A soldier from the first entirely Sunni basic training class sits during a graduation ceremony in Habaniyah, Iraq, in this April 30 file photo. Two months after their graduation, only about 300 of them have reported for duty, U.S. officials say.
Fireworks illuminate the Eiffel Tower as part of the Bastille Day celebrations Friday in Paris.
Asjarae Guity, left, and Jasmine Tavares, both 4, play in a water fountain Friday in Hamilton Fish Park in New York. Temperatures reached the mid-80s in New York, and high temperatures were recorded across the nation.
Cori Allen, center left, and Evon Hunter, center right, receive their Sauer Danfoss scholarships. Allen is a student from Free State High School and Hunter is a student from Lawrence High School. Presenting the scholarships are, from left, Friedemann Eisert, LHS German teacher, Keith Folkmann, general manager of Sauer Danfoss, Victoria Purvis, Sauer Danfoss human resources manager, and Stuart Strecker, FSHS German teacher. Each student won a $750 merit scholarship toward six weeks of study this summer in Eutin, Germany.
American Andy Roddick takes a break during his third-round Wimbledon match with Britain's Andy Murray in this file photo from July 1. Roddick and the rest of the U.S. hopes were whipped at Wimbledon - as were the Americans in the World Cup, and in baseball, and :
A mascot entertains the crowd between innings at a Toledo Mud Hens game in Toledo, Ohio.
This aerial view shows Louisville Slugger Field in Louisville, Ky.
AT&T Bricktown Ballpark sits nestled in downtown Oklahoma City.
Fans pack the lawn seating - and the rest of Auto Zone Park - in Memphis, Tenn., in this file photo. Lately, once-drab minor-league ballparks have become showplaces of America's pastime.
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS GUARD ALLEN IVERSON pauses during a news conference before the start of the Allen Iverson Celebrity Summer Classic charity event. Iverson said Friday he wanted a quick decision by the 76ers regarding his future.
Michelle Wie wipes her face during the second round of the John Deere Classic. Wie withdrew because of heat exhaustion after playing nine holes Friday in Silvis, Ill.
Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich, left, defends against the Milwaukee Bucks' Michael Redd. Plans are in the works for Hinrich, a former Kansas University standout, and the Bulls to agree on a big-dollar deal in the near future.
Royals reliever Jeremy Affeldt walks off the field after surrendering Guillen's shot. The Tigers rallied for a 10-9 victory Friday at Comerica Park in Detroit.
Detroit's Carlos Guillen, jumps on home plate under the watchful eye of umpire Gary Cederstrom and his teammates following his game-winning homer against Kansas City.
Terry Martin is helped into a ski by Jill Wohlgemuth, left, and Mary Preston on Friday during "A Day at the Lake" at Smithville Lake near Smithville, Mo. The event, coordinated by the Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City, provides water sports for people with spinal cord injury, loss of limb, vision or other challenges.
A Lebanese soldier stands near a crater after Israeli airstrikes Friday at the main Mar Mikhail crossroads in southern Beirut, Lebanon. Israel has widened its offensive on Lebanon, with fighter bombers blasting the airport for a second day and residential buildings in the southern suburbs of the capital. The blasts ignited fuel storage tanks and cut the main highway to Syria.
Shelton and Brandi Koskie show their laptop displaying their Web site BabyOrBust.com. The Wichita couple launched the site to solicit donations for the $20,000 it will cost them to get in vitro fertilization treatments. The idea of "cyberbegging" came from Karyn Bosnack, a 20-something from New York who had accumulated more than $20,000 in credit card bills. Her Web site, SaveKaryn.com, asked people in 2002 to donate money to help her get out of debt.
Camp counselor Clay Brittingham throws another counselor into a mud pit Friday before the start of Camp Odyssey's Mud Madness at Salisbury School in Salisbury, Md.
Former CIA officer Valerie Plame says she feels "betrayed" by Bush administration officials who revealed her identity. Plame spoke Friday in Washington, D.C.
U.S. Forest Service firefighter Rob Heck tells other firefighters to move away from the wall of flames Friday after lighting a backfire in the direction of the Sawtooth Complex Fire in Morongo Valley, Calif. Thousands of firefighters struggled in fierce desert heat Friday to keep a newly merged 53,000-acre Sawtooth fire and 8,300-acre Millard fire from gaining a foothold in the populated San Bernardino Mountains.
Jerry Wintz, left, helps, from left, Bradley Bunting, 5, Eli Witte, 4, Clayton Pfeifer, 10, and Jakob Walter, 10, look for worms under rocks. They were among those helping clean the grounds around St. John the Evangelist church on April 8.
From left, Eli Witte, 4, Cheryl Witte and Tom Jerome work in the garden at St. John the Evangelist church. The Knights of Columbus Council 1372 and Cub Scout Pack 3057 helped clean up around the church on April 8.
From left, Becky Mullins, Jerry Wintz and Reed Pfeifer, 5, take a break from cleaning grounds around St. John the Evangelist church. They helped clean along with members of The Knights of Columbus Council 1372 and Cub Scout Pack 3057. The cleanup was April 8.
From left are Phoebe Godwin, Diane Sanders, Pat Clarke, Julie Dunlap, Becky Orth and Amy Suiter at the Douglas County Medical Alliance Spring Fashion Show on May 2 at Ginger & Maryanne in Downtown Lawrence. The Douglas County Medical Alliance collected toiletries for Women's Transitional Care Services and raised $350 for health-related projects in Douglas County.
Members of the Douglas County Senior Services board met May 23 at the Lawrence Visitors Center. In attendance were, from left, Diane Massey, member; Cheryl Holcomb, vice chairwoman; and Lois Mead, business administrator.
Members of Cans for the Community pose by their float for the Earth Day parade on April 22. From left are Nancy Deleau, Leonard Scotto, Melissa Dimoush, Will Lunn, Carrie Miller and Clyde Miller. The group placed a new can house at Trinity Lutheran Church after the parade.
From left, Kansas University students Marc Langston, Karen Bentley and Erica Hare pose with former Sen. Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan. The students obtained internships in Washington, D.C., with the assistance of the Dole Institute of Politics on KU's west campus. They met with Dole in June. Langston, a Wichita junior majoring in art history and politics, works for Fenn Communications. Bentley, a Lawrence junior in journalism and history, is an intern for inc./Women Trend. Hare, a recent graduate in history from Topeka, is working for Craig Shirley of Shirley Banister.
Susan Esau, left, of the Lawrence Schools Foundation, receives a check from Glynn Sheridan, president of Sunflower Bank, on May 19 at the foundation's office. Sunflower Bank donated more than $1,200 to the Lawrence Schools Foundation through its annual ABCs of the Be True to Your Schools campaign.
Winners of the 2006 Breakfast Optimist Club Essay Contest from left, are Neha Jakkaraj, Laura Parkinson and Ellena Berland. Parkinson won first place, while Jakkaraj and Berland tied for third place. Molly Krishtalka, not pictured, placed second.
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