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Manhattan manhole fires forces theatre evacuation

By Lucia Binding, news reporter People in a theatre performance of Jersey Boys was forced to evacuate after a series of manhole explosions in midtown Manhattan. The manhole fires began at around 8pm on Saturday at West 50th Street near Eighth Avenue, causing public confusion and disruption to train operations. …

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Footage could shed light on fate of aviator Amelia Earhart

A newly-acquired 16mm movie film of female aviator Amelia Earhart could shed light on what happened more than 80 years after she disappeared. The American pilot – the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic – went missing over the central Pacific Ocean, near Howland Island, in 1937 …

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Jussie Smollett assault inquiry has 'shifted' say police

Police want to reinterview Jussie Smollett after saying “the trajectory of the investigation” into the reported attack on the Empire actor had shifted. The move comes after Chicago investigators released without charge two Nigerian brothers they had detained for questioning earlier in the week. In response, lawyers for Smollett said …

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Trump: Britain should take back IS fighters

Donald Trump says the US has asked Britain and other European allies to take back more than 800 Islamic State fighters captured in Syria and put them on trial. The US president said the terror group’s caliphate in Iraq and Syria is “ready to fall” and “the alternative is not …

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Jennifer Aniston's jet forced to make emergency landing

Jennifer Aniston’s 50th birthday plans were unexpectedly delayed when her private jet was forced to make an emergency landing. The plane carrying the actress and a group of friends, including former Friends co-star Courteney Cox, was en route to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico after taking off from Los Angeles …

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Former US cardinal defrocked over child abuse claims

A former US cardinal has been expelled from the Roman Catholic priesthood after a Vatican investigation found him guilty of sex abuse against children and adults. Theodore McCarrick, the former Archbishop of Washington, is the most high-profile church figure to be dismissed in modern times. The Vatican said McCarrick, 88, …

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IS 'decimated' and down to last mile of territory – Pence

The Islamic State caliphate has been “decimated” and the last mile of IS-controlled territory in Syria is being captured by American-backed forces, says US vice president Mike Pence. He said the US would keep a strong presence in the Middle East and vowed the remnants of IS would be “hunted …

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Paul Manafort faces 'more than 19 years' in prison

Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort could spend more than 19 years in prison after being found guilty of tax and bank fraud charges. Prosecutors for special counsel Robert Mueller have urged a federal judge on Virginia to impose a prison sentence of between 19.6 and 24.4 years on …

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Five dead and officers wounded in mass shooting near Chicago

A gunman has killed five people and shot and wounded five police officers at a warehouse near Chicago. Police identified the killer as 45-year-old Gary Martin, who worked at the industrial complex in Aurora, Illinois and confirmed he had also died after being shot. Local media showed dozens of emergency …

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