Climbers Tommy Caldwell, left, and Kevin Jorgeson on their way to completing the ascent of the Dawn Wall of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. The pair completed the climb, becoming the first to do so as free climbers, ascending without mechanical assistance other than ropes to protect against falls.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick Tehan / San Jose Mercury NewsLink
Spectators gaze at El Capitan for a glimpse of climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson, the first to free climb the rock formation's Dawn Wall, on Wednesday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ben Margot / Associated PressLink
USC fans cheer on their team against UCLA at the Galen Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday. (We're assuming there's a "B-E-A-T painted on other torsos nearby.) It didn't work, however; the Bruins won.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles TimesLink
The coffin of Charlie Hedbo cartoonist Bernard Verlhac is carried outside a tribute service in Montreuil, France. Verlhac was killed in last week's terrorist attack on the satirical newspaper.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty ImagesLink
What appears to be a huge snowstorm in New York's Central Park, is actually workers making artificial snow in preparation for the annual Winter Jam. The Winter Jam is a free sports festival, featuring skiing, snowshoeing, a winter market and sledding.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A high-rising wave batters the lighthouse at Porthcawl, on the south coast of Wales as heavy rain and hurricane-force winds sweep across the country.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dimitris Legakis / EPALink
United States' Lindsey Vonn speeds down the course during a training session for a World Cup event in Cortina, Italy.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alessandro Trovati / Associated PressLink
People dressed in traditional costumes celebrate the Malanka festival in the village of Krasnoilsk, Ukraine. The local Romanian population traditionally celebrates Malanka on Jan. 14, New Year's Day according to the Julian calendar.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: VASILY MAXIMOV / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A flock of sheep walk in the haze in a Beijing suburb in China. The Air Quality Index reached more than 500, considered a hazardous level.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lintao Zhang / Getty ImagesLink
Riderss in the Higos Insurance Services Somerton Handicap Hurdle Race make their way down the back straight at Wincanton racecourse in England.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alan Crowhurst / Getty ImagesLink
Armenian protesters shout in front of the prosecutor's office in Gyumri as they demand Russian soldier Valery Permyakov, accused of murdering a family of six, be delivered to Armenian justice authorities for trial. Permyakov allegedly gunned down the family members before disappearing from a Russian military base where he was stationed in Gyumri.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KAREN MINASYAN / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A small group protests ahead of a visit by Pope Francis to the Philippines in Manila. The pope is expected to draw huge crowds when he makes a five-day visit to the largest Roman Catholic country in Asia.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOHANNES EISELE / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
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