Photos of the Week (02/17/13)

Published on: 2/17/2013

1) Pope Benedict XVI leaves a consistorio Feb. 11 at The Vatican after announcing that he will step aside. Vatican Press Office via AFP - Getty Images

2) Lightning strikes St. Peter's Basilica during a storm in the Vatican City on Feb. 11, 2013, the same day Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation. Photo: Alessandro Di Meo / EPA

3) Japan Meteorological Agency's earthquake and tsunami observations division director Akira Nagai points at a graph of ground motion waveform data observed in the morning in Japan during a news conference in Tokyo February 12, 2013. Seismic activities detected at around 0300 GMT in North Korea may be the result of a nuclear test, Japan's top government spokesman said on Tuesday. Photo: Toru Hanai / Reuters

4) President Barack Obama signs two copies of his State of the Union address in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House before departing for the U.S. Capitol, D.C., Feb. 12, 2013. First Lady Michelle Obama and Staff Secretary Doug Kramer stand with the President. The President presented a copy of his speech to Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

5) President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Feb. 12, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

6) A Member of Congress wears a green ribbon at President Barack Obama's State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Feb. 12, 2013. The ribbons were worn in honor of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

7) Oak Creek Police Lt. Brian Murphy watches the President's speech in the United States Capitol. "We should follow the example of a police officer named Brian Murphy," the president said. "When a gunman opened fire on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, and Brian was the first to arrive, he did not consider his own safety. He fought back until help arrived, and ordered his fellow officers to protect the safety of the Americans worshiping inside - even as he lay bleeding from twelve bullet wounds." Photo:

8) President Obama plays a game in a preschool classroom at an early childhood learning center in Decatur, Ga., on Feb. 14. Obama flew to Georgia to push his plan to ensure high-quality preschool, unveiled during his State of the Union address this week. Photo: Jason Reed, Reuters

9) Colin Romesha, the son of Medal of Honor recipient Clinton Romesha, peeks around the corner of President Barack Obama's lectern before a presentation ceremony at the White House Feb. 11, in Washington, D.C. Romesha received the Medal of Honor for actions during combat operations against an armed enemy at Combat Outpost Keating, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on October 3, 2009. Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images

10) Kendall Jenkins kisses the ground after stepping off the Carnival ship Triumph at the Alabama Cruise terminal in Mobile, Alabama, on February 14, 2013. The crippled Carnival Triumph cruise ship was described as a "nightmare" of filth. Photo: Dan Anderson / AFP - Getty Images

11) Jordon Williams walks through her bedroom on Monday, Feb. 11, a day after a tornado touched down in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Photo: Sean Gardner / Getty Images

12) A woman wades through high water with ice floating on its surface in a flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, early on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. The natural phenomenon of high water which floods the Venice lagoon generally occurs between autumn and spring when high tides are reinforced by seasonal winds. The water reached a height of 143 centimeters (4 feet 8 inches) on Monday night. Photo: Luigi Costantini / AP

13) South African 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius breaks down during his court appearance in Pretoria February 15, 2013. Pistorius, a double amputee who became one of the biggest names in world athletics, broke down in tears on Friday after he was charged in court with shooting dead his girlfriend, 30-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp, in his Pretoria house. REUTERS/Antonie de Ras

14) Filipino theater artist Monique Wilson flashes the No.1 sign with students from St. Scholastica's College, an all-girls' school,  as they dance at their campus as part of a global campaign dubbed One Billion Rising, to end violence against women and children on Valentine's Day Thursday Feb. 14, 2013 in Manila, Philippines. Thousands of women and children in various cities in the country danced in the streets, in malls and other places to express support for the One Billion Rising Campaign which also counts Australia and New Zealand as the first countries "to rise" for the campaign. Photo: Bullit Marquez / AP

15) A computer generated image shows a reconstruction of the head of French King Henri IV (1553-1610) made after a panel of forensic scientists identified the skull of the king who was murdered at the age of 57 on May 14, 1610, by a fanatic. Photo: Philippe Roesch / Visual Forensic via AFP - Getty Images

16) Peter Breiter, CEO of Raiffeisen Gammesfeld eG bank, serves a customer at the counter of the bank in Gammesfeld, Baden-Wuerttemberg. Things do not seem to have changed much since the bank was founded in 1890. Breiter works with an old adding machine. The bank is not connected to a database system, there are no cash machines and its customer base consists only of residents of the town of Gammesfeld, which has a population of around 510. Photos: Lisi Niesner / Reuters

17) The Albert Tavern, a Victorian public house built in 1864, stands next to the modern office redevelopment of Selborne House, left, on Victoria Street, Feb. 7, in London, England. The pub, which stands a short distance from Parliament, was named in honor of Queen Victoria's husband, the Prince Consort and has survived the extensive redevelopment of many of its neighbors. Photo: Oli Scarff / Reuters

