A poster of Nelson Mandela is seen in the crowd during a memorial service for the deceased South African anti-apartheid leader and former President at the FND Stadium in Soweto, South Africa, Tuesday. (Graeme Williams/Action Press/Zuma Press/MCT)
A crew of Korean painters works on the Korean Bell pagoda in San Pedro, Calif. The bell was given to the U.S. by South Korea on its 200th birthday in 1976. Mayor Bradley pushed to have it installed in San Pedro, on the water, near where soldiers leaving for the Korean War departed from the Port of Los Angeles. (Bob Chamberlin/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
A whitetail doe checks her back trail after leaving a canyon with hunters in Russell County, Kan. (Michael Pearce/Wichita Eagle/MCT)
A pedestrian in the mall across the street from Independence Hall during snowfall in Philadelphia Tuesday. (Alejandro A. Alvarez/Philadelphia Daily News/MCT)
Law enforcement officers with the Arizona Game and Fish Department use this Gila monster, dubbed Ranger, to nab reptile poachers. (Peter Haden/Cronkite News Service/MCT)
Minnesota Gophers' Austin Hollins and South Dakota State Jackrabbits' Brayden Carlson fight for the ball during the second half at Williams Arena in Minneapolis Tuesday. (Kyndell Harkness/Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT)
Andy Mamrol ascends an ice wall referred to as Roadside Attraction in Anchorage, Alaska. Mamrol and friends took turns climbing. The ice was soft enough to easily accommodate ice tools and crampons without shattering. (Erik Hill/Anchorage Daily News/MCT)
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