1. On the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, we look at the soldiers - and their families - to whom Lincoln was speaking.

    Haunting Civil War portraits

     

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  3. Beneath Margaret Thatcher’s steely and polarizing public persona was a grocer’s daughter with a high voice and a sharp tongue, a woman who held onto a childhood love of poetry and science throughout her life. 

    12 photos that capture this surprisingly playful “Maggie”

     

  4. Syria’s bloody civil war will hit its two-year mark this March, and still, embattled despot Bashar al-Assad clings to power. The all-consuming war has left more than 70,000 people dead — half of them civilians. Sadly, violent conflict has become the new normal in much of Syria,  and it’s often only while taking refuge behind Aleppo’s crumbled, pock-marked walls that Free Syria Army fighters can indulge in fleeting moments of their previous lives

    • A soldier tries to entice a stray cat to come a little closer in Khan al-Assal on Nov. 10, 2012. (REUTERS/Zain Karam)

    • Rebels pose with their weapons and a snowman in Homs on Jan. 10.(REUTERS/Yazan Homsy)

    • A fighter finds a moment to fix himself up a bit in Aleppo on Dec. 25, 2012. (REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman)
     

  5. "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius breaks down at his bail hearing in Pretoria, South Africa. The Paralympic superstar is accused of fatally shooting his 30-year-old girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp

    (AP Photo/Antione de Ras - Independent Newspapers Ltd South Africa)

     

    • A miner covered in soot takes a short break inside an unregulated coal mine in Sabinas, Mexico. Every day, some 30,000 men go to work in these legal, yet ill-equipped and unsafe mines in the north part of the country. 
      PHOTO: REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

    • Children admire an albino python named Cheesecake behind glass at Malabon Zoo in Malabon, Philippines. Feb. 10 begins the lunar Year of the Snake, a decidedly less auspicious symbol than its predecessor, the dragon.
      PHOTO: REUTERS/Erik De Castro

    • A dog rests on a buffalo near Ravi River in Lahore, Pakistan. 
      PHOTO: REUTERS/Mohsin Raza

    12 amazing photos from this week’s news

     

  6. Lords a leaping: The Ravens’ Jacoby Jones and the 49ers’ Chris Culliver. (Harry How/Getty Images)

    Grand jeté: San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree and the Ravens’ Ed Reed. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    11 surprisingly graceful images from the Super Bowl

     

  7. A Hindu devotee flips his hair in the waters of the holy Ganges river during the auspicious bathing day of Makar Sankranti in Allahabad, India. The Maha Kumbh Melad festival is believed to be the largest religious gathering on Earth, attracting more than 100 million people. The festival is held every 12 years on the banks of Sangam, and is celebrated for 55 days. 

    PHOTO: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

     

  8. A Shi’ite Muslim boy, with blood stains freckling his face and body, looks on after beating himself with razor chains during the Ashura religious festival in Yangon, Myanmar. Even the youngest of the Shi’ite mourners will beat themselves or slash their bodies with knives during Ashura to mark the death anniversary of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, who was killed during a battle in A.D. 680. PHOTO: REUTERS/Minzayar

    More incredible photos from this week’s news

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  11. Photo of the day: A tourist sits outside a cafe in flooded St. Mark’s Square in Venice. High tides have topped more than 1 meter above sea level in the low-lying, canal-carved city, and on Oct. 15, as much as 9 percent of Venice’s surface was underwater. 

    PHOTO: AP Photo/Luigi Costantini

     

  12. Photo: Amherst College Archives & Special Collections/Emily Dickinson Museum

    Emily Dickinson was incredibly reclusive — so much so that there has long been only one known photograph of her. But now, a possible second image of the poet — a daguerreotype from 1859 owned by a private collector — has turned up in Amherst, Mass., Dickinson’s hometown.

    Researchers are convinced it’s a picture of Dickinson in her 20s. In the image, a woman with a slight smile sits with her left arm extended tenderly behind the back of Dickinson’s friend Kate Scott Turner, who had recently become a widow.

    A video comparison of the 1859 image with the already authenticated picture of Dickinson in 1847, at age 16, reveals strikingly similar facial characteristics. “The two women have the same eye opening size,” with the right eye opening just a bit wider than the left, says professor Susan Pepin of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Amherst College even found a fabric sample at the Emily Dickinson Museum that appeared to match the dress in the photo. The dress is a bit out of date for the times, and Amherst notes that a few years earlier Dickinson had told a friend, “I’m so old-fashioned, darling, all your friends would stare.”

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