Draco, a golden retriever puppy, enjoys a ride on the shoulder of owner Cyrus Scribner of Middlesex, Vt., as he walks down the street in Montpelier, Vt., on Thursday. Toby Talbot/AP
Europe's Francesco Molinari, wearing a wig with the colours of the Italian flag, prepares to play a shot off the 16th tee during the practice round prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup golf tournament at the Celtic Manor golf course in Newport, Wales, on Thursday. Alastair Grant/AP
The Ross Fountain, which was installed below Edinburgh Castle on West Princes Street Gardens, in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1872, is lit up by the early autumn sun on Thursday. David Cheskin/AP
Jadson Andre, of Brazil, flies over a wave during his Round 2 heat in the Quiksilver Pro surfing competition on Thursday in Hossegor, France. Kelly Cestari/Association of Surfing Professionals/AP
Roma girls carry kittens in their home in Alsozsolca, Hungary, on Thursday. A large concentration of Hungary's Roma live in the northeast of the country, most of them unemployed with little access to even the most basic services. Laszlo Balogh/Reuters
The statue of Christ the Redeemer is seen through clouds in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Thursday. Natach Pisarenko/AP
CSKA Moscow's Seydou Doumbia reacts while celebrating his goal during their Soccer Europa League group stage match between CSKA Moscow and Sparta at Khimki stadium in Moscow on Thursday. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP
Delegates, including Kim Jong-un, (front row r.) the youngest son and heir apparent of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, attend the ruling Workers' Party representatives meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Tuesday. KRT/APTN/AP
US Ryder Cup players (l. to r.) Steve Stricker, Tiger Woods, and Jim Furyk laugh as they leave the first tee during practice ahead of the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in Newport, south Wales, on Thursday. Brian Snyder/Reuters
Ducks swim by a partially submerged car on Booth Street in Norfolk, Va., on Thursday. Quickly rising water from heavy rainfall took many motorists by surprise and scores of vehicles were stuck across the Norfolk area. Ross Taylor/The Virginian-Pilot/AP
Water rushes down the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on Thursday during a downpour. Jacquelyn Martin/AP
A police officer demonstrates next to a bonfire at a police base in Quito, Ecuador, Thursday during a nationwide protest of police officers and soldiers against a new law that cuts their benefits. Dolores Ochoa/AP
Former President Jimmy Carter waves as he leaves MetroHealth Hospital on Thursday, in Cleveland. Tony Dejak/AP
Models present creations by US designer Rick Owens as part of his ready-to-wear spring-summer 2011 fashion collection, presented in Paris on Thursday. Christophe Ena/AP
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