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Contractors of the U.S. security firm Blackwater secure the site of a roadside attack near the Iranian Embassy in Baghdad in 2005. The firm, whose guards were accused of fatally shooting 17 Iraqi civilians in 2007, left Baghdad on Thursday.
A display of flags in Shanksville, Pa., stand in memory of the 40 passengers and crew members of United Flight 93 who were killed on Sept. 11, 2001. A permanent memorial is planned by the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack. (Associated Press/File)
** FILE ** D.C. firefighters (from top) Lt. Brian Alston, Ryan Doyle, Greg Smith and Shawn Welch attempt to drain the entrance area of a flooded residence in the Adams Morgan area in this 2009 file photo.
Clustered Gram-negative Salmonella Typhimurium bacteria, the type linked to a salmonella outbreak that resulted in the recall of more than 1,500 foods, are shown under a magnification of 5000X in a colorized scanning photomicrograph. (AP Photo/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Janice Haney Carr) ** FILE **
** FILE ** Richard C. Holbrooke (left), the U.S. envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan meets with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in February 2009 as tensions over civilian casualties strain relations between the two countries. (Associated Press)
** FILE ** In this Jan. 29, 2009, file photo, an Early County, Ga. Sheriff's car sits parked in front of the the Peanut Corporation of America processing plant in Blakely, Ga., The Senate is scheduled to hold the first congressional hearing on the national salmonella outbreak Thursday as lawmakers are vowing to press for stronger food safety laws and more money for inspections. The Georgia peanut-processing plant that produces just 1 percent of U.S. peanut products is being blamed for the salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 550 people, eight of whom have died.
Memorial Bridge and Roosevelt Bridge, which link Virginia and the District, are among those that will be closed on Inauguration Day. Authorities are asking people to use public transportation, as drivers in the city will face restrictions, including street closures. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)
Erosion control devices line the beach in Galveston, Texas. The geotubes had been covered by dunes before Hurricane Ike hit the island last month. Many parts of Galveston remain littered with debris and are not ready to host the crowds that they usually attract. (Associated Press)
A television screen at the New York Stock Exchange shows the decision of the Federal Reserve to lower interest rates, Wednesday Oct. 8, 2008. The emergency cut led by the Federal Reserve will at least temporarily provide relief for investors who have been battered this week. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)