Soldiers in the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (the Old Guard) place a small American flag before each grave marker for more than 220,000 graves during the annual Flags-In ceremony in advance of Memorial Day to honor the nation's fallen members of the military in Arlington Cemetery.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Olivier Douliery / MCTLink
A worker looks at the collapsed portion of the Interstate 5 bridge at the Skagit River in Mount Vernon. A truck carrying an oversize load struck the four-lane bridge on the major thoroughfare between Seattle and Canada, sending a section of the span and vehicles into the Skagit River on Thursday evening.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Elaine Thompson / Associated PressLink
L.A. King Mike Richards and San Jose Shark Tommy Wingels scuffle in the first period in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Staples Center.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles TimesLink
San Jose Sharks players scramble as teammate TJ Galiardi collides with Kings defenseman Matt Greene during the third period in Game 5 of the NHL Western Conference Semifinals at Staples Center.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles TimesLink
Carol Stark, right, of Fullerton, is reunited with Cordine McMurray of Detroit, a Vietnam veteran and prisoner of war for five years, seven months and 23 days, after Stark kept his POW bracelet since 1968 and had always wanted to meet McMurray, at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda. The gathering commemorated the 40th anniversary of their return to U.S. soil.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles TimesLink
Anna Loughridge takes her cousin Cade Mackenzie, 4, into the surf off Redondo Beach, just south of the pier. Heal the Bay released its annual Beach Report Card, grading the south side of the Redondo Beach Pier a "C" in summer, "F" in winter and an "F" in wet weather, year-round, for water quality levels.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles TimesLink
A Moore, Okla., police officer walks through a debris field in the Oklahoma City suburb. The town was hit by an EF5 tornado on Monday that killed at least 24 people including seven children at Tower Plaza Elementary School.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ERIK S. LESSER / EPALink
In this long exposure, candlelight flows around the standing Buddha statue at Buddha Monthon in Nakhon Pathom as Buddhist worshippers circle it to pay their respects to the Lord Buddha to celebrate Visakha Bucha Day. Visakha Bucha is a commemoration of the birth, enlightenment and passing away of the Buddha Gautama.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
An Indian man bathes in an industrial waste-foam polluted section of the Yamuna River, on the outskirts of New Delhi. The Yamuna river, holy to Hindus, traverses various urban centers like Delhi, Mathura and Agra.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Daniel Berehulak / Getty ImagesLink
An Orangutan Information Centre staff member holds an 18-month-old orangutan they just confiscated from someone who owned it illegally. Orangutan populations in Indonesia's Borneo and Sumatra island are facing severe threats from habitat loss, illegal logging, fires and poaching.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Binsar Bakkara / Associated PressLink
A man, partly seen, enters a recycle bin to collect paper in Madrid. Financial markets around the world were roiled Thursday after Japanese stocks suffered their biggest reverse since the tsunami that hit the country more than two years ago.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andres Kudacki / Associated PressLink
Ukrainian students heckle as they bathe in a fountain during a traditional gathering of school graduates on Independence Square in Kiev as they mark "Last Ring," celebrating the day they leave school.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SERGEI SUPINSKY / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, center right, and Patriarch Theophilus of Jerusalem, center left, conduct a religion service while marking the Day of St. Cyril and Methodius, founders of the Cyrillic alphabet, inside the Cathedral of the Assumption, Cathedral Square, in the Kremlin in Moscow.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alexander Zemlianichenko / Associated PressLink
A white lion cub at Circus Krone in Darmstadt. Circus Krone has introduced six baby lions, four white and two brown. They were born two weeks ago.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FREDRIK VON ERICHSEN / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Digital art is projected on the facade of the Fiesp building in Sao Paulo during the "Brazil-Germany: Cultures Connected" exhibition as part of the year of Germany in Brazil. Conceived by German and Brazilian artists, the exhibition of lights and colors aims to explore the possibilities of integrating digital art in public space.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
An Israeli boy looks at "wounds" inflicted on dolls arranged in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv. The installation, which was on display for two days, consisted of almost 1,000 dolls, all of which showed signs of "abuse" and was presented by ELI, the Israeli Assn. for the Protection of the Child, in order to raise awareness of child abuse.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIM HOLLANDER / EPALink
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