Texas-based Valero Energy -- which owns gas stations across the country, like this one in Sacramento,Calif. -- has contributed about half of the roughly $10 million behind California's Proposition 23 campaign.
Russia's Volga River travels 2,300 miles through the country's heartland. It is the source of Russia's power, spanning from imperial times to the present. Here, a cruise ship travels down the Moscow-Volga canal, heading into the river.
The Brightest Bulbs? In Chris Morris' blistering satire Four Lions, militants Barry (Nigel Lindsay, left), Waj (Kayvan Novak), and Hassan (Arsher Ali) prove to be about as cunning as the Three Stooges.