Bethany and Kevin Durkin hold their daughters Olivia, 7, left, and Lucy, 5, March 13 in their in Katonah, N.Y,. home. The Durkins are part of a growing number of parents who have adopted special-needs children from China. Olivia had a weak, underused right arm when she was adopted in 2004, while Lucy had a cleft palate that was repaired through surgery soon after her adoption in November 2007.
Thito, a public employee, works on the demolition of a collapsed building Saturday in the Pacot neighborhood in Port-au-Prince. Some 1.3 million people lost their homes in the Jan. 12 quake that killed and injured thousands, leaving more than a million people living in makeshift camps.
Sarah Palin speaks Saturday at the “Showdown in Searchlight” tea party rally in Searchlight, Nev.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden smile Tuesday in the East Room of the White House in Washington, before the president signed the health care bill. Doubted and deeply in need of a comeback, Obama had a political dream week: the biggest reform to health care in decades, an overhaul of college loans, and a U.S. deal with its old foe Russia to shrink the nuclear arsenals of both countries.
Kansas State players, including Jacob Pullen, center, sit on the bench during the final minute of the NCAA West Regional final college basketball game against Butler in Salt Lake City on Saturday. Butler beat Kansas State 63-54.
In this file photo taken Sept. 11, 2002, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, left, now Pope Benedict XVI, is seen with late Pope John Paul II during Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. The Vatican is facing one of its gravest crises of modern times as sex abuse scandals move ever closer to former Benedict — threatening not only his own legacy but also that of his revered predecessor.
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele speaks Feb. 3 at the John F. Kennedy School of Government on the campus of Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. A federal court Friday denied a Republican Party bid to raise soft money, the unlimited donations from corporations and individuals banned by a 2002 campaign finance law.
This black-and-white handout photo provided by the General Accountability Office shows a product billed as an air room cleaner that was actually a space heater with a feather duster and fly strips attached. Fifteen phony products, including the air cleaner, won a label from the government certifying them as energy efficient in a test of the federal “Energy Star” program.
Judy Bellome, CEO for Douglas County Visiting Nurses, Rehabilitation and Hospice Care, thanks JC Penney’s employees Megan McGlinn, Laura Gloeckner and Cathy NeSmith for their design assistance in decorating the VNA Care Cottage.
A foreclosed house is shown Feb. 19 in East Palo Alto, Calif. After months of criticism that it hasn’t done enough to prevent foreclosures, the Obama administration is announcing a plan to reduce the amount some troubled borrowers owe on their home loans.
President Barack Obama, accompanied by, from left, Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, makes a statement on the new nuclear arms reduction treaty between the U.S. and Russia. Obama spoke Friday in the press briefing room of the White House.
Boys of the Paloc minority, dressed in their traditional clothing, pour buckets of water on a girl Friday in the village of Holloko, 62 miles northeast of Budapest, Hungary, during a practice performance of this typical Hungarian Easter tradition.
Southwest Junior High School placed second in the K-9 section of the Lawrence High School chess tournament Feb. 13. From left are Christopher Greenfield, Crystal Raub, Tanner Valencia, Venkata Malladi, Brendon Clair, Kaustubh Nimkar, Andrei Elliott, Zachary Moore, Jacob Magnuson, Dustin Hauptman, Eddie Loupe and Thomas Peterson.
Lawrence High School assistant principal Michael Norris and other male faculty members prepare breakfast Jan. 4 for the LHS women. The annual tradition was established by math teacher Ray Wilbur and later overseen by English teacher Art Sloan. Paul Bohlen is the current chairman of the breakfast committee.
From left, Diane Ash, Lawrence High School prevention specialist, and Valerie Schrag, social studies teacher, enjoy a breakfast prepared by male faculty members on Jan. 4. The men prepare breakfast for the women every year at the beginning of the second semester.
Cans for the Community donated $1,000 to Lawrence Meals On Wheels on Feb. 17. From left are Suzanne McColl and Jan Willey, Meals on Wheels board members; Mona McManigal, Cans for Community board member; Fred Madaus, Meals on Wheels board member; Tom Wilkerson, Meals on Wheels board chairman; John Priddle, Meals on Wheels board member and volunteer operations supervisor; and Fred McElhenie, Meals on Wheels board member. McManigal, Madaus, Wilkerson and McElhenie also are volunteer Meals on Wheels drivers. Not pictured are Kim Culliss, Meals on Wheels executive director; Jeri Safarik, board secretary; and Susan Postalwaite, board treasurer.
Members of Tennola Literary Club attended the annual Founder’s Day luncheon March 2 at the Lawrence Country Club. The club was founded in 1902. Members are, back row, from left, Marianna Beach, Jane Budde, Polly Miranda, Marilyn Gridley, Connie Sollars, Pete Mynsted, Harriet Larkin, Jane Johnson, Susie Lacy and Alison Carter; front row, from left, Nancy Hudnall, Kay Hale, Frances Van Blaircum, Mary Jennings, Nancy Haggart, Karen Van Blaircum and Carolyn Phillips.
‘Eternal’ writer Cynthia Leitich Smith and two of her books. "Eternal” hit No. 5 on The New York Times young adult best-sellers list a couple weeks ago.