California Chrome works out Wednesday morning before the 146th Belmont Stakes in Elmont New York on June 4, 2014. California Chrome is trying to become the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to win the Triple Crown.
Singer Alfonso "Fonzi" Thorton (L) and Seveda Williams, a niece of singer Luther Vandross participate in an unveiling ceremony honoring Vandross with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on June 3, 2014.
Some horses run while California Chrome walks a few laps on the Monday before the 146th Belmont Stakes in Elmont New York on June 2, 2014. California Chrome is trying to become the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to win the Triple Crown.
The new Palestinian unity government takes shape in the Presidential compound in Ramallah, West Bank, June 2, 2014. It is the first time in seven years that Hamas and Fatah have joined together in unity.
The premiere of the motion picture fantasy "Maleficent" at the El Capitan Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on May 28, 2014. "Maleficent" explores the untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the classic "Sleeping Beauty" and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king's newborn infant Aurora.
Poet and author Maya Angelou died May 28, 2014 at the age of 86. Angelou was born in St. Louis, Mo., in 1926, and published her first book in 1969. The book was her famed autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and she would go on to write six more autobiographies during her lifetime. Her most recent, Mom & Me & Mom, was published in 2013.
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