pelosi stands down as leader of US House Democrats

Nancy Pelosi, who has led Democrats in the US House of Representatives for almost two decades, has announced she is standing down from the role. The 82-year-old is the most powerful Democrat in Congress and the first woman to serve as speaker of the House. She will continue to represent her California district in the lower chamber of Congress. It comes as Republicans are projected to take back control of the House following the midterm elections. Republican Kevin McCarthy has won the party’s nomination to be speaker in the new Congress and is likely to succeed Mrs Pelosi. “I never … Continue reading Nancy Pelosi stands down as leader of US House Democrats

Donald Trump says he’ll run for president again in 2024

Former US President Donald Trump has launched his third bid for the White House, declaring: “America’s comeback starts right now.” At his Florida estate, he said: “We have to save our country.” Mr Trump’s announcement comes as some fellow Republicans blame him for the party’s lacklustre performance in last week’s midterm elections. Speaking to an invited crowd from the ballroom of his Mar-a-Lago private club in Palm Beach on Tuesday night, Mr Trump, 76, said: “We are a nation in decline. “For millions of Americans, the past two years under Joe Biden have been a time of pain, hardship, anxiety … Continue reading Donald Trump says he’ll run for president again in 2024

Three members of football team at University of Virginia killed

Three members of the University of Virginia football team have been shot and killed on campus. Two others were injured in the shooting, which occurred on a bus filled with students returning from a field trip on Sunday evening. They were attacked as the bus pulled into a parking garage on the university campus, police say. A suspect is in custody charged with three counts of second degree murder and three counts of using a handgun. No possible motive for the attack was reported as police continued their investigation. A shelter-in-place order for the campus has been lifted but classes … Continue reading Three members of football team at University of Virginia killed

Woman gets 20 years for setting pit bull on man, killing him

A Kentucky woman was sentenced on Monday to 20 years in prison after admitting to ordering her pit bull to attack a man she was assaulting, resulting in the man’s death. A spokesperson for the Rockcastle County Circuit court clerk said that Melissa Wolke, 40, agreed in October to plead guilty to murder in connection with the Jan. 10, 2020, death of 55-year-old Donald Abner. That day, police received a 911 call about a woman “jumping up and down” on a man and assaulting him while her pit bull mauled him, an arrest citation states,WKYT said at the time. Neighbors told … Continue reading Woman gets 20 years for setting pit bull on man, killing him

FBI arrests two members of extremist ‘Boogaloo’ group

The FBI has arrested two alleged members of extremist anti-government group the Boogaloo Bois. Timothy Teagan, 24, of Michigan, is accused of lying about drug use while purchasing a gun. Aron McKillips, 29, of Ohio, is accused of illegal possession of a machine gun and interstate communication of threats. US authorities have warned of the potential for violence ahead of next week’s midterm elections. Mr Teagan appeared in federal court in Detroit, Michigan, on Wednesday, wearing a colourful Hawaiian-style shirt, an item of clothing often seen on supporters of the so-called Boogaloo movement. The anti-government subculture, whose followers believe a … Continue reading FBI arrests two members of extremist ‘Boogaloo’ group

Man charged with attempted kidnap and assault at Nancy Pelosi house

A man has been charged with attempting to kidnap senior US politician Nancy Pelosi and assaulting her husband. The 42-year-old is accused of breaking into the couple’s San Francisco home early on Friday and assaulting Paul Pelosi, 82, with a hammer. He had been searching for the top Democrat and reportedly shouted “where is Nancy?” while inside the property. But Mrs Pelosi, who is second in line to the presidency, was on the other side of the country at the time. The motive is being investigated but police say it was “not a random act”. The Department of Justice charged … Continue reading Man charged with attempted kidnap and assault at Nancy Pelosi house

Gold’s Gym owner and 5 others feared dead after plane crash off the coast of Costa Rica

Gold’s Gym owner Rainer Schaller Gold’s Gym owner Rainer Schaller, his family and two others are feared dead after a plane they were on apparently crashed off Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast on Friday, officials said. The Costa Rican Ministry of Public Security posted on Facebook on Friday saying a plane heading from Mexico to Limon, Costa Rica, lost contact with the control tower at Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaria International Airport at about 6 p.m. local time while flying over the northeastern Parismina area off the country’s Caribbean coast. Schaller, a German national and business tycoon, along with four other German nationals and a … Continue reading Gold’s Gym owner and 5 others feared dead after plane crash off the coast of Costa Rica

Trump questioned under oath over rape accuser’s defamation case

Former US President Donald Trump has answered questions under oath in a lawsuit brought against him by an advice columnist who says he raped her. E Jean Carroll alleges the attack took place in a New York luxury department store dressing room in the mid-1990s. Mr Trump denied the claim and said Ms Carroll was lying, prompting her to sue him for defamation. Ms Carroll’s attorney did not release details of the deposition, but said it took place on Wednesday. A civil trial in the case is scheduled for 6 February. “We’re pleased that on behalf of our client, E … Continue reading Trump questioned under oath over rape accuser’s defamation case

US January 6 committee votes to issue subpoena for Trump testimony

The US congressional committee investigating last year’s Capitol riot is issuing a legal summons for former President Donald Trump to testify. “He is required to answer for his actions,” said Representative Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat. If Mr Trump does not comply with the summons, known as a subpoena, he could face criminal charges and imprisonment. The select committee is looking into Trump supporters’ storming of Congress on 6 January 2021. The panel’s seven Democrats and two Republicans voted 9-0 in favour on Thursday of issuing the subpoena for the former Republican president to provide documents and testimony under oath … Continue reading US January 6 committee votes to issue subpoena for Trump testimony

Biden issues federal pardons for ‘simple possession’ of marijuana

President Joe Biden has pardoned all Americans who have been convicted at the national level of possessing small amounts of marijuana. Officials estimate about 6,500 people with federal convictions for simple possession of marijuana will benefit. No-one is currently in federal prison solely for possession of marijuana. Most convictions occur at state level. But the federal pardons will make it easier for people to get employment, housing, and education, Mr Biden said. As a presidential candidate, Mr Biden promised to decriminalise cannabis use, as well as expunging convictions. “Sending people to prison for possessing marijuana has upended too many lives … Continue reading Biden issues federal pardons for ‘simple possession’ of marijuana

Hunter Biden could be charged with tax crimes

The FBI has gathered enough evidence to charge Hunter Biden with tax crimes and making a false statement to buy a gun, according to CBS News. President Joe Biden’s son has been under federal investigation since 2018. The decision on whether to file criminal charges now rests with the US Attorney in Delaware. A lawyer for Hunter said he had not been contacted by federal agents. He has repeatedly denied breaking the law. Hunter Biden, 52, is a lawyer and lobbyist who has worked abroad including in China and Ukraine. He was discharged from the US Navy in 2014 after … Continue reading Hunter Biden could be charged with tax crimes