Civil security soldiers (left) collect garbage in central Marseille on Wednesday. The garbage collectors are on strike for nine days to protest against Mr. Sarkozy's plan to raise the retirement age to 62. (Associated Press)
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer improved her chances of keeping her seat when she signed into law a tough enforcement measure against illegal immigration. Polls show the Republican incumbent leading the race. (Arizona Republic via Associated Press)
** FILE ** Standing together on April 16, 2010, after handcuffing themselves to the White House fence to protest for gay rights are (from left) Petty Officer Autumn Sandeen, Lt. Dan Choi, Cpl. Evelyn Thomas, Capt. Jim Pietrangelo II, Cadet Mara Boyd and Petty Officer Larry Whitt. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Volunteer Mary Dow, holding a rescue cat named Sage who lost a leg to amputation, says Independent Animal Rescue in Durham, N.C., has found homes for "quite a few" disabled animals like Sage. (Associated Press)
Salvation Army worker Daniel Aherns, here in July 2009, collects on Fifth Avenue at Rockefeller Center in New York. A seasonal stereotype doesn't keep the charity from helping those hardest hit by the recession. (Associated Press)
Floridian Betty Dizik, 83, is upset that she won't receive a Social Security cost-of-living increase again this year. She gets by on a monthly Social Security check of $1,200, her only source of income. (Associated Press)
New Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte wields the gavel after receiving it from his predecessor, Jan Peter Balkenende, in The Hague on Thursday. Mr. Rutte's minority government pledged budgetary austerity and a crackdown on immigration. (Associated Press)
From left, Petty Officer Autumn Sandeen, Lt. Dan Choi, Cpl. Evelyn Thomas, Capt. Jim Pietrangelo II, Cadet Mara Boyd and Petty Officer Larry Whitt stand together on April 16 after they handcuffed themselves to the fence outside the White House during a protest for gay rights. A federal judge issued a worldwide injunction Tuesday stopping enforcement of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, halting the military's 17-year-old ban on openly gay troops. (Associated Press)
Larry Whitt, who left the Navy after serving 12 years because he is gay, joins other protesters who watched President Obama arrive in Coral Gables, Fla., on Monday. Mr. Whitt was there to protest the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
Larry Whitt, who left the Navy after serving 12 years because he is gay, joins other protesters who watched President Obama arrive in Coral Gables, Fla., on Monday. Mr Whitt was there to protest the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
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Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez, the daughter of Mexican immigrants, campaigns in Garden Grove, Calif., Saturday, as she faces her first real challenge in 14 years, from a Vietnamese assemblyman who came to America as a refugee.
A Hungarian soldier, wearing protective gear, looks on while cleaning streets covered by toxic red sludge in Devecser, Hungary, Monday, Oct. 11, 2010. The population of the neighboring town of Kolontar was evacuated Saturday and Devecser with a population of 5,300 is also in the likely path of a possible new sludge deluge. Hungary's prime ministers says police have taken into custody the managing director of the company which owns the metals plant where a broken reservoir flooded several towns with toxic red sludge and water.(AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)