December 27, 2009
In this photo taken Dec. 17, Afghan policewomen arrive at a graduation ceremony after eight weeks of training at a police academy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Just about 500 Afghan women work as active duty officers, compared with about 92,500 policemen, most of them in relatively safe areas such as Kabul and northern Herat province, according to Interior Ministry figures. The government has a target of 5,000 women serving as officers or civilian police workers by 2014.
Afghan policewomen attend a graduation ceremony after eight weeks of training at a police academy in Kabul, Afghanistan.
An Afghan policewoman holds a certificate during a graduation ceremony after eight weeks of training at a police academy in Kabul, Afghanistan.
This Oct. 5, 2009, photo shows tuberculosis patient Supachai Sengsum on his bed at Wat Prabat Nampu in Lopburi, Thailand. Simple TB is simple to treat, a $10 course of medication, but the pills must be taken in specific combinations for six months to completely wipe out the bacteria. If treatment is stopped short, the TB learns to fight back against the drugs, mutating into a tougher strain for which few, if any, medications exist. It can cost $100,000 a year or more to cure drug-resistant TB, which is described as multi-drug-resistant (MDR), extremely drug-resistant (XDR) and completely drug-resistant (CDR).
This Oct. 5, 2009, photo shows tuberculosis patient Supachai Sengsum on his bed at Wat Prabat Nampu in Lopburi, Thailand.
This July 20, 2009, photo shows David Ashkin examining an X-ray belonging to patient Oswaldo Juarez at A.G. Holley State Hospital in Lantana, Fla. Public health officials say Juarez's incessant hack was what they have both dreaded and expected for years, this country's first detected case of a contagious, aggressive, almost untreatable form of tuberculosis.
This Oct. 5, 2009, photo shows medication gathered for tuberculosis and AIDS/HIV patients at Wat Prabat Nampu in Lopburi, Thailand.
December 26, 2009
In this product image provided by Research in Motion, the BlackBerry Tour is shown.
This Jan. 15, 2004, file photo shows Google co-founders Sergey Brin, left, and Larry Page at company headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.
In this Feb. 6, 2006, file photo, Crocs colorful resin footwear are on display at the REI flagship store in Denver.
This Aug. 1, 2006, file photo shows a cup of Starbucks coffee in Freeport, Maine.
This July 16, 2005, file photo shows Singaporean blogger Wendy Cheng, who goes by the name Xiaxue when she is online, blogging from the bar at Singapore's first blogging convention in Singapore.
This Nov. 3, 2006, file photo shows the then new Apple iPod Shuffle, right, next to a Red iPod Nano, center, and 60GB iPod, left, at an Apple store in Palo Alto, Calif.
This promotional photo released by Netflix shows a special holiday edition of the Netflix trademark red envelop, featuring original artwork by Peter Jackson. Netflix, the world's largest online movie rental service, and Martin Scorsese's nonprofit organization, The Film Foundation, unveiled the special holiday envelops featuring original artwork by some of Hollywood's most prominent filmmakers and actors, including Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlize Theron and Martin Scorsese.
From $4 cups of coffee to the iPod: the things that have defined the decade.
This Feb. 5, 2007, file photo shows Facebook.com founder Mark Zuckerberg smiling at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. Facebook Inc. has avoided the acquisition frenzy that's gobbled up MySpace.com, YouTube and other startups, and the company is now striving to become a general portal like Yahoo, not just a social networking site for college students.
December 25, 2009
Tres McCullon cleans the chocolate-chip cookie dough out of the beaters of his aunt, Lori Stoll's, electric mixer, on Monday. McCullon stayed with Lori and Barry Stoll for a summer. The Stolls frequently take in children in need, adding to their family of five. They currently are fostering five Vietnamese-American children.
Tres McCullon, 12, reacts to his aunt, Lori Stoll's laughter as they make chocolate chip cookies on Monday. Stoll and her husband, Barry, have been fostering children for about 9 years but have also worked in children's homes such as Coyote Hill and Rainbow House.
Santa Claus, known from January to November as Ted Roberts.