Saturday 23 September 2017

US trooping the colour of gay pride

Some of the loudest cheers at the weekend's gay pride march in San Diego, California, were for active-duty troops marching in military dress -- the first time that US service members participated in such an event while in full uniform.

Dozens of soldiers, sailors, and marines marched alongside an old army truck decorated with a Freedom to Serve banner and a rainbow flag symbolising gay pride.

20 years jail for US air base instructor

A US Air Force instructor has been jailed for 20 years after being convicted of rape and sexual assault.

A military jury at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, found staff sgt Luis Walker guilty on all 28 charges he faced, including rape, aggravated sexual contact and multiple counts of aggravated sexual assault.He is among 12 instructors being investigated for sexual misconduct towards at least 31 female trainees.

21 people feel heat at motivation talk

Twenty-one people at an event in San Francisco hosted by motivational speaker Tony Robbins suffered burns while walking across hot coals and three were treated at hospitals.

The injuries happened during the first day of a four-day event at the San Jose Convention Centre hosted by Mr Robbins (52) called Unleash the Power Within. Most of those hurt had second and third degree burns, a fire department spokesman said.

Pop star Usher's stepson (11) dies

The stepson of the Grammy award-winning pop star Usher has died, two weeks after the child was critically injured in a boating accident.

Kirk Glover (11) was a son of Usher's ex-wife Tameka Foster. The 'Atlanta Journal-Constitution' reports that the boy died on Saturday morning at an Atlanta area hospital. He was run over on July 6 by a personal watercraft on Lake Lanier.

Soham father says 'time doesn't heal'

The father of murdered Soham schoolgirl Holly Wells said "time doesn't heal" the pain of losing his daughter but has vowed to "make it out the other side".

Kevin Wells (48), speaking in a new documentary, said that while his grief has not diminished, he has learned to live with what happened.He said the murder of his daughter and her friend Jessica Chapman by school caretaker Ian Huntley in 2002 took his family to breaking point and nearly destroyed his marriage.

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