US unemployment rate falls to nine-year low

US unemployment rate falls to nine-year low

Image copyright AP The US unemployment rate fell to a nine-year low in November, adding to expectations that US interest rates will rise later this month. Figures from the Labor Department showed the US economy created 178,000 jobs in November, while the jobless rate fell to 4.6% from 4.9% in October. The data adds to […]

Mall of America hires first black Santa

Mall of America hires first black Santa

The Mall of America in the US state of Minnesota has employed its first ever black Santa. Larry Jefferson, a retired army veteran from Texas, will greet children this weekend at the shopping centre’s Christmas experience. Co-owner of the photo studio, Landon Luther, has told the Minnesota Star Tribune that he’s been looking for a […]

Trump names Gen James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis as defence secretary

Media captionMr Trump has previously described Gen Mattis, 66, as “a true general’s general” US President-elect Donald Trump has named Gen James Mattis, a former marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, as his defence secretary. “He’s our best,” Mr Trump said, as he announced his pick in a speech in Ohio. Gen Mattis, who […]

Tennessee wildfires: Death toll rises to 11

Media captionJeffrey and Jeri Morgan return to find remains of their home The death toll from wildfires across the US state of Tennessee has risen to 11 as search and rescue continues. The cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have suffered the worst damage. On Thursday, country music legend Dolly Parton said her charity would […]

Anger erupts over California mountain lion hunt

Anger erupts over California mountain lion hunt

Image copyright AP Image caption California wildlife officials say none of the mountain lions that they have studied, like P-45 picture here, are capable of attacking a human A decision by officials in the US state of California to grant a permit for a well-known mountain lion called P-45 to be hunted has caused outrage. […]

Parkinson’s disease ‘may start in gut’

Parkinson’s disease ‘may start in gut’

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption One of the main symptoms of Parkinson’s is an uncontrolled tremor Scientists in California say they have transformed understanding of Parkinson’s disease. Their animal experiments, published in the journal Cell, suggest the brain disorder may be caused by bacteria living in the gut. The findings could eventually lead to new […]

Breitbart at ‘war’ with Kellogg’s over advertising snub

Breitbart at ‘war’ with Kellogg’s over advertising snub

Image copyright AP Image caption Breitbart’s call to #DumpKelloggs has unsurprisingly divided opinion on social media The right-wing website Breitbart, which has been accused by some of being a hate site, is calling for a boycott of Kellogg’s products after the cereal maker pulled its advertising from the news outlet. Using the hashtag #DumpKelloggs to […]

Trump names Gen James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis as defence secretary

Trump names Gen James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis as defence secretary

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Gen James Mattis is known for his outspoken views US President-elect Donald Trump has named Gen James Mattis, a former marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, as his defence secretary. “He’s our best,” Mr Trump said, as he announced his pick in a speech in Ohio. Gen Mattis, […]

Donald Trump vows ‘consequences’ for companies leaving US

Donald Trump vows ‘consequences’ for companies leaving US

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Trump praises Carrier for reaching a deal to keep 1,000 jobs stateside President-elect Donald Trump has warned companies of “consequences” if they leave the United States. He was speaking in Indiana, where he took credit for saving 1,000 jobs at the air-conditioning company Carrier Corp, which planned to move […]

Tennessee wildfires: Death toll rises to 10

Media captionJeffrey and Jeri Morgan return to find remains of their home The death toll from wildfires raging across Tennessee has risen to 10 as search and rescue operations continue. The cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have suffered the worst damage. On Thursday, country music legend Dolly Parton said her charity would donate $1,000 […]