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One million buried in mass graves on forbidden New York island

The decaying abandoned prison workhouse on Hart Island is seen on March 27, 2014 in New York. Each white plastic pipe near the building marks an infant mass gravesite, one plastic pipe per 1,000 babies. The pile of dirt by the building (R) indicates an active gravesite, according to Melinda Hunt of Hart Island Project. Hart Island, occupying 101 acres in the Long Island Sound on the eastern edge of the Bronx in New York, contains the largest cemetery in the US. One million bodies of still born babies, the poor, the unidentified and the unclaimed are buried by prison labor in common graves. It is run by the department of corrections, and access is nearly impossible. AFP

Most New Yorkers don’t even know it exists. But a million forgotten souls are buried in mass graves dug by convicts on a tiny, forbidden island east of the Bronx.

Posted: April 8th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

First legal recreational pot industry opens in US

Partygoers smoke marijuana during a Prohibition-era themed New Year's Eve party celebrating the start of retail pot sales, at a bar in Denver, late Tuesday Dec. 31, 2013. Colorado is to begin marijuana retail sales on Jan. 1, a day some are calling ‘Green Wednesday.' AP

The first recreational marijuana industry in the U.S. opened in Colorado, kicking off an experiment that will be watched closely around the world.

Posted: January 2nd, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Shoppers wait for Colorado pot shops to open

In this Dec. 27, 2013 photo, employees trim away leaves from pot plants, harvesting the plant's buds to be packaged and sold 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 "Green Wednesday."(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

The new year may have arrived in Colorado, but the clock hasn’t ticked down yet on another milestone: the opening of the nation’s first recreational pot industry.’

Posted: January 1st, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Obama ringing in new year in low-key fashion

President Barack Obama shakes hands with people waiting to meet him as he holds his shave ice outside Island Snow, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2014. The first family is in Hawaii for their annual holiday vacation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama closed out 2013 in low-key fashion Tuesday, hitting the beach with his family at a popular Hawaii snorkeling spot before making a stop for shave ice, a favorite treat of the island-born president.

Posted: January 1st, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Comic-Con kicks off in San Diego

Fans wait to walk through a huge Ice King character at the Cartoon Network booth during the Preview Night event on Day 1 of the 2013 Comic-Con International Convention on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 in San Diego. Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP

The zombies, superheroes, space aliens, pirates and time travelers taking over the streets of San Diego can only mean one thing: Comic-Con is here.

Posted: July 18th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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