UPI photographer Stephen Shaver spends his time in China documenting the daily life, political events, natural beauty and many other elements of the rising global power. The following are select photographs from his many taken during 2011.
With yet another seemingly miraculous comeback, the Tebow-lead Broncos topped the Bears, Eli Manning and the Giants pulled off a comeback of their own to top the Cowboys and keep their playoff hopes alive and the Packers ran circles around the Raiders to remain undefeated in week 14 of the NFL.
Not all athletes make their way to the top by completely legitimate means. With the recent series of accusations against 2011 NL MVP winning outfielder Ryan Braun, and the fourth anniversary of the release of the landmark Mitchell Report on Dec. 13, 2011, take a stroll through cheater's lane.
Lindsay Lohan's first, and much-talked about, cover appearance in Playboy leaked early prior to the publishing of the January/February issue. But Lohan isn't the only star to either begin her career with or at one point end up in Playboy
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison on Dec. 7, 2011. Blagojevich had been previously convicted of 18 criminal counts involving the attempted sale of a U.S. Senate seat, illegal shakedowns for campaign funds and lying to federal agents.
Robert Downey Jr. and cast members in the motion picture mystery thriller "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows", attend the premiere of the film at the Regency Theatre in the Westwood section of Los Angeles on December 6, 2011.
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