Roman Baca not only choreographed the ballet Homecoming, he also danced in it. In the second movement, Baca (second from right) plays an Iraqi dad during a scene where the Marines have an altercation with an Iraqi family.
Yao Hong worships at a Christian church in China's Protestant heartland. She's one of about 1,000 worshippers at the church. She believes it is patriotic to believe in God, and to pray for China's revival and well-being.
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Sound Asleep: NASA's Mars rover Spirit, seen here in an artist's rendering, has been hibernating through the the cold and dark Martian winter, and mission scientists aren't sure when its solar panels will have charged the batteries enough for it to wake up.
Volunteers sorted through food last fall as they stocked shelves at the San Francisco Food Bank in California. As the U.S. continues to struggle through the recession and unemployment is at record highs, food banks are seeing an increased demand.
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Feet On The Ground: Barefoot runners tend to land on the balls of their feet rather than on their heels the way most shoe-runners do. Rick Roeber went shoeless in 2003 and has clocked more than 13,000 barefoot miles since.