Colorado unveils pot-vending machines

Jenny Deam In the posh resorts of Vail Valley, where celebrities are as common as the paparazzi who stalk them, a machine has suddenly stolen the limelight.

William Shatner enjoys live-tweeting TV shows - here is why

Loves to start a conversation ... William Shatner enjoys live tweeting about sci-fi television shows, and the actors love him doing it too.

Emily Yahr The internet has always loved Star Trek legend William Shatner because he’s game for anything, whether it’s poking fun of himself in random videos or turning Sarah Palin’s tweets...

Edward Snowden asks Vladimir Putin on live TV: Does Russia spy on millions?

Edward Snowden called in to ask Vladimir Putin a question.

Sergei L. Loiko Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who was granted asylum in Russia, made a surprise appearance at President Vladimir Putin's annual televised call-in session to ask...

South Korean ferry sinking: Text messages from trapped students tell tales of love, fear

Grief ... A relative of a passenger aboard a sunken ferry weeps at a port in Jindo, South Korea.

John Bacon Text messages from passengers of the Korean ferry sent immediately after it capsized tell tales of love, fear and quiet courage for those being engulfed in catastrophe.

Iranian mother saves son's killer from hanging with a slap

The father and mother of Abdollah Hosseinzadeh, who was murdered in a knife fight in 2007, remove the noose from his killer's neck.

An Iranian mother spared the life of her son’s convicted murderer with an emotional slap in the face as he awaited execution with the noose around his neck.

Ukraine crisis: Despite deal, pro-Russian separatists won't end sit-ins

Activists said they planned to maintain their sit-ins until they could hold a referendum.

Pro-Russian separatists occupying public buildings in eastern Ukraine reacted to an international accord to defuse the crisis by saying they would not agree to leave the sites before other major...

Ukraine crisis: Breakthrough deal reached to stop violence

Done deal: US Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Karen DeYoung Diplomatic pact commits all parties to stop violent acts and ''de-escalate'' in the next few days.

Smile if you want people to think you're smart

Czech model Eva Herzigova smiles.

Christopher Ingraham New research offers good news and bad news for the homely among us. First, the good news: People can't tell how smart you are by how good you look. The bad news? They think they can.

Student stabs 20 people at a Pennsylvania high school before being subdued

Police at Franklin Regional Highschool

Dan Stevens A 16-year-old armed with two knives went on a stabbing and slashing spree at a high school near Pittsburgh on Wednesday, leaving as many as 20 people injured, including a school police officer who...

People smugglers in Indonesia selling spots on boat to New Zealand

The picture of the boat people smugglers are showing asylum seekers.

Michael Bachelard People smugglers in Indonesia are mounting their first credible attempt to ship asylum seekers on the hazardous voyage to New Zealand and circumvent the Abbott government’s Operation Sovereign...

Hart Island holds a million graves of babies and unidentified and poor people

New York's potters' field where millions of paupers, still-born and unidentified bodies are buried.

Andrew Purcell 'Closure, what does that mean? The pain changes and the hurt changes and it's always there.'

Japan allows people to return to Fukushima disaster zone

Mari Saito For the first time since Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster more than three years ago, residents of a small district 20 kilometres from the wrecked plant will be allowed to return home.

What kills more people than AIDS, diabetes and road injuries?

Air pollution killed seven million people in 2012, more people than AIDS, diabetes and road injuries combined.

Thai blast: 28 people injured in anti-government protest


Lindsay Murdoch A blast erupted in the middle of an anti-government protest parade on Friday afternoon, injuring 28 people, as violence escalates in the Thai capital.

Cherie Lash Rhoades accused of shooting four people dead during eviction meeting

Shot four people dead: Cherie Lash Rhoades.

Practically everyone in this tiny town in the high desert of northeastern California's Surprise Valley knew Cherie Lash Rhoades.

Iraq executes 26 people for 'terrorism' offences

Iraq has hanged 26 people convicted of "terrorism" offences, the Justice Ministry announced on Tuesday, pursuing a practice of mass executions despite international criticism.

Deadly German stampede sees ten people charged

People flee during a mass panic  at a techno festival in Duisburg, Germany in 2010.

Ten people have been charged with negligent manslaughter and assault over a 2010 stampede at a music festival in Germany that killed 21 people and injured hundreds, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

People still trapped in deadly South Korea building collapse

Trapped: A woman caught in rubble waits to be rescued.

Nine college students have been killed and dozens more are feared trapped after an auditorium collapsed under heavy snow at a resort in the southern South Korean city of Gyeongju.

Nelson Mandela's memorial service expanded to fit 200,000 people

Paying tribute: Outside the Houghton, Johannesburg, home of Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg.

Rene Vollgraaff, Janice Kew, Robert Brand South Africa will expand Nelson Mandela's memorial service to cater for at least 200,000 people as ordinary citizens to heads of state clamor to pay tribute to the former president.

95,000 people died in wars last year

Fire burns below a Syrian flag in Nabak.

The deadliest conflict in 2012 was Syria, claiming 55,000 people, followed by Mexico, a study has shown.