At Andy's Barbershop in Owego, N.Y., John Janosko gets a cut from owner Andy Romano, who has been in business here for 40 years. Janosko says he has been a client for almost that long. The men chat about local company Lockheed Martin, which just lost a big contract for presidential helicopters. Owego was voted the coolest small town in America. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
Catherine Walker is an attendant at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. She was 8 in 1939 when the museum was founded. Her brother carried Babe Ruth's suitcase as he came into town to be inducted. She believes baseball still has a lot to teach us about standards. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
Roller-skating waitress Kayla Pilkington serves cheerleaders (from left) Kayla Schwartz, Jessica Granlienard, and Hannah Fox at Arnold's Drive-in in Decatur, Ind. The 1967 Galaxy 500 convertible belongs to Kayla's dad. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
A tractor drives down a two-lane road in rural Illinois, a sight you don't see in the big cities. Farmers seem to be weathering the financial crisis better than some since they're used to making do in tough times and to being self-sufficient. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
Bride and groom Emily and Joey Schonlau pose for photos in front of the Sacred Heart Church in Florissant, Mo., immediately after their ceremony. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
At the James River Assembly of God, a megachurch in Ozark, Mo., churchgoers are invited to the front of the sanctuary to pray together for healing. The church attracts 8,000 to 9,000 people every Sunday. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum is dedicated to those lost and injured in the terrorist bombing on April 15, 1995. Two black gates mark the time before, 9:01, and after, 9:03, the blast that changed so many lives. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
Three-year-old JW gets pointers from his father, Ines Ramos, during T-ball practice. He plays in a league for 3-to-5-year-olds in the small town of Cheyenne, Okla. Their county is one of the wealthiest in the state because of oil. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
Sam Hermesmeyer and his son, Cutter, who loves to work alongside his dad during summer vacation, manage the 40,000-acre O'Brien ranch outside McLean, Texas. Today they will work with 90-day-old calves, getting them used to being moved around by the horses. Hermesmeyer says he pays no attention to politics. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
For 25 years, David T. Medlin has been the sheriff of Vega, a small town of 936 in the Texas Panhandle. His handlebar mustache reminds people of the cartoon character Yosemite Sam. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
Outside Santa Rosa, N.M., a two-lane road winds through desert under a sky filled with huge, puffy clouds. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
A group of Navajo Indians in Lupton, Ariz., stretch before doing a group hike as part of a campaign to get tribal members to exercise more. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
Visitors admire the view from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The national park never fails to impress. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
Before his late-night Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis called a group of mostly Christian refugees, telling them, 'You're like Jesus on this night,' forced to flee because there was no place for them.
ByNicole Winfield, Associated Press
Pope Francis celebrated Christmas Eve with a late-night Mass Wednesday in St. Peter's Basilica and a phone call to some Iraqi refugees forced to flee their homes by Muslim militants.