Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy watches his third tee shot during the first round of the British Open. McIlroy shot a 63 to take the lead after the first round Thursday at St. Andrews, Scotland.
Planks from a 32-foot-long 18th century ship stick out of the mud Thursday at the World Trade Center site in New York.
The home of Lonnie David Franklin Jr., who was arrested by Los Angeles police in connection with the “Grim Sleeper” serial murder case one week ago, sits abandoned Wednesday in South Los Angeles.
Holocaust survivor Adolek Kohn flashes the “V” for victory sign as he stands in front of one of the ovens at the Auschwitz death camp in Poland in this undated image taken from video.
Jon and Tammy Barta celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary during their recent cruise to Alaska. Jon, Lawrence, submitted the picture.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., center, reaches out to Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., left, and Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., right, after signing the financial reform legislation during an enrollment ceremony Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Belarusian youth activists join in a pillow fight flash mob Thursday in Minsk, Belarus. In Belarus, an authoritarian, former Soviet nation, even a pillow fight can be seen as a threat to national security. On Thursday, club-wielding police dispersed about 400 pillow-wielding youths who gathered to humorously commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald, which stopped an invasion of German Catholic crusaders in Eastern Europe 600 years ago. Some 50 of the youths were detained.
Images taken from video provided by BP PLC show oil flowing from two of three valves on the new 75-ton cap atop the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico at 5:04 p.m. CDT Wednesday, left, and the top of the cap at 5:56 p.m. CDT on Thursday, minutes after the flow of oil was choked off. BP vice president Kent Wells said the oil stopped flowing into the water at 2:25 p.m. CDT after engineers gradually dialed back the amount of crude escaping through the last of three vents in the cap, an 18-foot-high metal stack of pipes and valves.
BP finally choked off the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday — 85 days and up to 184 million gallons after the crisis unfolded — then began a tense 48 hours of watching to see whether the capped-off well would hold or blow a new leak.
Crews with Westar Energy working behind the Starbucks at 7th and Mass. streets Thursday ruptured a gas line that forced emergency crews to evacuate local businesses and reroute shoppers making their way to the Downtown Sidewalk Sale.