Just after midnight, stars shine above a San Diego Trolley that's dead in its tracks above a darkened Friars Road in San Diego. A guard was posted on the electric light rail unit all night until power was restored later in the morning.
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A construction worker arrives for work at the World Trade Center construction site. National and city leaders Sunday will commemorate 10th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, with a ceremony unveiling a memorial.
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People gather to mourn the victims of Wednesday's jet crash 150 miles northeast of Moscow. Russian air accident investigators began examining recorder boxes Friday the plane earlier this week and killed 36 players, coaches and staff of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey team, including European national team and former NHL players.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Misha Japaridze / Associated PressLink
Russian investigators inspect the wreckage of the YAK-42 plane near a runaway of the Tunoshna airport outside Yaroslavl. The plane was carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey team when it crashed Wednesday after takeoff near Yaroslavl. The crash killed 43 of the 45 people aboard.
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A masked Palestinian waves the Palestinian national flag as he runs to seek cover from smoke during the weekly protest against the settlement of Qadomim, near the village of Kofr Qadom, west of Nablus City in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
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An Egyptian protester holds a Koran during a mass rally at Tahrir Square calling for reforms as the ruling military warned it would respond harshly to any violence by activists.
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The duchess of Devonshire views the sculpture "Burning Desire" by Marc Quinn in the gardens of her home. The work is part of the "Beyond Limits" exhibition of modern and contemporary sculpture displayed in the gardens of Chatsworth by Sotheby's.
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Volunteers pull para-triathletes out of the water for the next part of their race in the Paratriathlon category of the 2011 ITU World Championship Series Grand Final in Changping District on the outskirts of Beijng. More than 60 para-triathletes from 19 countries compete across six different classifications in the competition where they swim, cycle and run.
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A Dalmatian pelican nestles its head in its feathers as rain leaves water droplets on its feathers at the Berlin Zoo.
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People carry a giant national flag during an Independence Day celebration.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Nozim Kalandrov / ReutersLink
Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain drives his car in the pit lane during the second free practice session for the Italian F1 grand prix at the Monza circuit ahead of Sunday's race.
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Performance group "Teia Muv" perform along remains of the Berlin Wall. The Brazilian street performers from Salvador de Bahia are visiting Berlin for a month, performing their routine and interacting with locals and tourists.
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New Zealand rugby union fans gather in a street during the opening game of the 2011 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Tonga.
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A woman is silhouetted walking by the Christian Dior store on Rodeo Drive during the annual Fashion's Night Out.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles TimesLink
Customers at Tequila 100 eat and drink by candlelight in the heart of the Gaslamp district as San Diegans cope with a massive power blackout.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles TimesLink
A worker walks through the Hacker Pschorr beer tent during preparations for the 178th Oktoberfest beer festival. The world's largest beer festival, to be held Sept. 17 to Oct. 3, is expected to draw several million visitors.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matthias Schrader / Associated PressLink
Riot police's plastic shields are pelted with paint bombs by protesters during the national march for the defense of public education.
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Kashmiri government employees run for cover as police move in with water cannon to break up a protest in which workers were attempting to march on government offices to demand long-delayed salaries.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Farooq Khan / European Pressphoto AgencyLink
Divers search for flight recorders in the wreckage of a passenger jet that crashed on the Volga River, killing most of the members of one of Russia's premier hockey teams.
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A mobile construction crane brought in to help repair the earthquake-damaged Washington National Cathedral found itself in need of a helping hand after toppling over, inflicting fresh damage on other buildings on the site. There were no injuries and no immediate estimate of damages, church officials said.
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British Prime Minister David Cameron reaches for a forehand in a tennis match against London Mayor Boris Johnson in Trafalgar Square during festivities marking international Paralympic Day ahead of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.
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Dylan Armstrong of Canada prepares to launch on his way to the gold medal in the men's shot put in the Weltklasse Zurich stop of the Diamond League track and field series.
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Spc. Daniel Rodriguez, 24, of the Bronx, N.Y., smokes a cigarette before heading out with his unit on a dawn patrol.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Goldman / Associated PressLink
A former rebel relaxes at a checkpoint at the last checkpoint between Tarhouna and Bani Walid. Libya's rebels believe they have surrounded ousted dictator Moammar Kadafi and it is only a matter of time until he is captured or killed, a spokesman for Tripoli's new military council said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alexandre Meneghini / Associated PressLink
A balloon rises against a copper sky as the the National Ballooning Championship, held to commemorate Brazil's independence day, heats up.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ueslei Marcelino / ReutersLink
Rescuers work at the crash site of a Russian Yak-42 jet near the city of Yaroslav, on the Volga River about 150 miles northeast of Moscow. The jet, carrying a top ice hockey team, crashed while taking off Wednesday The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said the plane was carrying the Lokomotiv ice hockey team from Yaroslav.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Misha Japaridze / Associated PressLink
An Egyptian anti-Mubarak protester carries a flare outside the police academy, on the outskirts of Cairo, where ousted President Hosni Mubarak's trial resumed.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KHALED DESOUKI / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A police officer carries a woman injured in a bomb blast to the a hospital. A bomb hidden in a briefcase exploded outside a crowded entrance to a courthouse, the deadliest attack in India's capital in nearly three years.
