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Mongolian sumo grand champion Hakuho throws bags filled with beans during Setsuban-Sai, the annual bean-throwing festival, at Naritasan Shinsho Temple in Narita, Japan, on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. The bean-throwing traditionally drives away demons and grants good luck in Japan.

Spirit around the world

February 6, 2014
In this Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010 photo, James Peterson, left, and Rory Stout with Bio Neighbors, apply a coating of Acrymax to the roof of a row home in Philadelphia. The idea of painting roofs white has become something of a social movement, one that Energy Secretary (and Nobel Prize-winning physicist) Steven Chu believes could be a huge help in stopping global warming.

Homes Cool Roofs

September 14, 2010
Fishermen try to secure their boats as tropical storm Karl arrives in the town of Mahahual, southern Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010. Karl is expected to quickly weaken into a tropical depression as it slogs across the flat peninsula before heading back out over the Gulf of Mexico, where it could turn into a hurricane by the end of the week and threaten the central Mexican coast.

Mexico Tropical Weather

September 14, 2010
Afghan women walk past by election posters of parliamentary candidates in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010. Afghans will choose 249 members of the lower house from among more than 2,500 candidates on Sept. 18.

Afghanistan Election

September 14, 2010
A Kashmiri protester, wearing a helmet which was taken from Indian paramilitary forces, and other protesters wait for an opportunity to hurl rocks at government forces during a clash on the outskirts of Srinagar, India, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010. Indian police opened fire Wednesday on Muslim demonstrators in a town near Kashmir, as leaders of Indias main political parties debated how to end months of separatist protests in the region.

India Kashmir Violence

September 14, 2010
Workers prepare sandwichs in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010. After the announce made Monday by Cubas government that it will cast off at least half a million state employees by mid-2011, the island leaders have already determined what workers should do after being dismissed from their jobs, detailing a plan for them to raise rabbits, paint buildings, make bricks, collect garbage and pilot ferries across Havanas bay.

Cuba Mass Layoffs

September 13, 2010
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