18) Swagger, an Old English Sheepdog, poses for photographers after winning the Herding Group during competition at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Feb. 11. Photo: Mike Segar / Reuters

19) A Standard Poodle is judged during competition in the Non-Sporting Group at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Feb.11. Photo: Mike Segar/ Reuters

20) A terrier prepares to compete at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Feb.12. Photo: John Moore/ Getty Images

21) Handler Ernesto Lara holds up Banana Joe, an Affenpinscher, who won the Best in Show at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York, February 12, 2013. Photo: Mike Segar / Reuters

22) The late polar bear Knut is on display at the Natural History Museum in Berlin, on Feb. 15. Knut was hand-raised after his mother rejected him. He rose to stardom in 2007 as a cuddly cub, appearing on magazine covers, in a film and on mountains of merchandise. He died in 2011 after suffering from encephalitis. Photo: John MacDougall / AFP - Getty Images

23) Karrie Webb of Australia waits for a mob of kangaroos to clear the fairway during day one of the Women's Australian Open at Royal Canberra Golf Club on Thursday, Feb. 14 in Canberra, Australia. Photo: Stefan Postles / Getty Images

24) Photographer Wei Seng Chen from Malaysia won 1st prize in the Sports Action Single category of the 56th World Press Photo Contest. A jockey, his feet stepped into a harness strapped to the bulls and clutching their tails, shows relief and joy at the end of a dangerous run across rice fields in the Pacu Jawi Bull Race in Batu Sangkar, West Sumatra, Indonesia, on Feb. 12, 2012 . The Pacu Jawi (bull race) is a popular competition at the end of harvest season keenly contested between villages. Photo: Chen Wei Seng via World Press Photo

25) A combination photograph shows Carrie Underwood with different projections on her dress as she peforms at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, February 10, 2013. Photo: Mike Blake/ Reuters

26) Jennifer Lopez struck a pose at the Grammys on Feb. 10 that was reminiscent of Angelina Jolie's famous gam reveal at the 2012 Oscars. Getty Images, AP

27) Taylor Swift opens the Grammy Awards show with her hit song "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." Photo: Mike Blake/ Reuters

28) Actress Portia de Rossi, comedienne Ellen DeGeneres and singer Katy Perry attend the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)

29) A dancer with the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school performs during Carnival at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, on Feb. 12. Photo: Christophe Simon / AFP - Getty Images

30) Artist Sarah Kaufmann sculpts an image of Abraham Lincoln ahead of President's Day at Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum in Times Square, New York February 15, 2013. Kaufmann used 160 pounds of cheddar cheese over the span of two days to carve out a replica of the historic Mount Rushmore national monument to commemorate President's Day holiday which is observed on February 18, 2013. Photos: Zoran Milich / Reuters, Sarah Kaufmann's Facebook

31) Newlyweds Danielle Brabham, 39, and Michael Lynch, 41, from Miami Shores, Fla., pose for pictures at the Empire State Building viewing platform after their Valentine's Day wedding. Brabham and Lynch were among three couples chosen for the 19th Annual Weddings Event, "Love is in the Air," designed by celebrity designer Preston Bailey, after submitting their personal love stories to the Empire State Building's Facebook page. Photo: Bebeto Matthews / AP

32) Prasit Rangsiyawong, 29, and his bride Varuttaon Rangsiyawong, 27, jump in a pond during a wedding ceremony ahead of Valentine's Day in Prachin Buri province, east of Bangkok on Feb. 13. Photo: Reuters

33) Ekkachai Tiranarat kisses his wife Laksana during an attempt to break the Guinness World Record time for longest continuous kiss in Thailand on Valentine's Day. The Laksanas were eventually successful by beating nine other married couples with a time of 58:35:58. Photo: Narong Sangnak / EPA

34) Kenny Gaudette makes his way to the next shooting station as he competes in the Primitive Biathlon in Dalton, New Hampshire February 16, 2013. The Dalton Gang, a single action shooting club, holds the annual Primitive Biathlon in which competitors wear snowshoes and fire single shot muzzle loaded firearms at four stations along a 1.75 mile course. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

35) Alain Robert of France, who is known as "Spiderman", climbs up a school in the old quarters of Havana February 5, 2013. Robert, who scales buildings all over the world without safety equipment, climbed up the school on Tuesday, making his way up another historic building in Old Havana. He had climbed the landmark Havana Libre hotel on Monday. REUTERS

36) Revellers play with tomatoes during a "Tomatina" (tomato fight) in Quillon town near Concepcion city, south of Santiago February 16, 2013. REUTERS/Jose Luis Saavedra

37) A performer inserts a live snake through his nose and mouth during a performance at the Ditan Temple Fair celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year in Beijing on Feb. 11. The Year of the Snake, according to Chinese astrology, began last Sunday. Photo: Petar Kujundzic / Reuters