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A Greek student with her mouth taped shut joins others in a protest action, protesting a new higher education draft law.
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Palestinian relatives of a militant killed by an Israeli missile react during his funeral east of Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip. In Gaza on Tuesday, a Palestinian militant was killed by an Israeli missile as he fired rockets at southern Israel, Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Adham Abu Salmia said. The Israeli military said it hit militants firing mortars.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Adel Hana / Associated PressLink
Spain's Pau Gasol, left, vies for the ball with Germany's Chris Kaman during the second-round basketball match between Germany and Spain at the EuroBasket 2011. Spain won, 77-68.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: GEORGI LICOVSKI / EPALink
Paralympians pose for photographers ahead of Paralympic Day to be hosted by London in Trafalgar Square. A full day of activity is planned to celebrate elite paralympic sports and give the public a chance to find out about each of the 20 sports to take place at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BEN STANSALL / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Iraqi Kurds flash the "V for victory" sign and wave their national flag as they demonstrate outside a U.N. office against the recent Turkish and Iranian bombardment of border villages.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SAFIN HAMED / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Balinese carry offerings during the "Nyekah" (the return of the soul to God) ceremony on Indonesia's resort island of Bali. Nyekah is a ceremony performed after a cremation, locally called a "Ngaben." Nyekah ceremonies are based on the Hindu belief that human beings consist of the physical and the soul, and through the ceremony the dead will be returned to the fundamental elements of fire, air, water, earth and void.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SONNY TUMBELAKA / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Cleanup crews search for oily tar balls along the beach. City officials believe the tar balls are from last year's BP oil spill were dredged up from the bottom by Tropical Storm Lee.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dave Martin / Associated PressLink
A masked protester wearing a T-shirt bearing the words "A government of fear" warns of dire consequences if planned austerity measures are allowed to take effect. Transportation workers throughout Italy were on strike in protest of the proposed severe government cuts.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Remo Casilli / ReutersLink
Indonesian football fans rally at the FIFA Asian World Cup soccer qualifier between Indonesia and Bahrain. The fans weren't in as celebratory a mood after the match, won by Bahrain, 2-0.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bay Ismoyo / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Tourists feed an Aldabra giant tortoise at the Singapore Zoo. The Aldabra, from the Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelle Islands, are the second largest species of tortoise on Earth and can weigh more than five times as much as an average human being, according to the zoo.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Loh / ReutersLink
A man looks at a wind generator decorated with colored lights, a creation of French artist Patrick Raynaud that draws its energy from the production of the wind turbine -- the more wind, the more brightly the colored lights shine.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Julian Stratenschulte / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Filipinos gather around a 21-foot saltwater crocodile captured live near their town. The crocodile, caught after a three-week hunt, is the biggest of its kind taken alive in the Philippines in recent years, wildlife officials said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: STR / European Pressphoto AgencyLink
Devotees carry an idol of the elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha into the Arabian Sea for immersion as part of the Ganesha Chaturathi festival, in which Ganesha idols are worshiped at hundreds of pandals, or makeshift tents, and immersed in bodies of water.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Divyakant Solanki / European Pressphoto AgencyLink
A firefighter puts on a mask as the search for missing people continued among the debris of houses destroyed by a landslide caused by heavy rain from Typhoon Talas. The tropical storm, which hit western Japan over the weekend, left at least 42 people dead and dozens were missing.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Buddhika Weerasinghe / Getty ImagesLink
A house rests precariously after being pushed from its foundation by floodwaters that rushed in after Typhoon Talas overwhelmed a breakwater protecting Nachikatsuura.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Koichi Kamoshida / European Pressphoto AgencyLink
A clay idol of the Hindu goddess Durga lies on the ground to dry at a workship. The idols will be used during the Durga Puja festival Oct. 2-6, the biggest religious event for Bengali Hindus. Hindus believe Durga symbolizes power and the triumph of good over evil.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rupak de Chowdhuri / ReutersLink
Australian fans await the arrival of their team, the Wallabies, during welcoming ceremonies for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, set for Friday through Oct. 23.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Antony Dickson / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A woman is escorted away by customs officers after she was arrested at the Bali International Aiport and charged with smuggling methamphetamine in her underwear and bra.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sonny Tumbelaka / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Libyan rebel fighters chant and fire their weapons in the air as elder representatives of the Warfalla tribe meet with them at the Malti mosque for negotiations aimed at staving off a battle for one of the last bastions of support for Moammar Kadafi.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francisco Leong / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A 2-year-old Labrador named Mara takes a shower in Germany's first self-serve dog wash station. The boutique provides warm water, shampoo and a hair dryer for owners to wash their dogs.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jens Meyer / Associated PressLink
A young boy jumps from a tower into Ammersee Lake as warm and sunny summer weather continued in southern Germany.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matthias Schrader / Associated PressLink
A child peers out from an enclosed rickshaw traveling a muddy street after returning from school.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gurinder Osan / Associated PressLink
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