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Photos of the Week (12/27/09)

Photos of the Week



Cpl. Frederick (No first name given) of the Wayne County Airport Police and his bomb-sniffing dog Spencer patrol at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport December 26, 2009 in Romulus, Michigan. On Friday, a Nigerian man allegedly attempted to blow up a Delta airplane that was landing at Detroit Metropolitan airport by igniting an incindiary device while aboard the aircraft. Cpl. Frederick's dog was wounded while working in Iraq and was brought back to the U.S. to recover. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)


 



Airport police operate a checkpoint for vehicles entering Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009. Aviation security officials worldwide boost safety restrictions on travelers after an attempted Christmas Day terrorist attack on a flight from Europe to Detroit, imposing extra screening and new limits on carry-on luggage. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)






Victoria Kennedy, widow of Sen. Ted Kennedy hugs Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 24,2009, as Sen. Banking Committee Chairman Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn, looks on at center, after the Senate passed the health care reform bill. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)






Three bullet holes are shown in the window of the post office in Wytheville, Va. on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009 where authorities say Warren Taylor took three people hostage for about eight hours before surrendering himself to authorities. One of the hostages said that Taylor said he was angry at the federal government because his son had died in Afghanistan and his beloved truck was about to repossessed. (AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Stephanie Klein-Davis)






Out of his wheelchair and on the ground, suspect Warren Taylor lies on the ground after surrendering to a police robot after holding hostages at a post office in Wytheville, Va., early Thursday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)


 



A cargo train derailed near residential areas in Nairobi and killed two people, Monday, Dec. 21, 2009. The death toll may rise further because many people are thought to be trapped beneath the train. The train carrying cooking oil slammed into passers-by in Kibera Slums, the largest in the capital. People who were walking beside the track when it derailed. The cause of the crash was not immediately known. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)





Lava continues to flow from the crater of the restive Mayon volcano in continuing mild eruption as viewed from Sto. Domingo, Albay province, about 500 kilometers southeast of Manila, Philippines. About 47,000 residents living around the 8-kilometer danger zone around the country's most active volcano spent their Christmas away from their homes after the volcano showed signs of increasing activity and possibly eruption. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)






A man peeks out from a window as his neighborhood is engulf in fire Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009 in suburban Pasay City, south of Manila, Philippines. A big fire razed rows of shanties mostly made of light materials two days before Christmas Day. (AP Photo/Pat Roque)


 



An Acehnese woman pours water at the mass grave of tsunami victims during a prayer commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami, in Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009. A giant quake in Indian Ocean on Dec. 26, 2004, triggered a massive tsunami that killed 230,000 people, half of them in Aceh. (AP Photo/Heri Juanda)






City lights from the United States (right) light up the sky at dusk where the U.S. border fence runs into the Pacific ocean at Tijuana, Mexico (left). (Keith Myers/Kansas City Star/MCT)


 



In this photo taken on Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, Jamesha Harbin of Eight Mile, Ala., kisses her baby Oliviyanna in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University of South Alabama Children's and Women's Hospital in Mobile, Ala. Oliviyanna weighed 9.1 ounces at birth and may be the world's smallest surviving baby, according to the hospital. The baby was about the size of a soft drink can. She is a triplet with sisters Oriyanna and Tayvanna, who are already at home. (AP Photo/Press-Register, Mike Kittrell)






Children sleep on the street as they wait for a delivery of toys, part of Christmas activities organized by Nicaragua's government, in Managua, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)


 



Roberta Potts and Richard Roberts hug after singing at a memorial service for their father, evangelist Oral Roberts on the campus of Oral Roberts University on Monday, Dec. 21, 2009. Roberts died Dec. 15 at the age of 91. (AP Photo/David Crenshaw)






Celebrants take a coffee break outside the Stone Circle at Stonehenge, southern England as Druids and revelers celebrate the Winter Solstice, Tuesday Dec. 22, 2009. Pagans and druids, many dressed in weird and wonderful costumes, celebrated the shortest day of the year at the mysterious monument with traditional ceremonies. The shortest day of the year often falls on December 21 but this year the druid and pagan community marked the first day of winter Tuesday because the modern calendar of 365 days a year, with an extra day every four years, does not correspond exactly to the solar year of 365.2422 days. (AP PhotoBen Birchall/PA)







With the backdrop of illuminated Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo skyline, an image of swans appears during Odaiba water illumination show in Tokyo, Japan, Monday, Dec. 21, 2009. The 15-minute slide show depicting the birth of the Earth, projected on a fan-shaped water screen created by a fountain set along a beach at the Tokyo Bay area, will be performed four times a day after dark until Jan. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)






Volunteers carry a Chirstmas tree through heavy snow before it is moved to the apex of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall December 21, 2009 in Washington, DC. Ornaments and messages made by school children from across the country were used to decorate the tree, which will be on display throughout Christmas week. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)






U.S. Park Service volunteer Paul Stancliff decorates a Christmas tree near the apex of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall December 21, 2009 in Washington, DC. Ornaments and messages made by school children from across the country were used to decorate the tree, which will be on display throughout Christmas week. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)






