In this Nov. 6, 2006 file photo, Republican gubernatorial candidate Sarah Palin, and her daughter Piper, 5, waive campaign signs in Anchorage, Alaska. Palin, who was elected Alaska's governor, was picked Thursday, Aug. 29, 2008, by Republican presidential candidate John McCain to be his vice presidential running mate.
Republican Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin delivers her speech as Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., introduces her as his Vice Presidential running mate Friday, Aug. 29, 2008 at the Ervin J. Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio.
Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and his Vice Presidential running mate, Alaska Gov Sarah Palin, appear together onstage during his 'Road to the Convention Rally' at the Erwin J. Nutter Center Friday in Dayton, Ohio. McCain introduced her as his running mate at the event.
Republican Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her husband Todd waves as she was introduced as Vice Presidential running mate for Republican Presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, Friday at the Ervin J. Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio. Center is their daughter Piper.
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left hugs Republican Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as McCain announces her as his Vice Presidential running mate Friday, Aug. 29, 2008 at Ervin J. Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio.
In this Dec. 8, 2006 file photo, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, center rear, and her daughters, from left, Bristol, Piper and Willow, inspect a bedroom of the Governor's Mansion as Palin arrives in Juneau, Alaska, for the first time since her inauguration.
Alaska's Governor Sarah Palin, right, greets U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-AK, with a hug at the governor's mansion, in Juneau, AK Tuesday, March 18, 2008. John McCain tapped little-known Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his vice presidential running mate, two senior campaign officials told The Associated Press on Friday. A formal announcement was expected within a few hours at a campaign rally in swing-state Ohio
In this Monday, Dec. 4, 2006 file photo, Sarah Palin, center, signs her oath of office document as Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, left, and Superior Court Judge Niesje Steinkruger look on after a swearing-in ceremony in Fairbanks, Alaska. John McCain tapped little-known Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his vice presidential running mate, two senior campaign officials told The Associated Press on Friday.
Alaska Governor, Sarah Palin, listens to questions during an interview in her office in this Dec. 13, 2007, file photo, in Juneau, Alaska.
In this Tuesday Nov. 7, 2006 file photo, Governor-elect Sarah Palin holds her daughter, Piper, as she watches the gubernatorial polling results in Anchorage, Alaska. John McCain tapped little-known Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his vice presidential running mate, two senior campaign officials told The Associated Press on Friday
In this Dec. 4, 2006 file photo, Gov. Sarah Palin, left, her husband Todd, and daughters Bristol,16, right, and Piper, 5, front stand as the colors are retired at the end of an inauguration ceremony in Fairbanks, Alaska.
In this Monday, June 30, 2008 file photo, Laurie Serino, left, talks about the high food prices with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in Barrow, Alaska. John McCain tapped little-known Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his vice presidential running mate, two senior campaign officials told The Associated Press on Friday.
First term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is seen during a press conference in Anchorage in an Aug. 13, 2008 file photo.
In this Wednesday, May 28, 2008 file photo, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, left, talks with her husband Todd Palin, as the listen to state Revenue Commissioner Pat Galvin speak in Anchorage, Alaska.
Sources have confirmed that Sarah Palin, pictured in this 2006 file photo, will be John McCain's vice presidential running mate. Todd Palin, right, holds the Bible for his wife, Sarah Palin, as she is sworn in as Alaska's governor during an inauguration ceremony in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Kolby Smith (21) gets past St. Louis' Marc Magro en route to a 14-yard, first-quarter touchdown. The Chiefs beat the Rams, 21-17, Thursday in Kansas City, Mo.
Wake Forest receiver Chip Brinkman, top, catches a touchdown pass as Baylor's Krys Buerck tries to break it up in Wake Forest's 41-13 victory Thursday in Waco, Texas.
Iowa State's Austin Alburtis rumbles upfield after intercepting a pass in the first half. Iowa State routed South Dakota State, 44-17, on Thursday in Ames, Iowa.
New York's Jason Giambi follows through on his game-winning single. The Yankees defeated Boston, 3-2, on Thursday in New York.
Julie Coin returns a shot to top-seeded Ana Ivanovic at the U.S. Open. Coin defeated Ivanovic, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, on Thursday in New York.
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Pilings that supported buildings destroyed during Hurricane Katrina remain in Lake Pontchartrain Thursday along with drainage pumps on the 17th Street canal in New Orleans. The pumps were installed after Hurricane Katrina. The Army Corps of Engineers has spent billions of dollars to improve the levee system, but because of two quiet hurricane seasons, the flood walls have never been tested.
Georgian officials, front left and right, escort 12 released Georgian soldiers Thursday on the Abkhazian-Georgian border. In a CNN interview Thursday, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accused the United States of being responsible for the recent violence in Georgia and hinted at a potential domestic U.S. political motive behind the fighting.
Toronto's first experimental "pedestrian scramble" intersection was unveiled Thursday at one of the city's busiest intersections - Yonge and Dunday streets. The intersection features a traffic-light configuration that stops cars in all directions with a red light to allow pedestrians to cross in all directions, even diagonally.
Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., applauds before giving his acceptance speech Thursday at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
A longshoreman readies a container for shipment Thursday at the APL Terminal at the Port of Los Angeles. The economy pulled out of a dangerous rough patch in the spring, thanks largely to strong exports, but the rebound isn't expected to last. Economic slowdowns overseas could make exports tail off just as Americans are hunkering down after the bracing impact of rebate checks wanes.
Virginia Eddy, left, meets Warren Buffett at the bracketed Knockouts in the Nebraska Regional Bridge Tournament in Omaha. Bridge players from all across the U.S. and many foreign countries participated in the duplicate bridge tournament. Eddy, Baldwin City, submitted the picture.
Construction work continues in a July 2008 file photo at the site of an underground water filtration plant in the Bronx borough of New York. The facility spans more than six football fields and is as much as 100 feet deep. Though the below-ground plant is designed to be nearly invisible, it has already attracted a lot of attention, with construction beset by cost spurts, delays, seven-figure fins, community opposition, plus a brush with a high-profile Mafia case this year.
Koufax is (L to R) Ryan Lallier, Robert Suchan, Nathan Harold, Dustin Kinsey, and John Anderson.
Steve Coogan portrays an overly dramatic high school drama teacher in the comedy "Hamlet 2."
Susan Gelvin, Lawrence, top center in a red Kansas University shirt, attends the 2008 Sustainable Energy Conference at Duke University. Forty students from across the country were selected to participate in the competitive conference. Joann Gelvin, Lawrence, submitted the picture.