Students Gabby Venuto (left) and Julia Cohen let off some steam during some of the expanded downtime meant to ease the stress on students at the Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The school also eliminated AP classes a few years ago -- a bold move that administrators say hasn't hurt students' college prospects.
Clay figurines discovered on the Mann Hopewell Site show faces with slanted eyes, which were not a Hopewell feature. Some believe the figurines show a connection between Indiana and Central or South America.
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The drilling operation at the Doyon Rig 19 at the Conoco-Phillips Carbon location in the National Petroleum Reserve, Alaska. The federal government is working on a plan to guide future drilling in the reserve, but environmental groups want some of the reserve set aside as wilderness.
Baltimore residents Patricia Granata and Christine O'Connell wait for Baltimore's 1999 Best Hon Contest to begin. Part of the city's annual HonFest, the contest takes a humorous look at Baltimore natives and their customs.
Iraqi university students take photos as they celebrate during their graduation party in April 2009, at the University of Technology in Baghdad. Sixty-five percent of Iraqis today are under the age of 25, and a preliminary survey finds that their attitudes are radically different from those of previous generations -- which may have a profound effect on the country's future.
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Elephants and their owners perform stunts for tourists in Ta Klang village, in Thailand's northeast Surin province. Following a ban on logging more than two decades ago, tourism remains the last viable source of income for many elephants and their owners.
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