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Pennsylvania wife ambushes husband's lover and kills herself

Jennair Gerardot, 48, broke into the house of Meredith Chapman, 33, and ambushed her as she returned home on Monday evening.

Investigators say Mrs Gerardot may have worn a disguise. She sent her husband texts revealing her revenge plan.

Both women were dead when police arrived in response to 911 calls.

Detectives said the gunwoman's body was found by the kitchen, not far from Mrs Chapman's. Two bullets had been fired.

"There's blood everywhere," said a 911 dispatcher in a police scanner communication, according to the Delaware News Journal.

American Airlines employee saves young girls from suspected sex trafficker

Two girls, aged 15 and 17, had been approached by a man on Instagram who asked them to fly to New York for the weekend to star in a music video.

An airline employee noticed that the girls looked uncomfortable and something wasn't right before they got to security processing at Sacramento International Airport.

American Airlines agent Denice Miracle told WISTV: "They kept looking back-and-forth at each other, like they weren't really sure... and then they were texting someone on the phone, and that person was giving them answers."

Earthquake-causing meteor leaves southeast Michigan residents awestruck

A flying saucer? No. A shooting star? Not quite.

The National Weather Service eventually solved the mystery, tweeting "USGS confirms meteor occurred around 810 pm, causing a magnitude 2.0 earthquake."

According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake was centered about five miles west-southwest of New Haven, Michigan, located about 40 miles northeast of Detroit.

Initially though, as curious residents took to social media by droves to share videos of the dazzling display, the National Weather Service wasn't so sure what these star-gazers had seen.

US freezes in record-breaking cold snap

In parts of the US and Canada, temperatures were forecast to fall below -29 degrees Celsius, with wind chill making it feel more like -67° on Friday night.

In Canada, high winds have knocked out power for tens of thousands of residents in Nova Scotia.

Thousands of snow ploughs are clearing roads across the US East Coast.

The extreme weather has so far been linked to up to 19 deaths in the US and two more in Canada, according to reports.

US blocks sale of Moneygram to China's Ant Financial

It is the highest profile Chinese deal to be rejected by Washington since Donald Trump came to power.

Regulators overseeing foreign investments in the US had refused to support the takeover, the firms said.

The geopolitical environment had "changed considerably" since the merger was announced last year, they added.

'Disappointed'

The collapse is a blow to the ambitions of Alibaba's billionaire executive chairman Jack Ma, who had promised President Trump that he would create a million US jobs.

Raccoon 'dragged US baby across room' in Philadelphia attack

Four-month-old Jourini Black suffered claw marks to the face when the raccoon attacked her while she slept then dragged her across the floor.

"She was laying on the floor - across the room - blood all over her face and her PJs," her mother told US media.

The girl has undergone surgery but could take a year for her to fully recover.

Her mother, Ashley Rodgers, says the attack happened late on Wednesday when she took her other child, a six-year-old boy, to the bathroom.

"We heard a sound upstairs and we see a raccoon run down the steps," she told CBS News.

Kava craze hits the USA

Kavafied is the brain child of former NFL player Matt Masifilo, who developed a simple and quick way to make kava at the end of his 2014 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

He says people in the USA are catching on to the kava craze and the demand for the Pacific Island beverage is at an all-time high.

“There’s not enough kava right now to meet demand, especially with the phenomenon of the American kava bar scene that’s exploding on to the market right now."

Donald Trump signs directive to send astronauts back to Moon

It will focus on long-term explorations and use of the Moon's surface, in partnership with the private sector.

Mr Trump also said the program would lay the foundation for an eventual mission to Mars, although he did not give a date for this.

Correspondents say any realistic effort will probably need Congress to agree to a big funding boost.

There is bipartisan support for further space exploration but parties disagree over the timeline and budget.

US recognises Jerusalem as Israeli capital

"This is a long overdue step to advance the peace process and work towards a lasting agreement," the US president said.

"Today we finally acknowledge the obvious, that Jerusalem is Israel's capital."

He acknowledged there would be disagreement and dissent but said the announcement marked the beginning of a new approach to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

Mr Trump's decision, a core pledge of his election campaign last year, will upend decades of American policy that has seen the status of Jerusalem as part of a "two-state solution" for Israelis and Palestinians.

US urges all nations to cut ties with Pyongyang

Speaking at the UN Security Council, US envoy Nikki Haley said President Trump had asked his Chinese counterpart to cut off oil supplies to Pyongyang.

She said the US did not seek conflict but that North Korea's regime would be "utterly destroyed" if war broke out.

The warning came after Pyongyang tested its first missile in two months.