A blanket of snow covers Washington DC at the moment – the heart of what is often framed as the world’s greatest democracy looks picture postcard perfect. But beyond the hyperbole, and a year to the day since the event now known simply as “January 6th“, the reality seems troublingly far from perfect. That day
Thirteen people, including seven children, have died in a house fire in Philadelphia. Fire officials say they were called to a house converted into two apartments in the Fairmont neighbourhood at 6.40am local time on Wednesday. Two people were also taken to hospital and the fire was brought under control after less than an hour.
More than a million new COVID cases were reported in the US on Monday – the highest anywhere in the world since the start of the pandemic. The 1,082,549 figure – compiled by Johns Hopkins University from state data – is about double the previous high and pushes the seven-day average to more than 480,000.
A decision should be made “pretty soon” on whether Virginia Giuffre’s sex assault civil lawsuit against Prince Andrew should be dismissed, a US judge has said. Ms Giuffre, formerly known as Virginia Roberts, is suing Andrew after claiming he “committed sexual assault and battery” upon her when she was a teenager. Andrew Brettler, representing the
The founder of blood-testing startup Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes, has been convicted of fraud. The 37-year-old was found guilty of turning her company into a sophisticated sham that duped investors and patients into backing revolutionary finger-prick blood-testing technology that never actually worked. A jury convicted her on two counts of wire fraud and two counts of
One of the survivors of the 2015 Berkeley balcony collapse, Aoife Beary, has died at the age of 27. Six Irish students were killed and several others were injured when a fourth-floor balcony in Berkeley, California, collapsed causing those on it to fall about 40ft (12.2m) to the ground. Most of the students were in
Twitter has permanently suspended the personal account of US politician Marjorie Taylor Greene for repeated violations of its COVID-19 misinformation policy. Ms Greene has been kicked off of Twitter after being issued a “fourth strike” in August when she was suspended for a week for saying that vaccines were failing. She claimed in July that
An unvaccinated couple with four children died on the same day after contracting COVID-19. Alvaro and Sylvia Fernandez, of Loma Linda in Southern California, died without hours of each other on 19 December, their family said. Mr Fernandez, 44, was hesitant about getting a COVID vaccination so had not got his jab before developing symptoms
Emergency services searching for people missing after wildfires swept through communities in Colorado will use cadaver dogs to hunt through layers of fresh snow covering the smouldering debris. Three people are missing and nearly 1,000 homes were destroyed and hundreds damaged in the fires, the cause of which is still unknown. For those who escaped
New York City’s new mayor Eric Adams, a retired captain in the New York Police Department, called in an assault he witnessed during one of his first media engagements. Adams became the second black mayor of New York City when he was sworn into office on Saturday morning after holding a ceremony in Times Square.
Tributes have been paid to veteran actress Betty White who has died less than three weeks before her 100th birthday. The Golden Girls star, whose career spanned eight decades, reportedly died at her home on New Year’s Eve. Her death was confirmed by her longtime agent and close friend, Jeff Witjas. He told Associated Press
Ghislaine Maxwell has been “scapegoated” for the crimes of her ex-boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein and “was not given a fair trial”, her brother has told Sky News. The British former socialite was this week found guilty of recruiting underage girls to be sexually abused by Epstein, who killed himself in 2019 while awaiting trial on sex
Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial was billed as the moment, after years of waiting, when we would get answers. In reality, the woman at the centre of the case revealed almost nothing, and the courtroom drama, scheduled to last six weeks, was over in three. Maxwell did not take the stand, and her defence offered little
A past settlement between sex offender Jeffey Epstein and Virginia Giuffre, which could be key to a legal case involving Prince Andrew, is set to be made public next week. The 2009 agreement between Epstein and Ms Giuffre, formerly Virginia Roberts, will be released on or around 3 January following an order by US judges.
The judge in Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial wants jurors to work more days and longer hours because of a spike in the number of coronavirus cases in New York. Judge Alison Nathan said a positive COVID-19 case among jurors would endanger “our ability to complete this trial” and asked them to work every day
Ghislaine Maxwell has been found guilty of recruiting underage girls to be sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein. The 60-year-old former socialite and ex-girlfriend of billionaire financier Epstein is now facing the prospect of years in prison. As the verdicts were read out in court in New York, Maxwell appeared to show little reaction behind a