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  1. Jewish center shootings

    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks Thursday at a service in Overland Park, Kan., for victims of Sunday's shooting at a Jewish center. (Tammy Ljunglbad/Kansas City Star/MCT)
  2. Torture report

    Former CIA general counsel John Rizzo, photographed in his home in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, was the main architect of the harsh interrogation techniques used against terror detainees at secret black sites around the world from 2002 through 2008. As the CIA's former top law who vetted the controversial program, he rejects leaked findings of a four-year Senate Intelligence Committee probe that the rough interrogations went beyond rules set by the Justice Department and produced little useful intelligence from detainees. (Molly Riley/MCT)
  3. Iron Man

    Lenox Barden, 5, gives a high five to Iron Man through a window on the fourth floor of WakeMed Children's hospital as three window washers dressed as Superheroes rappel down the side of the building Wednesday, in Raleigh, N.C. This was the second year that Batman, Iron Man and Spiderman have thrilled the children at the hospital. (Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT)
  4. Healthy yoga

    Brooke Thompson, center, leads a Holy Yoga class at Mariner's Church in Mission Viejo, Calif. "Our sole purpose is to combine world-class yoga with a Christ-honoring experience that offers an opportunity to believers and nonbelievers alike to authentically connect with God," the group's mission statement says. (Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/MCT)
  5. Juicing

    It's hard to avoid hearing about juicing, the latest dietary craze for everything from weight loss to clearing up skin. Ingredients common in juices are kale, cucumber, celery, spinach, lemon apple and ginger. At left are beet juice, green juice and carrot juice. (Evans Caglage/Dallas Morning News/MCT)
  6. MLB

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu works in the seventh inning against the San Francisico Giants on Thursday at AT&T Park in San Francisco. The Dodgers won, 2-1. (Jose Luis Villegas/Sacramento Bee/MCT)
  7. NHL playoffs

    Backing up goaltender Ryan Miller, the St. Louis Blues' Maxim Lapierre blocks a shot that got past Miller in the first overtime against the Chicago Blackhawks during Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs on Thursday in St. Louis. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/MCT)

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