After serving for seven months in Afghanistan, U.S. Army Specialist Byron Parmenter greets his wife, Casie Parmenter and son, Cameron, 4, at Richmond International Airport, Dec. 23, 2009. He will have two weeks off, then will be redeployed. Casie Parmenter is holding their 10-month-old daughter, Tabitha (with her other arm). Parmenter is stationed at Ft. Lee in Petersburg, Va. (AP Photo/ P. Kevin Morley, Richmond Times-Dispatch)


 



A U.S. soldier walks past the display of the Nativity scene, at the Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan on Friday, Dec. 25, 2009. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)


 



U.S. soldiers toast during the lunch meal on Christmas day at the Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan on Friday, Dec. 25, 2009. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)


 



U.S. Air Force Majors Marla Ferguson, from Whitehouse, Ohio, left, and Dorothy DeLeon, from Greenville, N.C., right, toast glasses of sparkling cider for Christmas at the military dining hall at Camp Victory on the outskirts of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Dec. 25, 2009. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)


 



Spc. Krishna Copeland and her husband Spc. Terrence Copeland, with the 702nd Brigade Support Battallion in Baghdad,Iraq, look at photos after meeting Santa Claus during the unit's Christmas Eve party, on Thursday, December 24, 2009. The unit, part of the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division based at Fort Lewis, Washington, has been deployed since September. (Joe Barrentine/Tacoma News Tribune/MCT)





Steven Coyle, chaplain of the St. Joseph County Jail, holds hands with a prisoner through the food slot of a cell doors in South Bend, Ind. As part of his duties, the chaplain at the St. Joseph County Jail and former warrant detective walks the pods daily, handing out religious literature _ "200 to 300 books a day" _ and providing comfort, assistance and guidance to the nearly 700 men and women who call the jail home. But lately, the 59-year-old has been working on borrowed time, as county officials consider whether to finance his position through 2010 or make it voluntary. (AP Photo/South Bend Tribune, Jim Rider)






A visitor to the Church of the Nativity looks on in the Grotto on December 21, 2009 in Bethlehem, West Bank. Thousands of pilgrims will make their way to the Church of the Nativity this week to worship at the sacred site believed to be the birthplace of Jesus. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)






A Christian pilgrim prays at the Church of Nativity, traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009. In 2009, some 2 million tourists visited the Palestinian territories, or four times the 2007 figure, and 80 percent came to Bethlehem, said the Palestinian tourism minister, Khuloud Deibes. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)






A child dressed as Santa Claus kneels at the spot in the Grotto of the Church of the Nativity where according to tradition Jesus was born, as Christians gather for Christmas celebrations in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 24, 2009. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)






The faithful under their umbrellas are silhouetted as they look at the Nativity scene on show in St. Peter's square at the Vatican, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009. The Vatican unveiled its life-size Nativity scene in St. Peter's Square, hours before Pope Benedict XVI ushered in Christmas with a Midnight Mass in the basilica. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)


 



In this photo released by the Vatican's L'Osservatore Romano newspaper, Pope Benedict XVI gestures to the faithful during the "Urbi et Orbi" (to the City and to the World) blessing and message in St. Peter's square at the Vatican, Friday, Dec. 25, 2009. The pontiff delivered his traditional Christmas Day blessing Friday, looking tired and unsteady but otherwise fine hours after being knocked down by a woman who jumped the barrier at the start of Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, HO)






Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal carries the statuette of baby Jesus during Midnight Mass ceremony which marks the beginning of Christmas Day at the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Yosssi Zamir, Pool)






A lantern is seen by graves at the cemetary of Vaasa on December 24, 2009. Traditionnaly, on Christmas eve, Finns place candles on the graves of their relatives in their memory. OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)






Robyn Moore with her fiancee, William Acosta, right, exchange vows at the Corpus Christi, Texas International Airport on Monday, Dec. 21, 2009 after his arrival from Toledo, Ohio. Robyn Moore was at the airport waiting for him in her wedding dress with Justice of the Peace, Robert "Bobby" Balderas, below left, who married them on the spot. (AP Photo/Corpus Christi Caller-Times, George Gongora)






Stranded flyer Mollie Sheridan sleeps as she waits for her father to drive from Cincinnati to pick her up at Midway International Airport, where more than 40 flights were canceled due to winter weather Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, in Chicago. The cancellations included dozens of Southwest Airlines flights leaving Midway. Southwest spokesman Brad Hawkins says the airline canceled most of its outbound departures from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. with dispatchers assessing the situation each hour. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)






In this photo taken Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, Sheba tries to catch some snow shoveled by Sister Mary Jogues of the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Our Savior Convent in Melville, N.Y. Parts of Long Island received over two feet (0.6 meters) of snow over the weekend. (AP Photo/Newsday, John Dunn)

Firefighters rescue a German Shepherd after it fell through thin ice at Prairie Creek Reservoir on Monday Dec. 21, 2009 in Muncie, Ind. . According to rescue workers, the dog was in the water for over one hour. Firefighters were able to break the ice and the dog swam to shore. (AP Photo/ The Star Press, Chris Bergin)


