Matt Sims, bandmaster for the Salvation Army, talks a donor through a credit card donation at the kettle he was manning at the Forest Hill Ukrop’s in Richmond, Va., in this recent undated photo. The charity is testing kettles that take debit and credit cards.
A pilgrim attending the hajj speaks on a mobile phone amidst heavy rains Wednesday in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The heaviest rainstorms to hit Islam’s annual hajj in years soaked pilgrims and flooded the road into Mecca, snarling traffic as millions of Muslims headed for the holy sites and added an extra hazard on top of intense concerns about the spread of swine flu.
Onlookers watch as the Buzz Lightyear float is inflated Wednesday in New York in preparation for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade airs at 8 a.m. today on NBC, Sunflower Broadband channels 8 and 14.
President Barack Obama, right, with daughters Sasha, 8, and Malia, 11, smiles as Malia reaches to pet a turkey, Courage, presented to the Obamas by Walter Pelletier, left, chairman of the National Turkey Federation, during a ceremony the day before Thanksgiving in the North Portico of the White House in Washington. After 10 months in office, Obama on Wednesday granted his first pardon — to Courage, a 45-pound turkey spared from the Thanksgiving table. He joked about having the bird for dinner in his remarks. “Thanks to the interventions of Malia and Sasha — because I was planning to eat this sucker — Courage will also be spared this terrible and delicious fate,” he said. Obama said Courage will spend the rest of his life in “peace and tranquility” at Disneyland.
This screen image made from Michaele Salahi’s Facebook page shows a photo of, from left, Tareq Salahi, Vice President Joe Biden and Michaele Salahi at the White House state dinner Tuesday in Washington. The Secret Service is looking into its security procedures after determining that the Virginia couple was not on the guest list.
Harold Wray, Lawrence, celebrates his 90th birthday with his two sons and daughter. From left are Mark Wray, Lisle, Ill.; Harold Wray; Barbara Dickerson, Overland Park; and Mike Wray, Temecula, Calif. Harold submitted the picture.