President Obama speaks in the White House's Brady Briefing Room on Tuesday. Behind the president, a ticking clock counts down the time until taxes will go up if Congress can't reach an extension deal on payroll tax cuts.
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Students stand outside Penn State's Old Main building, protesting the handling of a child abuse scandal involving retired Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
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In February 1945, Hershel Williams was sent to Iwo Jima with a flamethrower unit. A week and a half later, all but 17 of the 279 members of his company had been killed or wounded.
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Concerto in D Major for Trumpet & Orchestra: Allegro moderatoArturo Sandoval / London Symphony Orchestra / Luis Haza
In California, prison inmates who have committed serious crimes and have been diagnosed with a major mental illness can be forced to serve their parole in a state hospital. At Atascadero State Hospital, shown above in this 1999 photo, there are more than 600 such patients. "As a group," says the hospital's director, "the mentally disordered offenders are the most aggressive."
Costa Rican and U.S. Guard Coast members seized this semi-submersible which was carrying seven tons of cocaine. It is shown here at Costa Rica's Puntarenas Coast Guard headquarters on Sept. 17, 2008. Four Colombians were arrested.
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Diego Rivera's fountain of the Aztec rain god Tlaloc is a pumping station in Mexico City's municipal water system. It fell into disrepair for some time, but has recently been restored.
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