Tom Hanks attends the premiere of the biographical motion picture thriller "Captain Phillips" at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in Beverly Hills, California on September 30, 2013. The film is the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the U.S. flagged MV Maersk Alabama's 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates. The Alabama was the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. UPI/Jim Ruymen
The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN) spacecraft undergoes final preparations at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida on September 27, 2013. MAVEN will be launched by a Atlas 5 rocket currently scheduled for a November 18, 2013 lift off. The Lockheed Martin spacecraft will orbit the planet Mars for one year after completing a ten month journey through space. The mission is to explore how the sun has effected Mars upper atmosphere and ionosphere. UPI/Joe Marino-Bill Cantrell
Chinese performers participate in a tourism festival celebrating traditional Chinese life in Langzhong, Sichuan Province, China on September 26, 2013. Both domestic and foreign tourism in China is projected to double over the next few years, making it one of the most popular travel destinations worldwide. UPI/Stephen Shaver
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrives at Mehrabad Airport in Tehran, Iran on September 28, 2013. On Friday September 27, 2013, before Rouhani's departure from New York, the Iranian president and American President Barack Obama held a telephone conversation. The call was the first direct communication between an Iranian and a US president since Iran's Islamic Revolution in 1979. UPI/Maryam Rahmanian
President Barack Obama waves after delivering remarks on the Affordable Care Act at Prince Georges Community College on September 26, 2013 in Largo, Maryland. Congress is scheduled to vote on a government funding bill that is tied with defunding the Affordable Care Act. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
Actress Sandra Bullock participates in a hand & footprint ceremony, immortalizing her hands and feet in wet cement in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman's), in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on September 25, 2013. UPI/Jim Ruymen
Photos from the premiere of "Romeo and Juliet" at the ArcLight Cinerama Dome in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on September 24, 2013. The film is based on William Shakespeare's tragedy about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. UPI/Jim Ruymen
President Barack Obama and Hassan Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, address the United Nations General Debate at the 68th United Nations General Assembly in the UN building in New York City on September 24, 2013. UPI/John Angelillo
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attend a memorial for the victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting at the Marine Barracks, September 22, 2013 in Washington, D.C. Twelve people were killed at the Navy Yard by a naval contractor on Monday, September 16, 2013. UPI/Olivier Douliery/Pool
Actor Jerry Maren, who played The Lollipop Kid in the film classic "The Wizard of Oz" participates in a hand & footprint ceremony, placing his hands and feet in wet cement in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman's), in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on September 18, 2013. Maren is one of the two remaining Munchkins. UPI/Jim Ruymen
Photos from the aftermath of flooding following epic rainstorms near Boulder, Colorado on September 17, 2013. The Colorado floods have claimed eight lives with flooding continuing in the NE part of the state. UPI/Gary C. Caskey
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