Lt. Christopher Blasnek, right, who lost 50 pounds in 10 weeks, leads Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officers at a ceremony in Monterey Park. The officers received Lean for Life Healthy Heroes Awards for losing weight.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles TimesLink
Michelle Obama holds back Sunny, whose enthusiastic greeting prompted Ashtyn Gardner, 2, from Mobile, Ala., to lose her balance at the White House.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Charles Dharapak / Associated PressLink
Xing Bao, a 3-month-old panda, is ready for his close-up at the Madrid Zoo in Spain.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JAVIER SORIANO / AFPLink
A young girl reaches out to Pope Francis for a hug in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFPLink
China Disabled Peoples Performing Art Troupe entertains at the "My Dream Gala Performance" at the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Albania in Tirana.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: GENT SHKULLAKU / AFPLink
A plane leaves a vapor trail visible from Lahore, Pakistan.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: RAHAT DAR / EPALink
Israel Electric, the main supplier of electrical power in Israel, creates a menorah using cranes in Tel Aviv.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JACK GUEZ / AFPLink
Window washers descend the 36-story Centennial Tower in Atlanta.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Goldman / Associated PressLink
A Palestinian man is stranded in flood waters in Gaza City.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Adel Hana / Associated PressLink
Men cling to a railing as waves lash the ferry pier in Dagebuell, Germany.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CARSTEN REHDER / DPALink
A rower makes his way through fog on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Rourke / Associated PressLink
Thai military personnel and civilians hold candles as a mark of respect during Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej's birthday celebrations in Bangkok.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Manish Swarup / Associated PressLink
The Vechthoeve, better known as the Pippi Langkous (Pippi Longstocking) house because of its similarity to the fictional character's home, stands on a pontoon in the Vecht, the Netherlands. The monumental wooden building is being moved to make way for a new bridge.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN / ANPLink
Emergency workers attend the scene of a fatal truck accident near Bathgate, Scotland.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andrew Milligan / Press AssociationLink
Iraqi security forces inspect the aftermath of a gun battle in Kirkuk.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Emad Matti / Associated PressLink
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