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Allison Mack, an actor best known for her role in the US TV show Smallville, has been charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy. She has been accused of recruiting women as sex slaves as part of a secret society which portrayed itself...
Donald Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen must formally declare that his right to avoid self-incrimination would suffer if adult actress Stormy Daniels’ lawsuit is not delayed, a federal judge said. Attorneys for Mr Cohen were in court seeking a stay of Ms Daniels’...
The California National Guard said it had received an assurance of federal funding for a campaign against transnational crime, knocking down Donald Trump’s claim to the contrary. “We received written confirmation from the Pentagon that it’ll continue to fund” a mission announced earlier...
A Hindu priest has carried a Dalit – formerly known as an "untouchable" – man into an Indian temple’s inner sanctum, a move that might once have proved highly controversial in a country traditionally divided down strict caste lines.  The priest, CS Rangarajan,...
The top Democrat in the Senate has introduced a bill to decriminalise marijuana across the US. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced on 20 April – a day known for its celebrations of the psychoactive drug – that he would sponsor legislation to remove marijuana from the...
A 68-year-old man has been released from prison after serving nearly 25 years on death row. Vicente Benavides was released from San Quentin State Prison on Thursday, after the California Supreme Court overturned his conviction for murder and rape. Local prosecutors said...
The largest plane ever built – backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and his company Vulcan Aerospace – is set to take full flight for the first time within months. Known as Stratolaunch, the huge aircraft is so big that it requires...
A leading US bank is to pay $1bn - the largest fine imposed since Donald Trump became president - as punishment for selling customers car insurance they did not need and charging them unnecessary mortgage fees. In the latest in a series...
Federal civil rights prosecutors have reportedly recommended charging the police officer involved in the 2014 killing of Eric Garner. The Department of Justice is now weighing whether to pursue charges against Daniel Pantaleo, according to multiple reports, a New York City police...
Stalwart Donald Trump ally Rudy Giuliani is joining the president’s legal team. A statement from Mr Trump’s attorney Jay Sekulow announcing the decision quoted Mr Trump as saying “Rudy is great”. “He has been my friend for a long time and wants to...
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