Les Mis Broadway star dies in fall

The first African-American and youngest person ever to play the lead role in Les Miserables on Broadway, Kyle Jean-Baptiste, dies in a fall.

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VIDEO: Tropical storm Erika batters Dominica

At least 20 people have died after tropical storm Erika swept across the Caribbean island of Dominica.

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Year-long ‘Mars isolation’ begins

A team of Nasa recruits begins a year-long isolation in a dome near a barren volcano in Hawaii, to simulate life on Mars.

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US man dies after petty theft arrest

A Virginia man arrested for stealing $5 (£3) worth of snacks dies in jail after being held there for more than three months.

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US appoints ‘first hostage envoy’

The White House appoints its first special presidential envoy for hostage affairs “in a bid to boost efforts to safely recover American hostages abroad”.

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US hazmat teams investigate deaths

Investigators are trying to determine what killed two people and sickened five others – including four police officers – at a Chicago home.

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