Dylann Roof is sentenced to death
White supremacist killer Dylann Roof, who killed nine black people in a church in South Carolina, has been sentenced to death. The 22-year-old, who has shown no remorse for the attack on June 17 2015, will be the first person in the US to be executed for hate crimes. Roof opened fire in Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church, the South’s oldest black church. Only three out of the 12 in church at the time survived.
Obama makes his heartfelt farewell to America
President Barack Obama made his farewell address last night, urging Americans to stand up for US values as he hands over the White House to Trump. Obama delivered a message of hope for the future, saying he had faith in people to bring about change. He also gave a tearful tribute to his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, who he said was his “best friend”. He praised her for taking on a role she “didn’t ask for” and for making it her own, “with grace and grit and style and good humour”. “You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody,” he said.
GIRL, 15, CHARGED WITH MURDER OF SEVEN-YEAR-OLD
Police have confirmed that a 15-year-old girl has been charged with the murder of seven-year-old Katie Rough, who died after being found seriously injured on a path leading to a playing field in York on Monday. The girl, who has also been charged with possession of an offensive weapon, will appear at York Magistrates’ Court this morning.
COCA-COLA TRUCK SHOULD BE BANNED, SAY HEALTH EXPERTS
Public health experts have said the Coca-Cola truck – which tours the country around the Christmas season – should be banned, following warnings of obesity among children. The truck has become something of a modern tradition, but experts say the company is “hijacking Christmas by bringing false gifts of bad teeth and weight problems to our children”. The director of Food Active noted in an editorial in the BMJ medical journal that 33.8 per cent of 10-11 year olds in the north-west of England were overweight or obese, and 33.4 per cent of five year olds had tooth decay.
TRUMP IS GIVEN UNVERIFIED REPORTS THAT RUSSIA HAS DAMAGING DETAILS ABOUT HIM
Claims have emerged that the Russian government may have “compromising personal and financial” information on Donald Trump. Several news outlets have published “unverified” reports – including a 35-page document on Buzzfeed – that the Kremlin has “footage of him watching prostitutes in degrading sex acts”. The President-elect took to Twitter to dismiss the claims. “FAKE NEWS – A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!” he said, calmly.