At least 39 people have died in a 7.4 magnitude earthquake in Guatemala.
About 30 homes have collapsed and there are widespread reports of landslides and injuries in the town of San Marcos near the north-west border of Mexico.
Anti-Islam film director jailed
The man behind an anti-Muslim film that led to violence in the Middle East has been sentenced to one year in prison for violating probation stemming from a 2010 bank fraud conviction.
Mark Basseley Youssef was sentenced by US District Court Judge Christina Snyder after he admitted four of eight alleged violations.
Man sues church over cross crush
A HEARING is scheduled for early next year in the lawsuit filed against an upstate New York church by a man whose leg had to be amputated after a 600lb crucifix fell on him.
Attorney Kevin Kitson said David Jimenez prayed to the crucifix outside St Patrick's Church in Newburgh and volunteered to clean it, during which the crucifix fell on him, crushing his right leg.
Tech revolution to hit workplace
BRAIN-boosting drugs, bionic limbs and vision-improving implants could all be part of a technological revolution soon to hit the workplace.
In a new report, 'Human Enhancement and the Future of Work', experts warned of "dramatic" changes over the next decade as a result of progress in technologies.
Gaga pledges $1m to Sandy relief
LADY Gaga is donating $1m (€781,354) to the Red Cross to aid those affected by Superstorm Sandy.
She wrote: "Thank you for helping me build my spirit. I will help you rebuild yours."
Daredevil loses appeal for assault
AUSTRIAN daredevil Felix Baumgartner failed to have a conviction for assault overturned and has apologised through his lawyer for punching a Greek truck driver in a 2010 incident.
Baumgartner lost his appeal against a €1,500 fine for hitting the driver during a traffic jam near Salzburg.
Pitt has designs on luxury furniture
BRAD Pitt has turned his talents to creating furniture for a luxury design house.
Pitt, who collaborated on the collection with US furniture designer Frank Pollaro, discussed his inspirations in the December issue of 'Architectural Digest'.