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There are superb conditions across the Alps after substantial snowfall last week in France, Switzerland, Italy and Austria. In North America, the best snow can be found in Colorado.

New England Patriots running-back LaGarrette Blount scored a record four rushing touchdowns in the play-off victory over the Indianapolis Colts

NFL: LaGarrette Blount runs himself into the history books but he'll have to do it all again if the New England Patriots have dreams of Superbowl glory

Blount has been at the forefront of a Patriots side that has shifted their emphasis to a running game but they come up against the free-scoring Denver Broncos for a place in the season showcase

Guiseppe Rossi has suffered an injury to his cruciate knee ligament

Fiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi in World Cup doubt after knee injury scan shows 'some damage to the anterior cruciate ligament'

Rossi has had three previous operations on the same ligament and will have another check-up to discover the full extent of the injury

Colorado officials replace '420' mile marker with 419.99 to deter marijuana-minded thieves

The number 420 has been long associated with cannabis use

Oaksterdam in Oakland, California, is the world's only university dedicated to the study and cultivation of cannabis

Cannabis cultivation: the world's only college course

After the decriminalisation of marijuana in two US states, a new crop of would-be drug barons is enrolling on a college course in cannabis cultivation

A crowded sales counter at a marijuana retailer in Denver

Colorado cannabis store sales believed to have exceed $5m in first week

If correct, at least $1m of this revenue is destined for the state’s tax coffers - to be spent on the state’s schools, roads and other public projects

Mexico says marijuana legalization could change anti-drug strategies

Colorado's 'pot shops' might do more to stop the Mexican cartels than any law enforcement

This the first time to test the argument that legalisation will diminish violence in America’s immediate neighbour

A man smokes a joint containing marijuana.

70% rise in Twitter users adding 'smoke more weed' to their list of 2014 New Year resolutions

People using the social media website also said they wanted to drink more alcohol and take more drugs

Allan Umscheid, owner of Yards By Al in Lawrence, Kan, feels the bitter wind and catches drifting snow on his face as he runs a snow blower early morning

'Polar vortex' snowstorm plunging America into record-breaking cold snap may bring coldest day of 21st century

With Arctic winds plummeting temperatures to  -50C, much of North America has shut down as authorities warn of the life-threatening freeze

Emergency crews work near a passenger plane that crashed upon landing at the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in Aspen, Colorado

Aspen plane crash: One dead and two injured

One person has died and two people were injured, one severely, when a plane crashed at Aspen airport, police in Colorado have confirmed.

Colorado became the first US state where shops could legally sell recreational marijuana on January 1

New York to legalise medical use of marijuana

Governor Andrew Cuomo to announce drug's legalisation for those with serious illnesses

Marijuana and cannabis-infused products on display in Denver, Colorado, where it became legal for the drug to be sold for recreational use in shops

'Marijuana overdoses kill 37 in Colorado': Scores duped by satirical website

Many were left fooled by The Daily Currant's claim that dozens died on first day the drug could be legally bought for recreational use from shops in the state

In this Dec. 27, 2013 photo, marijuana and cannabis-infused products are displayed for sale at Medicine Man marijuana dispensary, which is to open as a recreational retail outlet at the start of 2014, in Denver. Colorado is making final preparations for marijuana sales to begin Jan. 1, a day some are calling

Colorado marijuana sales reach up to $1m on first day

Initial estimates say sales could reach $600m by the end of 2014

Examining the merchandise in the dispensary

$400 an ounce, but no need to worry about the cops: So what's it like to legally buy marijuana in Denver?

As recreational cannabis was legalised in Colorado on New Year's Day, thousands turned out for their first taste of the new industry. Tim Walker joined the back of the queue

Partygoers smoke marijuana during a Prohibition-era themed New Year's Eve party celebrating the start of retail pot sales in Denver

A pot of gold? Colorado's pilot scheme to legalise recreational marijuana could raise millions in tax dollars...

... and mark the beginning of a sea-change in attitudes around the globe

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