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.
Curt Brungardt, father of slain Kansas University student Jana Mackey, passes by a portrait of his daughter in the United Way building on Sunday during the first observance of Jana Mackey Day. Volunteers completed a number of tasks related to Eleven Hundred Torches, a domestic violence prevention project established by Mackey’s parents in her memory.
Deauma Clemons, Lawrence, fills out a patient information form at 1920 Moodie Rd. Thursday, March 5, 2009. Clemons, who has used the clinic in the past was visiting the clinic to help address a cold she was battling.
Kansas pitcher Sarah Vertelka delivers a pitch during the game against North Dakota State on Sunday, March 8, 2009, at Arrocha Ballpark.
A cat waits for treatment at a makeshift veterinary clinic in Costa Rica.
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.
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.”
All-Big 12 first-teamer Cole Aldrich, right, walks off the court with Big 12 Player of the Year Blake Griffin of Oklahoma.