 



President Obama's family dog, Bo, leaps on the grounds of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)



 

A Polar Bear named Pike buries his head in a gift box while playing in freshly blown snow at the San Francisco Zoo December 21, 2009 in San Francisco, California. The San Francisco Zoo celebrated the first day of winter by transforming 10 tons of donated ice into snow for two of the zoo's Polar Bears, Andy and Pike. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)





Sisso, an injured swift strapped in a special harness, is held by Israeli veterinarian Igal Horowitz at an animal hospital in the Ramat Gan Safari Park near Tel Aviv, Sunday Dec. 20, 2009. Sisso damaged his right wing seven months ago and the harness is intended to help him learn to fly again. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)






In this photo released by the San Diego Zoo taken Monday Dec. 21,2009 showing Giant Panda mom Bai Yun playing with her four-and-half-month old baby boy, Yun Zi, at their enclosure at the San Diego Zoo. Yun Zi has been reluctant to leave the comfort of his den, but Monday's successful venture outdoors means it is likely that within a month the cub will go on exhibit to the public. Yun Zi is the fifth giant panda born at the San Diego Zoo. The first surviving giant panda born in the United States was born in San Diego in 1999. Other cubs were born at the Zoo in 2003, 2005, 2007, and most recently this cub, born on Aug. 5, 2009. (AP Photo/Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo)






"Cocolo," a 2.5-year-old female Toy Poodle, eats a special Christmas cake made from rice powder, yogurt and natural honey with strawberries atop it, in Tokyo Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009. The Christmas cake for dog is sold at 2,500 yen (US$27) at the Prince Park Tower Tokyo until Dec. 25. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)


 



Newborn elephant Jamuna Toni plays with one of his keepers at Hellabrunn zoo on December 23, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The female baby elephant was born on December 21, 2009 with a weight of 112 kilograms. (Photo by Alexandra Beier/Getty Images)


 



Aaron Rodgers shows his moxie after he runs for a touchdown last Sunday against Pittsburgh. Journal Sentinel: Rick Wood


 



Steeler Mike Wallace pulls in the winning touchdown pass as he's defended by Packers Josh Bell. Photo: Matt Freed/ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette





Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Mike Wallace, right, catches a touchdown pass from Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in front of Green Bay Packers' Josh Bell (26) with time running out in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, in Pittsburgh. The Steelers won 37-36. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)


 



Josh Bell can't stop Mike Wallace's 19-yard TD catch at the end of the game. Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood


 



Pittsburgh kicker Jeff Reed celebrates after converting the point after to put the Steelers ahead 37-36. Journal Sentinel photo: Rick Wood







Fans throw foam hands during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles, Friday, Dec. 25, 2009. The Cavaliers won 102-87. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)






Torchbearer Lance Berrisford, left, passes the Olympic flame to Brian Petts along the edge of Lake Erie, at the southernmost point of the Canadian mainland, in Point Pelee National Park, Ontario, on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics torch relay. The 106-day relay will visit more than a thousand communities in its trip across Canada's provinces and territories by the time it reaches the opening ceremony for the Vancouver Games on Feb. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Dave Chidley)






A Member of the Albrighton Woodland Hunt club feeds the dogs before the Boxing Day hunt at Hagley Hall in Hagley, England, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009. Thousands of people are expected to attend Boxing Day hunts across the United Kingdom four years after the hunting of foxes with dogs became illegal, the dogs can follow the scent but cannot kill the fox. (AP Photo/Simon Dawson)


 



Two men dressed as Santa Claus ride a jet ski on the Mediterranean sea at Villeneuve Loubet, near Nice, southeastern France, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)






Santa Claus donates whole blood at an American Red Cross center Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009 in Tulsa, Okla. Taking his blood is phlebotomist Brittany Bunch. (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Mike Simons)






A Dec. 19, 2009 photo shows a sign altered by someone perhaps expecting an impending visit from Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, near St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn. (AP Photo/St. Cloud Times, Kimm Anderson)






A new tourist boat designed for winter cruises plies the frozen Moscow River in Moscow, Friday, Dec. 25, 2009, with the Kremlin in the background. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)






In this photo released by the Florida Keys News Bureau, children play in artificially created snow in front of Florida Keys musician Howard Livingston's house Friday, Dec. 25, 2009, in Summerland Key, Fla. Livingston's family won The Weather Channel's "Guaranteed White Christmas" contest where entrants submitted videos explaining why their families deserved a white Christmas. There has never been a real recorded snowfall in the Florida Keys, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures in the Keys Friday were in the high 70s. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Rob O'Neal)


 



Shoppers rush to snap up bargains at Selfridges department store at its opening time as retailers launch after-Christmas sales on Oxford street in London, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009. (AP Photo/Akira Suemori)


 



Runners taking part in the Holiday Speedo run for the Cause head towards Front Street while on Market Street in Berwick, Pa., as they near the end of their one mile run Saturday afternoon, Dec. 26, 2009, while raising money for Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. (AP Photo/Bloomsburg Press Enterprise, Jimmy May)

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