Soldiers in the Third U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) place a small American flag one foot in front of and centered before each grave marker for more than 220,000 graves, during the annual Flags-In ceremony in advance of Memorial Day to honor the nation's fallen members of the military, on May 23, 2013 in Arlington Cemetery, Virginia. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)
The collapsed bridge where I-5 crosses the Skagit River in Mount Vernon, Washington, on Thursday. (Rick Lund/Seattle Times/MCT)
As spring turns into summer, millions of Americans will rush outdoors to light up a grill in celebration. Take some simple steps before, during and after the party to minimize any hangover, gastronomic or otherwise. (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune/MCT)
A Steinway grand piano, signed by Van Cliburn, is delivered to the home of Jon Suder in Fort Worth, Texas. Suder will host a competitor for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition to be held at the Bass Performance Hall May 24-June 9. (Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT)
Thrown out stealing
A fan takes off with the rosin bag from the mound behind Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Michael Kohn after running onto the field in the eighth inning during action against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/MCT)
Yana, a resident at St. Petersburg Baby Home No.13, has narrowly missed her chance to be adopted by a U.S. couple. The Kremlin legislation banned adoption. (Sergei L. Loiko/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
Chris P. Bacon
Dr. Len Lucero, of Eastside Veterinary Hospital in Clermont, Fla., gets a kiss to the nose from Chris P. Bacon, his pet pig. The pig does not have the use of his hind legs and Lucero built a makeshift wheelchair to help the pig get around. (Jon Busdeker/Orlando Sentinel/MCT)
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