"Three Cups of Tea" co-author Greg Mortenson in 2009 shows the locations of future village schools to U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the opening of Pushghar Village Girls School in Afghanistan. (Defense Department via Associated Press)
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty speaks at a tea party rally Saturday at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. "I think one of our basic messages is, the government's too damn big," the Republican presidential hopeful said.
U.S. specialty food sales sizzled last year in what industry experts believe is a sign consumers are more confident. The specialty food and drink business increased 7.7 percent, representing more than $70 billion in sales. The category encompasses non-brand-name food and drink items, from cheeses, breads and yogurt to salsa, relishes and coffee. (Associated Press)
"If I run and win, our country will be respected again and China, OPEC, and all of the many nations ripping off this great country of ours will be dealt with very, very differently," billionaire developer Donald Trump told the crowd at a Florida tea party gathering on Saturday. (Associated Press)
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"Atlas Shrugged," a film based on the 1957 novel by Ayn Rand and billed as "the first tea party movie," opens in 277 theaters across the country on Friday, which just so happens also to be tax day.
As people around the world bask in tanning beds, Jamaicans like this woman apply skin-lightening creams. Doctors say the phenomenon has reached dangerous proportions. Long-term use of one of the ingredients, hydroquinone, has long been linked to a disfiguring condition called ochronosis. (Associated Press)
Mikeisha Simpson, 23, says she hopes to transform her dark complexion to a cafe-au-lait-color common among Jamaica's elite and favored by many men. She thinks having fairer skin could give her an opportunity for a better life. (Associated Press)
FILE - Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh is shown in this July 13, 2010 file photo taken at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building across from the White House in Washington. In a first-of-its-kind report, the government is recommending steps to reduce the disparities in health care between minority populations and white Americans. The plan being released Friday April 8, 2011 runs the gamut from improving dental care for poor children to tapping "promotoras," savvy community health workers who can help guide their Spanish-speaking neighbors in seeking treatment. But it acknowledges that giving everyone an equal shot at living a healthy life depends on far more than what happens inside a doctor's office _ or steps that federal health officials can take Koh said. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
The Infectious Diseases Society of America is calling on Congress to fight methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria, shown here magnified 20,000 times. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates talks with troops from the Army's 25th Infantry Division from Hawaii and answers their questions during a visit at Camp Victory on Thursday in Baghdad. Mr. Gates is meeting with military and civilian leaders during what he described as possibly his last trip to Iraq as defense secretary. (Associated Press)