The legalisation of marijuana in Colorado has proved a welcome boost for the state's coffers.
From January 1, cannabis growers can legally trade marijuana in parts of the United States. The legalisation of pot is expected to boost US tourism.
The families of 12 people killed in July in a movie theatre massacre will receive $220000 each from a special relief fund.
The man accused of killing 12 people in a shooting rampage at a midnight showing of the new Batman film in Denver has made his first court appearance.
A masked gunman has shot and killed 14 people, wounding 50 others at a showing of the new Batman film at a Denver movie theatre in the US.
Among the US states with medical marijuana, Colorado stands out because it has chosen to develop a comprehensive system to regulate marijuana.
As Republicans feud, President Barack Obama this week takes his re-election blueprint of economic justice, direct and unfiltered, to the voters.
Tour de France winner Floyd Landis asked the United States Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) on Monday to throw out the positive doping test that tainted his cycling triumph two months ago. The motion cites blunders by the French lab performing the tests, including a sample number that was not that of Landis on a confirming "B" sample positive.