Ian Fisher has second thoughts as he cradles his injured elbow during processing into the United States Army, June 20, 2007. His decision to join the Army had grown out of many things: the opportunity to fight for his country, the desire to add to his family's military legacy and the need to point his life in a productive direction. But, from his first day in fatigues through his tour in Iraq, military life often didn't mesh with his expectations.
Neighbors comfort Harvey Lesser, 58, after he was evicted from his apartment on December 11, 2009 in Boulder, Colorado. Lesser, an unemployed software developer suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes and chronic back problems, says he could not afford to make his rent payment the previous month, which led to the eviction. Since being laidoff by IBM, Lesser's savings, including his retirement, has been exhausted due to living expenses and his $700-a-month health insurance premium.
Queen Latifah speaks during the memorial service for Michael Jackson at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, July 7, 2009. Jackson died on June 25, 2009 at the age of 50 after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home in Bel-Air.
A candidate takes the oral test to become a tour leader at the Yangjialing Revolution Headquarters site in Yan'an, China, on November 8, 2009. In 1945, the Seventh National Congress of the Communist Party of China was held in this assembly hall, naming Mao Zedong the undisputed leader of the party and the revolution and enshrining Mao's "thought" into the Party Constitution.
A Pakistani boy from Swat Valley sleeps under a mosquito net outside his tent at the Jalozai refugee camp, near Peshawar, Pakistan, May 26, 2009
Barack H. Obama meditates backstage at the Capitol before being sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009. Earlier that morning, the President-elect had listened to President Bush's parting words at the White House before making the short drive to the Capitol, where more than a million people were waiting on the National Mall. The first African-American to be elected president, Obama, 47, was poised to inherit two wars, a recession and rising unemployment.
Mary Ann Smith collects her belongings after an eviction team removed the furniture from her foreclosed house in Adams County, Colorado, on February 2, 2009. Smith says she and her husband had been renting from the house's owner, who collected the monthly payments but had stopped paying his mortgage. The bank foreclosed on the property and called the Adams County sheriff's department to supervise the eviction. The Smiths managed to borrow enough money to rent another house for themselves and their four children, but not in time to avoid eviction.
Inga Schuenemann, 27, of Riverside, California, screams outside a memorial service for Michael Jackson at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on July 7, 2009. Some 1.6 million people applied for tickets to the memorial, but only 11,000 were given a spot inside the arena.
A young Moldovan girl burns a portrait of Vladimir Lenin that rioters had taken from the Parliament building in Chisinau, Moldova, on April 7, 2009. Thousands of demonstrators had ransacked the building to protest what they said was a fraudulent victory by the governing Communist Party in the general election on April 5.
Felix meets his new little sister, Emma Richardson, on February 26, 2009. He has helped his mother choose her first outfit: cowboy pajamas. Felix, like his older brother Mathias, has a genetic disease that progressively destroys the brain. Mathias is now deaf and paralyzed and cannot speak. While Felix shows no outward signs of the disease yet, one hope for his survival is Emma, whom his parents selected to have the exact right genes. Stem cells taken from the umbilical cord at the time of Emma's birth may save Felix if the disease breaks out.