Top photos: Occupy Wall Street eviction, Solyndra grilling, Carina nebula and more
Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 07:55 AM
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Occupy Wall Street campsite cleared out by police after nearly 2 months
Protester Jorden Eck sits in Zuccotti Park a day after it was cleared of Occupy Wall Street protesters following an early morning police raid on Nov. 16 in New York City. Hundreds of protesters rallying against economic inequality in America have occupied the park since Sept. 17, sparking similar occupations in hundreds of cities across the world. A New York judge ruled this week that the protesters could return to Zuccotti Park but couldn’t set up tents or sleep in the park.
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Obama speaks at sunset closing of APEC summit
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a press conference after the closing plenary session of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit at the J.W. Marriott Hotel on Nov. 13 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The United States hosted this year's APEC summit, with leaders from the 21 member economies convening on the island of Oahu.
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Rolling through the Southeast Asian Games
A competitor warms up for the Men's 500m Sprint Roller Sports event on Nov. 14, the fourth day of the 2011 Southeast Asian Games at the Jakabaring Sports Complex in Palembang, Sumatra, Indonesia.
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Chu grilled at Solyndra bankruptcy hearing
Energy Secretary Steven Chu testifies on Nov. 17 before the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee about the government support for the failed solar panel company Solyndra on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The Energy Department provided the California maker of solar panels with a $535 million loan guarantee and refinancing before it went bankrupt in August 2011. Chu said at the hearing that "the final decisions on Solyndra were mine."
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Photo: ESO/APEX/T. Preibisch et al. (Submillimetre); N. Smith, University of Minnesota/NOAO/AURA/NSF (Optical)
Carina's cosmic clouds
This spectacular new image of the Carina nebula reveals the cold dusty clouds from which stars are birthed in the bustling stellar nursery. The Carina nebula is located about 7,500 light-years away from Earth, and it is one of the brightest nebulas in the sky because of its large population of massive stars.
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Photo: Albert Gonzalez Farran/United Nations
Senegalese peacekeepers with the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) train on Nov. 14 in Um Baro, Sudan, as their pet sheep, bought years earlier by a former Senegalese contingent, looks on. Having a sheep at the base is an ancient military tradition in Senegal that is said to guarantee protection against danger.
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A caretaker observes 7-year-old elephant Laxmi rubbing trunks with her 13-month-old daughter, Rani, during Sonepur Mela — also known as the Sonepur Cattle Fair — on Nov. 15 in Sonepur near Patna, India. Every year, elephant and horse traders converge on the banks of the River Ganges in the Indian state of Bihar for one of the largest and oldest cattle fairs in the world.
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Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Erin Devenberg/U.S. Navy/Flickr
Setting sail into the Pacific
Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington man the rails as the ship pulls out of Hong Kong into the Pacific Ocean on Nov. 14 following a five-day port visit.
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Mouser-in-chief under fire after a mouse slips through his paws
Larry the cat rests on the steps outside his home, the Downing Street residence of British Prime Minister David Cameron. The cat, who was hired earlier this year to take care of the home's mouse problem, recently came under fire for allegedly shirking his mouser duties after a rodent interrupted a dinner between Cameron and his cabinet officials. Cameron reportedly threw a silver fork at the rodent.
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Congressional Gold Medals presented to legendary astronauts
U.S. astronauts receive Congressional Gold Medals from politicians inside the Rotunda of the Capitol on Nov. 16 in Washington, D.C. From left, U.S. astronaut Michael Collins and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, astronaut Neil Armstrong and House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and astronaut John Glenn, and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and astronaut Buzz Aldrin take part in the Congressional Gold Medal presentation ceremony.
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Racing through the Wadi Rum
Riders participate in the International Wadi Rum Endurance Horse Race on Nov. 14 in Wadi Rum, Jordan. Participants in the traditional Bedouin race tackle a 120-kilomter and an 80-kilomter route through the valley, which has become a destination for eco-adventure tourism.
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A small brown striped tabby cat rolls onto its back on a sidewalk located on the small island of Megijima, Japan, just north of the island city of Takamatsu.
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