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A Boeing Delta IV Heavy Launch Vehicle blasts off from Space Launch Complex 6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The 235-foot-tall unmanned rocket produced 2 million pounds of thrust as it lifted off at 1:10 p.m. It's the largest rocket ever launched from the U.S. West Coast and carries a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bryan Walton / Santa Maria Times

A woman is reflected in a mirror at the Corona Save the Beach Hotel, a structure in central Madrid built with more than 13 tons of garbage collected from the beaches of Spain, Italy, France and Belgium. The hotel, designed by German eco-artist H.A. Schult, is intended to raise awareness of the damaging effect consumerism has on world beaches.


The letter X of the Super Bowl XLV sign is lifted into position in front of the Dallas Convention Center, where the NFL Experience event will be housed.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jim Mahoney / Dallas Morning News

Supporters wave flags at a reelection campaign rally for President Anibal Cavaco Silva. The country will vote Sunday.


A Muslim man walks along a street in east London. Prejudice against Muslims has "passed the dinner-table test" and become socially acceptable in Britain, the Conservative Party said.


A homeless man warms his feet over an open fire.


Sacks of quinoa are stacked at the Irupana Plant in El Alto, near La Paz. The grain is a staple of the Bolivian diet and is believed to have been originally cultivated in the Andes.


A woman rests next to a pot of dried mud cookies. The cookies are made of dirt, salt and vegetable shortening and are one of very few options the poorest Haitians have to stave off hunger.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rodrigo Abd / Associated Press

A giant panda named Tian Tian inspects a fruitcicle, made with apples and pears frozen in apple juice, at the National Zoo.


A previously unknown species of giant crayfish, discovered last year in Tennessee, has been announced. Barbicambarus simmonsi, at about 5 inches long, is twice the size of typical crayfish.


A memorial dedicated to Paul, an octopus celebrated for having correctly "predicted" the result of each of Germany's 2010 World Cup matches, is unveiled at the Sea Life Center in western Germany. The creature died in October at the age of 2.


A visitor embraces a sculpture titled "Great Stuffed Rabbit" by Swiss artist Christian Gonzenbach at the Public Condition cultural center in northern France.


Strong winds and high surf rolled through Southern California, treating surfers at Huntington Beach to some great waves and an occasional spill.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Last year's six-dog champion, Pete Jones, prepares for the 28th annual Aviemore Husky Sled Dog Rally beside Loch Morlich.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images

Finland's Markus Malin competes in the men's halfpipe semifinal at the FIS Snowboard World Championships. The championships take place in Barcelona and La Molina from Jan. 15 to 22.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Susana Vera / Reuters

One look from fashion label Schumacher at Berlin Fashion Week 2011.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Markus Schreiber / Associated Press

Vera Zvonareva of Russia bounces the ball ahead of serving during her second-round match against Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia in Day 4 of the 2011 Australian Open.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ryan Pierse / Getty Images

A Hindu devotee is pierced with a metal rod during the Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lai Seng Sin / Associated Press

Flowers adorn the barrel of a soldier's gun during a demonstration Jan. 20, 2011, in front of the headquarters of the party of ousted President Zine el Abidine ben Ali. Tunisian police fired shots into the air to try to disperse the hundreds of protesters who were demanding that ministers associated with the rule of the toppled president leave the government.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Finbarr O'Reilly / Reuters

Firefighters and rescuers search for a missing 88-year-old man after an explosion. At least one person was killed in the blast, the cause of which is not yet known.


A rescue dog searches for landslide victims in a damaged home. Deaths from last week's Brazilian mudslides rose to at least 727 and have left thousands homeless.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Felipe Dana / Associated Press

Police officers scuffle with ethnic Georgians, refugees from the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, are evicted from a temporary shelter in Bagebi on the outskirts of Tbilisi. The authorities resumed eviction of refugees from temporary shelters in Tbilisi, which officials said were occupied without permission, Georgian media reported.


Indian paramilitary soldiers perform neck exercises before the start of Republic Day parade rehearsals. India celebrates its Republic Day on Jan. 26.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Manish Swarup / Associated Press

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At Vandenberg Air Force Base, northwest of Santa Barbara, Calif., an unmanned 325-foot-tall Delta IV Heavy Launch Vehicle blasts off with a deafening roar from Space Launch Complex 6. The largest rocket to be launched from the U.S. West Coast, it was reportedly carrying a spy satellite into earth orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office.

Central Madrid sees the opening of a hotel built entirely from garbage collected on the beaches of Spain, Italy, France and Belgium. Designed by German eco-artist H.A. Schult, the structure is intended to raise awareness of the damage consumerism has on world beaches, and quite possibly the entire hospitality industry of Western Europe.

We have four very different giant animals to report on in today’s Picture in the News: The giant pandas in Washington, on loan from the China, have their visas renewed for several more years; a new species of giant crayfish is discovered in Tennessee; a deceased German octopus, made famous for correctly predicting each of that country’s 2010 World Cup matches, is memorialized at an aquarium in Oberhausen; while in the northern French city of Roubaix, a sculpture of a rather big bunny is embraced by a visitor to an exhibition at the Zoonamia de la Nature Humaine. Best not to ask.

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  1. January 20, 2011, 3:54 pm


    By: Samantha
  2. January 20, 2011, 7:42 pm

    Ah, Huskies doing what comes natural! No matter what country, you find people in love with these amazingly beautiful and athletic creatures. My Hollywood Siberian Husky expects to be adored and stops so people can pet him, did I mention I'm a proud Mom?!

  3. January 21, 2011, 9:47 am

    For the record, the Delta IV rocket was 235 feet tall, not 325. Still gigantic, but not ridiculously gigantic. See LA Times article about the launch, and information on the United Launch Alliance web site.

    By: Eric

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