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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US court allows NSA phone data sweep

A US appeals court overturns a ruling that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of phone records was illegal.

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US journalists were ‘shot in head’

The two journalists shot dead in Virginia while broadcasting on breakfast television were shot in the head, medical officials say.

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Ashley Madison founder steps down

The founder and chief executive of the Ashley Madison extra-marital affair website, Noel Biderman, steps down following data hack.

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Bush marks Katrina in New Orleans

Former US President George Bush returns to New Orleans 10 years on since Hurricane Katrina, a crisis his administration was criticised for over its slow response.

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