Amidst the clothing and mattress sales, there's a critical importance to Memorial Day: Commemorating and honoring those who gave their lives and service so that we may continue about our lives. Here are some of our best pictures from the holiday over the past few years.
Politicians and civil servatns are no less subject to temptation and failure as the rest of us, and some would argue that by the nature of the personality it takes to take such powerful positions and the corruption that comes alongside said appointments, that they are more prone to moral lapses.
Egypt will open the Rafah border crossing on a daily basis starting this weekend in a bid to ease the blockade on the Gaza Strip. The decision to reopen the crossing on a permanent basis was discussed at recent reconciliation meetings between Fatah and Hamas.
Round one action of the 2011 Rolland Garros French Open in Paris, France. Clijsters defeated Yakimova 6-2, 6-3. Johanna Larsson eliminated 20th-seeded Ana Ivanovic 7-6 (7-3), 0-6, 6-2. Nadal defeated Isner in five sets, the longest match of his French Open career.
What's better than following the lifestyle of the rich and famous, their successes and foibles on the public stage? Keeping tabs on their upcoming progeny, of course. Stay tuned for more additions to the list, since the only things in life you can count on are death, taxes and celebrity baby stories.
Boxing champion Muhammad Ali and other prominent Muslim leaders held a press conference to call on Iran to release American hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal. Bauer, Fattal and Bauer's fiancee, Sarah Shourd, were arrested July 31, 2009, while hiking along an unmarked border between Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan, and accused of espionage.
The death toll from Sunday's Joplin, Mo., tornado rose to 122, making it the eighth-deadliest tornado in U.S. history, the National Weather Service said. The Joplin tornado was upgraded to EF-5, the strongest on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, and its winds were in excess of 200 mph.
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