December 10, 2013
In this Aug. 14, 2008, file photo, Missouri death row inmate Allen Nicklasson, left, pauses during an interview as a guard stands nearby at the Potosi Correctional Center in Mineral Point, Mo. A panel of federal judges stayed Nicklasson's execution late Monday, a little more than a day before he was set to die for killing businessman Richard Drummond in 1994.
Auburn running back Tre Mason dives past two Missouri defenders for a touchdown in the SEC Championship game on Saturday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga.
Missouri's Chase Daniel evades an Arkansas defender at the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 1, 2008. Missouri will appear in the Cotton Bowl for the first time since 2008 on Jan. 3, 2014.
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova addresses the media during a news conference at United Nations headquarters Tuesday in this photo provided by the United Nations. Navratilova and former NBA player Jason Collins appeared at the U.N. to urge world sports bodies like the International Olympic Committee and FIFA to do more to support gay athletes. They appeared at the U.N. during a special event celebrating International Human Rights Day.
Iowa State guard Matt Thomas shoots a 3-point basket during the second half of Saturday's NCAA college basketball game against Northern Iowa in Des Moines, Iowa. Iowa State won 91-82 in overtime.
International Olympic Committee, IOC, President German Thomas Bach, attends the opening of the executive board's meeting, at the IOC headquarters, in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Tuesday.
Georgia's T.J. Stripling, No. 44, and Marc Deas, No. 23, celebrate with fans after their 41-34 double overtime win against Georgia Tech after an NCAA football game on Nov. 30 in Atlanta. Georgia was announced Monday as one of the top bowl-bound programs in graduating African-American players.
This image from the European Space Agency shows an artist’s impression of the Rosetta orbiter deploying the Philae lander to comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The image is not to scale. If all goes according to plan, Rosetta will launch a lander onto the surface of the comet on Nov. 11, 2014.
U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuban President Raul Castro on Tuesday at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, South Africa. The handshake between the leaders of the two Cold War enemies came during a ceremony that's focused on Nelson Mandela's legacy of reconciliation.
"Santa" Cliff Snider has been attending the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Mich., since 1996 to learn the art of being Santa. He wants to give children the most authentic Santa experience possible.
A gold Santa Claus ring shines on the hand of "Santa" Cliff Snider during the Christmas Carousel show in Raleigh, N.C. The High Point, N.C., man has trained for nearly 20 years to give children the most authentic Santa experience possible.
The "Nice Book" sits on a table as a little girl tells "Santa" Cliff Snider what she wants for Christmas in Raleigh, N.C. The High Point, N.C., man has been going to the C.W. Howard School since 1996 and is in the Santa Claus Hall of Fame.
Ava Moser, 2, touches "Santa" Cliff Snider's mustache as her brother Landon, 5, looks on in Raleigh, N.C. on Nov. 29. Snider began studying how to be Santa in 1996 and thinks children deserve as authentic an experience as he can give them.
Donald J. Unnerstall
World leaders, celebrities and citizens gathered at a memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela on Tuesday.
Nelson Mandela's widow Graca Machel lowers her head as she listens to speakers during the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto near Johannesburg on Tuesday.
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, left, watches as President Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuba’s President Raul Castro Ruz during the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto near Johannesburg on Tuesday.
President Barack Obama speaks to crowds attending the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto near Johannesburg on Tuesday. World leaders, celebrities, and citizens gathered to pay respects to the former South African president and anti-apartheid icon.
The face of Nelson Mandela is shown on a large billboard in the stands at the memorial service for the former South African president at the FNB Stadium in the Johannesburg, South Africa township of Soweto on Tuesday. Poor weather conditions and public transportation problem kept many people away.
James Lott is shown outside the Walmart store where he works as a pharmacist in Bonney Lake, Wash. Lott, who lives in Renton, Wash., a suburb of Seattle, adds significantly to his six-figure job salary by day-trading stocks.