Oklahoma forward Blake Griffin, right, goes up for a basket against Texas Tech’s Michael Prince during OU’s victory on Saturday in Norman, Okla. The Sooners are well on their way to the NCAA Tournament, but the Red Raiders don’t have much of a shot.
Texas A&M’s Chinemelu Elonu (41) dunks as Texas’ Damion James (5) and teammates look on. Texas A&M won, 81-66, Monday in College Station, Texas.
Vikki Hankins, who was recently released from prison, is living temporarily at a hotel in Orlando, Fla. Like others who are leaving prison during an economic slump, Hankins would be helped by the federal Second Chance Act if Congress approves funding for the new program.
Chinese construction workers eat dinner, consisting of boiled water and bread, in freezing temperatures Monday in Bucharest, Romania. Hundreds of Chinese workers are camped outside their embassy in Bucharest, trying to get home because Romanian construction companies, some running out of business because of the global economic crisis, have failed to pay them for the past two months.
John Troutman and Karen Anderson celebrate Christmas Eve with their kids … in style. From left, back row, are Chris Troutman, then Chase Anderson holding Duffy, John Troutman, Taylor Anderson with Wyn, Joanna Troutman Bergkoetter, Luke Bergkoetter holding Matilde, and Karen Anderson, front, sitting on the floor. Karen, Lawrence, submitted the picture.
A U.S. flag hangs above the Boeing 747 line at Boeing Co.’s airplane assembly plant in Everett, Wash. Today, “Made in USA” is more likely to be stamped on airplanes, silicon chips, medical equipment and other goods bought by companies than on TVs, toys, clothes and items you’d find on store shelves.
The 50th anniversary of Barbie is commemorated by a lineup of Barbie dolls from different eras, starting with the original Barbie in a black and white swimsuit, right, in a display by Mattel at Toy Fair 2009 at the Javits Center in New York.. The fair runs through Wednesday.
“Self Portrait,” by Jenny Aucott of Free State, Best of Show winner.