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US flu worst since 2009 swine pandemic

Image copyright Reuters Image caption An emergency room nurse (R) treats a hospital patient for flu this month in Escondido, California More Americans are seeking medical care for flu than at any time since the "swine" pandemic of nearly a decade ago, say US health officials. Thirty-seven children have died and nearly 12,000 patients have…

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Bombardier wins trade dispute in US

Image copyright PACEMAKER Image caption The government had suspected Bombardier would lose and unions feared sales and UK jobs would be hit Bombardier has won a trade case in the United States, overturning a decision to impose damaging tariffs on imports of its C-Series aircraft. The UK government had suspected that the Canadian aircraft manufacturer…

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Canadian billionaire couple ‘murdered’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Honey and Barry Sherman were renowned for their charity fundraising The deaths of Canadian billionaire couple Barry and Honey Sherman are being treated as murder, Toronto police say. The bodies of Mr Sherman, 75, and Mrs Sherman, 70, were found in their Toronto home on 15 December. Mr Sherman was…

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Gymnastics board told to quit over abuse

Image copyright Getty Images The US Olympic Committee (USOC) has ordered the entire USA Gymnastics (USAG) board to resign by 31 January or lose status as a sports governing body. USOC outlined steps the board must take after ex-USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years for sexually abusing young athletes.…

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Russia mocks UK minister’s attack warning

Image copyright PA Russia has ridiculed a UK minister for suggesting it could cause "thousands and thousands and thousands" of deaths by crippling British infrastructure. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson told the Daily Telegraph Moscow was spying on energy supplies which, if cut, could cause "total chaos" in the country. But Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Igor…

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‘Dementia’ inmate’s execution called off

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Vernon Madison was sentenced to death for killling an Alabama officer The US Supreme Court has halted the planned execution of an Alabama inmate at the last minute because his lawyers say he is suffering from dementia. Vernon Madison's attorneys argued the 67-year-old is unable to remember the 1985 killing…

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Joe Kennedy to respond to Trump speech

Image copyright Getty Images Joseph Kennedy III, part of the Kennedy political dynasty, will deliver the Democrats' response to President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address on Tuesday, US media reports. The speech will make him the public face of his party and the main voice countering the president's politics. Mr Kennedy came…

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Accused lawmaker will not seek re-election

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Meehan allegedly told the former aide she was his "soul mate" A Pennsylvania congressman has said that he will not seek re-election after it was revealed he used tax funds to settle a sexual harassment complaint. The Republican allegedly paid the woman, whom he called his "soul mate", but…

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