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District attorney Paul Howard  points during a press conference announcing charges against Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe in the fatal police shooting of Rayshard Brooks. Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

A Georgia county prosecutor on Wednesday announced that a fired Atlanta police officer has been charged with felony murder over the fatal shooting of (...)

This screen grab taken from body camera video provided by the Atlanta Police Department shows Rayshard Brooks speaking with Officer Garrett Rolfe in the parking lot of a Wendy’s restaurant. Photograph: Atlanta Police Department via AP

The death of Rayshard Brooks, a black man killed by a white police officer in Atlanta on Friday, was a homicide caused by gunshot wounds to the back,(...)

Carter Wilkerson (16) from Reno, Nevada: if he gets 18 million retweets, he gets free chicken nuggets for life from US fast-food chain Wendy. Photograph: Carter Wilkerson/Twitter

All Carter Wilkerson wanted was some free chicken nuggets – now he has one of the most retweeted tweets of all time. The 16-year-old’s request for a (...)

 Milliner Wendy Knight with fashion and  marketing expert Eddie Shanahan:  “I just can’t get reliable broadband so I have given up and I now use a Vodafone dongle,” says Shanahan. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Longford-based milliner Wendy Knight has problems getting paid if her broadband signal is too weak. “I use a phone app for credit card payments and s(...)

 Joshua James (23) had wanted to play a practical joke on a friend working at the Wendy’s restaurant in Royal Palm Beach when he decided to hurl the reptile into the building, his parents told a local broadcaster. File photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

A Florida fast food restaurant got a customer it was not expecting when a live alligator was tossed through a drive-through window by a patron. Joshu(...)

‘Salvia Amistad’ and ‘Cerro Potosi’; growing together in an Irish garden. Photograph: Richard Johnston

I have a new love in my life; no, not the human variety , but a vast, versatile and geographically diverse genus of plants that are extraordinarily(...)

  Protesters demanding higher wages and unionisation for fast food workers block traffic near Times Square, New York,  on September 4th. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

The “Fight For 15” campaign is such a part of Danielle Wilson’s life that her four-year-old son David knows the demonstrators’ chants off by heart. Wh(...)

A pedestrian walks past an advertisement for McDonald’s  in the Futian district of Shenzhen, China. Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

McDonald’s said its global sales forecast for 2014 was at risk after a food scare forced it to temporarily withdraw menu items such as Big Macs and Sp(...)

McDonald’s reported net income of $1.39 billion, or $1.40 per share, in the quarter compared with $1.40 billion, or $1.38 per share, a year earlier

McDonald’s reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit as comparable sales in its struggling US business fell for the third straight quarter and (...)

Hard to digest: sales at McDonald’s US locations open at least 13 months fell 1.4 per cent in the fourth quarter. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

McDonald’s, the world’s largest restaurant chain, posted fourth-quarter profit that was little changed from a year earlier as US same-store sales fell(...)

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