They gathered in the tens of thousands - presidents, prime ministers, royals, celebrities and ordinary South Africans - all united to say farewell to a man hailed as a global symbol of reconciliation.
In what has been billed as one of the largest gatherings of global leaders in recent history, representatives from around the world joined street sweepers, actors and religious figures to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela.
From President Barack Obama to Cuba's Raul Castro, praise came from all sides in a four-hour memorial service at Johannesburg FNB stadium for the revered statesman, who died Thursday at age 95.
"We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again," Obama said in a speech to roaring cheers.FULL STORY
Frigid weather gripping much of the United States led to a frenzied search in northwest Nevada, where rescue teams are searching a mountainous area for two adults and four children who went to play in the snow and never returned.
James Glanton, 34, and Christina MacIntee, 25, are missing, along with Glanton's two children and MacIntee's niece and nephew. The children are three to 10 years old, the Pershing County Sheriff's Office said.
The group set out Sunday for Seven Troughs mountain range and haven't been seen since.FULL STORY
Phillip Steel, a resident of Deer Trail, Colorado, is ready to fight for Old West values he feels are being threatened by drones.
Asked what exactly he's proposing to do when he sees an unmanned aircraft, Steel points his weapon to the sky.
"I am proposing to shoot it down," he said.
Deer Trail - population 598 - will vote Tuesday on a measure that would allow its residents to hunt for federal drones and shoot them down.FULL STORY
The campus police officer who shot Robert Cameron Redus said the 23-year-old student got out of his truck after a traffic stop, approached the officer and got into the struggle which claimed Redus' life.
Redus' friends at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, say that's not the person they knew.
They knew a student who made the dean's list at the Catholic college and had been co-valedictorian of a Christian high school back home in Baytown, Texas. They knew a fun-loving campus television news anchor who was "the sweetest, kindest, gentlest person," as friend Annie Jones described him to CNN affiliate WOAI-TV.
Sarah Davis even attended a news conference at the Alamo Heights police station looking for information.
"The story just really doesn't make sense to any of us," she told CNN affiliate WOAI. " And I think we're mostly just angry and want answers."
Police fired tear gas as fans of rival teams fought in the stands at a Brazilian football game Sunday.
The fighting erupted during a match in the Joinville Arena in Brazil's Santa Catalina state, interrupting the game and forcing a helicopter to land on the field to take away an injured spectator.
Images from the scene showed people in the stands throwing punches and kicks. One man wielded a metal pipe and swung it toward a fallen fan. Security forces fired tear gas into the crowd.
CNN was first alerted to the fight by tweets from Brazil.FULL STORY
It isn't that the 42-year-old man had done anything wrong to infuriate Elytte Barbour and his wife.
The couple – married three weeks - just wanted to kill someone together, police said.
And Troy LaFerrara happened to be the unlucky one.
The Barbours are accused of luring LaFerrara through a sex ad on Craigslist, and stabbing and strangling him to death.
Barbour told police he and his wife had tried to kill others. But the plans didn't work out.
"So," police said, "they continued to try to find someone."
No matter how you spell it, ice is a four letter word Friday. Just ask folks living anywhere from Texas to Tennessee.
The National Weather Service predicts a wintry mix of precipitation through Sunday.
That forecast prompted the cancellation of a downtown Dallas holiday parade scheduled for Saturday for the first time in 26 years.FULL STORY
Los Angeles Authorities have arrested a man accused of swiping a piece of the wrecked sports car that "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker was riding in when he died in a fiery crash Saturday.
The theft occurred at a stop light as the charred 2005 Porsche Carrera GT was being removed from the accident scene on a flatbed tow truck late Saturday, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department.
"A witness saw a male exit a vehicle that was following the tow truck," the sheriff's department said Friday. "The male grabbed a piece of the wrecked Porsche off the tow truck bed."
A pair of thieves in Mexico may have stolen more than they bargained for when they targeted a truck this week.
The stolen vehicle was carrying a delicate cargo - a radioactive element used for medical purposes, but one that can be used to make a so-called dirty bomb.
The International Atomic Energy Agency announced the theft Wednesday.
Mexican authorities told the IAEA that the truck, which was transporting the cobalt-60 teletherapy source from a hospital in Tijuana to a radioactive waste storage center, was stolen Monday in Tepojaco, near Mexico City.FULL STORY
The Los Angeles County coroner's office expects to release some information from the autopsies of actor Paul Walker and financial manager Roger Rodas on Wednesday, the coroner's office told CNN.
The autopsies were completed Tuesday, but investigators placed a "security hold" on the results. The coroner's office did not give a reason for the secrecy.
The coroner has not publicly identified the two people killed in the crash, but the victims are widely known to be Walker and Rodas.
Four days after the crash that killed the two men, key questions remain unanswered.FULL STORY