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California Gov. Jerry Brown delivers his inaugural address at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

A couple taking in a view of the Pacific embrace as the latest in a series of storms moves out of Southern California, leaving a gorgeous sunset in its wake.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Snow and ice encase a car in Gorman. A section of Interstate 5 through the Grapevine was closed in both directions for much of the day because of treacherous driving conditions caused by a winter storm.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

A little snowman left by visitors rests on the leaves of a plant in the Red Rock National Conservation Area near Las Vegas. A passing winter storm left several inches of snow behind.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ethan Miller / Getty Images

A figurine of a bull sets the hoped-for tone in front of the DAX board during the first trading day of 2011 at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alex Domanski / Reuters

People make their way toward Dvortsovaya Square to watch a laser show in front of the State Hermitage Museum in celebration of the New Year.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alexander Demianchuk / Reuters

Greenpeace activists wearing eyeball-inspired helmets gather outside the Foreign Ministry building in Budapest. With Hungary having assumed the rotating presidency of the European Union on Jan. 1, the activists want the government to tackle issues such as carbon dioxide emissions, genetically modified crops, pollution and renewable energy.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Laszlo Balogh / Reuters

A Coptic Orthodox priest consults his iPhone before conducting prayers for relatives of the victims of a New Year's Day. The attack killed 21.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Asmaa Waguih / Reuters

A worker inspects bags of coffee beans piled high at a warehouse owned by the Communist Party in Vietnam's southern province of Binh Duong. The country is the world's second-largest producer of coffee after Brazil.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kham / Reuters

Garbage bags piled up on W. 45th St. broke the fall of a would-be suicide jumper after he leaped from a ninth-floor window. The man survived because of landing on the heap of trash, uncollected since the city's massive snowstorm a week ago.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Shannon Stapleton / Reuters

With the Year of the Rabbit beginning next month, Leo, an 8-year-old sea lion, uses a paintbrush and an easel to write the word "rabbit" in Chinese. The attraction, at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in suburban Tokyo, is part of the New Year celebrations.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Yoshikazu Tsuno / AFP/Getty Images

Three spectators wearing Queen Elizabeth masks watch the fifth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tim Wimborne / Reuters

Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar drives his VW Touareg in the second stage of the third South American 2011 Dakar Rally from Cordoba to Tucuman, taking second place.


Russians Andrei Sergeyev, #26, and Artyom Voronin, #15, defend against Johan Larsson of Sweden during the 2011 IIHF World U20 Championship Semi-Final game between Sweden and Russia.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Stewart / Getty Images

A mother and son sled down a slope as they enjoy a sunny winter day.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Efrem Lukatsky / Associated Press

A couple take wedding photos beside trees coated with frost along the Songhua River.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Zhu Wanchang / Associated Press

Event assistants help Chen Kecai to get out of a glass container during a cold-endurance competition against Jin Songhao on the Tianmen Mountain. Chen and Jin competed by staying in a glass container filled with ice wearing only a pair of shorts. Jin won the competition with 120 minutes in the container, which outscored Chen's 118 minutes. Chen set the Guinness record for the longest time spent in direct full-body contact with ice on March 14, 2010 with 1 hour, 48 minutes, 21 seconds.


A man takes a photograph using a camera phone as he walks past an ice sculpture on a main street in the northern Chinese city of Harbin. The sculpture is part of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival, which will be officially launched on Jan. 5.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Gray / Reuters

Russia's Pavel Karelin takes off from the ramp during practice for the third event of the Four Hills ski jumping tournament in Innsbruck, Austria.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kai Pfaffenbach / Reuters

Kimberley Dunne, center, and other burlesque enthusiasts in front of the National Gallery in central London's Trafalgar Square, during a world-record attempt to break what they called the "World's Largest Burlesque Dance."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lefteris Pitarakis / Associated Press

Riot police try to put out a fire during clashes with Egyptian Christians in front of al-Abasseya Cathedral in Cairo. Angry Coptic Christians clashed with police as they demanded more protection for Egypt's Christians following a New Year's Day church bombing that killed 21 of their brethren.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mohamed Abd El Ghany / Reuters

A Pakistani man and a boy collect wood to be used for heating on a cold and foggy morning in Islamabad.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Muhammed Muheisen / Associated Press

In the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, about 100,000 people gathered Monday in the city's central square for the annual New Year's rally to display loyalty to leader Kim Jong Il.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Tourists relax in an infinity pool on the roof of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel tower in Singapore. The city's two huge casino resorts, which together cost more than $10 billion to build, are the crown jewels of a decade-long effort to diversify the island's economy toward services such as tourism and finance and lessen dependence on manufacturing.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wong Maye-E / Associated Press

Malaga's new football player, Argentinian Martin Demichelis, throws his scarf to fans during his official presentation at the Rosaleda Stadium in Malaga.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jorge Guerrero / AFP / Getty Images

Rising flood waters spread across the runway of the airport at Rockhampton, in eastern Queensland. The Australian military and emergency services were battling massive flooding in the country's northeast that has left at least one person dead, amid warnings the worst of the devastation is yet to come.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mechielsen Lyndon / AFP / Getty IMages

An activist of AnimaNaturalis of Mexico demonstrates inside a cage to protest against the commercial sale of pets, at Alameda Central Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ronaldo Schmidt / AFP / Getty Images

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We begin today’s Pictures in the News in California as Gov. Jerry Brown is sworn into office in Sacramento, snow and ice shut down Interstate 5 near Gorman, and a tiny snowman is deserted in the Nevada desert.

It’s a bull market, albeit a small green one, on the first trading day of the year in Frankfurt; in St. Petersburg, a laser show celebrating the New Year lights up Dvortsovaya Square; while in Alexandria, Egypt, a priest consults his iPhone before leading prayers for the victims of a bomb attack in the city that claimed 21 lives.

A pile of uncollected trash in New York City foils a would-be suicide, breaking the fall of a man who leapt from a ninth-floor window.

Leo, an 8-year-old sea lion in suburban Tokyo, uses a paintbrush to write the word “rabbit” in Chinese, thus helping celebrate the upcoming Year of the Rabbit; in China, a couple take wedding photos beside trees heavy with snow along the Songhua River; and a very cold man emerges from a glass container filled with ice in Zhangjiajie.

Things get steamy in London when burlesque enthusiasts in Trafalgar Square attempt to break the world record for the World’s Largest Burlesque Dance. Don’t ask.

Stops in Argentina, Australia, Mexico, North Korea, Singapore, Spain and Vietnam complete today’s colorful journey around the world.

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