California closes legal loophole after Stanford assault

California closes legal loophole after Stanford assault

Image copyright AP Image caption Brock Turner was seen by two witnesses sexually assaulting an unconscious woman Legislators in California have closed a loophole in sexual assault cases, whereby more lenient sentences could be issued if the victim did not resist. The change follows a high-profile sexual assault case in Stanford earlier this year. In […]

Cadbury’s owner Mondelez scraps takeover bid

Cadbury’s owner Mondelez scraps takeover bid

Image copyright Getty Images Snacks giant Mondelez International is abandoning its takeover bid for American confectioner Hershey after its $23bn (£18bn) offer was rejected. The deal would have created the world’s biggest maker of confectionery, but Hershey turned down the cash and stock offer in June. Hershey shares tumbled by as much as 12% in […]

Taylor Swift dismissed from jury duty

Taylor Swift dismissed from jury duty

There was a lot of speculation about why Taylor Swift wasn’t at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. Now it looks like her absence may have been down to jury duty. The singer turned up for selection on Monday morning in Nashville, Tennessee, to be vetted by the court for an aggravated rape and kidnapping […]

Gene Wilder death: Star of Willy Wonka dies aged 83

Gene Wilder death: Star of Willy Wonka dies aged 83

Image copyright AP US actor Gene Wilder, remembered by many for his lead role in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, has died at the age of 83, his family confirmed. The comic actor also starred in classic films such as The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein. Mr Wilder frequently collaborated with writer and […]

EpiPen maker to sell cheaper generic version

EpiPen maker to sell cheaper generic version

Image copyright Getty Images The maker of the EpiPen will start selling a generic version in the wake of criticism about steep price increases. Mylan said it expected to start selling a cheaper generic product “in several weeks” at a list price of $300 (£230). That is about half the list price of the existing […]

Anthony Weiner scandal: Huma Abedin splits from sexting husband

Anthony Weiner scandal: Huma Abedin splits from sexting husband

Image copyright Reuters Hillary Clinton’s personal aide, Huma Abedin, has announced she is separating from her husband, disgraced former politician Anthony Weiner. Ms Abedin’s announcement comes after a report emerged that he had allegedly exchanged sexual photos with a woman. He appeared to have sent a photo of himself in his underpants with his toddler […]

Darrell Ward: TV’s Ice Road Truckers driver dies in plane crash

Darrell Ward: TV’s Ice Road Truckers driver dies in plane crash

Image copyright Channel 5 Image caption Darrell Ward had been on his way to start filming a new TV documentary Darrell Ward, one of the long-haul drivers made famous on TV’s Ice Road Truckers, has been killed in a plane crash at the age of 52. Ward, from Montana, has been one of the featured […]

Los Angeles airport evacuation sparked by ‘loud noises’

Los Angeles airport evacuation sparked by ‘loud noises’

Image copyright AP Image caption Traffic to the airport was closed during the incident Unconfirmed reports of gunshots, later described by police as just “loud noises”, have sparked evacuations at Los Angeles airport. People fled the airport on Sunday night amid the shooting reports, with scenes of abandoned luggage on pavements. Traffic to the terminal […]

US election: Hillary Clinton unveils mental health plan

US election: Hillary Clinton unveils mental health plan

Image copyright Reuters Hillary Clinton has released a plan to address widespread mental health problems in the US, by joining up treatment with existing health care. The Democratic presidential nominee’s comprehensive proposal tackles better access to mental health treatment as well as suicide prevention. About 43.6 million adults in the US experienced mental health illness […]

Nasa ends year-long Mars simulation on Hawaii

Media captionLife on Mars: Moment Nasa crew emerges from year-long trial A team of six people have completed a Mars simulation in Hawaii, where they lived in near isolation for a year. Since 29 August 2015, the group lived in close quarters in a dome, without fresh air, fresh food or privacy. Experts estimate that […]