Rhonda Wagner packs some items last week at her home in Sacramento, Calif. Wagner, who works for the California Department of Motor Vehicles, and her family are losing their home to foreclosure. Wagner, 52, just absorbed a 9 percent pay cut because of a state-imposed unpaid leave.
Resident Novella Willis talks about the state of her neighborhood last month in west Detroit. Willis, a longtime resident of Cruse Street, soon will have her mortgage paid off, but she is among those caught in the changing market. “None of these houses are selling. None of them,” she said. “If you go down to the next block you’ll see a lot of foreclosures all around here.”
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, left, inspects an honor guard upon his arrival Sunday at the North Darfur state capital of El Fasher, Sudan. Al-Bashir threatened to kick out more aid groups and expel diplomats and peacekeepers on Sunday during his first trip to the beleaguered Darfur region after an international court issued an arrest warrant against him.
the seven winners of “American Idol,” from left, Ruben Studdard, Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia Barrino, David Cook, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks and Jordin Sparks hold silver microphone awards as they pose for the grand opening of The American Idol Experience attraction at Walt Disney World Resort on Feb. 12 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh, center, speaks during a joint news conference with U.S. Embassy spokesman Adam Ereli, left, and Maj. Gen. David Perkins in Baghdad. The U.S. military announced Sunday that 12,000 American soldiers would withdraw from Iraq by September, marking the first step in the Obama administration’s plan to pull U.S. combat forces out of the country by August 2010. Under the plan, major reductions in the more than 130,000 troops in Iraq will be postponed until after elections in December to choose a new parliament, a vote that nearly everyone in the country sees as a potential watershed moment.
Resort attire: shirt and pants in basic colors and fabrics; comfortable shoes; accessories dress you up or down.
Sharon Eddy, a 1980 graduate of Lawrence High School and a 1984 graduate of Kansas University, swims with the dolphins while on vacation with her family in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Her father, Bill Eddy, Baldwin City, submitted the picture.
Jayden Werst, 5 months, and Reilly Neis, 6 months, share Santa secrets during a family Christmas get-together with their great-grandparents in Lawrence. Jayden is the son of LaDuska Johnson and Brandon Werst of Eudora. Reilly is the son of Carrie Moyer and Richard Neis of Eudora. Bonnie Neis, grandmother to both boys, Eudora, submitted the picture.
Zoey is an all-white Shar Pei mix who loves to play in the mud. She was adopted from the Lawrence Humane Society and belongs to Allyson Flaster and Ray Dalton.
A cat waits for treatment at a makeshift veterinary clinic in Costa Rica.
Robin Michael, a veterinarian with Clinton Parkway Animal Hospital, holds a box of puppies during a recent trip to Costa Rica. Michael has taken several trips to Mexico, Costa Rica and American Indian reservations to care for animals.
Clara Cannucciari, a 93-year-old great-grandmother, has become a YouTube sensation with her skillfull preparations of humble Italian-American fare.