Cleveland Cavaliers fans, from left, Josh Hall, Rob Hose, and Mike Adams set fire to LeBron James jerseys on Thursday in Akron, Ohio, after James announced he is leaving the Cavaliers to join the Miami Heat.
Supporters of the Spanish soccer team react as they watch Spain’s World Cup victory over Germany on Wednesday. These fans watched the game on the beach in Barcelona, Spain, a city that produced several of Spain’s stars. Spain will face the Netherlands in the World Cup final Sunday in South Africa.
Paul Goydos, right, chooses a club for his second shot on the 18th hole. Goydos became only the fourth player in tour history to shoot a 59 on Thursday in Silvis, Ill. Goydos still led by only one stroke after the first round.
Coins found by British treasure hunter Dave Crisp
Labor activists throw paper money in front of paper figures representing Chinese employees of Foxconn Technology Group outside the Foxconn office in Hong Kong in this file photo taken May 25. Factory workers demanding better wages and working conditions are hastening the eventual end of an era of cheap costs that helped make southern coastal China the world’s factory floor.
Maj. Tom Brenton, a Kansas University alumnus, returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq. His wife, Amber, and sons Henry, 3, and Andy, 7, greeted him at the welcome home ceremony at Fort Riley. Tom’s parents, brothers and sister live in Lawrence. Amber, Manhattan, submitted the picture.
Shoppers leave an H&M clothing store Thursday in New York. Stores steepened discounts more than planned in June to help drive recession-scarred customers into the malls to buy summer merchandise. But shoppers spent cautiously amid escalating job worries, resulting in modest gains for many merchants.
Lonnie David Franklin Jr. appears for arraignment on multiple charges as the alleged “Grim Sleeper” killer Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Members of the Coast Guard look Thursday for two missing tour boat passengers on the Delaware River in Philadelphia. The passengers’ amphibious craft in which they were riding was struck and sunk by a barge Wednesday.
U.S. Cyber Command’s new logo, with embedded secret code
Delegates listen to the debate at a meeting of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church on Thursday in Minneapolis. The assembly advanced a measure lifting the church’s ban on ordaining noncelibate gays and lesbians as clergy.
Oil is seen on the beach in Waveland, Miss., Thursday as oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill continues to wash ashore in Harrison and Hancock counties, causing some beaches to be closed.
President Barack Obama speaks at Smith Electric Vehicles in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday. Obama discussed the economy and helped campaign for two Senate candidates on Thursday, Robin Carnahan in Missouri and Harry Reid in Nevada.
An Iraqi policeman stands guard as Shiite pilgrims ride on the roof of a van Thursday after concluding their visit to the Kazimiyah shrine to mark the date of Imam Moussa al- Kadim’s death in Baghdad. Iraqi officials say a handful of people were killed by bombs targeting pilgrims taking part in the final day of the Shiite religious holiday, a day after scores of pilgrims were killed Wednesday in a suicide attack.
This courtroom sketch shows accused spies, bottom row from right, Richard Murphy, Cynthia Murphy, Donald Howard Heathfield, Tracey Lee Ann Foley, Michael Zottoli, top row from right, Patricia Mills, Juan Lazaro, Vicky Pelaez, Anna Chapman and Mikhail Semenko during their arraignment in in Manhattan federal court Thursday in New York.
President Barack Obama walks with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, right, and Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan., upon his arrival Thursday at Kansas City International Airport in Kansas City, Mo. See story, page 4A.
Ashley Ray sings “Sweet Home Alabama” on a forthcoming Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute album.
Kansas forward Marcus Morris talks about his experience at the LeBron James Skills Camp, which he attended July 5-7 at Akron University. As for James’ free agency status, Morris speculated earlier Thursday at Allen Fieldhouse that he believed James would pick the Heat or the Knicks.
Linda Kay, of Lawrence, takes her horses S.R. Silver Shadow, left, and Perk N Firewater, for a stroll Thursday at the Douglas County
4-H Fairgrounds before heading to the indoor community building to run barrels. Horse owners can make appointments to use the indoor facility on Thursdays for open rides. “We appreciate having a good building like this,” Kay said of the indoor arena. She and the horses were out before showers struck the area Thursday. Today is expected to be clearer. See the complete forecast, page 10B.