The Baylor mascot jokes with fans before a second-round game against Florida State in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament March 26, 2013, in Waco, Texas. Baylor won 85-47.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R) of Texas speaks to the media after a welcome-home rally hosted by members of the King Street Patriots group in Houston on Oct. 21, 2013. Cruz, a tea party favorite, returned home to a rousing welcome after he and other conservative lawmakers attempted to derail 'Obamacare' by shutting down the federal government. The tactic led to a sharp split within the GOP.
10. Raleigh, N.C. The state capital saw job totals bounce back strongly after the 1981-82 and 1990-91 recessions, but it has lagged a bit in the two most recent recessions. Two years after the onslaught of the great recession, employment was still 97 percent of its peak.
A water pump forces water out of the basement of a Manton Avenue business in Providence, R.I., on April 1. The area was inundated with flood waters after the nearby Woonasquatucket River overran its banks due to record rainfall earlier in the week.
POURING BLOOD: Blood spilled by anti-government protesters is seen on a street in front of the residence of Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vajjajiva on Mar. 17 in Bangkok, Thailand. A day earlier, thousands of red-shirted protesters dumped plastic bottles of their blood in front of Mr. Abhisit’s office and his political party’s headquarters. They collected about 300 liters from 50,000 protesters, reports said – far short of their aim of 1,000 liters.
Pisco, a Peruvian alpaca, is seen at San Bartolo Beach in Lima, Peru, on March 16. Peruvian surfer Domingo Pianezzi has spent a decade training dogs to ride on the nose of his surf board, and now is the first to do so with an aplaca. Alpacas, which resemble llamas and have been domesticated for thousands of years, are typically kept in herds in the Andes.
The Howe family reacts as the Tampa Bay (Fla.) Rays tie the Pittsburgh Pirates in the eighth inning of a preseason game in Port Charlotte, Fla. The Rays won in the 10th by a score of 4 to 3.
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God of War: The blood-soaked God of War series seems to revel in its Mature rating. Enemies burst apart, bones shatter, and some of the games feature sex scenes with multiple partners. Fans insist this revenge story exudes a gruesome aesthetic similar to "Braveheart" – a gory film that's nonetheless respected by moviegoers.
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Stooges frontman Singer Iggy Pop (l.) performs with Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day (r.) after being honored with his band during the 2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, Monday. Although The Stooges achieved only limited mainstream commercial success, they are widely regarded as being among the earliest innovators of punk rock.